Advice to Young People 4 1My child, listen closely to my teachings and learn common sense. 2My advice is useful, so don't turn away. 3When I was still very young and my mother's favorite child, my father 4 said to me: “If you follow my teachings and keep them in mind, you will live. 5Be wise and learn good sense; remember my teachings and do what I say. 6If you love Wisdom and don't reject her, she will watch over you. 7The best thing about Wisdom is Wisdom herself; good sense is more important than anything else. 8If you value Wisdom and hold tightly to her, great honors will be yours. 9It will be like wearing a glorious crown of beautiful flowers.” The Right Way and the Wrong Way 10My child, if you listen and obey my teachings, you will live a long time. 11I have shown you the way that makes sense; I have guided you along the right path. 12Your road won't be blocked, and you won't stumble when you run. 13Hold firmly to my teaching and never let go. It will mean life for you. 14Don't follow the bad example of cruel and evil people. 15Turn aside and keep going. Stay away from them. 16They can't sleep or rest until they do wrong or harm some innocent victim. 17Their food and drink are cruelty and wickedness. 18The lifestyle of good people is like sunlight at dawn that keeps getting brighter until broad daylight. 19The lifestyle of the wicked is like total darkness, and they will never know what makes them stumble. 20My child, listen carefully to everything I say. 21Don't forget a single word, but think about it all. 22Knowing these teachings will mean true life and good health for you. 23Carefully guard your thoughts because they are the source of true life. 24Never tell lies or be deceitful in what you say. 25Keep looking straight ahead, without turning aside. 26 Know where you are headed, and you will stay on solid ground. 27Don't make a mistake by turning to the right or the left.
Contemporary English Version / ©1995 American Bible Society About