Proverbs 4
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1Hear, my children, the instruction of a father, And give attention to know understanding;1Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding.
2For I give you good doctrine: Do not forsake my law.2For I give you good doctrine, forsake ye not my law.
3When I was my father’s son, Tender and the only one in the sight of my mother,3For I was my father's son, tender and only beloved in the sight 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 also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live.
5Get wisdom! Get understanding! Do not forget, nor turn away from the words of my mouth.5Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth.
6Do not forsake her, and she will preserve you; Love her, and she will keep you.6Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee.
7Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding.7Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.
8Exalt her, and she will promote you; She will bring you honor, when you embrace her.8Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her.
9She will place on your head an ornament of grace; A crown of glory she will deliver to you.”9She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace: a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee.
10Hear, my son, and receive my sayings, And the years of your life will be many.10Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; and the years of thy life shall be many.
11I have taught you in the way of wisdom; I have led you in right paths.11I have taught thee in the way of wisdom; I have led thee in right paths.
12When you walk, your steps will not be hindered, And when you run, you will not stumble.12When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened; and when thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble.
13Take firm hold of instruction, do not let go; Keep her, for she is your life.13Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy life.
14Do not enter the path of the wicked, And do not walk in the way of evil.14Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men.
15Avoid it, do not travel on it; Turn away from it and pass on.15Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away.
16For they do not sleep unless they have done evil; And their sleep is taken away unless they make someone fall.16For they sleep not, except they have done mischief; and their sleep is taken away, unless they cause some to 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.18But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.
19The way of the wicked is like darkness; They do not know what makes them stumble.19The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.
20My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings.20My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings.
21Do not let them depart from your eyes; Keep them in the midst of your heart;21Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart.
22For they are life to those who find them, And health to all their flesh.22For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.
23Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life.23Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.
24Put away from you a deceitful mouth, And put perverse lips far from you.24Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee.
25Let your eyes look straight ahead, And your eyelids look right before you.25Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee.
26Ponder the path of your feet, And let all your ways be established.26Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established.
27Do not turn to the right or the left; Remove your foot from evil.27Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil.
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