Solomon, to persuade obedience,
Proverbs 4:1 Heare, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know vnderstanding. Proverbs 4:2 For I giue you good doctrine: forsake you not my law.
sheweth what instruction he had of his parents,
Proverbs 4:3 For I was my fathers sonne, tender and onely [beloued] in the sight of my mother. Proverbs 4:4 He taught me also, and said vnto me, Let thine heart reteine my wordes: keepe my commandements, and liue.
to study wisdom,
Proverbs 4:5 Get wisedome, get vnderstanding: forget [it] not, neither decline from the wordes of my mouth. Proverbs 4:6 Forsake her not, and she shall preserue thee: loue her, and she shall keepe thee. Proverbs 4:7 Wisedome is the principall thing, [therefore] get wisedome: and with all thy getting, get vnderstanding. Proverbs 4:8 Exalt her, and shee shall promote thee: shee shall bring thee to honour, when thou doest imbrace her. Proverbs 4:9 She shall giue to thine head an ornament of grace, a crowne of glory shall she deliuer to thee. Proverbs 4:10 Heare, O my sonne, and receiue my sayings: and the yeeres of thy life shalbe many. Proverbs 4:11 I haue taught thee in the way of wisedome: I haue lead thee in right pathes. Proverbs 4:12 When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitned, and when thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble. Proverbs 4:13 Take fast hold of instruction, let [her] not goe; keepe her, for she is thy life.
and to shun the path of the wicked.
Proverbs 4:14 Enter not into the path of the wicked, and goe not in the way of euill men. Proverbs 4:15 Auoid it, passe not by it, turne from it, and passe away. Proverbs 4:16 For they sleepe not except they haue done mischiefe: and their sleepe is taken away vnlesse they cause some to fall. Proverbs 4:17 For they eate the bread of wickednesse, and drinke the wine of violence. Proverbs 4:18 But the path of the iust [is] as the shining light that shineth more and more vnto the perfect day. Proverbs 4:19 The way of the wicked [is] as darknes: they know not at what they stumble.
He exhorteth to faith,
Proverbs 4:20 My sonne, attend to my words, incline thine eare vnto my sayings. Proverbs 4:21 Let them not depart from thine eyes: keepe them in the midst of thine heart. Proverbs 4:22 For they are life vnto [those] that find them, and health to all their flesh.
Proverbs 4:23 Keepe thy heart with all diligence: for out of it [are] the issues of life. Proverbs 4:24 Put away from thee a froward mouth, and peruerse lips put farre from thee. Proverbs 4:25 Let thine eyes looke right on, and let thine eye lids looke straight before thee. Proverbs 4:26 Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy wayes be established. Proverbs 4:27 Turne not to the right hande nor to the left: remoue thy foot fro euil.