Provérbios 4

1 Listen my sons to what your father teaches you. Pay attention and gain understanding.

2 I give you good instruction. Do not abandon my Law!

3 I was my father’s son, tender and the only son to my mother.

4 Father taught me. He said: »Remember my words in your heart. Obey my commandments and live.

5 »Achieve wisdom and understanding! Do not forget or ignore what I say.

6 »Do not abandon wisdom, and she will protect you. Love her, and she will keep you safe.

7 »Wisdom is the most important thing. So gain wisdom! And by all means arrive at understanding.

8 »Love wisdom and she will exalt you. Embrace wisdom and she will honor you.

9 »She will present you with a crown of glory.«

10 Listen to me, my son. Accept what I tell you and live a long life.

11 I taught you wisdom and the right way to live.

12 Walk with wisdom and nothing will stand in your way. Run with wisdom and you will not stumble.

13 Take firm hold of instruction and do not let go. Obey her for she is your life.

14 Do not enter the path of the wicked. Do not walk in the way of evil men.

15 Avoid it! Do not pass by it. Turn away from it, and pass on!

16 They do not sleep unless they have done evil. Their sleep is taken away unless they make someone fall.

17 They eat the bread of wickedness and drink the wine of violence.

18 The path of the righteous is like the shining light of dawn that shines brighter and brighter until the more perfect day.

19 The way of the wicked is like darkness. They do not know what makes them stumble.

20 My son, pay attention to my words. Incline your ear extend your hearing to my sayings.

21 Do not let them leave your sight. Hold them in the midst of your heart!

22 For they are life to those who find them, and health to all their flesh.

23 Guard your heart with all diligence for out of it come the source of life.

24 Put away from you a deceitful mouth. Get rid of devious speech.

25 Let your eyes look straight ahead. Let you own eyes gaze be fixed straight in front of you.

26 Ponder the path of your feet. Let all your ways be established firm.

27 Do not turn to the right or to the left. Remove your foot from evil.