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Proverbs, Chapter 4
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   1: Hear, ye sons, the instruction of a father, And give attention to know understanding.
   2: For good learning I have given to you, My law forsake not.
   3: For, a son I have been to my father -- tender, And an only one before my mother.
   4: And he directeth me, and he saith to me: 'Let thy heart retain my words, Keep my commands, and live.
   5: Get wisdom, get understanding, Do not forget, nor turn away From the sayings of my mouth.
   6: Forsake her not, and she doth preserve thee, Love her, and she doth keep thee.
   7: The first thing [is] wisdom -- get wisdom, And with all thy getting get understanding.
   8: Exalt her, and she doth lift thee up, She honoureth thee, when thou dost embrace her.
   9: She giveth to thy head a wreath of grace, A crown of beauty she doth give thee freely.
   10: Hear, my son, and receive my sayings, And years of life [are] multiplied to thee.
   11: In a way of wisdom I have directed thee, I have caused thee to tread in paths of uprightness.
   12: In thy walking thy step is not straitened, And if thou runnest, thou stumblest not.
   13: Lay hold on instruction, do not desist, Keep her, for she [is] thy life.
   14: Into the path of the wicked enter not, And be not happy in a way of evil doers.
   15: Avoid it, pass not over into it, Turn aside from it, and pass on.
   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.
   17: For they have eaten bread of wickedness, And wine of violence they drink.
   18: And the path of the righteous [is] as a shining light, Going and brightening till the day is established,
   19: The way of the wicked [is] as darkness, They have not known at what they stumble.
   20: My son, to my words give attention, To my sayings incline thine ear,
   21: Let them not turn aside from thine eyes, Preserve them in the midst of thy heart.
   22: For life they [are] to those finding them, And to all their flesh healing.
   23: Above every charge keep thy heart, For out of it [are] the outgoings of life.
   24: Turn aside from thee a froward mouth, And perverse lips put far from thee,
   25: Thine eyes do look straightforward, And thine eyelids look straight before thee.
   26: Ponder thou the path of thy feet, And all thy ways [are] established.
   27: Incline not [to] the right or to the left, Turn aside thy foot from evil!

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