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Proverbs 4 New King James Version (NKJV)

Security in Wisdom

Hear, my children, the instruction of a father,
And give attention to know understanding;
For I give you good doctrine:
Do not forsake my law.
When I was my father’s son,
Tender and the only one in the sight of my mother,
He also taught me, and said to me:
“Let your heart retain my words;
Keep my commands, and live.
Get wisdom! Get understanding!
Do not forget, nor turn away from the words of my mouth.
Do not forsake her, and she will preserve you;
Love her, and she will keep you.
Wisdom is the principal thing;
Therefore get wisdom.
And in all your getting, get understanding.
Exalt her, and she will promote you;
She will bring you honor, when you embrace her.
She will place on your head an ornament of grace;
A crown of glory she will deliver to you.”

10 Hear, my son, and receive my sayings,
And the years of your life will be many.
11 I have taught you in the way of wisdom;
I have led you in right paths.
12 When you walk, your steps will not be hindered,
And when you run, you will not stumble.
13 Take firm hold of instruction, do not let go;
Keep her, for she is your life.

14 Do not enter the path of the wicked,
And do not walk in the way of evil.
15 Avoid it, do not travel on it;
Turn away from it and pass on.
16 For they do not sleep unless they have done evil;
And their sleep is [a]taken away unless they make someone fall.
17 For they eat the bread of wickedness,
And drink the wine of violence.

18 But the path of the just is like the shining [b]sun,
That shines ever brighter unto the perfect day.
19 The way of the wicked is like darkness;
They do not know what makes them stumble.

20 My son, give attention to my words;
Incline your ear to my sayings.
21 Do not let them depart from your eyes;
Keep them in the midst of your heart;
22 For they are life to those who find them,
And health to all their flesh.
23 Keep your heart with all diligence,
For out of it spring the issues of life.
24 Put away from you a [c]deceitful mouth,
And put perverse lips far from you.
25 Let your eyes look straight ahead,
And your eyelids look right before you.
26 Ponder the path of your feet,
And let all your ways be established.
27 Do not turn to the right or the left;
Remove your foot from evil.


  1. Proverbs 4:16 Lit. robbed
  2. Proverbs 4:18 Lit. light
  3. Proverbs 4:24 devious
New King James Version (NKJV)

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Mishle 4 Orthodox Jewish Bible (OJB)

Hear, ye banim, the musar (instruction, discipline) of an av, and attend to know binah (understanding).

For I give you lekach tov (good doctrine, good instruction), forsake ye not my torah.

For I was ben to avi, tender and yachid (an only child) before immi.

He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine lev retain my words; be shomer over my mitzvot, and live.

Acquire chochmah, acquire binah (understanding); forget it not; neither turn from the words of my peh (mouth).

Forsake her not, and she shall be shomer over thee; love her, and she shall protect thee.

Chochmah is the principal thing; therefore get chochmah, and with all thy getting get binah (understanding).

Exalt her, and she shall promote thee; she shall honor thee with kavod, when thou dost embrace her.

She shall give to thine head a garland of chen; an ateret (crown) of tiferet (glory) shall she present to thee.

10 Hear, O beni (my son), and receive my sayings; and thy shnot chayyim shall be many.

11 I have taught thee in the derech chochmah; I have led thee in ma’aglei yosher (right paths).

12 When thou goest, thy steps shall not be hindered; and when thou runnest, lo tikashel (thou shalt not stumble).

13 Take firm hold of musar; let her not go; guard her; for she is thy chayyim.

14 Enter not into the orach resha’im, and go not on the derech ra’im (road of the wicked).

15 Avoid it, travel al (not) on it, turn from it, and pass on.

16 For they sleep not, unless they have done evil; and their sheynah (sleep) is robbed, unless they cause some to fall.

17 For they eat the lechem of resha, and drink the yayin of chamasim (violences).

18 But the orach tzaddikim (path of the righteous) is as the bright light, that shineth brighter and brighter unto the full day.

19 The derech resha’im is as deep darkness; they know not at what they stumble.

20 Beni (my son), attend to my words; incline thine ozen unto my sayings.

21 Let them not depart from thine eyes; be shomer over them within thine lev.

22 For they are chayyim unto those that find them, and health to all their basar.

23 Set watch over and guard thy lev with all diligence; for out of it are the totze’ot chayyim (issues, wellsprings of life cf Mk 7:20-23).

24 Put away from thee a deceitful peh (mouth), and perverse sfatayim (lips) put far from thee.

25 Let thine eynayim look straight forward, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee.

26 Ponder the ma’agal (path) of thy raglayim, and let all thy drakhim be firm.

27 Turn not to the right hand nor to the left; remove thy regel from rah [T.N. Everyone in life has two paths to choose from just as Moshiach Tzidkeinu spoke of two gates, a wide one crowded with traffic and leading to destruction, and another one found by few but leading to life and redemption‖Mt 7:13-14].

Orthodox Jewish Bible (OJB)

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