Solomon, to persuade obedience,
Proverbs 4:1 Heare (O ye children) the fatherly exortacio, & take good hede, that ye maye lerne wysdome. Proverbs 4:2 Yee I shal geue you a good rewarde, yf ye wil not forsake my lawe.
sheweth what instruction he had of his parents,
Proverbs 4:3 For when I myself was my fathers deare sonne, and tenderly beloued of my mother, Proverbs 4:4 he taught me also, sayenge: let thine herte receaue my wordes, kepe my commaundementes, and thou shalt lyue.
to study wisdom,
Proverbs 4:5 Get the wysdome, get the vnderstondinge, forget not ye wordes of my mouth, & shreke not from them. Proverbs 4:6 Forsake her not, and she shal preserue the: loue her, and she shal kepe the. Proverbs 4:7 The chefe poynte of wysdome is, that thou be wyllynge to opteyne wysdome, and before all thy goodes to get the vnderstondynge. Proverbs 4:8 Make moch of her, and she shal promote the: Yee yf thou embracest her, she shal brynge the vnto honoure. Proverbs 4:9 She shal make the a gracious heade, and garnish the with ye crowne of glory. Proverbs 4:10 Heare my sonne, and receaue my wordes, that the yeares of thy life maye be many. Proverbs 4:11 I wil shewe the ye waye of wysdome, and lede the in the right pathes. Proverbs 4:12 So that yf thou goest therin, there shal no straytnesse hynder the: and when thou runnest, thou shalt not fall. Proverbs 4:13 Take fast holde of doctryne, 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 path of the vngodly, and walke not in the waye of the wicked. Proverbs 4:15 Eschue it, & go not therin: departe asyde, & passe ouer by it. Proverbs 4:16 For they can not slepe, excepte they haue first done some myschefe: nether take they eny rest, excepte they haue first done some harme. Proverbs 4:17 For they eate the bred of wickednesse, and drike the wyne of robbery. Proverbs 4:18 The path of the rightuous shyneth as the light, and is euer brighter & brighter vnto the parfecte daye. Proverbs 4:19 But ye waye of the vngodly is as the darcknesse, wherin me fall, or they be awarre.
He exhorteth to faith,
Proverbs 4:20 My sonne, marcke my wordes, and enclyne thine eare vnto my saynges. Proverbs 4:21 Let them not departe from thine eyes, kepe them euen in the myddest of thine herte. Proverbs 4:22 For they are life vnto all those that finde the, and health vnto all their bodies.
Proverbs 4:23 Kepe thine hert with all diligence, for there vpon hangeth life. Proverbs 4:24 Put awaye from the a frowarde mouth, and let the lippes of slaunder be farre from the. Proverbs 4:25 Let thine eyes beholde the thinge yt is right, & let thine eye lyddes loke straight before the. Proverbs 4:26 Podre the path of thy fete, so shal all yi wayes be sure. Proverbs 4:27 Turne not asyde, nether to the right hande ner to the lefte, but witholde thy fote from euell.