Bible: Proverbs 4:1-11

Admonition to Follow Righteousness and Avoid Wickedness 1 

4:1 Listen, children, 2  to a father’s instruction, 3 

and pay attention so that 4  you may gain 5  discernment.

4:2 Because I give 6  you good instruction, 7 

do not forsake my teaching.

4:3 When I was a son to my father, 8 

a tender only child 9  before my mother,

4:4 he taught me, and he said to me:

“Let your heart lay hold of my words;

keep my commands so that 10  you will live.

4:5 Acquire wisdom, acquire understanding;

do not forget and do not turn aside from the words I speak. 11 

4:6 Do not forsake wisdom, 12  and she will protect you;

love her, and she will guard you.

4:7 Wisdom is supreme 13 so 14  acquire wisdom,

and whatever you acquire, 15  acquire understanding! 16 

4:8 Esteem her highly 17  and she will exalt you;

she will honor you if you embrace her.

4:9 She will place a fair 18  garland on your head;

she will bestow 19  a beautiful crown 20  on you.”

4:10 Listen, my child, 21  and accept my words,

so that 22  the years of your life will be many. 23 

4:11 I will guide you 24  in the way of wisdom

and I will lead you in upright paths. 25 

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