Proverbs 4:1-27 RSV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Hear, O sons, a father's instruction, and be attentive, that you may gain insight; 1 Listen, my sons, to a father's instruction; pay attention and gain understanding.
2 for I give you good precepts: do not forsake my teaching. 2 I give you sound learning, so do not forsake my teaching.
3 When I was a son with my father, tender, 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 taught me, and said to me, "Let your heart hold fast my words; keep my commandments, 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 do not forget, and do not turn away from the words of my mouth. Get wisdom; get insight. 5 Get wisdom, get understanding; do not forget my words or swerve from them.
6 Do not forsake her, and she will keep 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 The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom, and whatever you get, get insight. 7 Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.
8 Prize her highly, and she will exalt you; she will honor you if 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 a fair garland; she will bestow on you a beautiful crown." 9 She will set a garland of grace on your head and present you with a crown of splendor."
10 Hear, my son, and accept my words, that the years of your life may be many. 10 Listen, my son, accept what I say, and the years of your life will be many.
11 I have taught you the way of wisdom; I have led you in the paths of uprightness. 11 I guide you in the way of wisdom and lead you along straight paths.
12 When you walk, your step will not be hampered; and if you run, you will not stumble. 12 When you walk, your steps will not be hampered; when you run, you will not stumble.
13 Keep hold of instruction, do not let go; guard 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 men. 14 Do not set foot on the path of the wicked or walk in the way of evil men.
15 Avoid it; do not go 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 cannot sleep unless they have done wrong; they are robbed of sleep unless they have made some one stumble. 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 righteous is like the light of dawn, which shines brighter and brighter until full 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 deep darkness; they do not know over 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, be attentive to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. 20 My son, pay attention to what I say; listen closely to my words.
21 Let them not escape from your sight; keep them within your heart. 21 Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart;
22 For they are life to him who finds them, and healing to all his 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 vigilance; for from it flow the springs of life. 23 Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.
24 Put away from you crooked speech, and put devious talk far from you. 24 Put away perversity from your mouth; keep corrupt talk far from your lips.
25 Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you. 25 Let your eyes look straight ahead, fix your gaze directly before you.
26 Take heed to the path of your feet, then all your ways will be sure. 26 Make level paths for your feet and take only ways that are firm.
27 Do not swerve to the right or to the left; turn your foot away from evil. 27 Do not swerve to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.