1 Audite, filii, disciplinam patris et attendite, ut sciatis prudentiam;
2 quoniam doctrinam bonam tribuam vobis, legem meam ne derelinquatis.
3 Nam et ego filius fui patris mei, tenellus et unigenitus coram matre mea;
4 et docebat me atque dicebat: "Suscipiat verba mea cor tuum, custodi praecepta mea et vives.
5 Posside sapientiam, posside prudentiam, ne obliviscaris neque declines a verbis oris mei.
6 Ne dimittas eam, et custodiet te, dilige eam, et servabit te.
7 Principium sapientiae: posside sapientiam et in omni possessione tua acquire prudentiam.
8 Arripe illam, et exaltabit te, glorificaberis ab ea, cum eam fueris amplexatus.
9 Dabit capiti tuo diadema gratiae, et corona inclita proteget te".
10 Audi, fili mi, et suscipe verba mea, ut multiplicentur tibi anni vitae.
11 Viam sapientiae monstravi tibi; duxi te per semitas aequitatis,
12 quas cum ingressus fueris, non arctabuntur gressus tui, et currens non habebis offendiculum.
13 Tene disciplinam nec laxes; custodi illam, quia ipsa est vita tua.
14 Ne ingrediaris in semitas impiorum nec procedas in malorum via.
15 Fuge ab ea nec transeas per illam; declina et desere eam.
16 Non enim dormiunt, nisi malefecerint, et rapitur somnus ab eis, nisi supplantaverint.
17 Comedunt enim panem impietatis et vinum iniquitatis bibunt.
18 Iustorum autem semita quasi lux splendens procedit et crescit usque ad perfectam diem.
19 Via impiorum tenebrosa; nesciunt, ubi corruant.
20 Fili mi, ausculta sermones meos et ad eloquia mea inclina aurem tuam;
21 ne recedant ab oculis tuis, custodi ea in medio cordis tui:
22 vita enim sunt invenientibus ea, et universae carni sanitas.
23 Omni custodia serva cor tuum, quia ex ipso vita procedit.
24 Remove a te os pravum, et detrahentia labia sint procul a te.
25 Oculi tui recta videant, et palpebrae tuae dirigantur coram te.
26 Observa semitam pedum tuorum, et omnes viae tuae stabilientur.
27 Ne declines ad dexteram neque ad sinistram, averte pedem tuum a malo.
King James Version
1 Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding.
2 For I give you good doctrine, forsake ye not my law.
3 For I was my father's son, tender and only beloved in the sight of my mother.
4 He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live.
5 Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth.
6 Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee.
7 Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.
8 Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her.
9 She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace: a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee.
10 Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; and the years of thy life shall be many.
11 I have taught thee in the way of wisdom; I have led thee in right paths.
12 When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened; and when thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble.
13 Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy life.
14 ¶ Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men.
15 Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away.
16 For they sleep not, except they have done mischief; and their sleep is taken away, unless they cause some to fall.
17 For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence.
18 But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.
19 The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.
20 ¶ My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings.
21 Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart.
22 For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.
23 ¶ Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.
24 Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee.
25 Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee.
26 Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established.
27 Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil.