Proverbs 4:11
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New International Version
I instruct you in the way of wisdom and lead you along straight paths.

New Living Translation
I will teach you wisdom's ways and lead you in straight paths.

English Standard Version
I have taught you the way of wisdom; I have led you in the paths of uprightness.

New American Standard Bible
I have directed you in the way of wisdom; I have led you in upright paths.

King James Bible
I have taught thee in the way of wisdom; I have led thee in right paths.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I am teaching you the way of wisdom; I am guiding you on straight paths.

International Standard Version
I have directed you in the way of wisdom, and I have led you along straight paths.

NET Bible
I will guide you in the way of wisdom and I will lead you in upright paths.

New Heart English Bible
I have taught you in the way of wisdom. I have led you in straight paths.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
I have taught you the ways of wisdom and I have led you in the straight paths.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I have taught you the way of wisdom. I have guided you along decent paths.

JPS Tanakh 1917
I have taught thee in the way of wisdom; I have led thee in paths of uprightness.

New American Standard 1977
I have directed you in the way of wisdom;
            I have led you in upright paths.

Jubilee Bible 2000
I have taught thee in the way of wisdom; I have caused thee to walk in right paths.

King James 2000 Bible
I have taught you in the way of wisdom; I have led you in right paths.

American King James Version
I have taught you in the way of wisdom; I have led you in right paths.

American Standard Version
I have taught thee in the way of wisdom; I have led thee in paths of uprightness.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I will shew thee the way of wisdom, I will lead thee by the paths of equity:

Darby Bible Translation
I will teach thee in the way of wisdom, I will lead thee in paths of uprightness.

English Revised Version
I have taught thee in the way of wisdom; I have led thee in paths of uprightness.

Webster's Bible Translation
I have taught thee in the way of wisdom; I have led thee in right paths.

World English Bible
I have taught you in the way of wisdom. I have led you in straight paths.

Young's Literal Translation
In a way of wisdom I have directed thee, I have caused thee to tread in paths of uprightness.
Study Bible
Listen to a Father's Instruction
10Hear, my son, and accept my sayings And the years of your life will be many. 11I have directed you in the way of wisdom; I have led you in upright paths. 12When you walk, your steps will not be impeded; And if you run, you will not stumble.…
Cross References
1 Samuel 12:23
"Moreover, as for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the LORD by ceasing to pray for you; but I will instruct you in the good and right way.

Psalm 23:3
He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness For His name's sake.
Treasury of Scripture

I have taught you in the way of wisdom; I have led you in right paths.

taught

Proverbs 4:4 He taught me also, and said to me, Let your heart retain my words: …

Deuteronomy 4:5 Behold, I have taught you statutes and judgments, even as the LORD …

1 Samuel 12:24 Only fear the LORD, and serve him in truth with all your heart: for …

Ecclesiastes 12:9 And moreover, because the preacher was wise, he still taught the …

led

Proverbs 8:6,9,20 Hear; for I will speak of excellent things; and the opening of my …

Psalm 23:3 He restores my soul: he leads me in the paths of righteousness for …

Psalm 25:4,5 Show me your ways, O LORD; teach me your paths…

Acts 13:10 And said, O full of all subtlety and all mischief, you child of the …

Verse 11. - The perfects, I have taught and I have led, in the original seem to have here the absolute signification of the past. The father recalls the instruction which he has given in times past. So Delitzsch. But Gejerus gives them the combined force of the past and future, "I have taught and I will more fully teach," and so with the other verb. The Vulgate renders, monstrabo, "I will show," and ducam, "I will lead." In the way of wisdom (b'derek khok'mah) may mean "in the way that leads to, or by which you come to Wisdom; I have taught you the manner in which Wisdom may be attained;" or "the way in which Wisdom walks" (Zockler). The ways of Wisdom are described in Proverbs 3:17 as "ways of pleasantness." The next clause seems to indicate that the latter explanation is to be preferred. The (b) indicates the subject in which instruction has been given. In right paths (b'ma'g'le yosher); literally, in the paths of rectitude; i.e. of straightness, paths of which the characteristic is uprightness. (On "paths," as signifying a carriageway, see Proverbs 2:9.) Instruction and direction have formed the two elements in the father's teaching. These present us with a model of education. "To teach duty without truth is to teach practice without motive; to teach truth without duty is to teach motive without the practice to which it should lead" (Wardlaw). I have taught thee in the way of wisdom,.... In the way that leads to it, or is concerning it; in the Gospel, which is the wisdom of God in a mystery, the manifold wisdom of God, and which directs to Christ and the knowledge of him, who is true wisdom; this is another reason or argument why the wise man's instructions should be attended to;

I have led thee in right paths; in paths of righteousness, holiness, and truth; in such as are agreeable to the will and word of God, and which lead right on to the city of habitation; and therefore such teachings and leadings should be followed, and such ways walked in. 11, 12. way of wisdom—which it prescribes.

led thee—literally, "caused thee to tread," as a path (Ps 107:7).

not be straitened—have ample room (Ps 18:36).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.
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