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Proverbs 4:2-12 (English Standard Version)

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