Amplified Bible

Proverbs 4

A Father’s Instruction

1Hear, O children, the instruction of a father,
And pay attention [and be willing to learn] so that you may gain understanding and intelligent discernment.

For I give you good doctrine;
Do not [a]turn away from my instruction.

When I was a son with my father (David),
Tender and the only son in the sight of my mother (Bathsheba),

He taught me and said to me,
“Let your heart hold fast my words;
Keep my commandments and live.

“Get [skillful and godly] wisdom! Acquire understanding [actively seek spiritual discernment, mature comprehension, and logical interpretation]!
Do not forget nor turn away from the words of my mouth.

“Do not [b]turn away from her (Wisdom) and she will guard and protect you;
Love her, and she will watch over you.

“The beginning of wisdom is: Get [skillful and godly] wisdom [it is preeminent]!
And with all your acquiring, get understanding [actively seek spiritual discernment, mature comprehension, and logical interpretation].

“Prize wisdom [and exalt her], and she will exalt you;
She will honor you if you embrace her.

“She will place on your head a garland of grace;
She will present you with a crown of beauty and glory.”

10 
Hear, my son, and accept my sayings,
And the years of your life will be many.
11 
I have instructed you in the way of [skillful and godly] wisdom;
I have led you in upright paths.
12 
When you walk, your steps will not be impeded [for your path will be clear and open];
And when you run, you will not stumble.
13 
Take hold of instruction; [actively seek it, grip it firmly and] do not let go.
Guard her, for she is your life.
14 
Do not enter the path of the wicked,
And do not go the way of evil men.
15 
Avoid it, do not travel on it;
Turn away from it and pass on.
16 
For the wicked cannot sleep unless they do evil;
And they are deprived of sleep unless they make someone stumble and fall.
17 
For they eat the bread of wickedness
And drink the wine of violence.
18 
But the path of the just (righteous) is like the light of dawn,
That shines brighter and brighter until [it reaches its full strength and glory in] the perfect day.
19 
The way of the wicked is like [deep] darkness;
They do not know over what they stumble.

20 
My son, pay attention to my words and be willing to learn;
Open your ears to my sayings.
21 
Do not let them escape from your sight;
Keep them in the center of your heart.
22 
For they are life to those who find them,
And healing and health to all their flesh.
23 
Watch over your heart with all diligence,
For from it flow the springs of life.
24 
Put away from you a deceitful (lying, misleading) mouth,
And put devious lips far from you.
25 
Let your eyes look directly ahead [toward the path of moral courage]
And let your gaze be fixed straight in front of you [toward the path of integrity].
26 
Consider well and watch carefully the path of your feet,
And all your ways will be steadfast and sure.
27 
Do not turn away to the right nor to the left [where evil may lurk];
Turn your foot from [the path of] evil.

Notas al pie

  1. Proverbs 4:2 Lit forsake.
  2. Proverbs 4:6 Lit forsake.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

箴言 4

父亲的教诲

1孩子们啊,
    你们要听从父亲的教诲,
    留心学习,以便领悟,
因为我给你们的训诲是美好的,
    不可背弃我的教导。
我年幼时在父亲身边,
    是母亲唯一的宠儿。
父亲教导我说:
    “要牢记我的话,
    遵守我的诫命,就必存活。
你要寻求智慧和悟性,
    不要忘记或违背我的吩咐。
不可离弃智慧,智慧必护佑你;
    你要热爱智慧,智慧必看顾你。
智慧至上,要寻求智慧,
    要不惜一切,求得悟性。
高举智慧,她必使你受尊崇;
    拥抱智慧,她必使你得尊荣。
她必为你戴上华冠,
    加上荣冕。”

10 孩子啊,你要听从我的教导,
    就必延年益寿。
11 我已经指示你走智慧之道,
    引导你行正确的路。
12 你行走,必不受妨碍;
    你奔跑,绝不会跌倒。
13 你要持守教诲,不要松懈;
    要守护好,因为那是你的生命。
14 不要涉足恶人的道,
    不要行走坏人的路;
15 要避开,不可踏足,
    要绕道而行。
16 因为他们不作恶就无法入睡,
    不绊倒人就无法安眠;
17 他们吃的是邪恶饼,
    喝的是残暴酒。
18 义人的道路好像黎明的曙光,
    越照越亮,直到大放光明。
19 恶人的道路一片幽暗,
    他们不知被何物绊倒。

20 孩子啊,你要聆听我的吩咐,
    侧耳听我的训言;
21 不要让它们离开你的视线,
    要牢记在心。
22 因为得到它们就得到生命,
    全身也必康健。
23 要一丝不苟地守护你的心,
    因为生命之泉从心中涌出。
24 不讲欺诈之言,
    不说荒谬的话。
25 眼睛要正视前方,
    双目要向前直看。
26 要铺平脚下的路,
    使所行之道稳妥。
27 不可偏右偏左,
    要远离恶事。