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Proverbs 4 :: Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

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A Father’s Example
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Listen, sons, to a father’s discipline,

and pay attention so that you may gain understanding,

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for I am giving you good instruction.

Don’t abandon my teaching.

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When I was a son with my father,

tender and precious to my mother,

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he taught me and said:

“Your heart must hold on to my words.

Keep my commands and live.

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“Get wisdom, get understanding;

don’t forget or turn away from the words from my mouth.

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“Don’t abandon wisdom, and she will watch over you;

love her, and she will guard you.

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“Wisdom is supreme ​— ​so get wisdom.

And whatever else you get, get understanding.

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“Cherish her, and she will exalt you;

if you embrace her, she will honor you.

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“She will place a garland of favor on your head;

she will give you a crown of beauty.”

Two Ways of Life
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Listen, my son. Accept my words,

and you will live many years.

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I am teaching you the way of wisdom;

I am guiding you on straight paths.

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When you walk, your steps will not be hindered;

when you run, you will not stumble.

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Hold on to instruction; don’t let go.

Guard it, for it is your life.

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Keep off the path of the wicked;

don’t proceed on the way of evil ones.

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Avoid it; don’t travel on it.

Turn away from it, and pass it by.

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For they can’t sleep

unless they have done what is evil;

they are robbed of sleep

unless they make someone stumble.

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They eat the bread of wickedness

and drink the wine of violence.

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The path of the righteous is like the light of dawn,

shining brighter and brighter until midday.

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But the way of the wicked is like the darkest gloom;

they don’t know what makes them stumble.

The Straight Path
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My son, pay attention to my words;

listen closely to my sayings.

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Don’t lose sight of them;

keep them within your heart.

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For they are life to those who find them,

and health to one’s whole body.

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Guard your heart above all else,[fn]

for it is the source of life.

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Don’t let your mouth speak dishonestly,

and don’t let your lips talk deviously.

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Let your eyes look forward;

fix your gaze[fn] straight ahead.

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Carefully consider the path[fn] for your feet,

and all your ways will be established.

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Don’t turn to the right or to the left;

keep your feet away from evil.

CSB Footnotes
Or heart with all diligence
Lit eyelids
Or Clear a path

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