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Proverbs 4 NKJV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Hear, my children, the instruction of a father, And give attention to know understanding; 1 Listen, my sons, to a father's instruction; pay attention and gain understanding.
2 For I give you good doctrine: Do not forsake my law. 2 I give you sound learning, so do not forsake my teaching.
3 When I was my father's son, Tender and the only one 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 He also taught me, and said to me: "Let your heart retain 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! 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 preserve 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 Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding. 7 Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.
8 Exalt her, and she will promote you; She will bring you honor, when 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 an ornament of grace; A crown of glory she will deliver to you." 9 She will set a garland of grace on your head and present you with a crown of splendor."
10 Hear, my son, and receive 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 taught you in the way of wisdom; I have led you in right 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 hindered, And when 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 firm hold of instruction, do not let go; Keep 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 walk in the way of 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 travel on 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 do not sleep unless they have done evil; And their sleep is taken away unless they make someone fall. 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 just is like the shining sun, That shines ever brighter unto the perfect 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 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, 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 eyes; 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 flesh. 22 for they are life to those who find them and health to a man's whole body.
23 Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues 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 perverse lips far from you. 24 Put away perversity from your mouth; keep corrupt talk far from your lips.
25 Let your eyes look straight ahead, And your eyelids look right before you. 25 Let your eyes look straight ahead, fix your gaze directly before you.
26 Ponder the path of your feet, And let all your ways be established. 26 Make level paths for your feet and take only ways that are firm.
27 Do not turn to the right or the left; Remove your foot from evil. 27 Do not swerve to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.