10 Hear, my son, and receive my sayings,
(A)And the years of your life will be many.
11 I have (B)taught you in the way of wisdom;
I have led you in right paths.
12 When you walk, (C)your steps will not be hindered,
(D)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 (E)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 (F)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 (G)But the path of the just (H)is like the shining [b]sun,
That shines ever brighter unto the perfect day.
19 (I)The way of the wicked is like darkness;
They do not know what makes them stumble.

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  1. Proverbs 4:16 Lit. robbed
  2. Proverbs 4:18 Lit. light

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