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Hear instruction and be wise,

and do not neglect it.


Happy is the one who listens to me,

watching daily at my gates,

waiting beside my doors.


For whoever finds me finds life

and obtains favor from the Lord;


but those who miss me injure themselves;

all who hate me love death.”


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Verses 32–36

Surely we should hearken to Christ's voice with the readiness of children. Let us all be wise, and not refuse such mercy. Blessed are those who hear the Saviour's voice, and wait on him with daily reading, meditation, and prayer. The children of the world find time for vain amusements, without neglecting what they deem the one thing needful. Does it not show contempt of Wisdom's instructions, when people professing godliness, seek excuses for neglecting the means of grace? Christ is Wisdom, and he is Life to all believers; nor can we obtain God's favour, unless we find Christ, and are found in him. Those who offend Christ deceive themselves; sin is a wrong to the soul. Sinners die because they will die, which justifies God when he judges.