Proverbs Chapter 4
From The Open Bible Project
4:1 Listen, sons, to a father's instruction. Pay attention and know understanding;
- (a) He speaks this as a preacher and minister which is as a father to the people, (Proverbs 2:8).
4:2 for I give you sound learning. Don't forsake my law.
4:3 For I was a son to my father, tender and an only child in the sight of my mother.
4:4 He taught me, and said to me: "Let your heart retain my words. Keep my commandments, and live.
- (b) Meaning, David his father.
4:5 Get wisdom. Get understanding. Don't forget, neither swerve from the words of my mouth.
4:6 Don't forsake her, and she will preserve you. Love her, and she will keep you.
4:7 Wisdom is supreme. Get wisdom. Yes, though it costs all your possessions, get understanding.
- (c) He shows that we must first begin with God’s word, if we will that other things prosper with us, contrary to the judgment of the world, which make it their last study, or else care not for it at all.
4:8 Esteem her, and she will exalt you. She will bring you to honor, when you embrace her.
4:9 She will give to your head a garland of grace. She will deliver a crown of splendor to you."
4:10 Listen, my son, and receive my sayings. The years of your life will be many.
4:11 I have taught you in the way of wisdom. I have led you in straight paths.
- (d) Solomon declares what care his father had to bring him up in the true fear of God: for this was David’s protest.
4:12 When you go, your steps will not be hampered. When you run, you will not stumble.
- (e) You will walk at liberty without offence.
4:13 Take firm hold of instruction. Don't let her go. Keep her, for she is your life.
4:14 Don't enter into the path of the wicked. Don't walk in the way of evil men.
4:15 Avoid it, and don't pass by it. Turn from it, and pass on.
4:16 For they don't sleep, unless they do evil. Their sleep is taken away, unless they make someone fall.
- (f) Meaning that to do evil is more proper and natural to the wicked than to sleep, eat or drink.
4:17 For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence.
- (g) Gotten my wicked means and cruel oppression.
4:18 But the path of the righteous is like the dawning light, that shines more and more until the perfect day.
- (h) Signifying that the godly increase daily in knowledge and perfection, till they come to full persecution, which is when the are joined to their head in the heavens.
4:19 The way of the wicked is like darkness. They don't know what they stumble over.
4:20 My son, attend to my words. Turn your ear to my sayings.
4:21 Let them not depart from your eyes. Keep them in the midst of your heart.
4:22 For they are life to those who find them, and health to their whole body.
- (i) That is, they will have health of body: under which all other blessings promised in the law are contained.
4:23 Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it is the wellspring of life.
- (k) For as the heart is either pure or corrupt, so is the whole course of man’s life.
4:24 Put away from yourself a perverse mouth. Put corrupt lips far from you.
4:25 Let your eyes look straight ahead. Fix your gaze directly before you.
4:26 Make the path of your feet level. Let all of your ways be established.
- (l) Keep a measure in all your doings.
4:27 Don't turn to the right hand nor to the left. Remove your foot from evil.