Bible: Proverbs 4

Admonition to Follow Righteousness and Avoid Wickedness 1 

4:1 Listen, children, 2  to a father’s instruction, 3 

and pay attention so that 4  you may gain 5  discernment.

4:2 Because I give 6  you good instruction, 7 

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.

4:7 Wisdom is supreme 13 so 14  acquire wisdom,

and whatever you acquire, 15  acquire understanding! 16 

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;

she will bestow 19  a beautiful crown 20  on you.”

4:10 Listen, my child, 21  and accept my words,

so that 22  the years of your life will be many. 23 

4:11 I will guide you 24  in the way of wisdom

and I will lead you in upright paths. 25 

4:12 When you walk, your steps 26  will not be hampered, 27 

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 

they are robbed of sleep 34  until they make someone stumble. 35 

4:17 For they eat bread 36  gained from wickedness 37 

and drink wine obtained from violence. 38 

4:18 But the path of the righteous is like the bright morning light, 39 

growing brighter and brighter 40  until full day. 41 

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,

guard 46  them within your heart; 47 

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.

4:24 Remove perverse speech 51  from your mouth; 52 

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.

4:26 Make the path for your feet 56  level, 57 

so that 58  all your ways may be established. 59 

4:27 Do not turn 60  to the right or to the left;

turn yourself 61  away from evil. 62 

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