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GOD’S WORD Translation

Proverbs 4:1–10

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Cherish Wisdom

Sons,

listen to your father’s discipline,

and pay attention in order to gain understanding.

After all, I have taught you well.

Do not abandon my teachings.

When I was a boy learning from my father,

when I was a tender and only child of my mother,

they used to teach me and say to me,

“Cling to my words wholeheartedly.

Obey my commands so that you may live.

Acquire wisdom.

Acquire understanding.

Do not forget.

Do not turn away from the words that I have spoken.

Do not abandon wisdom, and it will watch over you.

Love wisdom, and it will protect you.

The beginning of wisdom is to acquire wisdom.

Acquire understanding with all that you have.

Cherish wisdom.

It will raise you up.

It will bring you honor when you embrace it.

It will give you a graceful garland for your head.

It will hand you a beautiful crown.”

Stay on the Path of Wisdom

10  My son,

listen and accept my words,

and they will multiply the years of your life.

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