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Proverbs 4:5–9

nGet wisdom; get ginsight;

do not forget, and do not turn away from the words of my mouth.

Do not forsake her, and she will keep you;

olove her, and she will guard you.

pThe beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom,

and whatever you get, get ginsight.

Prize her highly, and she will exalt you;

she will qhonor you rif you embrace her.

She will place on your head sa graceful garland;

she will bestow on you a beautiful crown.”

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Proverbs 4:5–9 — The New International Version (NIV)

Get wisdom, get understanding;

do not forget my words or turn away from them.

Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you;

love her, and she will watch over you.

The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom.

Though it cost all you have, get understanding.

Cherish her, and she will exalt you;

embrace her, and she will honor you.

She will give you a garland to grace your head

and present you with a glorious crown.”

Proverbs 4:5–9 — King James Version (KJV 1900)

Get wisdom, get understanding:

Forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth.

Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee:

Love her, and she shall keep thee.

Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom:

And with all thy getting get understanding.

Exalt her, and she shall promote thee:

She shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her.

She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace:

A crown of glory shall she deliver to thee.

Proverbs 4:5–9 — New Living Translation (NLT)

Get wisdom; develop good judgment.

Don’t forget my words or turn away from them.

Don’t turn your back on wisdom, for she will protect you.

Love her, and she will guard you.

Getting wisdom is the wisest thing you can do!

And whatever else you do, develop good judgment.

If you prize wisdom, she will make you great.

Embrace her, and she will honor you.

She will place a lovely wreath on your head;

she will present you with a beautiful crown.”

Proverbs 4:5–9 — The New King James Version (NKJV)

Get wisdom! Get understanding!

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

Do not forsake her, and she will preserve you;

Love her, and she will keep you.

Wisdom is the principal thing;

Therefore get wisdom.

And in all your getting, get understanding.

Exalt her, and she will promote you;

She will bring you honor, when you embrace her.

She will place on your head an ornament of grace;

A crown of glory she will deliver to you.”

Proverbs 4:5–9 — New Century Version (NCV)

Get wisdom and understanding.

Don’t forget or ignore my words.

Hold on to wisdom, and it will take care of you.

Love it, and it will keep you safe.

Wisdom is the most important thing; so get wisdom.

If it costs everything you have, get understanding.

Treasure wisdom, and it will make you great;

hold on to it, and it will bring you honor.

It will be like flowers in your hair

and like a beautiful crown on your head.”

Proverbs 4:5–9 — American Standard Version (ASV)

Get wisdom, get understanding;

Forget not, neither decline from the words of my mouth;

Forsake her not, and she will preserve thee;

Love her, and she will keep thee.

Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom;

Yea, with all thy getting get understanding.

Exalt her, and she will promote thee;

She will bring thee to honor, when thou dost embrace her.

She will give to thy head a chaplet of grace;

A crown of beauty will she deliver to thee.

Proverbs 4:5–9 — 1890 Darby Bible (DARBY)

Get wisdom, get intelligence: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth. Forsake her not, and she shall keep thee; love her, and she shall preserve thee. The beginning of wisdom is, Get wisdom; and with all thy getting get intelligence. Exalt her, and she shall promote thee; she shall bring thee to honour when thou dost embrace her. She shall give to thy head a garland of grace; a crown of glory will she bestow upon thee.

Proverbs 4:5–9 — GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

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.” 

Proverbs 4:5–9 — The Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Get wisdom, get understanding;

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

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

love her, and she will guard you.

Wisdom is supreme—so get wisdom.

And whatever else you get, get understanding.

Cherish her, and she will exalt you;

if you embrace her, she will honor you.

She will place a garland of grace on your head;

she will give you a crown of beauty.”

Proverbs 4:5–9 — The New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

Get wisdom; get insight: do not forget, nor turn away

from the words of my mouth.

Do not forsake her, and she will keep you;

love her, and she will guard you.

The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom,

and whatever else you get, get insight.

Prize her highly, and she will exalt you;

she will honor you if you embrace her.

She will place on your head a fair garland;

she will bestow on you a beautiful crown.”

Proverbs 4:5–9 — The Lexham English Bible (LEB)

Get wisdom and insight;

do not forget and do not turn from the sayings of my mouth.

Do not forsake her—then she will guard you;

love her and she will keep you.

The beginning of wisdom: Get wisdom!

With all that is in your possession, gain insight.

Cherish her and she will exalt you;

she will honor you if you embrace her.

She will give a garland for your head;

she shall bestow a crown of glory upon you.”

Proverbs 4:5–9 — New International Reader’s Version (1998) (NIrV)

Get wisdom. Get understanding.

Don’t forget my words. Don’t turn away from them.

Stay close to wisdom, and she will keep you safe.

Love her, and she will watch over you.

Wisdom is best. So get wisdom.

No matter what it costs, get understanding.

Value wisdom, and she will lift you up.

Hold her close, and she will honor you.

She will set a beautiful crown on your head.

She will give you a glorious crown.”

Proverbs 4:5–9 — New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update (NASB95)

Acquire wisdom! Acquire understanding!

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

“Do not forsake her, and she will guard you;

Love her, and she will watch over you.

“The beginning of wisdom is: Acquire wisdom;

And with all your acquiring, get understanding.

Prize her, and she will exalt you;

She will honor you if you embrace her.

“She will place on your head a garland of grace;

She will present you with a crown of beauty.”