Proverbs 4 LEB/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Children, listen [to the] instruction of a father, and be attentive [in order] to know insight. 1 Listen, my sons, to a father's instruction; pay attention and gain understanding.
2 For I have given you good instruction; do not forsake my teaching. 2 I give you sound learning, so do not forsake my teaching.
3 When I was a son to my father, tender and alone before my mother, 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, "May your heart hold fast [to] my words; guard my commandments 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 and insight; do not forget and do not turn from the sayings of my mouth. 5 Get wisdom, get understanding; do not forget my words or swerve from them.
6 Do not forsake her--then she will guard you; love her and she will keep 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! With all [that is in] your possession, gain insight. 7 Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.
8 Cherish 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 give a garland for your head; she shall bestow a crown of glory upon you." 9 She will set a garland of grace on your head and present you with a crown of splendor."
10 Listen, my child, take my sayings, and [the] years of your life shall be great. 10 Listen, my son, accept what I say, and the years of your life will be many.
11 In the way of wisdom I have instructed you; I have led you in the path of uprightness. 11 I guide you in the way of wisdom and lead you along straight paths.
12 {When you walk}, your step will not be hampered, and 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 Seize the instruction! Do not let go! Guard her, for she is your life. 13 Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life.
14 In the path of the wicked do not go; do not walk in the way of those who do evil. 14 Do not set foot on the path of the wicked or walk in the way of evil men.
15 Avoid it; do not transgress it; turn away from it and pass by. 15 Avoid it, do not travel on it; turn from it and go on your way.
16 For they will not sleep if they have not done wrong, and they are robbed of their sleep if they do not cause stumbling. 16 For they cannot sleep till they do evil; they are robbed of slumber till they make someone fall.
17 For they ate the bread of wickedness, and they drank the wine of violence. 17 They eat the bread of wickedness and drink the wine of violence.
18 But the path of the righteous ones [is] like the light of dawn, leading and shining until the day {is full}. 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 the wicked ones [is] like deep darkness; they do not know what they stumble over. 19 But the way of the wicked is like deep darkness; they do not know what makes them stumble.
20 My child, be attentive to my words; to my sayings incline your ear. 20 My son, pay attention to what I say; listen closely to my words.
21 May they not escape from your {sight}; keep them in [the] midst of your heart. 21 Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart;
22 For they are life to those who find them and healing {to the entire body}. 22 for they are life to those who find them and health to a man's whole body.
23 With all vigilance, keep your heart, for from it [comes] the source of life. 23 Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.
24 Remove from yourself {deceitful speech}, and abolish {devious talk} from yourself. 24 Put away perversity from your mouth; keep corrupt talk far from your lips.
25 May your eyes look forward and your gaze be straight before you. 25 Let your eyes look straight ahead, fix your gaze directly before you.
26 May the path of your foot be balanced and all your ways be sure. 26 Make level paths for your feet and take only ways that are firm.
27 Do not swerve right or left; remove your foot from evil. 27 Do not swerve to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.