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Proverbs, Chapter 4
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   1: Give ear, my sons, to the teaching of a father; give attention so that you may have knowledge:
   2: For I give you good teaching; do not give up the knowledge you are getting from me.
   3: For I was a son to my father, a gentle and an only one to my mother.
   4: And he gave me teaching, saying to me, Keep my words in your heart; keep my rules so that you may have life:
   5: Get wisdom, get true knowledge; keep it in memory, do not be turned away from the words of my mouth.
   6: Do not give her up, and she will keep you; give her your love, and she will make you safe.
   7: The first sign of wisdom is to get wisdom; go, give all you have to get true knowledge.
   8: Put her in a high place, and you will be lifted up by her; she will give you honour, when you give her your love.
   9: She will put a crown of grace on your head, giving you a head-dress of glory.
   10: Give ear, O my son, and let your heart be open to my sayings; and long life will be yours.
   11: I have given you teaching in the way of wisdom, guiding your steps in the straight way.
   12: When you go, your way will not be narrow, and in running you will not have a fall.
   13: Take learning in your hands, do not let her go: keep her, for she is your life.
   14: Do not go in the road of sinners, or be walking in the way of evil men.
   15: Keep far from it, do not go near; be turned from it, and go on your way.
   16: For they take no rest till they have done evil; their sleep is taken away if they have not been the cause of someone's fall.
   17: The bread of evil-doing is their food, the wine of violent acts their drink.
   18: But the way of the upright is like the light of early morning, getting brighter and brighter till the full day.
   19: The way of sinners is dark; they see not the cause of their fall.
   20: My son, give attention to my words; let your ear be turned to my sayings.
   21: Let them not go from your eyes; keep them deep in your heart.
   22: For they are life to him who gets them, and strength to all his flesh.
   23: And keep watch over your heart with all care; so you will have life.
   24: Put away from you an evil tongue, and let false lips be far from you.
   25: Keep your eyes on what is in front of you, looking straight before you.
   26: Keep a watch on your behaviour; let all your ways be rightly ordered.
   27: Let there be no turning to the right or to the left, keep your feet from evil.

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