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Proverbs 4:2-12 ESV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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2 for I give you good precepts; do not forsake my teaching. 2 I give you sound learning, so do not forsake my teaching.
3 When I was a son with my father, tender, the only one in the sight of my mother, 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 to me, "Let your heart hold fast my words; keep my commandments, and live. 4 he taught me and said, "Lay hold of my words with all your heart; keep my commands and you will live.
5 Get wisdom; get insight; do not forget, and do not turn away from the words of my mouth. 5 Get wisdom, get understanding; do not forget my words or swerve from them.
6 Do not forsake her, and she will keep you; love her, and she will guard you. 6 Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you.
7 The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom, and whatever you get, get insight. 7 Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.
8 Prize her highly, and she will exalt you; she will honor you if you embrace her. 8 Esteem her, and she will exalt you; embrace her, and she will honor you.
9 She will place on your head a graceful garland; she will bestow on you a beautiful crown." 9 She will set a garland of grace on your head and present you with a crown of splendor."
10 Hear, my son, and accept my words, that the years of your life may be many. 10 Listen, my son, accept what I say, and the years of your life will be many.
11 I have taught you the way of wisdom; I have led you in the paths of uprightness. 11 I guide you in the way of wisdom and lead you along straight paths.
12 When you walk, your step will not be hampered, and if you run, you will not stumble. 12 When you walk, your steps will not be hampered; when you run, you will not stumble.