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Proverbs 4:1-11 (English Standard Version)

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A Father's Wise Instruction

1 1Hear, O sons, a father's instruction, and be attentive, that you may 2gaina insight, 2 for I give you good 3precepts; do not forsake my teaching. 3 When I was a son with my father, 4tender, 5the only one in the sight of my mother, 4 he 6taught me and said to me, 7"Let your heart hold fast my words; 8keep my commandments, and live. 5 9Get wisdom; get 10insight; do not forget, and do not turn away from the words of my mouth. 6 Do not forsake her, and she will keep you; 11love her, and she will guard you. 7 12The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom, and whatever you get, get 13insight. 8 Prize her highly, and she will exalt you; she will 14honor you 15if you embrace her. 9 She will place on your head 16a graceful garland; she will bestow on you a beautiful crown." 10 17Hear, 18my son, and accept my words, that 19the years of your life may be many. 11 I have 20taught you the way of wisdom; I have led you in the paths of uprightness.
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