Solomon, to persuade obedience,
Proverbs 4:1 Heare O ye chyldren a fatherly instruction, & take good heede, that ye may learne vnderstanding. Proverbs 4:2 For I haue geuen you a good doctrine, forsake not ye my lawe.
sheweth what instruction he had of his parents,
Proverbs 4:3 For when I my selfe was my fathers deare sonne, and tenderly beloued of my mother: Proverbs 4:4 He taught me also and sayde vnto me, let thyne heart receaue my wordes, kepe my commaundementes and thou shalt liue.
to study wisdom,
Proverbs 4:5 Get thee wysdome, and get thee vnderstanding: forget not the wordes of my mouth, and shrinke not from them. Proverbs 4:6 Forsake her not, and she shall preserue thee, loue her, and she shall kepe thee. Proverbs 4:7 The chiefe poynt of wysdome, is to possesse wysdome: and before all thy goodes to get thee vnderstanding. Proverbs 4:8 Make much of her, and she shall promote thee, yea if thou embrace her, she shall bryng thee vnto honour: Proverbs 4:9 She shal beautifie thy head with manyfolde graces, and garnishe thee with a crowne of glory. Proverbs 4:10 Heare my sonne, and receaue my wordes, and the yeres of thy life shalbe many. Proverbs 4:11 I haue shewed thee the way of wysdome, & led thee into the right pathes. Proverbs 4:12 So that if thou goest in them, there shall no straitnesse hinder thee: & when thou runnest, thou shalt not fall. Proverbs 4:13 Take fast holde of doctrine, and let her not go: kepe her, for she is thy life.
and to shun the path of the wicked.
Proverbs 4:14 Come not in the pathe of the vngodlye, and walke not in the way of the wicked: Proverbs 4:15 Abhorre it and go not therein, depart aside, and passe ouer by it. Proverbs 4:16 For they sleepe not except they haue done mischiefe: and sleepe is taken from them, vntyll they haue done harme. Proverbs 4:17 For they eate the bread of wickednes, and drinke the wine of robberie. Proverbs 4:18 The path of the righteous shineth, as the light that is euer bryghter and bryghter vnto the perfect day. Proverbs 4:19 But the way of the vngodly is as the darkenesse, they knowe not where they fall.
He exhorteth to faith,
Proverbs 4:20 My sonne marke my wordes, and encline thyne eare vnto my sayinges: Proverbs 4:21 Let them not depart from thine eyes, but kepe them euen in the middest of thyne heart: Proverbs 4:22 For they are life vnto those that finde them, and health vnto all their bodyes.
Proverbs 4:23 Kepe thyne heart with all diligence, for out of it issueth lyfe. Proverbs 4:24 Put away from thee a frowarde mouth, and let the lippes of slaunder be farre from thee. Proverbs 4:25 Let thyne eyes beholde that thyng that is right, and let thyne eye liddes loke straight before thee. Proverbs 4:26 Ponder the path of thy feete, and let all thy wayes be ordred aright. Proverbs 4:27 Turne not aside, neither to the right hande nor to the left: but wihholde thy foote from euyll.