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Heare, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know vnderstanding.
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For I giue you good doctrine: forsake you not my law.
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For I was my fathers sonne, tender and onely beloued in the sight of my mother.
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He taught me also, and said vnto me, Let thine heart reteine my wordes: keepe my commandements, and liue.
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Get wisedome, get vnderstanding: forget it not, neither decline from the wordes of my mouth.
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Forsake her not, and she shall preserue thee: loue her, and she shall keepe thee.
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Wisedome is the principall thing, therefore get wisedome: and with all thy getting, get vnderstanding.
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Exalt her, and shee shall promote thee: shee shall bring thee to honour, when thou doest imbrace her.
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She shall giue to thine head an ornament of grace, a crowne of glory shall she deliuer to thee.
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Heare, O my sonne, and receiue my sayings: and the yeeres of thy life shalbe many.
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I haue taught thee in the way of wisedome: I haue lead thee in right pathes.
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When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitned, and when thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble.
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Take fast hold of instruction, let her not goe;
keepe her, for she is thy life.
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Enter not into the path of the wicked, and goe not in the way of euill men.
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Auoid it, passe not by it, turne from it, and passe away.
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For they sleepe not except they haue done mischiefe: and their sleepe is taken away vnlesse they cause some to fall.
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For they eate the bread of wickednesse, and drinke the wine of violence.
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But the path of the iust is as the shining light that shineth more and more vnto the perfect day.
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The way of the wicked is as darknes: they know not at what they stumble.
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My sonne, attend to my words, incline thine eare vnto my sayings.
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Let them not depart from thine eyes: keepe them in the midst of thine heart.
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For they are life vnto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.
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Keepe thy heart with all diligence: for out of it are the issues of life.
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Put away from thee a froward mouth, and peruerse lips put farre from thee.
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Let thine eyes looke right on, and let thine eye lids looke straight before thee.
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Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy wayes be established.
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Turne not to the right hande nor to the left: remoue thy foot fro euil.