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Proverbs 4:12 ASV
When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened; And if thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble.
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Proverbs 4:12 BBE
When you go, your way will not be narrow, and in running you will not have a fall.
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Proverbs 4:12 CEB
When you walk, you won't be hindered; when you run, you won't stumble.
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Proverbs 4:12 CJB
when you walk, your step won't be hindered; and if you run, you won't stumble.
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Proverbs 4:12 RHE
Which when thou shalt have entered, thy steps shall not be straitened, and when thou runnest, thou shalt not meet a stumblingblock.
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Proverbs 4:12 ESV
When you walk, your step will not be hampered, and if you run, you will not stumble.
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Proverbs 4:12 GW
When you walk, your stride will not be hampered. Even if you run, you will not stumble.
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Proverbs 4:12 GNT
Nothing will stand in your way if you walk wisely, and you will not stumble when you run.
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Proverbs 4:12 HNV
When you go, your steps will not be hampered. When you run, you will not stumble.
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Proverbs 4:12 CSB
When you walk, your steps will not be hindered; when you run, you will not stumble.
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Proverbs 4:12 KJV
When thou goest , thy steps shall not be straitened ; and when thou runnest , thou shalt not stumble .
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Proverbs 4:12 LEB
{When you walk}, your step will not be hampered, and if you run, you will not stumble.
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Proverbs 4:12 NAS
When you walk, your steps will not be impeded; And if you run, you will not stumble.
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Proverbs 4:12 NCV
Nothing will hold you back; you will not be overwhelmed.
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Proverbs 4:12 NIRV
When you walk, nothing will slow you down. When you run, you won't trip and fall.
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Proverbs 4:12 NIV
When you walk, your steps will not be hampered; when you run, you will not stumble.
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Proverbs 4:12 NKJV
When you walk, your steps will not be hindered, And when you run, you will not stumble.
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Proverbs 4:12 NLT
If you live a life guided by wisdom, you won't limp or stumble as you run.
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Proverbs 4:12 NRS
When you walk, your step will not be hampered; and if you run, you will not stumble.
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Proverbs 4:12 RSV
When you walk, your step will not be hampered; and if you run, you will not stumble.
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Proverbs 4:12 DBY
When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened; and when thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble.
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Proverbs 4:12 MSG
I don't want you ending up in blind alleys, or wasting time making wrong turns.
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Proverbs 4:12 WBT
When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened; and when thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble.
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Proverbs 4:12 TMB
When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened; and when thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble.
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Proverbs 4:12 TNIV
When you walk, your steps will not be hampered; when you run, you will not stumble.
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Proverbs 4:12 WEB
When you go, your steps will not be hampered. When you run, you will not stumble.
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Proverbs 4:12 WYC
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).
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Proverbs 4:12 YLT
In thy walking thy step is not straitened, And if thou runnest, thou stumblest not.
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Proverbs 4 Commentary - Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Concise)

Chapter 4

Exhortation to the study of wisdom. (1-13) Cautions against bad company, Exhortation to faith and holiness. (14-27)

Verses 1-13 We must look upon our teachers as our fathers: though instruction carry in it reproof and correction, bid it welcome. Solomon's parents loved him, therefore taught him. Wise and godly men, in every age of the world, and rank in society, agree that true wisdom consists in obedience, and is united to happiness. Get wisdom, take pains for it. Get the rule over thy corruptions; take more pains to get this than the wealth of this world. An interest in Christ's salvation is necessary. This wisdom is the one thing needful. A soul without true wisdom and grace is a dead soul. How poor, contemptible, and wretched are those, who, with all their wealth and power, die without getting understanding, without Christ, without hope, and without God! Let us give heed to the sayings of Him who has the words of eternal life. Thus our path will be plain before us: by taking, and keeping fast hold of instruction, we shall avoid being straitened or stumbling.

