Incline your ear and hear the words of the wise,
And apply your mind to my knowledge;
Apply your heart to discipline
And your ears to words of knowledge.
So teach us to number our days,
That we may present to You a heart of wisdom.
To receive instruction in wise behavior,
Righteousness, justice and equity;
Make your ear attentive to wisdom,
Incline your heart to understanding;
My son, do not forget my teaching,
But let your heart keep my commandments;
Then he taught me and said to me,
“Let your heart hold fast my words;
Keep my commandments and live;
My son, give attention to my wisdom,
Incline your ear to my understanding;
“Heed instruction and be wise,
And do not neglect it.
I directed my mind to know, to investigate and to seek wisdom and an explanation, and to know the evil of folly and the foolishness of madness.
All this I have seen and applied my mind to every deed that has been done under the sun wherein a man has exercised authority over another man to his hurt.
When I gave my heart to know wisdom and to see the task which has been done on the earth (even though one should never sleep day or night),
“Incline your ear and come to Me.
Listen, that you may live;
And I will make an everlasting covenant with you,
According to the faithful mercies shown to David.
While he was still speaking, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and behold, a voice out of the cloud said, “This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well-pleased; listen to Him!”