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Proverbs 4 NIRV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 My children, listen to a father's teaching. Pay attention and gain understanding. 1 Listen, my sons, to a father's instruction; pay attention and gain understanding.
2 I give you good advice. So don't turn away from what I teach you. 2 I give you sound learning, so do not forsake my teaching.
3 I was once a young boy in my father's house. I was my mother's only child. 3 When I was a boy in my father's house, still tender, and an only child of my mother,
4 My father taught me. He said, "Hold on to my words with all your heart. Keep my commands. Then you will 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 my words. Don't turn away from them. 5 Get wisdom, get understanding; do not forget my words or swerve from them.
6 Stay close to wisdom, and she will keep you safe. 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 Wisdom is best. So get wisdom. No matter what it costs, get understanding. 7 Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.
8 Value wisdom, and she will lift you up. Hold her close, and she will honor you. 8 Esteem her, and she will exalt you; embrace her, and she will honor you.
9 She will set a beautiful crown 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 My son, listen. Accept what I say. Then you will live for many years. 10 Listen, my son, accept what I say, and the years of your life will be many.
11 I guide you in the way of wisdom. I lead you along straight paths. 11 I guide you in the way of wisdom and lead you along straight paths.
12 When you walk, nothing will slow you down. When you run, you won't trip and fall. 12 When you walk, your steps will not be hampered; when you run, you will not stumble.
13 Hold on to my teaching. Don't let it go. Guard it well. 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 take the path of evil people. Don't live the way sinners do. 14 Do not set foot on the path of the wicked or walk in the way of evil men.
15 Stay away from their path. Don't travel on it. Turn away from it. Go on your way. 15 Avoid it, do not travel on it; turn from it and go on your way.
16 Sinners can't sleep until they do what is evil. They can't rest until they make someone fall. 16 For they cannot sleep till they do evil; they are robbed of slumber till they make someone fall.
17 They do evil just as easily as they eat food. They hurt others as easily as they drink wine. 17 They eat the bread of wickedness and drink the wine of violence.
18 The path of those who do what is right is like the first gleam of dawn. It shines brighter and brighter until the full light of day. 18 The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, shining ever brighter till the full light of day.
19 But the way of those who do what is wrong is like deep darkness. They don't know what makes them trip and fall. 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 what I say. Listen closely to my words. 20 My son, pay attention to what I say; listen closely to my words.
21 Don't let them out of your sight. Keep them in your heart. 21 Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart;
22 They are life to those who find them. They are health to your whole body. 22 for they are life to those who find them and health to a man's whole body.
23 Above everything else, guard your heart. It is where your life comes from. 23 Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.
24 Don't speak with twisted words. Keep evil talk 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. Keep looking right in front of you. 25 Let your eyes look straight ahead, fix your gaze directly before you.
26 Make level paths for your feet to walk on. Only go on ways that are firm. 26 Make level paths for your feet and take only ways that are firm.
27 Don't turn to the right or left. Keep your feet from the path of evil. 27 Do not swerve to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.