20 My son, (A)pay attention to my words;
(B)Incline your ear to my sayings.
21 (C)They are not to escape from your sight;
(D)Keep them in the midst of your heart.
22 For they are (E)life to those who find them,
And (F)healing to all [a]their body.
23 Watch over your heart with all diligence,
For (G)from it flow the springs of life.
24 Rid yourself of a (H)deceitful mouth
And (I)keep devious [b]speech far from you.
25 Let your eyes look directly ahead
And let your [c]gaze be fixed straight in front of you.
26 (J)[d]Watch the path of your feet,
And all your (K)ways will be established.
27 (L)Do not turn to the right or to the left;
(M)Turn your foot from evil.

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  1. Proverbs 4:22 Lit his
  2. Proverbs 4:24 Or lips
  3. Proverbs 4:25 Or eyelids
  4. Proverbs 4:26 I.e., prob. stay on the path

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