Proverbs 4

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  • 1 Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding.
  • 2 For I give you good doctrine, forsake ye not my law.
  • 3 For I was my father's son, tender and only beloved in the sight of my mother.
  • 4 He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live.
  • 5 Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth.
  • 6 Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee.
  • 7 Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.
  • 8 Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her.
  • 9 She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace: a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee.
  • 10 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, except they have done mischief; and their sleep is taken away, unless they cause some to fall.
  • 17 For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence.
  • 18 But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.
  • 19 The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.
  • 20 My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings.
  • 21 Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart.
  • 22 For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.
  • 23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.
  • 24 Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee.
  • 25 Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee.
  • 26 Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established.
  • 27 Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil.

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