A Father’s Example
1Listen, sons, to a father’s discipline,4:1 Ps 34:11; Pr 1:8
and pay attention so that you may gain understanding,
2for I am giving you good instruction.4:2 Jb 11:4
Don’t abandon my teaching.
3When I was a son with my father,
tender and precious to my mother,
4he taught me and said,
“Your heart must hold on to my words.
Keep my commands and live.4:4 Pr 3:1–2; 6:20–23; 7:1–2
5Get wisdom, get understanding;4:5 Pr 16:16
don’t forget or turn away from the words from my mouth.
6Don’t abandon wisdom, and she will watch over you;
love her,4:6 2Th 2:10 and she will guard you.
7Wisdom is supreme — so get wisdom.
And whatever else you get, get understanding.4:7 Pr 16:16
8Cherish her, and she will exalt you;
if you embrace her, she will honor you.4:8 1Sm 2:30
9She will place a garland of favor on your head;
she will give you a crown of beauty.”4:9 Pr 1:9; 16:31
Two Ways of Life
10Listen, my son. Accept my words,4:10 Pr 2:1
and you will live many years.4:10 Pr 3:2
11I am teaching you the way of wisdom;
I am guiding you on straight paths.4:11 1Sm 12:23
12When you walk, your steps will not be hindered;4:12 Jb 18:7; Ps 18:36
when you run, you will not stumble.4:12 Pr 3:23
13Hold on to instruction; don’t let go.4:13 Pr 3:18
Guard it, for it is your life.
14Keep off the path of the wicked;4:14 Ps 1:1; Pr 1:15
don’t proceed on the way of evil ones.
15Avoid it; don’t travel on it.
Turn away from it, and pass it by.
16For they can’t sleep
unless they have done what is evil;
they are robbed of sleep
unless they make someone stumble.4:16 Ps 36:4; Mc 2:1
17They eat the bread of wickedness
and drink the wine of violence.
18The path of the righteous is like the light of dawn,4:18 2Sm 23:4
shining brighter and brighter until midday.
19But the way of the wicked is like the darkest gloom;4:19 Is 59:9–10; Jr 23:12; Jn 12:35
they don’t know what makes them stumble.4:19 Pr 24:16; Jn 11:10
The Straight Path
20My son, pay attention to my words;
listen closely to my sayings.4:20 Pr 5:1
21Don’t lose sight of them;4:21 Pr 3:21
keep them within your heart.
22For they are life to those who find them,
and health to one’s whole body.
23Guard your heart above all else,4:23 Or heart with all diligence
for it is the source of life.4:23 Mt 15:19; Mk 7:18–23
24Don’t let your mouth speak dishonestly,4:24 Pr 6:12
and don’t let your lips talk deviously.
25Let your eyes look forward;
fix your gaze4:25 Lit eyelids straight ahead.4:25 Heb 12:2
26Carefully consider the path4:26 Or Clear a path for your feet,4:26 Pr 5:6,21; Heb 12:13
and all your ways will be established.
27Don’t turn to the right or to the left;4:27 Dt 5:32–33; 28:13–14; Jos 1:7; 23:6; 1Kg 15:5
keep your feet away from evil.