Proverbs 4
New Living TranslationBerean Study Bible
1My children, listen when your father corrects you. Pay attention and learn good judgment,1Listen, my sons, to a father’s instruction; pay attention and gain understanding.
2for I am giving you good guidance. Don’t turn away from my instructions.2For I give you sound teaching; do not abandon my directive.
3For I, too, was once my father’s son, tenderly loved as my mother’s only child.3When I was a son to my father, tender and the only child of my mother,
4My father taught me, “Take my words to heart. Follow my commands, and you will live.4he taught me and said, “Let your heart lay hold of my words; keep my commands and you will live.
5Get wisdom; develop good judgment. Don’t forget my words or turn away from them.5Get wisdom, get understanding; do not forget my words or turn from them.
6Don’t turn your back on wisdom, for she will protect you. Love her, and she will guard you.6Do not forsake wisdom, and she will preserve you; love her, and she will guard you.
7Getting wisdom is the wisest thing you can do! And whatever else you do, develop good judgment.7Wisdom is supreme; so acquire wisdom. And whatever you may acquire, gain understanding.
8If you prize wisdom, she will make you great. Embrace her, and she will honor you.8Prize her, and she will exalt you; if you embrace her, she will honor you.
9She will place a lovely wreath on your head; she will present you with a beautiful crown.”9She will set a garland of grace on your head; she will present you with a crown of beauty.”
10My child, listen to me and do as I say, and you will have a long, good life.10Listen, my son, and receive my words, and the years of your life will be many.
11I will teach you wisdom’s ways and lead you in straight paths.11I will guide you in the way of wisdom; I will lead you on straight paths.
12When you walk, you won’t be held back; when you run, you won’t stumble.12When you walk, your steps will not be impeded; when you run, you will not stumble.
13Take hold of my instructions; don’t let them go. Guard them, for they are the key to life.13Hold on to instruction; do not let go. Guard it, for it is your life.
14Don’t do as the wicked do, and don’t follow the path of evildoers.14Do not set foot on the path of the wicked or walk in the way of evildoers.
15Don’t even think about it; don’t go that way. Turn away and keep moving.15Avoid it; do not travel on it. Turn from it and pass on by.
16For evil people can’t sleep until they’ve done their evil deed for the day. They can’t rest until they’ve caused someone to stumble.16For they cannot sleep unless they do evil; they are deprived of slumber until they make someone fall.
17They eat the food of wickedness and drink the wine of violence!17For they eat the bread of wickedness and drink the wine of violence.
18The way of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, which shines ever brighter until the full light of day.18The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, shining brighter and brighter until midday.
19But the way of the wicked is like total darkness. They have no idea what they are stumbling over.19But the way of the wicked is like the darkest gloom; they do not know what makes them stumble.
20My child, pay attention to what I say. Listen carefully to my words.20My son, pay attention to my words; incline your ear to my sayings.
21Don’t lose sight of them. Let them penetrate deep into your heart,21Do not lose sight of them; keep them within your heart.
22for they bring life to those who find them, and healing to their whole body.22For they are life to those who find them, and health to the whole body.
23Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.23Guard your heart with all diligence, for from it flow springs of life.
24Avoid all perverse talk; stay away from corrupt speech.24Put away deception from your mouth; keep your lips from perverse speech.
25Look straight ahead, and fix your eyes on what lies before you.25Let your eyes look forward; fix your gaze straight ahead.
26Mark out a straight path for your feet; stay on the safe path.26Make a level path for your feet, and all your ways will be sure.
27Don’t get sidetracked; keep your feet from following evil.27Do not swerve to the right or to the left; turn your feet away from evil.
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