Proverbs 4:1-15New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
Get Wisdom at Any Cost
4 My sons, listen to a father’s teaching. Pay attention and gain understanding. 2 I give you good advice. So don’t turn away from what I teach you. 3 I, too, was once a young boy in my father’s house. And my mother loved me deeply. 4 Then my father taught me. He said to me, “Take hold of my words with all your heart. Keep my commands, and you will live. 5 Get wisdom, and get understanding. Don’t forget my words or turn away from them. 6 Stay close to wisdom, and she will keep you safe. Love her, and she will watch over you. 7 To start being wise you must first get wisdom. No matter what it costs, get understanding. 8 Value wisdom highly, and she will lift you up. Hold her close, and she will honor you. 9 She will set a beautiful crown on your head. She will give you a glorious crown.”
10 My son, listen. Accept what I say. Then you will live for many years. 11 I instruct you in the way of wisdom. I lead you along straight paths. 12 When you walk, nothing will slow you down. When you run, you won’t trip and fall. 13 Hold on to my teaching and don’t let it go. Guard it well, because it is your life. 14 Don’t take the path of evil people. Don’t live the way sinners do. 15 Stay away from their path and don’t travel on it. Turn away from it and go on your way.
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