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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.

Commentary for Proverbs 4

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.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Proverbs 4

  • Solomon
    Hosea 4.6
    My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge. And I confess that most of the time I've been struggling to understand this verse. Which Knowledge the prophet is talking about? So, when reading the scriptures we must ask the Holy Spirit to help us to understand what God wants to say with that portion of Scripture, to avoid self interpretation and heresy. Very often we will need to compar
  • Steve morrow
    ISAIAH 40:13 who hath directed the spirit of the lord or being HIS counsellor hath taught HIM --40:14--with whom took HE counsel and who instructed HIM and taught HIM in the path of judgement and taught HIM knowledge and showed HIM the way of understanding PROVERBS 21:16 the man that wandereth out of the way of understanding shall remain in the congregation of the dead 1 TIMOTHY 1:7 desiring to be teachers of the law understanding neither what they say nor whereof they affirm 2 TIMOTHY 2:7 consider what I say and THE LORD give thee understanding in all things PROVERBS 8:14 counsel is mine and sound wisdom I am understanding I have strength PROVERBS 24:3 through wisdom --- is an house builded --- and by understanding it is established 1 CORINTHIANS 3:10 according to the grace of GOD which is given unto me --as a wise masterbuilder-- I have laid the foundation and another buildeth thereon but let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon
  • Alex
    The H.G. is the Granson, thats y Jesus refers to the H.G. as the Promise meaning mutiplication of himself by his seed. NO WAY AROUND IT, God has to be multiplied, the very fact that we have a Father and a Son begs the question of a Granson BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY an ISRAEL OF GOD MEANING THE MULTIPLICATION OF VERY GOD INHUMANITY Via that good seed th WORD,DAVIDS KINGDOM WAS FATHER SON AND GRANSON,GBU
  • Bruce
    Debra: Where in The Bible does it say The Holy Spirit is our mother? Blasphemy against The Holy Ghost is never Forgiving:Mark 3:29
  • A disciple
    "The woman being deceived was in the transgression." That's why it is not permitted for women to teach, nor to exercise dominion over the man; but is commanded to be under obedience. The Holy Spirit IS NOT the "feminine essence" of God! That is carnal and unclean thinking! God is a Spirit! Mankind is flesh, and therefore was given by God to be male and female, FOR LIFE ON EARTH!
  • Debra Denise Dunlap
    Wisdom is "she." The HOLY SPIRIT is the feminine essence of YHWH. Honour thy Heavenly FATHER and thy Spiritual MOTHER, the HOLY SPIRIT, so that thy days may be long upon the land our LORD, thy God giveth thee. Selah
  • I AM
    Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.
  • Stephen



    Deberá Denise Dunlap , "You do err concerning the Scriptures" as Jesus told the Sadducees. What you have written, if not in ignorance, is blasphemous. Please read God's word and know that the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Godhead and is masculine.


    Deberá Denise Dunlap

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