Proverbs 4 (asv)
And attend to know understanding:
4:2For I give you good doctrine;
Forsake ye not my law.
4:3For I was a son unto my father,
Tender and only beloved in the sight of my mother.
4:4And he taught me, and said unto me:
Let thy heart retain my words;
Keep my commandments, and live;
4:5Get wisdom, get understanding;
Forget not, neither decline from the words of my mouth;
4:6Forsake her not, and she will preserve thee;
Love her, and she will keep thee.
4:7Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom;
Yea, with all thy getting get understanding.
4:8Exalt her, and she will promote thee;
She will bring thee to honor, when thou dost embrace her.
4:9She will give to thy head a chaplet of grace;
A crown of beauty will she deliver to thee.
4:10Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings;
And the years of thy life shall be many.
4:11I have taught thee in the way of wisdom;
I have led thee in paths of uprightness.
4:12When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened;
And if thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble.
4:13Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go:
Keep her; for she is thy life.
4:14Enter not into the path of the wicked,
And walk not in the way of evil men.
4:15Avoid it, pass not by it;
Turn from it, and pass on.
4:16For they sleep not, except they do evil;
And their sleep is taken away, unless they cause some to fall.
4:17For they eat the bread of wickedness,
And drink the wine of violence.
4:18But the path of the righteous is as the dawning light,
That shineth more and more unto the perfect day.
4:19The way of the wicked is as darkness:
They know not at what they stumble.
4:20My son, attend to my words;
Incline thine ear unto my sayings.
4:21Let them not depart from thine eyes;
Keep them in the midst of thy heart.
4:22For they are life unto those that find them,
And health to all their flesh.
4:23Keep thy heart with all diligence;
For out of it are the issues of life.
4:24Put away from thee a wayward mouth,
And perverse lips put far from thee.
4:25Let thine eyes look right on,
And let thine eyelids look straight before thee.
4:26Make level the path of thy feet,
And let all thy ways be established.
4:27Turn not to the right hand nor to the left:
Remove thy foot from evil.
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Following Entry: Proverbs 5