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Proverbs 4:1–10

A FATHER’S EXAMPLE

Listen, sons, to a father’s discipline,ac

and pay attention so that you may gain understanding,

for I am giving you good instruction.ad

Don’t abandon my teaching.

When I was a son with my father,

tender and precious to my mother,

he taught me and said,

“Your heart must hold on to my words.

Keep my commands and live.ae

Get wisdom, get understanding;af

don’t forget or turn away from the words from my mouth.

Don’t abandon wisdom, and she will watch over you;

love her,ag and she will guard you.

Wisdom is supreme—so get wisdom.

And whatever else you get, get understanding.ah

Cherish her, and she will exalt you;

if you embrace her, she will honor you.a

She will place a garland of favor on your head;

she will give you a crown of beauty.”b

TWO WAYS OF LIFE

10 Listen, my son. Accept my words,c

and you will live many years.d

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