A.11 My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD;
B. neither be weary of his correction:
B’.12 For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth;
A. even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.
2A.13 Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.
2B.14 For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold. 15 She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her.
2B’.16 Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches and honour. 17 Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.
2A’.18 She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retaineth her.