Proverbs 4:13-23 NIV

13 Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life.1

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14 Do not set foot on the path of the wicked or walk in the way of evil men.2

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15 Avoid it, do not travel on it; turn from it and go on your way.
16 For they cannot sleep till they do evil;3 they are robbed of slumber till they make someone fall.

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17 They eat the bread of wickedness and drink the wine of violence.4

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18 The path of the righteous5 is like the first gleam of dawn,6 shining ever brighter till the full light of day.7

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19 But the way of the wicked is like deep darkness;8 they do not know what makes them stumble.9

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20 My son,10 pay attention to what I say; listen closely to my words.11

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21 Do not let them out of your sight,12 keep them within your heart;

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22 for they are life to those who find them and health to a man's whole body.13

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23 Above all else, guard14 your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.15

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