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Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Hear, children, the instruction of a father, and listen to knowledge and understanding.
2Because I have given you good teaching, forsake not my law.
3For I have been a delightful son to my father and an only child in the presence of my mother.
4And he taught me and said to me, “Confirm my word in your heart; keep my commandments and live, and my law like the pupils of the eyes.”
5“Get wisdom and get understanding, and do not turn aside from the sayings of my mouth.”
6“Do not forsake her that she may keep you; love her that she may deliver you.”
7Wisdom is the summit; get wisdom, and with all your possessions purchase understanding.
8Love her that she may exalt you and embrace her that she may honor you.
9And she will put the beauty of grace on your head and she will satisfy you with a crown of glory.
10Hear, my son, and receive my words, and the years of your life will be many.
11I have taught you the ways of wisdom and I have led you in the straight paths.
12And when you walk, your walking will not quake, and if you run, you will not stumble.
13Hold my instruction fast and do not forsake her; keep her because she is your life.
14Do not go in the way of sinners and do not envy the way of the evil.
15Do not pass through the place where they dwell, but turn aside and pass from it.
16They do not sleep until they do evil and their sleep flees away until they do their desires.
17Because their food is the food of evil and they drink the wine of depravity.
18But the way of the righteous ones is like the shining light, and the light progresses until the day is established.
19But the way of the wicked is darkness and they do not know on what they stumble.
20My son, give ear to my words and incline your ear to my speech.
21Do not let them depart before your eyes but keep them within your heart.
22Because he who finds them has life, and all healing in his flesh.
23Keep your heart with all caution because from it is the outgoing of life.
24Cause the perverse mouth to pass from you, and put far from your lips the thought of depravity.
25Let your eyes see in uprightness and let your eyelashes be straight before you.
26Let your foot pass from evil streets and all your ways will be established.
27Do not turn aside to the right or to the left, but remove your foot from evil.