Proverbs 4:1–10

Get Wisdom at Any Cost

4 Listen, my sons,b to a father’s instruction;c

pay attention and gain understanding.d

I give you sound learning,

so do not forsake my teaching.

For I too was a son to my father,

still tender, and cherished by my mother.

Then he taught me, and he said to me,

“Take holde of my words with all your heart;

keep my commands, and you will live.f

Get wisdom,g get understanding;

do not forget my words or turn away from them.

Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you;h

love her, and she will watch over you.i

The beginning of wisdom is this: Geta wisdom.

Though it cost allj you have,b get understanding.k

Cherish her, and she will exalt you;

embrace her, and she will honor you.l

She will give you a garland to grace your head

and present you with a glorious crown.m

10 Listen, my son,n accept what I say,

and the years of your life will be many.o

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