|Listen, O Israel, to the commandments of life! Pay attention, so that you may learn prudence!
|How is it, O Israel, that you are in the land of your enemies,
|that you have grown old in a foreign land, that you are defiled with the dead, that you are regarded as among those who are descending into hell?
|You have forsaken the fountain of wisdom.
|For if you had walked in the way of God, you would certainly have lived in everlasting peace.
|Learn where prudence is, where virtue is, where understanding is, so that you may know at the same time where long life and prosperity are, where the light of the eyes and peace are.
|Who has discovered its place? And who has entered its treasure chamber?
|Yet he who knows the universe is familiar with her, and in his foresight he invented her, he who prepared the earth for time without end, and filled it with cattle and four-footed beasts,
|who sends out the light, and it goes, and who summoned it, and it obeyed him in fear.
|Yet the stars have given light from their posts, and they rejoiced.
|They were called, and so they said, “Here we are,” and they shined with cheerfulness to him who made them.
|This is our God, and no other can compare to him.
|He invented the way of all instruction, and delivered it to Jacob his child, and to Israel his beloved.
|After this, he was seen on earth, and he conversed with men.