Verses 14-27 The way of evil men may seem pleasant, and the nearest way to compass some end; but it is an evil way, and will end ill; if thou love thy God and thy soul, avoid it. It is not said, Keep at a due distance, but at a great distance; never think you can get far enough from it. The way of the righteous is light; Christ is their Way, and he is the Light. The saints will not be perfect till they reach heaven, but there they shall shine as the sun in his strength. The way of sin is as darkness. The way of the wicked is dark, therefore dangerous; they fall into sin, but know not how to avoid it. They fall into trouble, but never seek to know wherefore God contends with them, nor what will be in the end of it. This is the way we are bid to shun. Attentive hearing the word of God, is a good sign of a work of grace begun in the heart, and a good means of carrying it on. There is in the word of God a proper remedy for all diseases of the soul. Keep thy heart with all diligence. We must set a strict guard upon our souls; keep our hearts from doing hurt, and getting hurt. A good reason is given; because out of it are the issues of life. Above all, we should seek from the Lord Jesus that living water, the sanctifying Spirit, issuing forth unto everlasting life. Thus we shall be enabled to put away a froward mouth and perverse lips; our eyes will be turned from beholding vanity, looking straight forward, and walking by the rule of God's word, treading in the steps of our Lord and Master. Lord, forgive the past, and enable us to follow thee more closely for the time to come.

Proverbs 4 Commentary - Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

CHAPTER 4

Proverbs 4:1-27 . To an earnest call for attention to his teachings, the writer adds a commendation of wisdom, preceded and enforced by the counsels of his father and teacher. To this he adds a caution (against the devices of the wicked), and a series of exhortations to docility, integrity, and uprightness.

1, 2. (Compare Proverbs 1:8 ).
to know--in order to know.
doctrine--the matter of learning ( Proverbs 1:5 ), such as he had received ( Lamentations 3:1 ).

3. father's son--emphatic, a son specially regarded, and so called tender, as an object of special care (compare 1 Chronicles 22:7 , 29:1 ); an idea further expressed by
only beloved--or, "as an only son" ( Genesis 22:2 ), though he had

4. He taught--or directed me.
retain--as well as receive.
keep . . . and live--observe, that you may live ( Proverbs 7:2 ).

5. Get--as a possession not to be given up.
neither decline--that is, from obeying my word.

6. Not only accept but love wisdom, who will keep thee from evil, and evil from thee.

7. (Compare Job 28:28 ).
getting--or possession; a desire for wisdom is wise.

8. As you highly esteem her, she will raise you to honor.
embrace her--with fond affection.

9. ornament--such as the chaplet or wreath of conquerors.
deliver--(Compare Genesis 14:20 ). The allusion to a shield, contained in the Hebrew, suggests protection as well as honor(compare Proverbs 4:6 ).

10. (Compare Proverbs 2:1 , 3:2 ).

11,12. way of wisdom--which it prescribes.
led thee--literally, "caused thee to tread," as a path ( Psalms 107:7 ).
not be straitened--have ample room ( Psalms 18:36 ).

13. (Compare Proverbs 3:18 ). The figure of laying hold with the hand suggests earnest effort.

14. (Compare Psalms 1:1 ). Avoid all temptations to the beginning of evil.

16, 17. The reason is found in the character of sinners, whose zeal to do evil is forcibly depicted ( Proverbs 6:4 , Psalms 36:5 ). They live by flagrant vices ( Proverbs 1:13 ). Some prefer to render, "Their bread is wickedness, their drink violence" (compare Job 15:16 , 34:7 ).

18, 19. As shining light increases from twilight to noonday splendor, so the course of the just increases in purity, but that of the wicked is as thickest darkness, in which one knows not on what he stumbles.

20-22. (Compare Proverbs 4:10 Proverbs 4:13 , Proverbs 3:8 , &c.).

22. health . . . flesh--by preserving from vices destructive of health.

23. with all diligence--or, "above," or "more than all," custody (compare Margin), all that is kept (compare Ezekiel 38:7 ), because the heart is the depository of all wisdom and the source of whatever affects life and character ( Matthew 12:35 , 15:19 ).

24. a froward mouth--that is, a mouth, or words of ill nature. The Hebrew word differs from that used ( Proverbs 2:15 , 3:32 ).
perverse--or, "quarreling."
lips--or, "words."

25. Let . . . before thee--that is, pursue a sincere and direct purpose, avoiding temptations.

26. Ponder--Consider well; a wise course results from wise forethought.

27. (Compare Proverbs 4:25 ). Avoid all by-paths of evil ( Deuteronomy 2:27 , 17:11 ). A life of integrity requires attention to heart, speech, eyes, and conduct.