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Proverbs

CHAPTER 4

1 Hear, my sons, the instruction of a father, And be attentive, that you may gain understanding;

2 For I give you good teaching; Do not forsake my instruction.

3 For I was a son to my father, Tender and the only beloved in the sight of my mother.

4 And he taught me and said to me, Let your heart hold fast to my words; Keep my commandments and live;

5 Get wisdom; get understanding; Do not forget nor turn away from the words of my mouth.

6 Do not forsake her, and she will keep you; Love her, and she will guard you.

7 The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom; and in all your getting, get understanding.

8 Prize her highly, and she will exalt you; She will honor you if you embrace her.

9 She will give a garland of grace for your head; A crown of beauty will she bestow on you.

10 Hear, my son, and receive my words, And the years of your life will be many.

11 I have taught you in the way of wisdom; I have led you in the paths of uprightness.

12 When you walk, your steps will not be hindered; And when you run, you will not stumble.

13 Take hold of instruction; do not let go; Guard her, for she is your life.

14 Do not enter the path of the wicked, And do not walk in the way of the evil.

15 Avoid it; do not pass by it; Turn away from it and pass on by.

16 For they cannot sleep unless they do evil; And they are robbed of their sleep unless they cause someone to stumble.

17 For they eat the bread of wickedness And drink the wine of violence.

18 But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, Which shines brighter and brighter until the full day.

19 The way of the wicked is like deep darkness; They do not know what they stumble over.

20 My son, be attentive to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings.

21 Do not let them depart from your sight; Keep them in the midst of your heart.

22 For they are life to those who find them, And healing to all their flesh.

23 Keep your heart with all vigilance, For from it are the issues of life.

24 Put away from you crooked speech, And put perverse talk far from you.

25 Let your eyes look directly ahead, And let your gaze be straight in front of you.

26 Make straight the path of your feet, And all your ways will be established.

27 Do not turn to the right or to the left; Turn your foot away from evil.