New International Version

Proverbs 4:1-27

Get Wisdom at Any Cost

1Listen, my sons, to a father’s instruction;

pay attention and gain understanding.

2I give you sound learning,

so do not forsake my teaching.

3For I too was a son to my father,

still tender, and cherished by my mother.

4Then he taught me, and he said to me,

“Take hold of my words with all your heart;

keep my commands, and you will live.

5Get wisdom, get understanding;

do not forget my words or turn away from them.

6Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you;

love her, and she will watch over you.

7The beginning of wisdom is this: Get4:7 Or Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom.

Though it cost all you have,4:7 Or wisdom. / Whatever else you get get understanding.

8Cherish her, and she will exalt you;

embrace her, and she will honor you.

9She will give you a garland to grace your head

and present you with a glorious crown.”

10Listen, my son, accept what I say,

and the years of your life will be many.

11I instruct you in the way of wisdom

and lead you along straight paths.

12When you walk, your steps will not be hampered;

when you run, you will not stumble.

13Hold on to instruction, do not let it go;

guard it well, for it is your life.

14Do not set foot on the path of the wicked

or walk in the way of evildoers.

15Avoid it, do not travel on it;

turn from it and go on your way.

16For they cannot rest until they do evil;

they are robbed of sleep till they make someone stumble.

17They eat the bread of wickedness

and drink the wine of violence.

18The path of the righteous is like the morning sun,

shining ever brighter till the full light of day.

19But the way of the wicked is like deep darkness;

they do not know what makes them stumble.

20My son, pay attention to what I say;

turn your ear to my words.

21Do not let them out of your sight,

keep them within your heart;

22for they are life to those who find them

and health to one’s whole body.

23Above all else, guard your heart,

for everything you do flows from it.

24Keep your mouth free of perversity;

keep corrupt talk far from your lips.

25Let your eyes look straight ahead;

fix your gaze directly before you.

26Give careful thought to the4:26 Or Make level paths for your feet

and be steadfast in all your ways.

27Do not turn to the right or the left;

keep your foot from evil.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

箴言 4:1-27

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,

2因为我给你们的训诲是美好的,

不可背弃我的教导。

3我年幼时在父亲身边,

是母亲唯一的宠儿。

4父亲教导我说:

“要牢记我的话,

遵守我的诫命,就必存活。

5你要寻求智慧和悟性,

不要忘记或违背我的吩咐。

6不可离弃智慧,智慧必护佑你;

你要热爱智慧,智慧必看顾你。

7智慧至上,要寻求智慧,

要不惜一切,求得悟性。

8高举智慧,她必使你受尊崇;

拥抱智慧,她必使你得尊荣。

9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。