Proverbs, Chapter 4 - The Pursuit of Wisdom and Righteousness

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Proverbs 4:1
Listen, sons, to a father’s instruction. Pay attention and know understanding;
Proverbs 4:2
For I give you sound learning. Don’t forsake my law.
Proverbs 4:3
For I was a son to my father, tender and an only child in the sight of my mother.
Proverbs 4:4
He taught me, and said to me: “Let your heart retain my words. Keep my commandments, and live.
Proverbs 4:5
Get wisdom. Get understanding. Don’t forget, and don’t deviate from the words of my mouth.
Proverbs 4:6
Don’t forsake her, and she will preserve you. Love her, and she will keep you.
Proverbs 4:7
Wisdom is supreme. Get wisdom. Yes, though it costs all your possessions, get understanding.
Proverbs 4:8
Esteem her, and she will exalt you. She will bring you to honor when you embrace her.
Proverbs 4:9
She will give to your head a garland of grace. She will deliver a crown of splendor to you.”
Proverbs 4:10
Listen, my son, and receive my sayings. The years of your life will be many.
Proverbs 4:11
I have taught you in the way of wisdom. I have led you in straight paths.
Proverbs 4:12
When you go, your steps will not be hampered. When you run, you will not stumble.
Proverbs 4:13
Take firm hold of instruction. Don’t let her go. Keep her, for she is your life.
Proverbs 4:14
Don’t enter into the path of the wicked. Don’t walk in the way of evil men.
Proverbs 4:15
Avoid it, and don’t pass by it. Turn from it, and pass on.
Proverbs 4:16
For they don’t sleep unless they do evil. Their sleep is taken away, unless they make someone fall.
Proverbs 4:17
For they eat the bread of wickedness and drink the wine of violence.
Proverbs 4:18
But the path of the righteous is like the dawning light that shines more and more until the perfect day.
Proverbs 4:19
The way of the wicked is like darkness. They don’t know what they stumble over.
Proverbs 4:20
My son, attend to my words. Turn your ear to my sayings.
Proverbs 4:21
Let them not depart from your eyes. Keep them in the center of your heart.
Proverbs 4:22
For they are life to those who find them, and health to their whole body.
Proverbs 4:23
Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it is the wellspring of life.
Proverbs 4:24
Put away from yourself a perverse mouth. Put corrupt lips far from you.
Proverbs 4:25
Let your eyes look straight ahead. Fix your gaze directly before you.
Proverbs 4:26
Make the path of your feet level. Let all of your ways be established.
Proverbs 4:27
Don’t turn to the right hand nor to the left. Remove your foot from evil.

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