New International Version
Listen, my sons, to a father's instruction; pay attention and gain understanding.
King James Bible
Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding.
Darby Bible Translation
Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know intelligence;
World English Bible
Listen, sons, to a father's instruction. Pay attention and know understanding;
Young's Literal Translation
Hear, ye sons, the instruction of a father, And give attention to know understanding.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Hear, ye children - Come, my pupils, and hear how a father instructed his child. Such as I received from my father I give to you, and they were the teachings of a wise and affectionate parent to his only son, a peculiar object of his regards, and also those of a fond mother.
He introduces the subject thus, to show that the teaching he received, and which he was about to give them, was the most excellent of its kind. By this he ensured their attention, and made his way to their heart. Teaching by precept is good; teaching by example is better; but teaching both by precept and example is best of all.
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'When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened; and when thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble.'--PROVERBS iv. 12. The old metaphor likening life to a path has many felicities in it. It suggests constant change, it suggests continuous progress in one direction, and that all our days are linked together, and are not isolated fragments; and it suggests an aim and an end. So we find it perpetually in this Book of Proverbs. Here the 'way' has a specific designation, 'the way of Wisdom'--that is …
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The Two Paths
Epistle cxx. To Claudius in Spain .
Twenty-Fourth Day. Firmness in Temptation.
Come, my children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the LORD.
for gaining wisdom and instruction; for understanding words of insight;
Listen, my son, to your father's instruction and do not forsake your mother's teaching.
turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding--
Listen to my instruction and be wise; do not disregard it.
Listen to advice and accept discipline, and at the end you will be counted among the wise.
We have obeyed everything our forefather Jehonadab son of Rekab commanded us. Neither we nor our wives nor our sons and daughters have ever drunk wine
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