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PROVERBS ยท Chapter 4

4:1 Hear, all of you children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding.
4:2 For I give you good doctrine, forsake all of you not my law.
4:3 For I was my father's son, tender and only beloved in the sight of my mother.
4:4 He taught me also, and said unto me, Let your heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live.
4:5 Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth.
4:6 Forsake her not, and she shall preserve you: love her, and she shall keep you.
4:7 Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all your getting get understanding.
4:8 Exalt her, and she shall promote you: she shall bring you to honour, when you do embrace her.
4:9 She shall give to your head an ornament of grace: a crown of glory shall she deliver to you.
4:10 Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; and the years of your life shall be many.
4:11 I have taught you in the way of wisdom; I have led you in right paths.
4:12 When you go, your steps shall not be straitened; and when you run, you shall not stumble.
4:13 Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is your life.
4:14 Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men.
4:15 Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away.
4:16 For they sleep not, except they have done mischief; and their sleep is taken away, unless they cause some to fall.
4:17 For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence.
4:18 But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shines more and more unto the perfect day.
4:19 The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.
4:20 My son, attend to my words; incline your ear unto 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 unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.
4:23 Keep your heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.
4:24 Put away from you a perverse mouth, and perverse lips put far from you.
4:25 Let your eyes look right on, and let your eyelids look straight before you.
4:26 Ponder the path of your feet, and let all your ways be established.
4:27 Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove your foot from evil.

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