he taught me, and he said to me: "Let your heart lay hold of my words; keep my commands so that you will live.
Keep my commands so that you may live, and obey my instruction as your most prized possession.
Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but raise them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.
"And you, Solomon my son, obey the God of your father and serve him with a submissive attitude and a willing spirit, for the Lord examines all minds and understands every motive of one's thoughts. If you seek him, he will let you find him, but if you abandon him, he will reject you permanently.
Pay attention and come to me! Listen, so you can live! Then I will make an unconditional covenantal promise to you, just like the reliable covenantal promises I made to David.
I have chosen him so that he may command his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing what is right and just. Then the Lord will give to Abraham what he promised him."
You must not do as they do in the land of Egypt where you have been living, and you must not do as they do in the land of Canaan into which I am about to bring you; you must not walk in their statutes.
Again, however, pay very careful attention, lest you forget the things you have seen and disregard them for the rest of your life; instead teach them to your children and grandchildren.
"Now, my son, may the Lord be with you! May you succeed and build a temple for the Lord your God, just as he announced you would.
Train a child in the way that he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.
And I know that his commandment is eternal life. Thus the things I say, I say just as the Father has told me."
I recall your sincere faith that was alive first in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice, and I am sure is in you.
and how from infancy you have known the holy writings, which are able to give you wisdom for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.