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Proverbs 4 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

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A Father’s Wise Advice
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 4:1 - My children,[fn] listen when your father corrects you.
Pay attention and learn good judgment,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 4:2 - for I am giving you good guidance.
Don’t turn away from my instructions.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 4:3 - For I, too, was once my father’s son,
tenderly loved as my mother’s only child.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 4:4 - My father taught me,
“Take my words to heart.
Follow my commands, and you will live.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 4:5 - Get wisdom; develop good judgment.
Don’t forget my words or turn away from them.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 4:6 - Don’t turn your back on wisdom, for she will protect you.
Love her, and she will guard you.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 4:7 - Getting wisdom is the wisest thing you can do!
And whatever else you do, develop good judgment.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 4:8 - If you prize wisdom, she will make you great.
Embrace her, and she will honor you.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 4:9 - She will place a lovely wreath on your head;
she will present you with a beautiful crown.”
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 4:10 - My child,[fn] listen to me and do as I say,
and you will have a long, good life.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 4:11 - I will teach you wisdom’s ways
and lead you in straight paths.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 4:12 - When you walk, you won’t be held back;
when you run, you won’t stumble.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 4:13 - Take hold of my instructions; don’t let them go.
Guard them, for they are the key to life.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 4:14 - Don’t do as the wicked do,
and don’t follow the path of evildoers.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 4:15 - Don’t even think about it; don’t go that way.
Turn away and keep moving.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 4:16 - For evil people can’t sleep until they’ve done their evil deed for the day.
They can’t rest until they’ve caused someone to stumble.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 4:17 - They eat the food of wickedness
and drink the wine of violence!
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 4:18 - The way of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn,
which shines ever brighter until the full light of day.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 4:19 - But the way of the wicked is like total darkness.
They have no idea what they are stumbling over.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 4:20 - My child, pay attention to what I say.
Listen carefully to my words.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 4:21 - Don’t lose sight of them.
Let them penetrate deep into your heart,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 4:22 - for they bring life to those who find them,
and healing to their whole body.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 4:23 - Guard your heart above all else,
for it determines the course of your life.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 4:24 - Avoid all perverse talk;
stay away from corrupt speech.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 4:25 - Look straight ahead,
and fix your eyes on what lies before you.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 4:26 - Mark out a straight path for your feet;
stay on the safe path.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 4:27 - Don’t get sidetracked;
keep your feet from following evil.
NLT Footnotes
Hebrew My sons.
Hebrew My son; also in 4:20.

Holy Bible, New Living Translation copyright © 1996, 2004, 2007 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

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