Proverbs 4:2-12 NIV

2 I give you sound learning, so do not forsake my teaching.
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, "Lay hold1 of my words with all your heart; keep my commands and you will live.2

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5 Get wisdom,3 get understanding; do not forget my words or swerve from them.

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6 Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you;4 love her, and she will watch over you.5

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7 Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all6 you have,a get understanding.7

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    • a 4:7 - Or "Whatever else you get"
      8 Esteem her, and she will exalt you; embrace her, and she will honor you.8

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      9 She will set a garland of grace on your head and present you with a crown of splendor.9"

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      10 Listen, my son,10 accept what I say, and the years of your life will be many.11

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      11 I guide12 you in the way of wisdom and lead you along straight paths.13

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      12 When you walk, your steps will not be hampered; when you run, you will not stumble.14

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