Solomon, to persuade obedience,
Proverbs 4:1 Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend, that you may know prudence. Proverbs 4:2 I will give you a good gift, forsake not my law.
sheweth what instruction he had of his parents,
Proverbs 4:3 For I also was my father's son, tender, and as an only son in the sight of my mother: Proverbs 4:4 And he taught me, and said: Let thy heart receive my words, keep my commandments, and thou shalt live.
to study wisdom,
Proverbs 4:5 Get wisdom, get prudence: forget not, neither decline from the words of my mouth. Proverbs 4:6 Forsake her not, and she shall keep thee: love her, and she shall preserve thee. Proverbs 4:7 The beginning of wisdom, get wisdom, and with all thy possession purchase prudence. Proverbs 4:8 Take hold on her, and she shall exalt thee: thou shalt be glorified by her, when thou shalt embrace her. Proverbs 4:9 She shall give to thy head increase of graces, and protect thee with a noble crown. Proverbs 4:10 Hear, O my son, and receive my words, that years of life may be multiplied to thee. Proverbs 4:11 I will shew thee the way of wisdom, I will lead thee by the paths of equity: Proverbs 4:12 Which when thou shalt have entered, thy steps shall not be straitened, and when thou runnest, thou shalt not meet a stumblingblock. Proverbs 4:13 Take hold on instruction, leave it not: keep it, because it is thy life.
and to shun the path of the wicked.
Proverbs 4:14 Be not delighted in the paths of the wicked, neither let the way of evil men please thee. Proverbs 4:15 Flee from it, pass not by it: go aside, and forsake it. Proverbs 4:16 For they sleep not, except they have done evil: and their sleep is taken away unless they have made some to fall. Proverbs 4:17 They eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of iniquity. Proverbs 4:18 But the path of the just, as a shining light, goeth forwards, and increaseth even to perfect day. Proverbs 4:19 The way of the wicked is darksome: they know not where they fall.
He exhorteth to faith,
Proverbs 4:20 My son, hearken to my words, and incline thy ear to my sayings. Proverbs 4:21 Let them not depart from thy eyes, keep them in the midst of thy heart: Proverbs 4:22 For they are life to those that find them, and health to all flesh.
Proverbs 4:23 With all watchfulness keep thy heart, because life issueth out from it. Proverbs 4:24 Remove from thee a froward mouth, and let detracting lips be far from thee. Proverbs 4:25 Let thy eyes look straight on, and let thy eyelids go before thy steps. Proverbs 4:26 Make straight the path for thy feet, and all thy ways shall be established. Proverbs 4:27 Decline not to the right hand, nor to the left: turn away thy foot from evil. For the Lord knoweth the ways that are on the right hand: but those are perverse which are on the left hand. But he will make thy courses straight, he will bring forward thy ways in peace.