Proverbs 4
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1Hear, my children, the instruction of a father, And give attention to know understanding;1Listen, children, to a father's instruction, and pay attention so that you may gain discernment.
2For I give you good doctrine: Do not forsake my law.2Because I give you good instruction, do not forsake my teaching.
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, a tender only child before 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 he said to me: "Let your heart lay hold of my words; keep my commands so that you will live.
5Get wisdom! Get understanding! Do not forget, nor turn away from the words of my mouth.5Acquire wisdom, acquire understanding; do not forget and do not turn aside from the words I speak.
6Do not forsake her, and she will preserve you; Love her, and she will keep you.6Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect 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 acquire, acquire understanding!
8Exalt her, and she will promote you; She will bring you honor, when you embrace her.8Esteem her highly and she will exalt you; she will honor you if you embrace her.
9She will place on your head an ornament of grace; A crown of glory she will deliver to you.”9She will place a fair garland on your head; she will bestow a beautiful crown on you."
10Hear, my son, and receive my sayings, And the years of your life will be many.10Listen, my child, and accept my words, so that 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 and I will lead you in upright 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 hampered, and 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 it go; protect it, because it is your life.
14Do not enter the path of the wicked, And do not walk in the way of evil.14Do not enter the path of the wicked or walk in the way of those who are evil.
15Avoid it, do not travel on it; Turn away from it and pass on.15Avoid it, do not go on it; turn away from it, and go on.
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 cause harm; they are robbed of sleep until they make someone stumble.
17For they eat the bread of wickedness, And drink the wine of violence.17For they eat bread gained from wickedness and drink wine obtained from 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 righteous is like the bright morning light, growing brighter and brighter until full day.
19The way of the wicked is like darkness; They do not know what makes them stumble.19The way of the wicked is like gloomy darkness; they do not know what causes them to stumble.
20My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings.20My child, pay attention to my words; listen attentively to my sayings.
21Do not let them depart from your eyes; Keep them in the midst of your heart;21Do not let them depart from your sight, guard 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 healing to one's entire body.
23Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life.23Guard your heart with all vigilance, for from it are the sources of life.
24Put away from you a deceitful mouth, And put perverse lips far from you.24Remove perverse speech from your mouth; keep devious talk far from your lips.
25Let your eyes look straight ahead, And your eyelids look right before you.25Let your eyes look directly in front of you and let your gaze look straight before you.
26Ponder the path of your feet, And let all your ways be established.26Make the path for your feet level, so that all your ways may be established.
27Do not turn to the right or the left; Remove your foot from evil.27Do not turn to the right or to the left; turn yourself away from evil.
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