Proverbs 4 ESV

A Father's Wise Instruction

1 1Hear, O sons, a father's instruction, and be attentive, that you may 2gaina insight,

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    • l 4:1 - Hebrew know
      2 for I give you good 3precepts; do not forsake my teaching.

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      3 When I was a son with my father, 4tender, 5the only one in the sight of my mother,

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      4 he 6taught me and said to me, 7"Let your heart hold fast my words; 8keep my commandments, and live.

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      5 9Get wisdom; get 10insight; do not forget, and do not turn away from the words of my mouth.

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          6 Do not forsake her, and she will keep you; 11love her, and she will guard you.

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          7 12The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom, and whatever you get, get 13insight.

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              8 Prize her highly, and she will exalt you; she will 14honor you 15if you embrace her.

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              9 She will place on your head 16a graceful garland; she will bestow on you a beautiful crown."

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              10 17Hear, 18my son, and accept my words, that 19the years of your life may be many.

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                  11 I have 20taught you the way of wisdom; I have led you in the paths of uprightness.

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                  12 When you walk, 21your step will not be hampered, and 22if you run, you will not stumble.

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                  13 23Keep hold of instruction; do not let go; guard her, for she is your 24life.

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                      14 25Do not enter the path of the wicked, and do not walk in the way of the evil.

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                      15 Avoid it; do not go on it; turn away from it and pass on.
                      16 For they 26cannot sleep unless they have done wrong; they are robbed of sleep unless they have made someone stumble.

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                      17 For they eat the bread of wickedness 27and drink the wine of violence.

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                      18 But 28the path of the righteous is like 29the light of dawn, which shines 30brighter and brighter until 31full day.

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                      19 32The way of the wicked is like deep 33darkness; they do not know over what they 34stumble.

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                      20 35My son, be attentive to my words; incline your ear to my sayings.

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                        • 175 4:20 - ver. 10
                          21 36Let them not escape from your sight; 37keep them within your heart.

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                          22 For they are 38life to those who find them, and healing to all theirb flesh.

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                            • m 4:22 - Hebrew his
                              23 Keep your heart with all vigilance, for 39from it flow 40the springs of life.

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                              24 Put away from you 41crooked speech, and put 42devious talk far from you.

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                              25 43Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you.

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                              26 44Ponderc the path of your feet; 45then all your ways will be sure.

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                                • n 4:26 - Or Make level
                                  27 46Do not swerve to the right or to the left; turn your foot away from evil.

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