Proverbs 4:1
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English Standard Version
Hear, O sons, a father’s instruction, and be attentive, that you may gain insight,

King James Bible
Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding.

American Standard Version
Hear, my'sons, the instruction of a father, And attend to know understanding:

Douay-Rheims Bible
Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend that you may know prudence.

English Revised Version
Hear, my sons, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding:

Webster's Bible Translation
Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

A third illustration of the same principle is peaceableness:

Contend not with a man without a cause,

When he has inflicted no evil upon thee.

Instead of תּרוּב, or as the Kerı̂ has amended it תּריב, the abbreviated form תּרב or תּרב would be more correct after אל; רוּב or ריב (from רב, to be compact) means to fall upon one another, to come to hand-blows, to contend. Contending and quarrelling with a man, whoever he may be, without sufficient reason, ought to be abandoned; but there exists no such reason if he has done me no harm which I have to reproach him with. גּמל רעה with the accus. or dat. of the person signifies to bring evil upon any one, malum inferre, or also referre (Schultens), for גּמל (cogn. גּמר) signifies to execute, to complete, accomplish - both of the initiative and of the requital, both of the anticipative and of the recompensing action; here in the former of these senses.

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Proverbs 2:1-5 My son, if you will receive my words, and hide my commandments with you...

Proverbs 5:1 My son, attend to my wisdom, and bow your ear to my understanding:

Proverbs 7:4 Say to wisdom, You are my sister; and call understanding your kinswoman:

Proverbs 8:32-36 Now therefore listen to me, O you children: for blessed are they that keep my ways...

Proverbs 19:20 Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that you may be wise in your latter end.

Proverbs 22:17 Bow down your ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply your heart to my knowledge.

Hebrews 2:1 Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip.

Cross References
Psalm 34:11
Come, O children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the LORD.

Proverbs 1:2
To know wisdom and instruction, to understand words of insight,

Proverbs 1:8
Hear, my son, your father's instruction, and forsake not your mother's teaching,

Proverbs 2:2
making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding;

Proverbs 8:33
Hear instruction and be wise, and do not neglect it.

Proverbs 19:20
Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom in the future.

Jeremiah 35:8
We have obeyed the voice of Jonadab the son of Rechab, our father, in all that he commanded us, to drink no wine all our days, ourselves, our wives, our sons, or our daughters,

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