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Proverbs 1:8–9

A Father’s Exhortation: Acquire Wisdom

My child,* listen when your father corrects you.

Don’t neglect your mother’s instruction.

What you learn from them will crown you with grace

and be a chain of honor around your neck.

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Proverbs 1:8–9 — The New International Version (NIV)

Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction

and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.

They are a garland to grace your head

and a chain to adorn your neck.

Proverbs 1:8–9 — English Standard Version (ESV)

Hear, my son, your father’s instruction,

and forsake not your mother’s teaching,

for they are a graceful garland for your head

and pendants for your neck.

Proverbs 1:8–9 — King James Version (KJV 1900)

My son, hear the instruction of thy father,

And forsake not the law of thy mother:

For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head,

And chains about thy neck.

Proverbs 1:8–9 — The New King James Version (NKJV)

My son, hear the instruction of your father,

And do not forsake the law of your mother;

For they will be a graceful ornament on your head,

And chains about your neck.

Proverbs 1:8–9 — New Century Version (NCV)

My child, listen to your father’s teaching

and do not forget your mother’s advice.

Their teaching will be like flowers in your hair

or a necklace around your neck.

Proverbs 1:8–9 — American Standard Version (ASV 1901)

My son, hear the instruction of thy father,

And forsake not the law of thy mother:

For they shall be a chaplet of grace unto thy head,

And chains about thy neck.

Proverbs 1:8–9 — 1890 Darby Bible (DARBY)

Hear, my son, the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the teaching of thy mother; for they shall be a garland of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck.

Proverbs 1:8–9 — GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

My son,

listen to your father’s discipline,

and do not neglect your mother’s teachings,

because discipline and teachings

are a graceful garland on your head

and a golden chain around your neck.

Proverbs 1:8–9 — The Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction,

and don’t reject your mother’s teaching,

for they will be a garland of grace on your head

and a gold chain around your neck.

Proverbs 1:8–9 — The New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

Hear, my child, your father’s instruction,

and do not reject your mother’s teaching;

for they are a fair garland for your head,

and pendants for your neck.

Proverbs 1:8–9 — The Lexham English Bible (LEB)

My child, may you keep your father’s instruction,

and do not reject your mother’s teachings,

for they are a garland of favor for your head,

and pendants for your neck.

Proverbs 1:8–9 — New International Reader’s Version (NIrV)

My son, listen to your father’s advice.

Don’t turn away from your mother’s teaching.

What they teach you will be like a beautiful crown on your head.

It will be like a chain to decorate your neck.

Proverbs 1:8–9 — New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update (NASB95)

Hear, my son, your father’s instruction

And do not forsake your mother’s teaching;

Indeed, they are a graceful wreath to your head

And ornaments about your neck.