Proverbs 4

A Father’s Instruction

Hear, O sons, the a instruction of a father,
And b give attention that you may
Lit know
gain understanding,
For I give you
Lit good
sound e teaching;
f Do not abandon my
Or law
When I was a son to my father,
h Tender and i the only son in the sight of my mother,
Then he j taught me and said to me,
Let your heart k hold fast my words;
l Keep my commandments and live;
m Acquire wisdom! n Acquire understanding!
Do not forget nor turn away from the words of my mouth.
Do not forsake her, and she will guard you;
o Love her, and she will watch over you.
p “The
Or the primary thing is wisdom
beginning of wisdom is: r Acquire wisdom;
And with all your acquiring, get understanding.
s Prize her, and she will exalt you;
She will honor you if you embrace her.
She will place t on your head a garland of grace;
She will present you with a crown of beauty.”

10 Hear, my son, and u accept my sayings
And the v years of your life will be many.
11 I have w directed you in the way of wisdom;
I have led you in upright paths.
12 When you walk, your x steps will not be impeded;
And if you run, you y will not stumble.
13  z Take hold of instruction; do not let go.
Guard her, for she is your aa life.
14  ab Do not enter the path of the wicked
And do not proceed in the way of evil men.
15 Avoid it, do not pass by it;
Turn away from it and pass on.
16 For they ac cannot sleep unless they do evil;
Lit their sleep is robbed
they are robbed of sleep unless they make someone stumble.
17 For they ae eat the bread of wickedness
And drink the wine of violence.
18 But the af path of the righteous is like the ag light of dawn,
That ah shines brighter and brighter until the ai full day.
19 The aj way of the wicked is like darkness;
They do not know over what they
Or may stumble
al stumble.

20 My son am give attention to my words;
an Incline your ear to my sayings.
21  ao Do not let them depart from your sight;
ap Keep them in the midst of your heart.
22 For they are aq life to those who find them
And ar health to all
Lit his
their body.
23 Watch over your heart with all diligence,
For at from it flow the springs of life.
24 Put away from you a au deceitful mouth
And av put devious
Or lips
speech far from you.
25 Let your eyes look directly ahead
And let your
Or eyelids
gaze be fixed straight in front of you.
26  ay Watch the path of your feet
And all your az ways will be established.
27  ba Do not turn to the right nor to the left;
bb Turn your foot from evil.

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