My Son, if thou wilt hear the counsel which I enjoin and hide it with thee,  thine ear will hearken to wisdom; and thou wilt apply thy heart to understanding, and transmit it for instruction to thy son.  For if thou wilt call upon wisdom: and utter thy voice for understanding--  if thou wilt seek for it as silver; and search for it as for treasures;  then thou shalt understand the fear of the Lord; and find the knowledge of God.  For the Lord giveth wisdom; and from His presence is knowledge and understanding:  and He treasurerth up salvation for the upright.  He will protect their going, that they may keep the paths of rectitude. And He will guard the way of them who reverence Him.  Then thou shalt understand judgment and justice; and direct all thy ways aright.  For when wisdom entereth into thine understanding, and knowledge appeareth pleasant to thy soul,  good counsel will keep thee and holy prudence will guard thee:  that she may deliver thee from an evil way and from a man who speaketh perversely.
 Alas for them who leave straight paths to walk in the ways of darkness;  who are delighted with evils and have joy in evil perversion;  whose ways are crooked, and whose paths turn aside to lead thee far from the straight road  and estrange thee from a just determination.
 My son, let not evil counsel, who hath forsaken the discipline of youth and hath forgotten the divine covenant, take hold of thee.  For she hath placed her house near death; and her wheels with the earth born near the mansion of the dead.  None who walk by her direction can ever return; nor ever recover the right paths.  For they are not taken hold of by years of life. If they indeed had walked in good ways: they would have found the paths of justice smooth.  For the upright shall inhabit the land, and the holy shall be left in it;  the ways of the wicked shall be destroyed from the land, and the transgressors shall be driven out of it.