My son, if you heed
And store my commands in your mind,
Pay close attention to wisdom,
And give careful heed to reason.
If you will but seek
her as silver,
And search for her as for hid treasures,
You shall then understand true religion,
shall enter your mind,
And knowledge shall be pleasant
Discretion shall watch over you,
shall guard you,
To keep you from doing wrong,
whose words are evil,
Who leave the paths
To walk in ways that are dark,
in doing wrong,
And take pleasure
Happy the man
who finds wisdom,
And he who gains understanding.
In her right hand is long life,
In her left are riches and honor.
Her ways are pleasant ways,
And all her paths are peaceful.
She gives life
to those who seek her,
They are happy
who hold her fast.
You shall then go on your way securely,
And your foot shall never stumble.
When you sit down, you shall not be afraid,
When you lie down, your sleep
shall be sweet.