Parallel Bible results for Proverbs 4

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Proverbs 4

NIRV 1 My children, listen to a father's teaching. Pay attention and gain understanding. NIV 1 Listen, my sons, to a father’s instruction; pay attention and gain understanding. NIRV 2 I give you good advice. So don't turn away from what I teach you. NIV 2 I give you sound learning, so do not forsake my teaching. NIRV 3 I was once a young boy in my father's house. I was my mother's only child. NIV 3 For I too was a son to my father, still tender, and cherished by my mother. NIRV 4 My father taught me. He said, "Hold on to my words with all your heart. Keep my commands. Then you will live. NIV 4 Then he taught me, and he said to me, “Take hold of my words with all your heart; keep my commands, and you will live. NIRV 5 Get wisdom. Get understanding. Don't forget my words. Don't turn away from them. NIV 5 Get wisdom, get understanding; do not forget my words or turn away from them. NIRV 6 Stay close to wisdom, and she will keep you safe. Love her, and she will watch over you. NIV 6 Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you. NIRV 7 Wisdom is best. So get wisdom. No matter what it costs, get understanding. NIV 7 The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding. NIRV 8 Value wisdom, and she will lift you up. Hold her close, and she will honor you. NIV 8 Cherish her, and she will exalt you; embrace her, and she will honor you. NIRV 9 She will set a beautiful crown on your head. She will give you a glorious crown." NIV 9 She will give you a garland to grace your head and present you with a glorious crown.” NIRV 10 My son, listen. Accept what I say. Then you will live for many years. NIV 10 Listen, my son, accept what I say, and the years of your life will be many. NIRV 11 I guide you in the way of wisdom. I lead you along straight paths. NIV 11 I instruct you in the way of wisdom and lead you along straight paths. NIRV 12 When you walk, nothing will slow you down. When you run, you won't trip and fall. NIV 12 When you walk, your steps will not be hampered; when you run, you will not stumble. NIRV 13 Hold on to my teaching. Don't let it go. Guard it well. It is your life. NIV 13 Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life. NIRV 14 Don't take the path of evil people. Don't live the way sinners do. NIV 14 Do not set foot on the path of the wicked or walk in the way of evildoers. NIRV 15 Stay away from their path. Don't travel on it. Turn away from it. Go on your way. NIV 15 Avoid it, do not travel on it; turn from it and go on your way. NIRV 16 Sinners can't sleep until they do what is evil. They can't rest until they make someone fall. NIV 16 For they cannot rest until they do evil; they are robbed of sleep till they make someone stumble. NIRV 17 They do evil just as easily as they eat food. They hurt others as easily as they drink wine. NIV 17 They eat the bread of wickedness and drink the wine of violence. NIRV 18 The path of those who do what is right is like the first gleam of dawn. It shines brighter and brighter until the full light of day. NIV 18 The path of the righteous is like the morning sun, shining ever brighter till the full light of day. NIRV 19 But the way of those who do what is wrong is like deep darkness. They don't know what makes them trip and fall. NIV 19 But the way of the wicked is like deep darkness; they do not know what makes them stumble. NIRV 20 My son, pay attention to what I say. Listen closely to my words. NIV 20 My son, pay attention to what I say; turn your ear to my words. NIRV 21 Don't let them out of your sight. Keep them in your heart. NIV 21 Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; NIRV 22 They are life to those who find them. They are health to your whole body. NIV 22 for they are life to those who find them and health to one’s whole body. NIRV 23 Above everything else, guard your heart. It is where your life comes from. NIV 23 Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. NIRV 24 Don't speak with twisted words. Keep evil talk away from your lips. NIV 24 Keep your mouth free of perversity; keep corrupt talk far from your lips. NIRV 25 Let your eyes look straight ahead. Keep looking right in front of you. NIV 25 Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you. NIRV 26 Make level paths for your feet to walk on. Only go on ways that are firm. NIV 26 Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways. NIRV 27 Don't turn to the right or left. Keep your feet from the path of evil. NIV 27 Do not turn to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.

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