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Proverbs 4

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Solomon persuades to wisdom,

4:1 Listen, sons, to a fatherís instruction.
Pay attention and know understanding;

4:2 for I give you sound learning.
Donít forsake my law.

4:3 For I was a son to my father,
tender and an only child in the sight of my mother.

4:4 He taught me, and said to me:
ďLet your heart retain my words.
Keep my commandments, and live.

4:5 Get wisdom.
Get understanding.
Donít forget, neither swerve from the words of my mouth.

4:6 Donít forsake her, and she will preserve you.
Love her, and she will keep you.

4:7 Wisdom is supreme.
Get wisdom.
Yes, though it costs all your possessions, get understanding.

4:8 Esteem her, and she will exalt you.
She will bring you to honor, when you embrace her.

4:9 She will give to your head a garland of grace.
She will deliver a crown of splendor to you.Ē

4:10 Listen, my son, and receive my sayings.
The years of your life will be many.

4:11 I have taught you in the way of wisdom.
I have led you in straight paths.

4:12 When you go, your steps will not be hampered.
When you run, you will not stumble.

4:13 Take firm hold of instruction.
Donít let her go.
Keep her, for she is your life.

and to shun wickedness.

4:14 Donít enter into the path of the wicked.
Donít walk in the way of evil men.

4:15 Avoid it, and donít pass by it.
Turn from it, and pass on.

4:16 For they donít sleep, unless they do evil.
Their sleep is taken away, unless they make someone fall.

4:17 For they eat the bread of wickedness,
and drink the wine of violence.

4:18 But the path of the righteous is like the dawning light,
that shines more and more until the perfect day.

4:19 The way of the wicked is like darkness.
They donít know what they stumble over.

He exhorts to sanctification.

4:20 My son, attend to my words.
Turn your ear to my sayings.

4:21 Let them not depart from your eyes.
Keep them in the midst of your heart.

4:22 For they are life to those who find them,
and health to their whole body.

4:23 Keep your heart with all diligence,
for out of it is the wellspring of life.

4:24 Put away from yourself a perverse mouth.
Put corrupt lips far from you.

4:25 Let your eyes look straight ahead.
Fix your gaze directly before you.

4:26 Make the path of your feet level.
Let all of your ways be established.

4:27 Donít turn to the right hand nor to the left.
Remove your foot from evil.

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