Proverbs 4 YLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Hear, ye sons, 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 good learning I have given to you, My law forsake not. 2 I give you sound learning, so do not forsake my teaching.
3 For, a son I have been to my father -- tender, And an only one before my mother. 3 When I was a boy in my father's house, still tender, and an only child of my mother,
4 And he directeth me, and he saith to me: `Let thy 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 sayings of my mouth. 5 Get wisdom, get understanding; do not forget my words or swerve from them.
6 Forsake her not, and she doth preserve thee, Love her, and she doth keep thee. 6 Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you.
7 The first thing [is] wisdom -- get wisdom, And with all thy getting get understanding. 7 Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.
8 Exalt her, and she doth lift thee up, She honoureth thee, when thou dost embrace her. 8 Esteem her, and she will exalt you; embrace her, and she will honor you.
9 She giveth to thy head a wreath of grace, A crown of beauty she doth give thee freely. 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 years of life [are] multiplied to thee. 10 Listen, my son, accept what I say, and the years of your life will be many.
11 In a way of wisdom I have directed thee, I have caused thee to tread in paths of uprightness. 11 I guide you in the way of wisdom and lead you along straight paths.
12 In thy walking thy step is not straitened, And if thou runnest, thou stumblest not. 12 When you walk, your steps will not be hampered; when you run, you will not stumble.
13 Lay hold on instruction, do not desist, Keep her, for she [is] thy life. 13 Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life.
14 Into the path of the wicked enter not, And be not happy in a way of evil doers. 14 Do not set foot on the path of the wicked or walk in the way of evil men.
15 Avoid it, pass not over into it, Turn aside from it, and pass on. 15 Avoid it, do not travel on it; turn from it and go on your way.
16 For they sleep not if they do not evil, And their sleep hath been taken violently away, If they cause not [some] to stumble. 16 For they cannot sleep till they do evil; they are robbed of slumber till they make someone fall.
17 For they have eaten bread of wickedness, And wine of violence they drink. 17 They eat the bread of wickedness and drink the wine of violence.
18 And the path of the righteous [is] as a shining light, Going and brightening till the day is established, 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] as darkness, They have not known at 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, to my words give attention, To my sayings incline thine ear, 20 My son, pay attention to what I say; listen closely to my words.
21 Let them not turn aside from thine eyes, Preserve them in the midst of thy heart. 21 Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart;
22 For life they [are] to those finding them, And to all their flesh healing. 22 for they are life to those who find them and health to a man's whole body.
23 Above every charge keep thy heart, For out of it [are] the outgoings of life. 23 Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.
24 Turn aside from thee a froward mouth, And perverse lips put far from thee, 24 Put away perversity from your mouth; keep corrupt talk far from your lips.
25 Thine eyes do look straightforward, And thine eyelids look straight before thee. 25 Let your eyes look straight ahead, fix your gaze directly before you.
26 Ponder thou the path of thy feet, And all thy ways [are] established. 26 Make level paths for your feet and take only ways that are firm.
27 Incline not [to] the right or to the left, Turn aside thy foot from evil! 27 Do not swerve to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.