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Proverbs 4 NAS/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Hear, O sons, the instruction of a father, And give attention that you may gain understanding, 1 Listen, my sons, to a father's instruction; pay attention and gain understanding.
2 For I give you sound teaching; Do not 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 the only son in the sight of my mother, 3 When I was a boy in my father's house, still tender, and an only child of my mother,
4 Then he taught me and said to me, "Let your heart hold fast my words; Keep 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 Acquire wisdom! Acquire understanding! Do not forget nor turn away from the words of my mouth. 5 Get wisdom, get understanding; do not forget my words or swerve from them.
6 "Do not forsake her, and she will guard you; Love her, and she will watch over 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: Acquire wisdom; And with all your acquiring, get understanding. 7 Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.
8 "Prize 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 on your head a garland of grace; She will present you with a crown of beauty." 9 She will set a garland of grace on your head and present you with a crown of splendor."
10 Hear, my son, and accept my sayings And 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 have directed you in the way of wisdom; I have led you in upright paths. 11 I guide you in the way of wisdom and lead you along straight paths.
12 When you walk, your steps will not be impeded; 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 Take hold of 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 Do not enter the path of the wicked And do not proceed in the way of evil men. 14 Do not set foot on the path of the wicked or walk in the way of evil men.
15 Avoid it, do not pass by it; Turn away from it and pass on. 15 Avoid it, do not travel on it; turn from it and go on your way.
16 For they cannot sleep unless they do evil; And 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 For they eat the bread of wickedness And drink the wine of violence. 17 They eat the bread of wickedness and drink the wine of violence.
18 But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, That shines brighter and brighter until the 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 way of the wicked is like darkness; They do not know over what they stumble. 19 But the way of the wicked is like deep darkness; they do not know what makes them stumble.
20 My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings. 20 My son, pay attention to what I say; listen closely to my words.
21 Do not let them depart 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 health to all their body. 22 for they are life to those who find them and health to a man's whole body.
23 Watch over your heart with all diligence, For from it flow the springs of life. 23 Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.
24 Put away from you a deceitful mouth And put devious speech far from you. 24 Put away perversity from your mouth; keep corrupt talk far from your lips.
25 Let your eyes look directly ahead And let your gaze be fixed straight in front of you. 25 Let your eyes look straight ahead, fix your gaze directly before you.
26 Watch the path of your feet And all your ways will be established. 26 Make level paths for your feet and take only ways that are firm.
27 Do not turn to the right nor to the left; Turn your foot from evil. 27 Do not swerve to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.