Solomon, to persuade obedience,
Proverbs 4:1 Hear, ye sons, the correction of a father, and attend, that ye may know understanding. Proverbs 4:2 For, good teaching, have I given you, mine instruction, do not ye forsake.
sheweth what instruction he had of his parents,
Proverbs 4:3 For, a son, became I to my father, tender and most precious in the sight of my mother. Proverbs 4:4 So he taught me, and said to meLet thy heart, lay hold of my words, Keep my commandments and live!
to study wisdom,
Proverbs 4:5 Acquire wisdom, acquire understanding, Do not forget, neither decline thou from the sayings of my mouth. Proverbs 4:6 Do not forsake her, and she will guard thee,love her and she will keep thee. Proverbs 4:7 The principal thing, is wisdom, acquire thou wisdom, With all thine acquisition, acquire thou understanding. Proverbs 4:8 Exalt her, and she will set thee on high, she will bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her: Proverbs 4:9 She will give for thy head, a wreath of beauty, A crown of adorning, will she bestow upon thee. Proverbs 4:10 Hear, my son, and receive my sayings, and they will multiply to thee the years of life. Proverbs 4:11 In the way of wisdom, have I taught thee, I have guided thee in tracks of uprightness. Proverbs 4:12 When thou walkest, thy step shall not be hemmed in, and, if thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble. Proverbs 4:13 Take fast hold of correction, let her not go,keep her, for, she, is thy life.
and to shun the path of the wicked.
Proverbs 4:14 Upon the path of the lawless, do not thou enter, and do not advance in the way of the wicked: Proverbs 4:15 Avoid it, do not pass thereonturn from it, and depart. Proverbs 4:16 For they sleep not, unless they can do mischief,They rob themselves of their sleep, if they cannot cause someone to stumble, Proverbs 4:17 For they consume bread gotten by lawlessness, and, wine obtained by violence, they drink. Proverbs 4:18 But, the path of the righteous, is as the light of dawn,going on and brightening, unto meridian day. Proverbs 4:19 The way of the lawless, is like darkness, they know not, at what they stumble.
He exhorteth to faith,
Proverbs 4:20 My son, to my words, attend, to my sayings, incline thou thine ear; Proverbs 4:21 Let them not depart from thine eyes, keep them in the midst of thy heart; Proverbs 4:22 For, life, they are, to them who find them,and, to every part of one's flesh, they bring healing.
Proverbs 4:23 Above all that must be guarded, keep thou thy heart, for, out of it, are the issues of life. Proverbs 4:24 Remove from thee, perverseness of mouth, and, craftiness of lips, put far from thee. Proverbs 4:25 Let, thine eyes, right onward, look,and, thine eyelashes, point straight before thee. Proverbs 4:26 Make level the track of thy foot, that, all thy ways, may be directed aright: Proverbs 4:27 Decline not, to the right hand or to the left,Turn away thy foot from wickedness.