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A further exhortation to seek after wisdom.

[1] Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend that you may know prudence. [2] I will give you a good gift, forsake not my law. [3] For I also was my father's son, tender and as an only son in the sight of my mother: [4] And he taught me, and said: Let thy heart receive my words, keep my commandments, and thou shalt live. [5] Get wisdom, get prudence: forget not, neither decline from the words of my mouth.

[6] Forsake her not, and she shall keep thee: love her, and she shall preserve thee. [7] The beginning of wisdom, get wisdom, and with all thy possession purchase prudence. [8] Take hold on her, and she shall exalt thee: thou shalt be glorified by her, when thou shalt embrace her. [9] She shall give to thy head increase of graces, and protect thee with a noble crown. [10] Hear, O my son, and receive my words, that years of life may be multiplied to thee.

[11] I will shew thee the way of wisdom, I will lead thee by the paths of equity: [12] Which when thou shalt have entered, thy steps shall not be straitened, and when thou runnest thou shalt not meet a stumblingblock. [13] Take hold on instruction, leave it not: keep it, because it is thy life. [14] Be not delighted in the paths of the wicked, neither let the way of evil men please thee. [15] Flee from it, pass not by it: go aside, and forsake it.

[16] For they sleep not except they have done evil: and their sleep is taken away unless they have made some to fall. [17] They eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of iniquity. [18] But the path of the just, as a shining light, goeth forwards and increaseth even to perfect day. [19] The way of the wicked is darksome: they know not where they fall. [20] My son, hearken to my words, and incline thy ear to my sayings.

[21] Let them not depart from thy eyes, keep them in the midst of thy heart: [22] For they are life to those that find them, and health to all flesh. [23] With all watchfulness keep thy heart, because life issueth out from it. [24] Remove from thee a froward mouth, and let detracting lips be far from thee. [25] Let thy eyes look straight on, and let thy eyelids go before thy steps.

[26] Make straight the path for thy feet, and all thy ways shall be established. [27] Decline not to the right hand, nor to the left: turn away thy foot from evil. For the Lord knoweth the ways that are on the right hand: but those are perverse which are on the left hand. But he will make thy courses straight, he will bring forward thy ways in peace.

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