Hear, O Israel, the commandments of life: listen, and know prudence!
How is it, Israel, that you are in the land of your foes, grown old in a foreign land, defiled with the dead, accounted with those destined for the netherworld?
You have forsaken the fountain of wisdom!
Had you walked in the way of God, you would have dwelt in enduring peace.
Learn where prudence is, where strength, where understanding; that you may know also where are length of days, and life, where light of the eyes, and peace.
Who has found the place of wisdom, who has entered into her treasuries?
The One who knows all things knows her; he has probed her by his knowledge - The One who established the earth for all time, and filled it with four-footed beasts; he who dismisses the light, and it departs, calls it, and it obeys him trembling; before whom the stars at their posts shine and rejoice; when he calls them, they answer, "Here we are!" shining with joy for their Maker.
Such is our God; no other is to be compared to him: he has traced out the whole way of understanding, and has given her to Jacob, his servant, to Israel, his beloved son.
Since then she has appeared on earth, and moved among people.
She is the book of the precepts of God, the law that endures forever; all who cling to her will live, but those will die who forsake her.
Turn, O Jacob, and receive her: walk by her light toward splendor.
Give not your glory to another, your privileges to an alien race.
Blessed are we, O Israel; for what pleases God is known to us!