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Proverbs 4 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 My children, listen to me. Listen to your father's instruction. Pay attention and grow wise, 1 Listen, my sons, to a father's instruction; pay attention and gain understanding.
2 for I am giving you good guidance. Don't turn away from my teaching. 2 I give you sound learning, so do not forsake my teaching.
3 For I, too, was once my father's son, tenderly loved by my mother as an 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 told me, "Take my words to heart. Follow my instructions and 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 Learn to be wise, and develop good judgment. Don't forget or turn away from my words. 5 Get wisdom, get understanding; do not forget my words or swerve from them.
6 Don't turn your back on wisdom, for she will protect you. Love her, and she will guard you. 6 Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you.
7 Getting wisdom is the most important thing you can do! And whatever else you do, get good judgment. 7 Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.
8 If you prize wisdom, she will exalt you. Embrace her and she will honor you. 8 Esteem her, and she will exalt you; embrace her, and she will honor you.
9 She will place a lovely wreath on your head; she will present you with a beautiful crown." 9 She will set a garland of grace on your head and present you with a crown of splendor."
10 My child, listen to me and do as I say, and you will have a long, good life. 10 Listen, my son, accept what I say, and the years of your life will be many.
11 I will teach you wisdom's ways and lead you in straight paths. 11 I guide you in the way of wisdom and lead you along straight paths.
12 If you live a life guided by wisdom, you won't limp or stumble as you run. 12 When you walk, your steps will not be hampered; when you run, you will not stumble.
13 Carry out my instructions; don't forsake them. Guard them, for they will lead you to a fulfilled life. 13 Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life.
14 Do not do as the wicked do or follow the path of evildoers. 14 Do not set foot on the path of the wicked or walk in the way of evil men.
15 Avoid their haunts. Turn away and go somewhere else, 15 Avoid it, do not travel on it; turn from it and go on your way.
16 for evil people cannot sleep until they have done their evil deed for the day. They cannot rest unless they have caused someone to stumble. 16 For they cannot sleep till they do evil; they are robbed of slumber till they make someone fall.
17 They eat wickedness and drink violence! 17 They eat the bread of wickedness and drink the wine of violence.
18 The way of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, which shines ever 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 the wicked is like complete darkness. Those who follow it have no idea what they are stumbling over. 19 But the way of the wicked is like deep darkness; they do not know what makes them stumble.
20 Pay attention, my child, to what I say. Listen carefully. 20 My son, pay attention to what I say; listen closely to my words.
21 Don't lose sight of my words. Let them penetrate deep within your heart, 21 Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart;
22 for they bring life and radiant health to anyone who discovers their meaning. 22 for they are life to those who find them and health to a man's whole body.
23 Above all else, guard your heart, for it affects everything you do. 23 Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.
24 Avoid all perverse talk; stay far from corrupt speech. 24 Put away perversity from your mouth; keep corrupt talk far from your lips.
25 Look straight ahead, and fix your eyes on what lies before you. 25 Let your eyes look straight ahead, fix your gaze directly before you.
26 Mark out a straight path for your feet; then stick to the path and stay safe. 26 Make level paths for your feet and take only ways that are firm.
27 Don't get sidetracked; keep your feet from following evil. 27 Do not swerve to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.