Bible: Proverbs 4
Admonition to Follow Righteousness and Avoid Wickedness 1
do not forsake my teaching.
4:3 When I was a son to my father, 8
a tender only child 9 before my mother,
4:4 he taught me, and he said to me:
“Let your heart lay hold of my words;
keep my commands so that 10 you will live.
4:5 Acquire wisdom, acquire understanding;
do not forget and do not turn aside from the words I speak. 11
4:6 Do not forsake wisdom, 12 and she will protect you;
love her, and she will guard you.
4:8 Esteem her highly 17 and she will exalt you;
she will honor you if you embrace her.
4:9 She will place a fair 18 garland on your head;
4:10 Listen, my child, 21 and accept my words,
4:11 I will guide you 24 in the way of wisdom
and I will lead you in upright paths. 25
and when you run, 28 you will not stumble.
4:13 Hold on to instruction, 29 do not let it go;
protect it, 30 because it is your life.
4:14 Do not enter the path of the wicked
or walk 31 in the way of those who are evil.
4:15 Avoid it, do not go on it;
turn away from it, and go on. 32
4:16 For they cannot sleep unless they cause harm; 33
and drink wine obtained from violence. 38
4:18 But the path of the righteous is like the bright morning light, 39
4:19 The way of the wicked is like gloomy darkness; 42
they do not know what causes them to stumble. 43
4:20 My child, pay attention to my words;
listen attentively 44 to my sayings.
4:21 Do not let them depart 45 from your sight,
4:22 for they are life to those who find them
and healing to one’s entire body. 48
4:23 Guard your heart with all vigilance, 49
for from it are the sources 50 of life.
keep devious talk far from your lips. 53
4:25 Let your eyes look directly 54 in front of you
and let your gaze 55 look straight before you.
4:27 Do not turn 60 to the right or to the left;