Proverbs 4

The Book of Proverbs
Chapter 4

Chapter Overview:

An exhortation to the study of wisdom, is forced by various arguments, ver. 1 - 13.
A caution against bad company, ver. 14 - 19.
Directions for the attaining and keeping of wisdom, ver. 20 - 27.
4:1A father - Of me, who have paternal authority over you and affection for you.
4:3Tender - Young and tender in years, and tenderly educated.Only beloved - Beloved above all the rest.
4:4Said - The following verses, at least as far as the tenth verse, are the words of David.
4:7With all - Even with the price of all.
4:8Exalt - Let her have thine highest esteem and affection.
4:9Grace - A beautiful ornament, such as they used to put upon their heads.
4:16For - They cannot sleep with quietness.
4:17For - Wickedness is as pleasant to them as their bread.
4:18But - Just men daily grow in knowledge, and grace, and consolation, 'till all be perfected and swallowed up in glory.
4:19Darkness - Full of ignorance and error, of uncertainty and confusion, of danger and misery.
4:23Heart - Thy thoughts, will, and affections. For - From thence proceed all the actions, as of the natural, so of the spiritual life, which lead to eternal life.
4:24Mouth - All sorts of sinful words.
4:25Right on - Direct all thine actions to a right end, and keep thy mind fixed upon that way which leads to it, and neither look or turn aside to the right - hand or the left.
4:26Ponder - Consider thine actions before thou dost them, and see that they agree with the rule. And - Let thine actions be uniformly and constantly good in spite of all temptations.