Proverbs 4

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The Holy Scriptures (Jubilee Bible 2000)
 

1Hearken, ye sons, unto the chastening of the father, and pay attention that ye might know understanding. 2For I give you good doctrine; do not forsake my law. 3For I was my father’s son, tender and unique in the sight of my mother. 4He taught me and said unto me, Sustain thine heart with my words; keep my commandments, and live. 5Get wisdom, get understanding; forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth. 6Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee; love her, and she shall keep thee. 7Wisdom is the principal thing, therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. 8Grow in wisdom, and she shall promote thee; she shall bring thee to honour when thou hast embraced her. 9She shall give to thine head an increase of grace; a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee. 10Hear, O my son, and receive my words, and the years of thy life shall be multiplied. 11I have taught thee in the way of wisdom; I have caused thee to walk in right paths. 12When thou goest in these paths, thy steps shall not be hindered; and when thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble. 13Take fast hold of chastening; do not let go; keep this; for it is thy life.

14Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men. 15Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away. 16For they do not sleep, unless they have done evil; and their sleep is taken away, unless they cause someone to fall. 17For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence. 18But the path of the just is as the light of the morning star, that shines more and more until the day is perfect. 19The way of the wicked is as darkness; they do not know in what they stumble.

20My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my words. 21Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. 22For they are life unto those that find them and medicine to all their flesh. 23Above all else, guard thy heart; for out of it flows the issues of life. 24Put away from thee the perversion of the mouth, and the deviation of the lips put far from thee. 25Let thine eyes look upon that which is right, and let thine eyelids straighten thy path before thee. 26Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established. 27Turn not to the right hand nor to the left; remove thy foot from evil.