Proverbs 4
New Living TranslationKing James Bible
1My children, listen when your father corrects you. Pay attention and learn good judgment,1Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding.
2for I am giving you good guidance. Don’t turn away from my instructions.2For I give you good doctrine, forsake ye not my law.
3For I, too, was once my father’s son, tenderly loved as my mother’s only child.3For I was my father's son, tender and only beloved in the sight of my mother.
4My father taught me, “Take my words to heart. Follow my commands, and you will live.4He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live.
5Get wisdom; develop good judgment. Don’t forget my words or turn away from them.5Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth.
6Don’t turn your back on wisdom, for she will protect you. Love her, and she will guard you.6Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee.
7Getting wisdom is the wisest thing you can do! And whatever else you do, develop good judgment.7Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.
8If you prize wisdom, she will make you great. Embrace her, and she will honor you.8Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her.
9She will place a lovely wreath on your head; she will present you with a beautiful crown.”9She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace: a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee.
10My child, listen to me and do as I say, and you will have a long, good life.10Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; and the years of thy life shall be many.
11I will teach you wisdom’s ways and lead you in straight paths.11I have taught thee in the way of wisdom; I have led thee in right paths.
12When you walk, you won’t be held back; when you run, you won’t stumble.12When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened; and when thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble.
13Take hold of my instructions; don’t let them go. Guard them, for they are the key to life.13Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy life.
14Don’t do as the wicked do, and don’t follow the path of evildoers.14Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men.
15Don’t even think about it; don’t go that way. Turn away and keep moving.15Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away.
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 sleep not, except they have done mischief; and their sleep is taken away, unless they cause some to 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.18But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.
19But the way of the wicked is like total darkness. They have no idea what they are stumbling over.19The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.
20My child, pay attention to what I say. Listen carefully to my words.20My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings.
21Don’t lose sight of them. Let them penetrate deep into your heart,21Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart.
22for they bring life to those who find them, and healing to their whole body.22For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.
23Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.23Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.
24Avoid all perverse talk; stay away from corrupt speech.24Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee.
25Look straight ahead, and fix your eyes on what lies before you.25Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee.
26Mark out a straight path for your feet; stay on the safe path.26Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established.
27Don’t get sidetracked; keep your feet from following evil.27Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.King James Bible, text courtesy of
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