1 Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding.
1 Listen, children, to your father's instruction, and pay attention in order to gain understanding.
1 Hear, my sons, the instruction of a father, and pay attention in order to gain and to know intelligent discernment, comprehension, and interpretation [of spiritual matters].
2 For I give you good doctrine, forsake ye not my law.
2 I give you sound teaching, so do not abandon my instruction.
2 For I give you good doctrine [what is to be received]; do not forsake my teaching.
3 For I was my father's son, tender and only beloved in the sight of my mother.
3 When I was a son with my father,tender and precious to my mother,
3 When I was a son to my father, not yet strong and an only son to my mother,
3 When I [Solomon] was a son with my father [David], tender and the only son in the sight of my mother [Bathsheba],
4 He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live.
4 he taught me and told me, "Let your heart fully embrace what I have to say; keep my commandments and live!
4 He taught me and said to me, Let your heart hold fast my words; keep my commandments and live.
5 Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth.
5 Get wisdom! Get understanding! Do not forget or turn aside from the words of my mouth!
5 Get skillful and godly Wisdom, get understanding (discernment, comprehension, and interpretation); do not forget and do not turn back from the words of my mouth.
6 Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee.
6 Do not abandon her, and she will protect you. Love her, and she will watch over you.
6 Forsake not [Wisdom], and she will keep, defend, and protect you; love her, and she will guard you.
7 Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.
7 Wisdom is of utmost importance, therefore get wisdom, and with all your effort work to acquire understanding.
7 The beginning of Wisdom is: get Wisdom (skillful and godly Wisdom)! [For skillful and godly Wisdom is the principal thing.] And with all you have gotten, get understanding (discernment, comprehension, and interpretation).
8 Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her.
8 Prize her and she will exalt you. Indeed, if you embrace her, she will honor you.
8 Prize Wisdom highly and exalt her, and she will exalt and promote you; she will bring you to honor when you embrace her.
9 She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace: a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee.
9 She will place on your head a graceful garland; she will present to you a crown of beauty."
9 She shall give to your head a wreath of gracefulness; a crown of beauty and glory will she deliver to you.
10 Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; and the years of thy life shall be many.
10 Listen, my son: accept my words, and you'll live a long, long time.
10 Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings, and the years of your life shall be many.
11 I have taught thee in the way of wisdom; I have led thee in right paths.
11 I have directed you in the way of wisdom, and I have led you along straight paths.
11 I have taught you in the way of skillful and godly Wisdom [which is comprehensive insight into the ways and purposes of God]; I have led you in paths of uprightness.
12 When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened; and when thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble.
12 When you walk, your step will not be hindered, and when you run, you will not stumble.
12 When you walk, your steps shall not be hampered [your path will be clear and open]; and when you run, you shall not stumble.
13 Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy life.
13 Hold on to instruction, do not let it go! Guard wisdom, because she is your life!
13 Take firm hold of instruction, do not let go; guard her, for she is your life.
14 Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men.
14 Do not enter the path of the wicked, or go along the way of evil men.
14 Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men.
15 Avoid it, do not pass by it;Turn away from it and pass on.
15 Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away.
15 Avoid it; don’t travel on it.Turn away from it, and pass it by.
15 Avoid it! Don't travel on it! Turn away from it, and pass on by.
15 Avoid it, do not go on it; turn from it and pass on.
16 For they sleep not, except they have done mischief; and their sleep is taken away, unless they cause some to fall.
16 For they cannot sleep unless they are doing evil, and they are robbed of their sleep unless they cause someone to stumble.
16 For they cannot sleep unless they have caused trouble or vexation; their sleep is taken away unless they have caused someone to fall.
17 For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence.
17 They eat the bread of wickednessand drink the wine of violence.
17 For they eat the bread of wickedness, and they drink the wine of violence.
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.
18 The path of the righteous is like the light of dawn that grows brighter until the full light of day.
18 But the path of the [uncompromisingly] just and righteous is like the light of dawn, that shines more and more (brighter and clearer) until [it reaches its full strength and glory in] the perfect day [to be prepared].
19 The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.
19 But the way of the wicked is like deep darkness, and they do not know what they are stumbling over.
19 The way of the wicked is like deep darkness; they do not know over what they stumble.
20 My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings.
20 My son, pay attention to my words, and listen closely to what I say.
20 My son, attend to my words; consent and submit to my sayings.
21 Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart.
21 Do not let them out of your sight; keep them within your heart.
21 Let them not depart from your sight; keep them in the center of your heart.
22 For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.
22 For they are life to those who find them,and health to one’s whole body.
22 For they are life to those who find them, and healing to their whole body.
22 For they are life to those who find them, healing and health to all their flesh.
23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.
23 Above everything else guard your heart, because from it flow the springs of life.
23 Keep and guard your heart with all vigilance and above all that you guard, for out of it flow the springs of life.
24 Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee.
24 Never talk deceptively and don't keep company with people whose speech is corrupt.
24 Put away from you false and dishonest speech, and willful and contrary talk put far from you.
25 Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee.
25 Let your eyes look directly ahead; fix your gaze straight in front of you.
25 Let your eyes look right on [with fixed purpose], and let your gaze be straight before you.
26 Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established.
26 Carefully measure the paths for your feet, and all your ways will be established.
26 Consider well the path of your feet, and let all your ways be established and ordered aright.
27 Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil.
27 Do not turn to the right or to the left; turn your foot away from evil.
27 Turn not aside to the right hand or to the left; remove your foot from evil.
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