My Son, if your Heart is Wise

15 My child, if your heart is wise,
my heart too will be glad.
16 My soul will rejoice
when your lips speak what is right.
17 Do not let your heart envy sinners,
but always continue in the fear of the Lord.
18 Surely there is a future,
and your hope will not be cut off.
19 Hear, my child, and be wise,
and direct your mind in the way.
20 Do not be among winebibbers,
or among gluttonous eaters of meat ;
21 for the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty,
and drowsiness will clothe them with rags.
22 Listen to your father who begot you,
and do not despise your mother when she is old.
23 Buy truth, and do not sell it ;
buy wisdom, instruction, and understanding.
24 The father of the righteous will greatly rejoice ;
he who begets a wise son will be glad in him.
25 Let your father and mother be glad ;
let her who bore you rejoice.
26 My child, give me your heart,
and let your eyes observe[a] my ways.