Proverbs 4:1–13

Security in Wisdom

4 Hear, amy children, the instruction of a father,

And give attention to know understanding;

2 For I give you good doctrine:

Do not forsake my law.

3 When I was my father’s son,

bTender and the only one in the sight of my mother,

4 cHe also taught me, and said to me:

“Let your heart retain my words;

dKeep my commands, and live.

5 eGet wisdom! Get understanding!

Do not forget, nor turn away from the words of my mouth.

6 Do not forsake her, and she will preserve you;

fLove her, and she will keep you.

7 gWisdom is the principal thing;

Therefore get wisdom.

And in all your getting, get understanding.

8 hExalt her, and she will promote you;

She will bring you honor, when you embrace her.

9 She will place on your head ian ornament of grace;

A crown of glory she will deliver to you.”

10 Hear, my son, and receive my sayings,

jAnd the years of your life will be many.

11 I have ktaught you in the way of wisdom;

I have led you in right paths.

12 When you walk, lyour steps will not be hindered,

mAnd when you run, you will not stumble.

13 Take firm hold of instruction, do not let go;

Keep her, for she is your life.

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