Proverbs, Chapter 4

4:1 Hear, [my] sons, the instruction of a father, And attend to know understanding:
4:2 For I give you+ good doctrine; Don't forsake+ my law.
4:3 For I was a son to my father, Tender and only beloved in the sight of my mother.
4:4 And he taught me, and said to me: Let your heart retain my words; Keep my commandments, and live;
4:5 Get wisdom, get understanding; Don't forget, neither decline from the words of my mouth;
4:6 Don't forsake her, and she will preserve you; Love her, and she will keep you.
4:7 Wisdom [is] the principal thing; [therefore] get wisdom; Yes, with all your getting get understanding.
4:8 Exalt her, and she will promote you; She will bring you to honor, when you embrace her.
4:9 She will give to your head a chaplet of grace; A crown of beauty she will deliver to you.
4:10 Hear, my son, and receive my sayings; And the years of your life will be many.
4:11 I have taught you in the way of wisdom; I have led you in paths of uprightness.
4:12 When you go, your steps will not be straitened; And if you run, you will not stumble.
4:13 Take fast hold of instruction; don't let her go: Keep her; for she is your life.
4:14 Don't enter into the path of the wicked, And don't walk in the way of evil men.
4:15 Avoid it, don't pass by it; Turn from it, and pass on.
4:16 For they don't sleep, except they do evil; And their sleep is taken away, unless they cause some to fall.
4:17 For they eat the bread of wickedness, And drink the wine of violence.
4:18 But the path of the righteous is as the dawning light, That shines more and more to the perfect day.
4:19 The way of the wicked is as darkness: They don't know at what they stumble.
4:20 My son, attend to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings.
4:21 Don't let them depart from your eyes; Keep them in the midst of your heart.
4:22 For they are life to those who find them, And health to all their flesh.
4:23 Keep your heart with all diligence; For out of it are the issues of life.
4:24 Put away from you a wayward mouth, And perverse lips put far from you.
4:25 Let your eyes look right on, And let your eyelids look straight before you.
4:26 Make level the path of your feet, And let all your ways be established.
4:27 Don't turn to the right hand nor to the left: Remove your foot from evil.

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