Proverbs 4 WYC/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Sons, hear ye the teaching of your father; and perceive ye (and understand ye), (so) that ye know prudence. 1 Listen, my sons, to a father's instruction; pay attention and gain understanding.
2 I shall give to you a good gift; forsake ye not my law. (I give you a good gift; do not ye abandon my instructions.) 2 I give you sound learning, so do not forsake my teaching.
3 For why and I was the son of my father, a tender son, and one begotten, before my mother. (For I was my father's son, a tender son, and 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 And my father taught me, and said, Thine heart receive my words; keep thou my behests (obey my commands), and thou shalt live. 4 he taught me and said, "Lay hold of my words with all your heart; keep my commands and you will live.
5 Wield thou wisdom, wield thou prudence; forget thou not, neither bow thou away from the words of my mouth. 5 Get wisdom, get understanding; do not forget my words or swerve from them.
6 Forsake thou not it, and it shall keep thee (safe); love thou it, and it shall keep thee (safe). 6 Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you.
7 The beginning of wisdom, wield thou wisdom; and in all thy possession, get thou prudence. (The beginning of wisdom, is that thou first obtain wisdom; and among all thy possessions, of greatest importance is that thou get understanding.) 7 Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.
8 Take thou it, and it shall enhance thee; thou shalt be glorified of it, when thou hast embraced it. (Take thou it unto thy heart, and it shall advance thee, or shall promote thee, or raise thee up; thou shalt be honoured, when thou hast embraced it.) 8 Esteem her, and she will exalt you; embrace her, and she will honor you.
9 It shall give increasings of graces to thine head; and a noble crown shall defend thee. (It shall bring many favours upon thee; and they shall adorn thee like a noble crown.) 9 She will set a garland of grace on your head and present you with a crown of splendor."
10 My son, hear thou, and take my words (to heart); (so) that the years of (thy) life be multiplied to thee. 10 Listen, my son, accept what I say, and the years of your life will be many.
11 I shall show to thee the way of wisdom; and I shall lead thee by the paths of equity (and I shall lead thee on the fair ways). 11 I guide you in the way of wisdom and lead you along straight paths.
12 Into which when thou hast entered, thy goings shall not be made strait; and thou shalt run, and shalt not have hurting (and thou shalt not be caused to stumble). 12 When you walk, your steps will not be hampered; when you run, you will not stumble.
13 Hold thou (fast to my) teaching, and forsake [thou] it not; keep thou it (near), for it is thy life. 13 Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life.
14 Delight thou not in the paths of wicked men; and the way of evil men please not thee. (Delight thou not in the paths of the wicked; and do not let the ways of evil people please thee.) 14 Do not set foot on the path of the wicked or walk in the way of evil men.
15 Flee thou from it, and pass thou not thereby; bow thou away, and forsake it. 15 Avoid it, do not travel on it; turn from it and go on your way.
16 For they sleep not, no but they have done evil; and sleep is ravished from them, no but they have deceived simple men. (For they do not sleep, unless first they have done some evil; and sleep is taken from them, unless first they have deceived those who be honest, or have integrity.) 16 For they cannot sleep till they do evil; they are robbed of slumber till they make someone fall.
17 They eat the bread of unpiety, and drink the wine of wickedness. (They eat evil bread, and drink wicked wine.) 17 They eat the bread of wickedness and drink the wine of violence.
18 But the path of just men goeth forth as light shining (But the path of the righteous goeth forth like a shining light), and increaseth till to 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 wicked men is dark (The way of the wicked is dark); they know not where, (or when,) they shall fall. 19 But the way of the wicked is like deep darkness; they do not know what makes them stumble.
20 My son, harken thou (to) my words; and bow down thine ears to my speeches. 20 My son, pay attention to what I say; listen closely to my words.
21 Go not they away from thine eyes (Let them not go away from thine eyes); keep thou them in the middle of thine heart. 21 Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart;
22 For those be life to men finding those, and health of all flesh. (For they be 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 With all (safe) keeping keep thine heart (safe), for life cometh forth of it (for life cometh forth from it). 23 Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.
24 Remove thou a shrewd mouth from thee (Do not thou speak depraved things); and backbiting lips be far from thee. 24 Put away perversity from your mouth; keep corrupt talk far from your lips.
25 Thine eyes see rightful things; and thine eyelids go before thy steps. 25 Let your eyes look straight ahead, fix your gaze directly before you.
26 (Ad)dress thou [the] paths to thy feet (Direct thou the steps of thy feet), and all thy ways shall be stablished. 26 Make level paths for your feet and take only ways that are firm.
27 Bow thou not to the right side, neither to the left side; turn away thy foot from evil. 27 Do not swerve to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.