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 (Traditional)

箴言 4

父親的教誨

1孩子們啊,
    你們要聽從父親的教誨,
    留心學習,以便領悟,
因為我給你們的訓誨是美好的,
    不可背棄我的教導。
我年幼時在父親身邊,
    是母親唯一的寵兒。
父親教導我說:
    「要牢記我的話,
    遵守我的誡命,就必存活。
你要尋求智慧和悟性,
    不要忘記或違背我的吩咐。
不可離棄智慧,智慧必護佑你;
    你要熱愛智慧,智慧必看顧你。
智慧至上,要尋求智慧,
    要不惜一切,求得悟性。
高舉智慧,她必使你受尊崇;
    擁抱智慧,她必使你得尊榮。
她必為你戴上華冠,
    加上榮冕。」

10 孩子啊,你要聽從我的教導,
    就必延年益壽。
11 我已經指示你走智慧之道,
    引導你行正確的路。
12 你行走,必不受妨礙;
    你奔跑,絕不會跌倒。
13 你要持守教誨,不要鬆懈;
    要守護好,因為那是你的生命。
14 不要涉足惡人的道,
    不要行走壞人的路;
15 要避開,不可踏足,
    要繞道而行。
16 因為他們不作惡就無法入睡,
    不絆倒人就無法安眠;
17 他們吃的是邪惡餅,
    喝的是殘暴酒。
18 義人的道路好像黎明的曙光,
    越照越亮,直到大放光明。
19 惡人的道路一片幽暗,
    他們不知被何物絆倒。

20 孩子啊,你要聆聽我的吩咐,
    側耳聽我的訓言;
21 不要讓它們離開你的視線,
    要牢記在心。
22 因為得到它們就得到生命,
    全身也必康健。
23 要一絲不苟地守護你的心,
    因為生命之泉從心中湧出。
24 不講欺詐之言,
    不說荒謬的話。
25 眼睛要正視前方,
    雙目要向前直看。
26 要鋪平腳下的路,
    使所行之道穩妥。
27 不可偏右偏左,
    要遠離惡事。