10 Listen, my son,(A) accept what I say,
    and the years of your life will be many.(B)
11 I instruct(C) you in the way of wisdom
    and lead you along straight paths.(D)
12 When you walk, your steps will not be hampered;
    when you run, you will not stumble.(E)
13 Hold on to instruction, do not let it go;
    guard it well, for it is your life.(F)
14 Do not set foot on the path of the wicked
    or walk in the way of evildoers.(G)
15 Avoid it, do not travel on it;
    turn from it and go on your way.
16 For they cannot rest until they do evil;(H)
    they are robbed of sleep till they make someone stumble.
17 They eat the bread of wickedness
    and drink the wine of violence.(I)

18 The path of the righteous(J) is like the morning sun,(K)
    shining ever brighter till the full light of day.(L)
19 But the way of the wicked is like deep darkness;(M)
    they do not know what makes them stumble.(N)

20 My son,(O) pay attention to what I say;
    turn your ear to my words.(P)
21 Do not let them out of your sight,(Q)
    keep them within your heart;
22 for they are life to those who find them
    and health to one’s whole body.(R)
23 Above all else, guard(S) your heart,
    for everything you do flows from it.(T)
24 Keep your mouth free of perversity;
    keep corrupt talk far from your lips.
25 Let your eyes(U) look straight ahead;
    fix your gaze directly before you.
26 Give careful thought to the[a] paths for your feet(V)
    and be steadfast in all your ways.
27 Do not turn to the right or the left;(W)
    keep your foot from evil.

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Footnotes

  1. Proverbs 4:26 Or Make level

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.(A) “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise— “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.”[a](B)

Fathers,[b] do not exasperate your children;(C) instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.(D)

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Footnotes

  1. Ephesians 6:3 Deut. 5:16
  2. Ephesians 6:4 Or Parents