Proverbs 4:1
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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.

Proverbs 4:1 Parallel
Commentary
Clarke'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.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

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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.

Library
Monotony and Crises
'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
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

The Two Paths
'Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; and the years of thy life shall be many. 11. I have taught thee in the way of wisdom; I have led thee in right paths. 12. When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened; and when thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble. 13. Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy life. 14. Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men. 15. Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away. 16. For they sleep not,
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Epistle cxx. To Claudius in Spain .
To Claudius in Spain [78] . Gregory to Claudius, &c. The renown of good deeds being fragrant after the manner of ointment, the odour of your glory has extended from the Western parts as far as here. Besprinkled by the sweetness of which breath of air, I declare that I greatly loved one whom I knew not, and within the bosom of my heart seized thee with the hand of love; nor did I love without already knowing him to be one whose good qualities I had learnt. For of him who is known to me by great
Saint Gregory the Great—the Epistles of Saint Gregory the Great

Twenty-Fourth Day. Firmness in Temptation.
"Jesus saith unto him, Get thee hence, Satan."--Matt. iv. 10. There is an awful intensity of meaning in the words, as applied to Jesus, "He suffered, being tempted!" Though incapable of sin, there was, in the refined sensibilities of His holy nature, that which made temptation unspeakably fearful. What must it have been to confront the Arch-traitor?--to stand face to face with the foe of His throne, and His universe? But the "prince of this world" came, and found "nothing in Him." Billow after
John R. Macduff—The Mind of Jesus

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

Proverbs 1:2
for gaining wisdom and instruction; for understanding words of insight;

Proverbs 1:8
Listen, my son, to your father's instruction and do not forsake your mother's teaching.

Proverbs 2:2
turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding--

Proverbs 8:33
Listen to my instruction and be wise; do not disregard it.

Proverbs 19:20
Listen to advice and accept discipline, and at the end you will be counted among the wise.

Jeremiah 35:8
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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