Proverbs Chapter 4 Young's Literal Translation

Proverbs 4:1

Hear, ye sons, the instruction of a father, And give attention to know understanding.

Proverbs 4:2

For good learning I have given to you, My law forsake not.

Proverbs 4:3

For, a son I have been to my father -- tender, And an only one before my mother.

Proverbs 4:4

And he directeth me, and he saith to me: `Let thy heart retain my words, Keep my commands, and live.

Proverbs 4:5

Get wisdom, get understanding, Do not forget, nor turn away From the sayings of my mouth.

Proverbs 4:6

Forsake her not, and she doth preserve thee, Love her, and she doth keep thee.

Proverbs 4:7

The first thing `is' wisdom -- get wisdom, And with all thy getting get understanding.

Proverbs 4:8

Exalt her, and she doth lift thee up, She honoureth thee, when thou dost embrace her.

Proverbs 4:9

She giveth to thy head a wreath of grace, A crown of beauty she doth give thee freely.

Proverbs 4:10

Hear, my son, and receive my sayings, And years of life `are' multiplied to thee.

Proverbs 4:11

In a way of wisdom I have directed thee, I have caused thee to tread in paths of uprightness.

Proverbs 4:12

In thy walking thy step is not straitened, And if thou runnest, thou stumblest not.

Proverbs 4:13

Lay hold on instruction, do not desist, Keep her, for she `is' thy life.

Proverbs 4:14

Into the path of the wicked enter not, And be not happy in a way of evil doers.

Proverbs 4:15

Avoid it, pass not over into it, Turn aside from it, and pass on.

Proverbs 4:16

For they sleep not if they do not evil, And their sleep hath been taken violently away, If they cause not `some' to stumble.

Proverbs 4:17

For they have eaten bread of wickedness, And wine of violence they drink.

Proverbs 4:18

And the path of the righteous `is' as a shining light, Going and brightening till the day is established,

Proverbs 4:19

The way of the wicked `is' as darkness, They have not known at what they stumble.

Proverbs 4:20

My son, to my words give attention, To my sayings incline thine ear,

Proverbs 4:21

Let them not turn aside from thine eyes, Preserve them in the midst of thy heart.

Proverbs 4:22

For life they `are' to those finding them, And to all their flesh healing.

Proverbs 4:23

Above every charge keep thy heart, For out of it `are' the outgoings of life.

Proverbs 4:24

Turn aside from thee a froward mouth, And perverse lips put far from thee,

Proverbs 4:25

Thine eyes do look straightforward, And thine eyelids look straight before thee.

Proverbs 4:26

Ponder thou the path of thy feet, And all thy ways `are' established.

Proverbs 4:27

Incline not `to' the right or to the left, Turn aside thy foot from evil!