Bible: Proverbs 4:5-13

4:5 Acquire wisdom, acquire understanding;

do not forget and do not turn aside from the words I speak. 1 

4:6 Do not forsake wisdom, 2  and she will protect you;

love her, and she will guard you.

4:7 Wisdom is supreme 3 so 4  acquire wisdom,

and whatever you acquire, 5  acquire understanding! 6 

4:8 Esteem her highly 7  and she will exalt you;

she will honor you if you embrace her.

4:9 She will place a fair 8  garland on your head;

she will bestow 9  a beautiful crown 10  on you.”

4:10 Listen, my child, 11  and accept my words,

so that 12  the years of your life will be many. 13 

4:11 I will guide you 14  in the way of wisdom

and I will lead you in upright paths. 15 

4:12 When you walk, your steps 16  will not be hampered, 17 

and when you run, 18  you will not stumble.

4:13 Hold on to instruction, 19  do not let it go;

protect it, 20  because it is your life.

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