NASB — Proverbs 4 — KJV

A Father’s Instruction

  1 Hear, [O] sons, the ainstruction of a father,
  And bgive attention that you may Igain understanding,
  2 For I give you Isound ateaching;
  bDo not abandon my IIinstruction.
  3 When I was a son to my father,
  aTender and bthe only son in the sight of my mother,
  4 Then he ataught me and said to me,
  “Let your heart bhold fast my words;
  cKeep my commandments and live;
  5 aAcquire wisdom! bAcquire understanding!
  Do not forget nor turn away from the words of my mouth.
  6 “Do not forsake her, and she will guard you;
  aLove her, and she will watch over you.
  7aThe Ibeginning of wisdom [is]: bAcquire wisdom;
  And with all your acquiring, get understanding.
  8aPrize her, and she will exalt you;
  She will honor you if you embrace her.
  9 “She will place aon your head a garland of grace;
  She will present you with a crown of beauty.”

[1] ILit know aPs 34:11; Pv 1:8 bPv 1:2; 2:2
[2] ILit good IIOr law aDt 32:2; Jb 11:4 bPs 89:30; 119:87; Pv 3:1
[3] a1Ch 22:5; 29:1 bZc 12:10
[4] aEp 6:4 bPs 119:168 cPv 7:2
[5] aPv 4:7 bPv 16:16
[6] a2Th 2:10
[7] IOr the primary thing is wisdom aPv 8:23 bPv 23:23
[8] a1S 2:30
[9] aPv 1:9

  10 ¶ Hear, my son, and aaccept my sayings
  And the byears of your life will be many.
  11 I have adirected you in the way of wisdom;
  I have led you in upright paths.
  12 When you walk, your asteps will not be impeded;
  And if you run, you bwill not stumble.
  13 aTake hold of instruction; do not let go.
  Guard her, for she is your blife.
  14 aDo not enter the path of the wicked
  And do not proceed in the way of evil men.
  15 Avoid it, do not pass by it;
  Turn away from it and pass on.
  16 For they acannot sleep unless they do evil;
  And Ithey are robbed of sleep unless they make [someone] stumble.
  17 For they aeat the bread of wickedness
  And drink the wine of violence.
  18 But the apath of the righteous is like the blight of dawn,
  That cshines brighter and brighter until the dfull day.
  19 The away of the wicked is like darkness;
  They do not know over what they Ibstumble.

[10] aPv 2:1 bPv 3:2
[11] a1S 12:23
[12] aJb 18:7; Ps 18:36 bPs 91:11; Pv 3:23
[13] aPv 3:18 bPv 3:22; Jn 6:63
[14] aPs 1:1; Pv 1:15
[16] ILit their sleep is robbed aPs 36:4; Mi 2:1
[17] aPv 13:2
[18] aIs 26:7; Mt 5:14; Php 2:15 b2S 23:4 cDn 12:3 dJb 11:17
[19] IOr may stumble aJb 18:5, 6; Pv 2:13; Is 59:9, 10; Jr 23:12; Jn 12:35 bJn 11:10

  20 ¶ My son, agive attention to my words;
  bIncline your ear to my sayings.
  21 aDo not let them depart from your sight;
  bKeep them in the midst of your heart.
  22 For they are alife to those who find them
  And bhealth to all Itheir body.
  23 Watch over your heart with all diligence,
  For afrom it [flow] the springs of life.
  24 Put away from you a adeceitful mouth
  And bput devious Ispeech far from you.
  25 Let your eyes look directly ahead
  And let your Igaze be fixed straight in front of you.
  26 aWatch the path of your feet
  And all your bways will be established.
  27 aDo not turn to the right nor to the left;
  bTurn your foot from evil.

[20] aPv 5:1 bPv 2:2
[21] aPv 3:21 bPv 7:1, 2
[22] ILit his aPv 3:22 bPv 3:8; 12:18
[23] aMt 12:34; 15:18, 19; Mk 7:21; Lk 6:45
[24] IOr lips aPv 6:12; 10:32 bPv 19:1
[25] IOr eyelids
[26] aPv 5:21; He 12:13 bPs 119:5
[27] aDt 5:32; 28:14 bPv 1:15; Is 1:16


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Solomon, to persuade obedience,

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.

[1] Ps 34:11; Pv 1:8; 2:1; 5:1; 6:20; 7:4; 8:32; 19:20; 22:17; 1Th 2:11; He 2:1.
[2] Dt 32:2; 1Ch 28:9; 2Ch 7:19; Jb 33:3; Ps 49:1; 89:30; Pv 8:6; 22:20; Jn 7:16; 1Ti 4:6; Tit 1:9.

sheweth what instruction he had of his parents,

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.

