Proverbs 4


Hear! Take Heed! Take Hold!

1Hear, O children, the instruction of a father, and take heed to know insight! 2[5gift 1For 4a good 2I present 3to you]; [3my 4word 1you should not 2abandon]. 3[4a son 1For 2I was 3also 6to a father 5subject], and being loved in the presence of a mother; 4the ones who spoke and taught me, saying, Establish our word in your heart! Keep the commandments! Do not forget! 5Acquire wisdom! Acquire understanding! You should not forget, nor should you ignore the saying of my mouth; nor should you turn aside from the words of my mouth. 6You should not abandon it, for it shall hold to you. Love it passionately! and it will keep you. 7[2is the beginning 1Wisdom], acquire wisdom! And in all of your possessing acquire understanding! 8Surround her with a rampart! and she shall exalt you. Esteem her! that she should keep you; 9that she should give [3to 4your 5head 1a crown 2of favors], [4with a crown 1and 5of luxury 2should shield 3you]. 10Hear, O son, and receive my words! and [3will be multiplied 4to you 1years 2of your life], that to you there should be many ways of life. 11For the ways of wisdom I teach you; [2I put 4on board 1and 3you 6tracks 5straight]. 12For when you should go [3will not 4be hemmed in 1your 2footsteps]; and when you should run, you shall not tire. 13Take hold of my instruction! you should not let go; but keep it to yourself, for your life! 14[3ways 2by impious 1You should not come], nor be jealous of the ways of lawbreakers.

The Ways of Lawbreakers Versus the Just

15In what ever place they should encamp, you should not come there. Turn aside from them and alter course! 16[3not 1For 2they shall] sleep, unless they should have done evil. [2is removed 1Sleep] from them, and they do not go to bed. 17For thus they feed well on grain of impiety; and by wine of a lawbreaker they are intoxicated. 18But the ways of the just are likened to light -- they radiate. They go before and give light until whenever [3should set up 1the 2day]. 19But the ways of the impious are dark; they do not know how they stumble. 20O son, [2to my 3saying 1take heed], and to my words set aside your ear! 21so that [2should not 3fail 4you 1your springs]. Keep them in your heart! 22[3life 1for 2they are] to all the ones finding them, and [2to all 3flesh 1 healing]. 23With all guard, give heed to your heart! for from out of these things are the issues of life. 24Remove yourself from a crooked mouth, and [2unjust 3lips 4far 5from 6you 1thrust away]! 25 [2your eyes 4straight 1Let 3see], and your eyelids nod assent to the just! 26[2straight 3tracks 1Make] for your feet, and [2your ways 1straighten out]! 27You should not turn aside unto the right nor unto the left; but turn your foot from [2way 1an evil]! For the ways, the ones of the right, [2knows 1God]; but the ones perverting are of the left; but he [3straight 1makes 2your tracks], and [2your goings 3in 4peace 1he shall lead before].
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