Proverbs 4:1-13 (MSG)
1 Listen, friends, to some fatherly advice; sit up and take notice so you’ll know how to live. 2 I’m giving you good counsel; don’t let it go in one ear and out the other. 3 When I was a boy at my father’s knee, the pride and joy of my mother, 4 He would sit me down and drill me: “Take this to heart. Do what I tell you–live! 5 Sell everything and buy Wisdom! Forage for Understanding! Don’t forget one word! Don’t deviate an inch! 6 Never walk away from Wisdom–she guards your life; love her–she keeps her eye on you. 7 Above all and before all, do this: Get Wisdom! Write this at the top of your list: Get Understanding! 8 Throw your arms around her–believe me, you won’t regret it; never let her go–she’ll make your life glorious. 9 She’ll garland your life with grace, she’ll festoon your days with beauty.” 10 Dear friend, take my advice; it will add years to your life. 11 I’m writing out clear directions to Wisdom Way, I’m drawing a map to Righteous Road. 12 I don’t want you ending up in blind alleys, or wasting time making wrong turns. 13 Hold tight to good advice; don’t relax your grip. Guard it well–your life is at stake!