[3] 2S 12:24; 1K 1:13; 1Ch 3:5; 22:5; 29:1; Jr 10:23; Ro 12:16.
[4] Gn 18:19; Lv 18:3; Dt 4:9; 6:6; 1Ch 22:11; 28:9; Ps 119:11; Pv 3:1; 7:2; 22:6; Is 55:3; Jn 12:50; Ep 6:4; 2Ti 1:5; 3:15; He 5:9.

to study wisdom,

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.

[5] 2Ch 34:2; Jb 23:11; Ps 44:18; 119:51, 157; Pv 1:22; 2:2; 3:13; 8:5; 17:16; 18:1; 19:8; 23:23; Jm 1:5.
[6] Pv 2:10; 4:21; Ep 3:17; 2Th 2:10.
[7] Ps 49:16; 119:104; Pv 16:16; 21:6; Ec 2:4; 4:8; 7:12; 9:16; Mt 13:44; Mk 8:36; Lk 10:42; 12:20; Php 3:8.
[8] 1S 2:30; 1K 3:5; Pv 3:35; 22:4; Dn 12:3.
[9] Pv 1:9; 3:22; 16:31; Is 28:5; 1Ti 2:9; He 2:7; 1P 3:4; 5:4; Rv 3:21.
[10] Dt 5:16; 6:2; Jb 22:22; Pv 3:2, 16; 8:10; 19:20; Jr 9:20; Jn 3:32; 1Th 2:13; 1Ti 1:15.
[11] Dt 4:5; 1S 12:24; Ps 23:3; 25:4; Pv 4:4; 8:6, 9, 20; Ec 12:9; Ac 13:10.
[12] 2S 22:37; Jb 18:7; Ps 18:36; 91:11; 119:165; Pv 3:23; 4:19; 6:22; Jr 31:9; Jn 11:9; Ro 9:32; 1P 2:8; 1Jn 2:10.
[13] Gn 32:26; Dt 32:47; Pv 3:18, 22; 23:23; Ec 7:12; So 3:4; Lk 24:27; Jn 4:39; 6:68; Ac 2:42; 11:23; 1Th 5:21; He 2:1; Rv 2:13; 12:11.

and to shun the path of the wicked.

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.

[14] Ps 1:1; 26:4; Pv 1:10, 15; 2:11; 9:6; 13:20; 1Co 15:33.
[15] Ex 23:7; Jb 11:14; 22:23; Pv 5:8; 6:5; Is 33:15; Ep 5:11; 1Th 5:22.
[16] Ps 36:4; Pv 1:16; Is 57:20; Mi 2:1; Lk 22:66; Jn 18:28; 2P 2:14.
[17] Jb 24:5; Ps 14:4; Pv 9:17; 20:17; Jr 5:26; Ezk 22:25; Am 8:4; Mi 3:5; 6:12; Zp 3:3; Mt 23:14; Jm 5:4.
[18] 2S 23:4; Jb 11:17; 23:10; Ps 84:7; Ho 6:3; Zc 14:6; Mt 5:14, 16, 45; Jn 8:12; 2Co 3:18; Php 2:15; 2P 1:19; 3:18; Rv 21:23; 22:5.
[19] 1S 2:9; Jb 5:14; 12:25; 18:5, 18; Is 59:9; Jr 13:16; 23:12; Mt 7:23; 15:14; Jn 12:35; 1Jn 2:11.

He exhorteth to faith,

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.

[20] Ps 78:1; 90:12; Pv 5:1; 6:20; 7:1; Is 55:3; Mt 17:5.
[21] Ps 40:8; Pv 2:1; 3:3, 21.
[22] Pv 3:8; 4:4, 10; 12:18; Jr 33:6.

and sanctification.

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.

[23] Dt 4:9; Ps 139:23; Pv 3:21; 4:7; 11:16; 13:3; 22:5; 23:19; 28:26; Ec 5:13; Jr 17:9; Mt 12:35; 15:19; Mk 7:21; 14:38; He 12:15; Jm 1:14.
[24] Jb 11:14; Pv 8:8, 13; 17:20; Ezk 18:31; Ep 4:25; Col 3:8; 1Ti 6:5; Jm 1:21, 26; 1P 2:1.
[25] Jb 31:1; Ps 119:37; Pv 23:5, 33; Mt 6:22.
[26] Ps 37:23; 40:2; 119:59; Pv 5:6; Ezk 18:28; Hg 1:5, 7; Ep 5:15, 17; 1Th 3:13; 2Th 3:3; 1P 5:10.
[27] Dt 5:32; 12:32; 28:14; Jsh 1:7; Pv 16:17; Is 1:16; Ro 12:9.


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