Solomon, to persuade obedience,
Proverbs 4:1 Heare, O ye chyldren, the fatherly exhortacyon, and take good heade, that ye maye lerne wysdome. Proverbs 4:2 For I haue geuen you a good doctryne, forsake nott 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: Lett thyne herte receaue my wordes, kepe my commaundementes, and thou shalt lyue.
to study wisdom,
Proverbs 4:5 Get the wysdome: and get the vnderstanding: forget not þe wordes of my mouth, and shrynke not from them. Proverbs 4:6 Forsake her not and she shall preserue the: loue her, and she shall kepe the. Proverbs 4:7 The chefe poynte of wysdome is, that thou be wyllynge to optayne wysedome: and before all thy goodes to gett the vnderstandynge. Proverbs 4:8 Make moche of her and she shall promote the: Yee, yf thou embrace her, she shall brynge the vnto honoure. Proverbs 4:9 She shall make the a gracyous heed, and garnysshe the with a crowne of glory. Proverbs 4:10 Heare my sonne, and receaue my wordes and the yeares of thy lyfe shall be many. Proverbs 4:11 I haue shewed the, the waye of wysdome, and ledd the into the ryght pathes. Proverbs 4:12 So that yf thou goest therin, there shall no straytenes hynder the: and when thou runnest, thou shalte not fall. Proverbs 4:13 Take fast holde of doctryne, and let her nott go: kepe her, for she is thy lyfe.
and to shun the path of the wicked.
Proverbs 4:14 Come nott in the pathe of the vngodly: and walke nott in the waye of the wycked. Proverbs 4:15 Abhorre it, and go not therin: departe asyde, and passe ouer by it. Proverbs 4:16 For they cannot slepe, excepte they haue fyrst done some myschefe: nether take they anye reste, excepte they haue fyrst done some harme. Proverbs 4:17 For they eate the breade of wyckednesse, and dryncke the wyne of robberye. Proverbs 4:18 The pathe of the ryghtewes shyneth as the lyght, that is euer brighter and brighter vnto the perfect daye. Proverbs 4:19 But the waye of the vngodly is as the darcknesse: they knowe nott where they fall.
He exhorteth to faith,
Proverbs 4:20 My sonne, marcke my wordes, and enclyne thyne eare vnto my sayinges. Proverbs 4:21 Let them not departe from thyne eyes: but kepe them euen in the myddest of thyne herte. Proverbs 4:22 For they are lyfe vnto all those that fynde them, and health vnto all theyr bodyes.
Proverbs 4:23 Kepe thyne herte with all diligence, for there vpon hangeth lyfe. Proverbs 4:24 Put awaye from the a frowarde mouth, & let the lyppes of sclaunder be farre from the. Proverbs 4:25 Let thyne eyes beholde the thyng þt is ryght, and let thyne eye lyddes loke strayght before the. Proverbs 4:26 Pondre the path of thy fete, and let all thy wayes be ordred a ryght. Proverbs 4:27 Turne not asyde, nether to þe ryght hande net to the lefte, but witholde thy fote from euell.