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Proverbs 4


A Father's Instruction

Proverbs 4:1   Hear, O sons, the instruction of a father, And give attention that you may gain understanding,
Proverbs 4:2   For I give you sound teaching; Do not abandon my instruction.
Proverbs 4:3   When I was a son to my father, Tender and the only son in the sight of my mother,
Proverbs 4:4   Then he taught me and said to me, "Let your heart hold fast my words; Keep my commandments and live;
Proverbs 4:5   Acquire wisdom! Acquire understanding! Do not forget nor turn away from the words of my mouth.
Proverbs 4:6   "Do not forsake her, and she will guard you; Love her, and she will watch over you.
Proverbs 4:7   "The beginning of wisdom is: Acquire wisdom; And with all your acquiring, get understanding.
Proverbs 4:8   "Prize her, and she will exalt you; She will honor you if you embrace her.
Proverbs 4:9   "She will place on your head a garland of grace; She will present you with a crown of beauty."
Proverbs 4:10   Hear, my son, and accept my sayings And the years of your life will be many.
Proverbs 4:11   I have directed you in the way of wisdom; I have led you in upright paths.
Proverbs 4:12   When you walk, your steps will not be impeded; And if you run, you will not stumble.
Proverbs 4:13   Take hold of instruction; do not let go. Guard her, for she is your life.
Proverbs 4:14   Do not enter the path of the wicked And do not proceed in the way of evil men.
Proverbs 4:15   Avoid it, do not pass by it; Turn away from it and pass on.
Proverbs 4:16   For they cannot sleep unless they do evil; And they are robbed of sleep unless they make someone stumble.
Proverbs 4:17   For they eat the bread of wickedness And drink the wine of violence.
Proverbs 4:18   But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, That shines brighter and brighter until the full day.
Proverbs 4:19   The way of the wicked is like darkness; They do not know over what they stumble.
Proverbs 4:20   My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings.
Proverbs 4:21   Do not let them depart from your sight; Keep them in the midst of your heart.
Proverbs 4:22   For they are life to those who find them And health to all their body.
Proverbs 4:23   Watch over your heart with all diligence, For from it flow the springs of life.
Proverbs 4:24   Put away from you a deceitful mouth And put devious speech far from you.
Proverbs 4:25   Let your eyes look directly ahead And let your gaze be fixed straight in front of you.
Proverbs 4:26   Watch the path of your feet And all your ways will be established.
Proverbs 4:27   Do not turn to the right nor to the left; Turn your foot from evil.
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