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1 Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding.

2 For I give you good doctrine, forsake ye not my law.

3 For I was my father's son, tender and only beloved in the sight of my mother.

4 He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live.

5 Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth.

6 Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee.

7 Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.

8 Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her.

9 She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace: a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee.

10 Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; and the years of thy life shall be many.

11 I have taught thee in the way of wisdom; I have led thee in right paths.

12 When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened; and when thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble.

13 Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy life.

14 Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men.

15 Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away.

16 For they sleep not, except they have done mischief; and their sleep is taken away, unless they cause some to fall.

17 For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence.

18 But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.

19 The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.

20 My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings.

21 Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart.

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

23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.

24 Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee.

25 Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee.

26 Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established.

27 Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil.


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Matthew Henry's Proverbs Chapter 4 Bible commentary...

Exhortation to the study of wisdom. (1-13) Cautions against bad company, Exhortation to faith and holiness. (14-27)1-13 We must look upon our teachers as our fathers: though instruction carry in it reproof and correction, bid it welcome. Solomon's parents loved him, therefore taught him. Wise and godly men, in every age of the world, and rank in society, agree that true wisdom consists in obedience, and is united to happiness. Get wisdom, take pains for it. Get the rule over thy corruptions; take more pains to get this than the wealth of this world. An interest in Christ's salvation is necessary. This wisdom is the one thing needful. A soul without true wisdom and grace is a dead soul. How poor, contemptible, and wretched are those, who, with all their wealth and power, die without getting understanding, without Christ, without hope, and without God! Let us give heed to the sayings of Him who has the words of eternal life. Thus our path will be plain before us: by taking, and keeping fast hold of instruction, we shall avoid being straitened or stumbling.

14-27 The way of evil men may seem pleasant, and the nearest way to compass some end; but it is an evil way, and will end ill; if thou love thy God and thy soul, avoid it. It is not said, Keep at a due distance, but at a great distance; never think you can get far enough from it. The way of the righteous is light; Christ is their Way, and he is the Light. The saints will not be perfect till they reach heaven, but there they shall shine as the sun in his strength. The way of sin is as darkness. The way of the wicked is dark, therefore dangerous; they fall into sin, but know not how to avoid it. They fall into trouble, but never seek to know wherefore God contends with them, nor what will be in the end of it. This is the way we are bid to shun. Attentive hearing the word of God, is a good sign of a work of grace begun in the heart, and a good means of carrying it on. There is in the word of God a proper remedy for all diseases of the soul. Keep thy heart with all diligence. We must set a strict guard upon our souls; keep our hearts from doing hurt, and getting hurt. A good reason is given; because out of it are the issues of life. Above all, we should seek from the Lord Jesus that living water, the sanctifying Spirit, issuing forth unto everlasting life. Thus we shall be enabled to put away a froward mouth and perverse lips; our eyes will be turned from beholding vanity, looking straight forward, and walking by the rule of God's word, treading in the steps of our Lord and Master. Lord, forgive the past, and enable us to follow thee more closely for the time to come.


Recent Comments for Proverbs Chapter 4...


Peace's Proverbs Chapter 4 comment about verse 23 on 10/19/2014, 1:23am...

This scripture is simply reminding us to be watchful of what goes on in our hearts because the heart is the wellspring of your being. You are creating your reality through the thoughts that proceed from your mind which inform your actions. The universe reflects back to you what you put into it. If you give a smile, you get one back. If you give anger and hatred, you also draw that to yourself. However the sowing usually begins in your heart. When your seed matures, it produces after it 's kind. You attract unto yourself according to what you put out. That is why you need to watch your heart diligently. If your life is springing from it, then you want to be conscious of what you are creating for yourself.


TAKU's Proverbs Chapter 4 comment about verse 27 on 9/26/2014, 1:58pm...

It talks about obedient to God alone


Barbara atchison's Proverbs Chapter 4 comment about verse 4 on 9/11/2014, 2:38am...

I love this. I am so glad to have this on my phone. God bless who ever put this up!


Chanchal Gayen's Proverbs Chapter 4 comment about verse 23 on 9/08/2014, 9:20am...

Here heart refers to the center of our thinking which is the seat of all our actions. therefore our thoughts need to be guided appropriately. the best guidance comes from the Bible. so let us read it.


Mitla amorin's Proverbs Chapter 4 comment on 9/04/2014, 5:23am...

Most of us have found wisdom which represent Jesus Christ but how buy him with a price is our challenge for Jesus said the kingdom of heaven is like some who found a hidden treasure wisdom or Jesus in the field, hid it then went home, sold everything he had to buy the field in other to get the treasure.


Yeldines kharkrang's Proverbs Chapter 4 comment about verse 5 on 8/30/2014, 10:04am...

how to explain this chapter 4 verse 5


Carol's Proverbs Chapter 4 comment about verse 23 on 8/29/2014, 8:06am...

I really needed this verse several months ago. It is true for me a female must guard her heart. Because we are so emotional that are heart sometimes leads us down the wrong path. Guarding my heart is the most important thing.


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