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Proverbs 4:1-13 (New International Version)

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Wisdom Is Supreme

1 Listen, my sons,1 to a father's instruction;2 pay attention and gain understanding.3 2 I give you sound learning, so do not forsake my teaching. 3 When I was a boy in my father's house, still tender, and an only child of my mother, 4 he taught me and said, "Lay hold4 of my words with all your heart; keep my commands and you will live.5 5 Get wisdom,6 get understanding; do not forget my words or swerve from them. 6 Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you;7 love her, and she will watch over you.8 7 Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all9 you have,a get understanding.10 8 Esteem her, and she will exalt you; embrace her, and she will honor you.11 9 She will set a garland of grace on your head and present you with a crown of splendor.12" 10 Listen, my son,13 accept what I say, and the years of your life will be many.14 11 I guide15 you in the way of wisdom and lead you along straight paths.16 12 When you walk, your steps will not be hampered; when you run, you will not stumble.17 13 Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life.18
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