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Chapter 4

4:1 Hear, ye sons, the instruction of a father, And give attention to know understanding.

4:2 For good learning I have given to you, My law forsake not.

4:3 For, a son I have been to my father -- tender, And an only one before my mother.

4:4 And he directeth me, and he saith to me: `Let thy heart retain my words, Keep my commands, and live.

4:5 Get wisdom, get understanding, Do not forget, nor turn away From the sayings of my mouth.

4:6 Forsake her not, and she doth preserve thee, Love her, and she doth keep thee.

4:7 The first thing `is' wisdom -- get wisdom, And with all thy getting get understanding.

4:8 Exalt her, and she doth lift thee up, She honoureth thee, when thou dost embrace her.

4:9 She giveth to thy head a wreath of grace, A crown of beauty she doth give thee freely.

4:10 Hear, my son, and receive my sayings, And years of life `are' multiplied to thee.

4:11 In a way of wisdom I have directed thee, I have caused thee to tread in paths of uprightness.

4:12 In thy walking thy step is not straitened, And if thou runnest, thou stumblest not.

4:13 Lay hold on instruction, do not desist, Keep her, for she `is' thy life.

4:14 Into the path of the wicked enter not, And be not happy in a way of evil doers.

4:15 Avoid it, pass not over into it, Turn aside from it, and pass on.

4:16 For they sleep not if they do not evil, And their sleep hath been taken violently away, If they cause not `some' to stumble.

4:17 For they have eaten bread of wickedness, And wine of violence they drink.

4:18 And the path of the righteous `is' as a shining light, Going and brightening till the day is established,

4:19 The way of the wicked `is' as darkness, They have not known at what they stumble.

4:20 My son, to my words give attention, To my sayings incline thine ear,

4:21 Let them not turn aside from thine eyes, Preserve them in the midst of thy heart.

4:22 For life they `are' to those finding them, And to all their flesh healing.

4:23 Above every charge keep thy heart, For out of it `are' the outgoings of life.

4:24 Turn aside from thee a froward mouth, And perverse lips put far from thee,

4:25 Thine eyes do look straightforward, And thine eyelids look straight before thee.

4:26 Ponder thou the path of thy feet, And all thy ways `are' established.

4:27 Incline not `to' the right or to the left, Turn aside thy foot from evil!

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