4 Listen, sons, to a father’s discipline,ac
and pay attention so that you may gain understanding,
2 for I am giving you good instruction.ad
Don’t abandon my teaching.
tender and precious to my mother,
“Your heart must hold on to my words.
Keep my commands and live.ae
5 Get wisdom, get understanding;af
don’t forget or turn away from the words from my mouth.
love her,ag and she will guard you.
And whatever else you get, get understanding.ah
if you embrace her, she will honor you.a
she will give you a crown of beauty.”b
10 Listen, my son. Accept my words,c
and you will live many years.d
I am guiding you on straight paths.e
12 When you walk, your steps will not be hindered;f
when you run, you will not stumble.g
13 Hold on to instruction; don’t let go.h
Guard it, for it is your life.
14 Keep off the path of the wicked;i
don’t proceed on the way of evil ones.
Turn away from it, and pass it by.
unless they have done what is evil;
they are robbed of sleep
unless they make someone stumble.j
and drink the wine of violence.
18 The path of the righteous is like the light of dawn,k
shining brighter and brighter until midday.
19 But the way of the wicked is like the darkest gloom;l
they don’t know what makes them stumble.m
20 My son, pay attention to my words;
listen closely to my sayings.n
21 Don’t lose sight of them;o
keep them within your heart.
and health to one’s whole body.
23 Guard your heart above all else,A
for it is the source of life.p
24 Don’t let your mouth speak dishonestly,q
and don’t let your lips talk deviously.
and all your ways will be established.
27 Don’t turn to the right or to the left;t
keep your feet away from evil.
Or heart with all diligence
Or Clear a path