Solomon, to persuade obedience,
Proverbs 4:1 Heare, O ye children, the fatherly exhortation, and take good hede, that ye maye learne wysdome. Proverbs 4:2 Yea I shall geue you a good rewarde, if ye wyll not for sake my lawe.
sheweth what instruction he had of his parents,
Proverbs 4:3 For when I my selfe was my fathers deare sonne, and tenderlye beloued of my mother, Proverbs 4:4 he taughte me also, saiyng: Let thyne herte receaue my wordes, kepe my commaundementes, and thou shalt lyue.
to study wisdom,
Proverbs 4:5 Get the wysdome, get the vnderstanding forget not the wordes of my mouth, & shrinke not from them. Proverbs 4:6 Forsake her not, she shall preserue the: loue her, and she shal kepe the. Proverbs 4:7 The chyefe poynte of wisdom is, that thou be willing to optayne wysdome, and before all thy goodes to gett the vnderstandynge. Proverbs 4:8 Make muche of her and she shall promote the: Yea if thou embrace her, she shall brynge the vnto honoure. Proverbs 4:9 She shall make the a gracyous head, and garnyshe the wyth a crowne of glorye. Proverbs 4:10 Heare my sone, and receyue my wordes, that the yeares of thy lyfe maye be many. Proverbs 4:11 I wyll shewe the, the waye of wysdome, and leade the in the ryght pathes, Proverbs 4:12 So that if thou goost therin, ther shall not straytenesse hynder the and when thou runnest thou shalte not fall, Proverbs 4:13 Take fast holde of doctryne, let her not go: kepe her, for she is thy lyfe.
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 wycked. Proverbs 4:15 Eschue it, and go not therein: departe a syde, and passe ouer by it. Proverbs 4:16 For they can not slepe, except they haue first done some myschefe: neither take they anye rest, except they haue fyrst done some harme Proverbs 4:17 For they eate the breade of wickednesse, and dryncke the wyne of robberye. Proverbs 4:18 The path of the ryghtuous shyneth as the lyghte, and is euer brighter and brighter vnto the perfecte daye. Proverbs 4:19 But the waye of the vngodly is as the darcknes, wherin men fal, or thei be aware.
He exhorteth to faith,
Proverbs 4:20 My sonne, marcke my words, and encline thyne eare vnto my saiynges. Proverbs 4:21 Let them not depart from thine eyes, 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 their bodyes.
Proverbs 4:23 Kepe thyne herte wyth all dilygence, for there vpon hangeth lyfe. Proverbs 4:24 Put awaye from the a frowarde mouth, and let the lippes of sclander be farre from the. Proverbs 4:25 Let thyne eyes beholde the thinge that is righte, and let thine eye liddes loke straight before the. Proverbs 4:26 Pondre the path of thy fete, so shal al thy waies be sure. Proverbs 4:27 Turne not a side, neither to the righte hande ner to the lefte, but withholde thy fote from euel.