Proverbs 4
New King James VersionBerean Study Bible
1Hear, my children, the instruction of a father, And give attention to know understanding;1Listen, my sons, to a father’s instruction; pay attention and gain understanding.
2For I give you good doctrine: Do not forsake my law.2For I give you sound teaching; do not abandon my directive.
3When I was my father’s son, Tender and the only one in the sight of my mother,3When I was a son to my father, tender and the only child of my mother,
4He also taught me, and said to me: “Let your heart retain my words; Keep my commands, and live.4he taught me and said, “Let your heart lay hold of my words; keep my commands and you will live.
5Get wisdom! Get understanding! Do not forget, nor turn away from the words of my mouth.5Get wisdom, get understanding; do not forget my words or turn from them.
6Do not forsake her, and she will preserve you; Love her, and she will keep you.6Do not forsake wisdom, and she will preserve you; love her, and she will guard you.
7Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding.7Wisdom is supreme; so acquire wisdom. And whatever you may acquire, gain understanding.
8Exalt her, and she will promote you; She will bring you honor, when you embrace her.8Prize her, and she will exalt you; if you embrace her, she will honor you.
9She will place on your head an ornament of grace; A crown of glory she will deliver to you.”9She will set a garland of grace on your head; she will present you with a crown of beauty.”
10Hear, my son, and receive my sayings, And the years of your life will be many.10Listen, my son, and receive my words, and the years of your life will be many.
11I have taught you in the way of wisdom; I have led you in right paths.11I will guide you in the way of wisdom; I will lead you on straight paths.
12When you walk, your steps will not be hindered, And when you run, you will not stumble.12When you walk, your steps will not be impeded; when you run, you will not stumble.
13Take firm hold of instruction, do not let go; Keep her, for she is your life.13Hold on to instruction; do not let go. Guard it, for it is your life.
14Do not enter the path of the wicked, And do not walk in the way of evil.14Do not set foot on the path of the wicked or walk in the way of evildoers.
15Avoid it, do not travel on it; Turn away from it and pass on.15Avoid it; do not travel on it. Turn from it and pass on by.
16For they do not sleep unless they have done evil; And their sleep is taken away unless they make someone fall.16For they cannot sleep unless they do evil; they are deprived of slumber until they make someone fall.
17For they eat the bread of wickedness, And drink the wine of violence.17For they eat the bread of wickedness and drink the wine of violence.
18But the path of the just is like the shining sun, That shines ever brighter unto the perfect day.18The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, shining brighter and brighter until midday.
19The way of the wicked is like darkness; They do not know what makes them stumble.19But the way of the wicked is like the darkest gloom; they do not know what makes them stumble.
20My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings.20My son, pay attention to my words; incline your ear to my sayings.
21Do not let them depart from your eyes; Keep them in the midst of your heart;21Do not lose sight of them; keep them within your heart.
22For they are life to those who find them, And health to all their flesh.22For they are life to those who find them, and health to the whole body.
23Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life.23Guard your heart with all diligence, for from it flow springs of life.
24Put away from you a deceitful mouth, And put perverse lips far from you.24Put away deception from your mouth; keep your lips from perverse speech.
25Let your eyes look straight ahead, And your eyelids look right before you.25Let your eyes look forward; fix your gaze straight ahead.
26Ponder the path of your feet, And let all your ways be established.26Make a level path for your feet, and all your ways will be sure.
27Do not turn to the right or the left; Remove your foot from evil.27Do not swerve to the right or to the left; turn your feet away from evil.
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