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Proverbs 4 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

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My children,[fn] listen when your father corrects you.
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for I am giving you good guidance.
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For I, too, was once my father’s son,
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My father taught me,
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Get wisdom; develop good judgment.
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Don’t turn your back on wisdom, for she will protect you.
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Getting wisdom is the wisest thing you can do!
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My child, pay attention to what I say.
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for they bring life to those who find them,
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Hebrew My son; also in 4:20.

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