Proverbs 4 GW/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Sons, listen to [your] father's discipline, and pay attention in order to gain understanding. 1 Listen, my sons, to a father's instruction; pay attention and gain understanding.
2 After all, I have taught you well. Do not abandon my teachings. 2 I give you sound learning, so do not forsake my teaching.
3 When I was a boy [learning] from my father, when I was a tender and only child of my mother, 3 When I was a boy in my father's house, still tender, and an only child of my mother,
4 they used to teach me and say to me, "Cling to my words wholeheartedly. Obey my commands so that you may live. 4 he taught me and said, "Lay hold of my words with all your heart; keep my commands and you will live.
5 Acquire wisdom. Acquire understanding. Do not forget. Do not turn away from the words that I have spoken. 5 Get wisdom, get understanding; do not forget my words or swerve from them.
6 Do not abandon wisdom, and it will watch over you. Love wisdom, and it 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 is to acquire wisdom. Acquire understanding with all that you have. 7 Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.
8 Cherish wisdom. It will raise you up. It will bring you honor when you embrace it. 8 Esteem her, and she will exalt you; embrace her, and she will honor you.
9 It will give you a graceful garland for your head. It will hand you a beautiful crown." 9 She will set a garland of grace on your head and present you with a crown of splendor."
10 My son, listen and accept my words, and they will multiply the years of your life. 10 Listen, my son, accept what I say, and the years of your life will be many.
11 I have taught you the way of wisdom. I have guided you along decent paths. 11 I guide you in the way of wisdom and lead you along straight paths.
12 When you walk, your stride will not be hampered. Even if you run, you will not stumble. 12 When you walk, your steps will not be hampered; when you run, you will not stumble.
13 Cling to discipline. Do not relax your grip on it. Keep it because it is your life. 13 Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life.
14 Do not stray onto the path of wicked people. Do not walk in the way 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. Do not walk near it. Turn away from it, and keep on walking. 15 Avoid it, do not travel on it; turn from it and go on your way.
16 Wicked people cannot sleep unless they do wrong, and they are robbed of their 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 food obtained through wrongdoing and drink wine obtained through violence. 17 They eat the bread of wickedness and drink the wine of violence.
18 But the path of righteous people is like the light of dawn that becomes brighter and brighter until it reaches midday. 18 The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, shining ever brighter till the full light of day.
19 The way of wicked people is like deep darkness. They do not know what makes them 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. Open your ears to what I say. 20 My son, pay attention to what I say; listen closely to my words.
21 Do not lose sight of these things. Keep them deep within your heart 21 Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart;
22 because they are life to those who find them and they heal the whole body. 22 for they are life to those who find them and health to a man's whole body.
23 Guard your heart more than anything else, because the source of your life flows from it. 23 Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.
24 Remove dishonesty from your mouth. Put deceptive speech far away from your lips. 24 Put away perversity from your mouth; keep corrupt talk far from your lips.
25 Let your eyes look straight ahead and your sight be focused in front of you. 25 Let your eyes look straight ahead, fix your gaze directly before you.
26 Carefully walk a straight path, and all your ways will be secure. 26 Make level paths for your feet and take only ways that are firm.
27 Do not lean to the right or to the left. Walk away from evil. 27 Do not swerve to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.