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
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
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
1 My son, attend
unto my wisdom, and bow thine ear to my understanding:
2 That thou mayest regard discretion, and that thy lips may
3 For the lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb, and
her mouth is smoother than oil:
4 But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a twoedged sword.
5 Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on hell.
6 Lest thou shouldest ponder the path of life, her ways are
moveable, that thou canst not know them.
7 Hear me now therefore, O ye children, and depart not from
the words of my mouth.
8 Remove thy way far from her, and come not nigh the door of
9 Lest thou give thine honour unto others, and thy years unto
10 Lest strangers be filled with thy wealth; and thy labours
be in the house of a stranger;
11 And thou mourn at the last, when thy flesh and thy body are
12 And say, How have I hated instruction, and my heart despised
13 And have not obeyed the voice of my teachers, nor inclined
mine ear to them that instructed me!
14 I was almost in all evil in the midst of the congregation
15 Drink waters out of thine own cistern, and running waters
out of thine own well.
16 Let thy fountains be dispersed abroad, and rivers of waters
in the streets.
17 Let them be only thine own, and not strangers' with thee.
18 Let thy fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of
19 Let her be as the loving hind and pleasant roe; let her breasts
satisfy thee at all times; and be thou ravished always with
20 And why wilt thou, my son, be ravished with a strange woman,
and embrace the bosom of a stranger?
21 For the ways of man are before the eyes of the LORD, and
he pondereth all his goings.
22 His own iniquities shall take the wicked himself, and he
shall be holden with the cords of his sins.
23 He shall die without instruction; and in the greatness of
his folly he shall go astray.
1 My son, if thou
be surety for thy friend, if thou hast stricken thy hand with
2 Thou art snared with the words of thy mouth, thou art taken
with the words of thy mouth.
3 Do this now, my son, deliver thyself, when thou art come into
the hand of thy friend; go, humble thyself, and make sure thy
4 Give not sleep to thine eyes, nor slumber to thine eyelids.
5 Deliver thyself as a roe from the hand of the hunter, and
as a bird from the hand of the fowler.
6 Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise:
7 Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler,
8 Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in
9 How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise
out of thy sleep?
10 Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of
the hands to sleep:
11 So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy
want as an armed man.
12 A naughty person, a wicked man, walketh with a froward mouth.
13 He winketh with his eyes, he speaketh with his feet, he teacheth
with his fingers;
14 Frowardness is in his heart, he deviseth mischief continually;
he soweth discord.
15 Therefore shall his calamity come suddenly; suddenly shall
he be broken without remedy.
16 These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination
17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent
18 An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be
swift in running to mischief,
19 A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord
20 My son, keep thy father's commandment, and forsake not the
law of thy mother:
21 Bind them continually upon thine heart, and tie them about
22 When thou goest, it shall lead thee; when thou sleepest,
it shall keep thee; and when thou awakest, it shall talk with
23 For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and
reproofs of instruction are the way of life:
24 To keep thee from the evil woman, from the flattery of the
tongue of a strange woman.
25 Lust not after her beauty in thine heart; neither let her
take thee with her eyelids.
26 For by means of a whorish woman a man is brought to a piece
of bread: and the adulteress will hunt for the precious life.
27 Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be
28 Can one go upon hot coals, and his feet not be burned?
29 So he that goeth in to his neighbour's wife; whosoever toucheth
her shall not be innocent.
30 Men do not despise a thief, if he steal to satisfy his soul
when he is hungry;
31 But if he be found, he shall restore sevenfold; he shall
give all the substance of his house.
32 But whoso committeth adultery with a woman lacketh understanding:
he that doeth it destroyeth his own soul.
33 A wound and dishonour shall he get; and his reproach shall
not be wiped away.
34 For jealousy is the rage of a man: therefore he will not
spare in the day of vengeance.
35 He will not regard any ransom; neither will he rest content,
though thou givest many gifts.
1 My son, keep
my words, and lay up my commandments with thee.
2 Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of
3 Bind them upon thy fingers, write them upon the table of thine
4 Say unto wisdom, Thou art my sister; and call understanding
5 That they may keep thee from the strange woman, from the stranger
which flattereth with her words.
6 For at the window of my house I looked through my casement,
7 And beheld among the simple ones, I discerned among the youths,
a young man void of understanding,
8 Passing through the street near her corner; and he went the
way to her house,
9 In the twilight, in the evening, in the black and dark night:
10 And, behold, there met him a woman with the attire of an
harlot, and subtil of heart.
11 (She is loud and stubborn; her feet abide not in her house:
12 Now is she without, now in the streets, and lieth in wait
at every corner.)
13 So she caught him, and kissed him, and with an impudent face
said unto him,
14 I have peace offerings with me; this day have I payed my
15 Therefore came I forth to meet thee, diligently to seek thy
face, and I have found thee.
16 I have decked my bed with coverings of tapestry, with carved
works, with fine linen of Egypt.
17 I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon.
18 Come, let us take our fill of love until the morning: let
us solace ourselves with loves.
19 For the goodman is not at home, he is gone a long journey:
20 He hath taken a bag of money with him, and will come home
at the day appointed.
21 With her much fair speech she caused him to yield, with the
flattering of her lips she forced him.
22 He goeth after her straightway, as an ox goeth to the slaughter,
or as a fool to the correction of the stocks;
23 Till a dart strike through his liver; as a bird hasteth to
the snare, and knoweth not that it is for his life.
24 Hearken unto me now therefore, O ye children, and attend
to the words of my mouth.
25 Let not thine heart decline to her ways, go not astray in
26 For she hath cast down many wounded: yea, many strong men
have been slain by her.
27 Her house is the way to hell, going down to the chambers