CEBCommon English Bible
1Hear, children, fatherly instruction;
pay attention to gain understanding.
2I’ll teach you well.
Don’t abandon my instruction.
3When I was a son to my father,
tender and my mother’s favorite,
4he taught me and said to me:
"Let your heart hold on to my words:
Keep my commands and live.
5Get wisdom; get understanding.
Don’t forget and don’t turn away from my words.
6Don’t abandon her, and she will guard you.
Love her, and she will protect you.
7The beginning of wisdom:
Get understanding before anything else.
8Highly esteem her, and she will exalt you.
She will honor you if you embrace her.
9She will place a graceful wreath on your head;
she will give you a glorious crown."
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