Proverbs 4:1
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New International Version
Listen, my sons, to a father's instruction; pay attention and gain understanding.

New Living Translation
My children, listen when your father corrects you. Pay attention and learn good judgment,

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

New American Standard Bible
Hear, O sons, the instruction of a father, And give attention that you may gain understanding,

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

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Listen, my sons, to a father's discipline, and pay attention so that you may gain understanding,

International Standard Version
Listen, children, to your father's instruction, and pay attention in order to gain understanding.

NET Bible
Listen, children, to a father's instruction, and pay attention so that you may gain discernment.

New Heart English Bible
Listen, sons, to a father's instruction. Pay attention and know understanding;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Hear, children, the instruction of a father, and listen to knowledge and understanding.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Sons, listen to [your] father's discipline, and pay attention in order to gain understanding.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, And attend to know understanding.

New American Standard 1977
Hear, O sons, the instruction of a father,
            And give attention that you may gain understanding,

Jubilee Bible 2000
Hearken, ye sons, unto the chastening of the father, and pay attention that ye might know understanding.

King James 2000 Bible
Hear, you children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding.

American King James Version
Hear, you 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.

Darby Bible Translation
Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know intelligence;

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.

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.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
4:1-13 We must look upon our teachers as our fathers: though instruction carry in it reproof and correction, bid it welcome. Solomon's parents loved him, therefore taught him. Wise and godly men, in every age of the world, and rank in society, agree that true wisdom consists in obedience, and is united to happiness. Get wisdom, take pains for it. Get the rule over thy corruptions; take more pains to get this than the wealth of this world. An interest in Christ's salvation is necessary. This wisdom is the one thing needful. A soul without true wisdom and grace is a dead soul. How poor, contemptible, and wretched are those, who, with all their wealth and power, die without getting understanding, without Christ, without hope, and without God! Let us give heed to the sayings of Him who has the words of eternal life. Thus our path will be plain before us: by taking, and keeping fast hold of instruction, we shall avoid being straitened or stumbling.
Study Bible
Listen to a Father's Instruction
1Hear, O sons, the instruction of a father, And give attention that you may gain understanding, 2For I give you sound teaching; Do not abandon my instruction.…
Cross References
Psalm 34:11
Come, you children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the LORD.

Proverbs 1:2
To know wisdom and instruction, To discern the sayings of understanding,

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

Proverbs 2:2
Make your ear attentive to wisdom, Incline your heart to understanding;

Proverbs 8:33
"Heed instruction and be wise, And do not neglect it.

Proverbs 19:20
Listen to counsel and accept discipline, That you may be wise the rest of your days.

Jeremiah 35:8
"We have obeyed the voice of Jonadab the son of Rechab, our father, in all that he commanded us, not to drink wine all our days, we, our wives, our sons or our daughters,
Treasury of Scripture

Hear, you children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding.

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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 …

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 …

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