A Father's Example

1 Listen, [my] sons, to a father's discipline, and pay attention so that you may gain understanding,
References for Proverbs 4:1
      2 for I am giving you good instruction. Don't abandon my teaching.
      3 When I was a son with my father, tender and precious to my mother,
      4 he taught me and said: "Your heart must hold on to my words. Keep my commands and live.a
      References for Proverbs 4:4
        • a 4:4 - Pr 3:1-2; 6:20-23; 7:1-2
          5 Get wisdom, get understanding;b don't forget or turn away from the words of my mouth.
          References for Proverbs 4:5
            • b 4:5 - Pr 16:16
              6 Don't abandon wisdom, and she will watch over you; love her, and she will guard you.
              7 Wisdom is supreme-so get wisdom. And whatever else you get, get understanding.c
              References for Proverbs 4:7
                • c 4:7 - Pr 16:16
                  8 Cherish her, and she will exalt you; if you embrace her, she will honor you.
                  9 She will place a garland of grace on your head; she will give you a crown of beauty."d
                  References for Proverbs 4:9
                    • d 4:9 - Pr 16:31

                      Two Ways of Life

                      10 Listen, my son. Accept my words, and you will live many years.
                      References for Proverbs 4:10
                          11 I am teaching you the way of wisdom; I am guiding you on straight paths.
                          12 When you walk, your steps will not be hindered; when you run, you will not stumble.
                          13 Hold on to instruction; don't let go. Guard it, for it is your life.