Proverbs 4 CEB/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Hear, children, fatherly instruction; pay attention to gain understanding. 1 Listen, my sons, to a father's instruction; pay attention and gain understanding.
2 I'll teach you well. Don't abandon my instruction. 2 I give you sound learning, so do not forsake my teaching.
3 When I was a son to my father, tender and my mother's favorite, 3 When I was a boy in my father's house, still tender, and an only child of my mother,
4 he taught me and said to me: "Let your heart hold on to my words: Keep my commands and live. 4 he taught me and said, "Lay hold of my words with all your heart; keep my commands and you will live.
5 Get wisdom; get understanding. Don't forget and don't turn away from my words. 5 Get wisdom, get understanding; do not forget my words or swerve from them.
6 Don't abandon her, and she will guard you. Love her, and she will protect you. 6 Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you.
7 The beginning of wisdom: Get wisdom! Get understanding before anything else. 7 Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.
8 Highly esteem her, and she will exalt you. She will honor you if you embrace her. 8 Esteem her, and she will exalt you; embrace her, and she will honor you.
9 She will place a graceful wreath on your head; she will give you a glorious crown." 9 She will set a garland of grace on your head and present you with a crown of splendor."
10 Listen, my son, and take in my speech, then the years of your life will be many. 10 Listen, my son, accept what I say, and the years of your life will be many.
11 I teach you the path of wisdom. I lead you in straight courses. 11 I guide you in the way of wisdom and lead you along straight paths.
12 When you walk, you won't be hindered; when you run, you won't stumble. 12 When you walk, your steps will not be hampered; when you run, you will not stumble.
13 Hold on to instruction; don't slack off; protect it, for it is your life. 13 Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life.
14 Don't go on the way of the wicked; don't walk on the path of evil people. 14 Do not set foot on the path of the wicked or walk in the way of evil men.
15 Avoid it! Don't turn onto it; stay off of it and keep going! 15 Avoid it, do not travel on it; turn from it and go on your way.
16 They don't sleep unless they do evil; they are robbed of sleep unless they make someone stumble. 16 For they cannot sleep till they do evil; they are robbed of slumber till they make someone fall.
17 They eat the bread of evil, and they drink the wine of violence. 17 They eat the bread of wickedness and drink the wine of violence.
18 The way of the righteous is like morning light that gets brighter and brighter till it is full day. 18 The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, shining ever brighter till the full light of day.
19 The path of the wicked is like deep darkness; they don't know where they will stumble. 19 But the way of the wicked is like deep darkness; they do not know what makes them stumble.
20 My son, pay attention to my words. Bend your ear to my speech. 20 My son, pay attention to what I say; listen closely to my words.
21 Don't let them slip from your sight. Guard them in your mind. 21 Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart;
22 They are life to those who find them, and healing for their entire body. 22 for they are life to those who find them and health to a man's whole body.
23 More than anything you guard, protect your mind, for life flows from it. 23 Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.
24 Have nothing to do with a corrupt mouth; keep devious lips far from you. 24 Put away perversity from your mouth; keep corrupt talk far from your lips.
25 Focus your eyes straight ahead; keep your gaze on what is in front of you. 25 Let your eyes look straight ahead, fix your gaze directly before you.
26 Watch your feet on the way, and all your paths will be secure. 26 Make level paths for your feet and take only ways that are firm.
27 Don't deviate a bit to the right or the left; turn your feet away from evil. 27 Do not swerve to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.