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 hold1 of my words with all your heart; keep my commands and you will live.2
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Get wisdom,3 get understanding; do not forget my words or swerve from them.
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Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you;4 love her, and she will watch over you.5
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Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all6 you have, get understanding.7
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Esteem her, and she will exalt you; embrace her, and she will honor you.8
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She will set a garland of grace on your head and present you with a crown of splendor.9"
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Listen, my son,10 accept what I say, and the years of your life will be many.11
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I guide12 you in the way of wisdom and lead you along straight paths.13
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When you walk, your steps will not be hampered; when you run, you will not stumble.14
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