Proverbs 4

A Father’s Instruction

1Hear, O sons, the a  instruction of a father,
And b  give attention that you may
Lit know
gain understanding,
2For I give you
Lit good
sound e  teaching;
f  Do not abandon my
Or law
3When I was a son to my father,
h  Tender and i  the only son in the sight of my mother,
4Then he j  taught me and said to me,
Let your heart k  hold fast my words;
l  Keep my commandments and live;
5 m  Acquire wisdom! n  Acquire understanding!
Do not forget nor turn away from the words of my mouth.
6Do not forsake her, and she will guard you;
o  Love her, and she will watch over you.
7 p  “The
Or the primary thing is wisdom
beginning of wisdom is: r  Acquire wisdom;
And with all your acquiring, get understanding.
8 s  Prize her, and she will exalt you;
She will honor you if you embrace her.
9She will place t  on your head a garland of grace;
She will present you with a crown of beauty.”

10Hear, my son, and u  accept my sayings
And the v  years of your life will be many.
11I have w  directed you in the way of wisdom;
I have led you in upright paths.
12When 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.
15Avoid it, do not pass by it;
Turn away from it and pass on.
16For they ac  cannot sleep unless they do evil;
Lit their sleep is robbed
they are robbed of sleep unless they make someone stumble.
17For they ae  eat the bread of wickedness
And drink the wine of violence.
18But the af  path of the righteous is like the ag  light of dawn,
That ah  shines brighter and brighter until the ai  full day.
19The aj  way of the wicked is like darkness;
They do not know over what they
Or may stumble
al  stumble.

20My 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.
22For they are aq  life to those who find them
And ar  health to all
Lit his
their body.
23Watch over your heart with all diligence,
For at  from it flow the springs of life.
24Put away from you a au  deceitful mouth
And av  put devious
Or lips
speech far from you.
25Let 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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