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Proverbs 4 - Complete Apostles' Bible

Security in Wisdom

1. Hear, my children, the instruction of a father, and give attention to know understanding.

2. For I give you a good gift; forsake not my law.

3. For I also was a son obedient to my father, and loved in the sight of my mother:

4. who spoke and instructed me, saying, Let our speech be fixed in your heart, keep our commandments, forget them not:

5. and do not neglect the speech of my mouth.

6. And forsake it not, and it shall cleave to you: love it, and it shall keep you.


8. Secure it, and it shall exalt you: honor it, that it may embrace you;

9. that it may give unto your head a crown of grace, and may cover you with a crown of delight.

10. Hear, my son, and receive my words, and the years of your life shall be increased, that the resources of your life may be many.

11. For I teach you the ways of wisdom; and I cause you to go in right paths.

12. For when you go, your steps shall not be hindered; and when you run, you shall not be distressed.

13. Take hold of my instruction; do not let it go, but keep it for yourself, for your life.

14. Go not in the ways of the ungodly, neither covet the ways of transgressors.

15. In whatever place they shall pitch their camp, do not go there; but turn from them, and pass away.

16. For they cannot sleep, unless they have done evil: their sleep is taken away, and they rest not.

17. For these live upon the bread of ungodliness, and are drunken with the wine of transgression.

18. But the ways of the righteous shine like light; they go forth and shine, until the day has fully come.

19. But the ways of the ungodly are like darkness; they know not how they stumble.

20. My son, attend to my speech, and incline your ear to my words,

21. that your fountains may not fail you; keep them in your heart.

22. For they are life to those that find them, and health to all their flesh.

23. Keep your heart with the utmost care, for out of these are the issues of life.

24. Remove from yourself a deceitful mouth, and put unjust lips far away from yourself.

25. Let your eyes look right on, and let your eyelids assent to just things.

26. Make straight paths for your feet, and order your ways rightly.

27. Turn not aside to the right hand, nor to the left, but turn away your foot from an evil way: (4:27A) for God knows the ways on the right hand, but those on the left are crooked: (4:27B) and He will make your ways straight, and will guide your steps in peace.

The Complete Apostles' Bible

Translated by Sir Lancelot C.L. Brenton. Revised and Edited by Paul W. Esposito, and, The English Majority Text Version (EMTV) of the Holy Bible, New Testament. Copyright © 2002-2004 Paul W. Esposito.