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