Proverbs 4 NIV

Get Wisdom at Any Cost

1 Listen, my sons, to a father’s instruction; pay attention and gain understanding.

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2 I give you sound learning, so do not forsake my teaching.
3 For I too was a son to my father, still tender, and cherished by my mother.
4 Then he taught me, and he said to me, “Take hold of my words with all your heart; keep my commands, and you will live.

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5 Get wisdom, get understanding; do not forget my words or turn away from them.

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6 Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you.

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7 The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.

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    • h 4:7 - Or "Wisdom is supreme; therefore get"
    • i 4:7 - Or "wisdom. / Whatever else you get"
      8 Cherish her, and she will exalt you; embrace her, and she will honor you.

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      9 She will give you a garland to grace your head and present you with a glorious crown.”

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      10 Listen, my son, accept what I say, and the years of your life will be many.

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      11 I instruct you in the way of wisdom and lead you along straight paths.

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      12 When you walk, your steps will not be hampered; when you run, you will not stumble.

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      13 Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life.

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      14 Do not set foot on the path of the wicked or walk in the way of evildoers.

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      15 Avoid it, do not travel on it; turn from it and go on your way.
      16 For they cannot rest until they do evil; they are robbed of sleep till they make someone stumble.

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      17 They eat the bread of wickedness and drink the wine of violence.

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      18 The path of the righteous is like the morning sun, shining ever brighter till the full light of day.

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      19 But the way of the wicked is like deep darkness; they do not know what makes them stumble.

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      20 My son, pay attention to what I say; turn your ear to my words.

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      21 Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart;

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      22 for they are life to those who find them and health to one’s whole body.

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      23 Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.

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      24 Keep your mouth free of perversity; keep corrupt talk far from your lips.
      25 Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you.

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      26 Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways.

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        • j 4:26 - Or "Make level"
          27 Do not turn to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.

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