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Proverbs 4 :: New American Standard Bible 2020 (NASB20)

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A Father’s Instruction

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 4:1 - Listen, my sons, to the instruction of a father,
And pay attention so that you may [fn]gain understanding,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 4:2 - For I give you good teaching;
Do not abandon my [fn]instruction.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 4:3 - When I was a son to my father,
Tender and the only son in the sight of my mother,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 4:4 - He taught me and said to me,
“Let your heart take hold of my words;
Keep my commandments and live;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 4:5 - Acquire wisdom! Acquire understanding!
Do not forget nor turn away from the words of my mouth.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 4:6 - “Do not abandon her, and she will guard you;
Love her, and she will watch over you.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 4:7 - “The [fn]beginning of wisdom is: Acquire wisdom;
And with all your possessions, acquire understanding.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 4:8 - “Prize her, and she will exalt you;
She will honor you if you embrace her.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 4:9 - “She will place on your head a garland of grace;
She will present you with a crown of beauty.”
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 4:10 - Listen, my son, and accept my sayings,
And the years of your life will be many.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 4:11 - I have instructed you in the way of wisdom;
I have led you in upright paths.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 4:12 - When you walk, your steps will not be hampered;
And if you run, you will not stumble.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 4:13 - Take hold of instruction; do not let go.
Guard her, for she is your life.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 4:14 - Do not enter the path of the wicked
And do not proceed in the way of evil people.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 4:15 - Avoid it, do not pass by it;
Turn away from it and pass on.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 4:16 - For they cannot sleep unless they do evil;
And [fn]they are robbed of sleep unless they make someone stumble.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 4:17 - For they eat the bread of wickedness,
And drink the wine of violence.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 4:18 - But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn
That shines brighter and brighter until the full day.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 4:19 - The way of the wicked is like darkness;
They do not know over what they [fn]stumble.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 4:20 - My son, pay attention to my words;
Incline your ear to my sayings.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 4:21 - They are not to escape from your sight;
Keep them in the midst of your heart.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 4:22 - For they are life to those who find them,
And healing to all [fn]their body.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 4:23 - Watch over your heart with all diligence,
For from it flow the springs of life.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 4:24 - Rid yourself of a deceitful mouth
And keep devious [fn]speech far from you.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 4:25 - Let your eyes look directly ahead
And let your [fn]gaze be fixed straight in front of you.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 4:26 - [fn]Watch the path of your feet,
And all your ways will be established.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 4:27 - Do not turn to the right or to the left;
Turn your foot from evil.
NASB20 Footnotes
Lit know
Lit know
Or law
Or law
Or primary thing is wisdom
Or primary thing is wisdom
Lit their sleep is robbed
Lit their sleep is robbed
Or may stumble
Or may stumble
Lit his
Lit his
Or lips
Or lips
Or eyelids
Or eyelids
I.e., prob. stay on the path
I.e., prob. stay on the path

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by The Lockman Foundation, La Habra, Calif.
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