Parallel Bible results for Proverbs 4

New King James Version

New International Version

Proverbs 4

NKJV 1 Hear, my children, the instruction of a father, And give attention to know understanding; NIV 1 Listen, my sons, to a father's instruction; pay attention and gain understanding. NKJV 2 For I give you good doctrine: Do not forsake my law. NIV 2 I give you sound learning, so do not forsake my teaching. NKJV 3 When I was my father's son, Tender and the only one in the sight of my mother, NIV 3 When I was a boy in my father's house, still tender, and an only child of my mother, NKJV 4 He also taught me, and said to me: "Let your heart retain my words; Keep my commands, and live. NIV 4 he taught me and said, "Lay hold of my words with all your heart; keep my commands and you will live. NKJV 5 Get wisdom! Get understanding! Do not forget, nor turn away from the words of my mouth. NIV 5 Get wisdom, get understanding; do not forget my words or swerve from them. NKJV 6 Do not forsake her, and she will preserve you; Love her, and she will keep you. NIV 6 Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you. NKJV 7 Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding. NIV 7 Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding. NKJV 8 Exalt her, and she will promote you; She will bring you honor, when you embrace her. NIV 8 Esteem her, and she will exalt you; embrace her, and she will honor you. NKJV 9 She will place on your head an ornament of grace; A crown of glory she will deliver to you." NIV 9 She will set a garland of grace on your head and present you with a crown of splendor." NKJV 10 Hear, my son, and receive my sayings, And the years of your life will be many. NIV 10 Listen, my son, accept what I say, and the years of your life will be many. NKJV 11 I have taught you in the way of wisdom; I have led you in right paths. NIV 11 I guide you in the way of wisdom and lead you along straight paths. NKJV 12 When you walk, your steps will not be hindered, And when you run, you will not stumble. NIV 12 When you walk, your steps will not be hampered; when you run, you will not stumble. NKJV 13 Take firm hold of instruction, do not let go; Keep her, for she is your life. NIV 13 Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life. NKJV 14 Do not enter the path of the wicked, And do not walk in the way of evil. NIV 14 Do not set foot on the path of the wicked or walk in the way of evil men. NKJV 15 Avoid it, do not travel on it; Turn away from it and pass on. NIV 15 Avoid it, do not travel on it; turn from it and go on your way. NKJV 16 For they do not sleep unless they have done evil; And their sleep is taken away unless they make someone fall. NIV 16 For they cannot sleep till they do evil; they are robbed of slumber till they make someone fall. NKJV 17 For they eat the bread of wickedness, And drink the wine of violence. NIV 17 They eat the bread of wickedness and drink the wine of violence. NKJV 18 But the path of the just is like the shining sun, That shines ever brighter unto the perfect day. NIV 18 The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, shining ever brighter till the full light of day. NKJV 19 The way of the wicked is like darkness; They do not know what makes them stumble. NIV 19 But the way of the wicked is like deep darkness; they do not know what makes them stumble. NKJV 20 My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings. NIV 20 My son, pay attention to what I say; listen closely to my words. NKJV 21 Do not let them depart from your eyes; Keep them in the midst of your heart; NIV 21 Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; NKJV 22 For they are life to those who find them, And health to all their flesh. NIV 22 for they are life to those who find them and health to a man's whole body. NKJV 23 Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life. NIV 23 Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life. NKJV 24 Put away from you a deceitful mouth, And put perverse lips far from you. NIV 24 Put away perversity from your mouth; keep corrupt talk far from your lips. NKJV 25 Let your eyes look straight ahead, And your eyelids look right before you. NIV 25 Let your eyes look straight ahead, fix your gaze directly before you. NKJV 26 Ponder the path of your feet, And let all your ways be established. NIV 26 Make level paths for your feet and take only ways that are firm. NKJV 27 Do not turn to the right or the left; Remove your foot from evil. NIV 27 Do not swerve to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.