New International Version

Proverbs 4

Get Wisdom at Any Cost

1Listen, my sons, to a father’s instruction;
    pay attention and gain understanding.
I give you sound learning,
    so do not forsake my teaching.
For I too was a son to my father,
    still tender, and cherished by my mother.
Then he taught me, and he said to me,
    “Take hold of my words with all your heart;
    keep my commands, and you will live.
Get wisdom, get understanding;
    do not forget my words or turn away from them.
Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you;
    love her, and she will watch over you.
The beginning of wisdom is this: Get[a] wisdom.
    Though it cost all you have,[b] get understanding.
Cherish her, and she will exalt you;
    embrace her, and she will honor you.
She will give you a garland to grace your head
    and present you with a glorious crown.”

10 Listen, my son, accept what I say,
    and the years of your life will be many.
11 I instruct you in the way of wisdom
    and lead you along straight paths.
12 When you walk, your steps will not be hampered;
    when you run, you will not stumble.
13 Hold on to instruction, do not let it go;
    guard it well, for it is your life.
14 Do not set foot on the path of the wicked
    or walk in the way of evildoers.
15 Avoid it, do not travel on it;
    turn from it and go on your way.
16 For they cannot rest until they do evil;
    they are robbed of sleep till they make someone stumble.
17 They eat the bread of wickedness
    and drink the wine of violence.

18 The path of the righteous is like the morning sun,
    shining ever brighter till the full light of day.
19 But the way of the wicked is like deep darkness;
    they do not know what makes them stumble.

20 My son, pay attention to what I say;
    turn your ear to my words.
21 Do not let them out of your sight,
    keep them within your heart;
22 for they are life to those who find them
    and health to one’s whole body.
23 Above all else, guard your heart,
    for everything you do flows from it.
24 Keep your mouth free of perversity;
    keep corrupt talk far from your lips.
25 Let your eyes look straight ahead;
    fix your gaze directly before you.
26 Give careful thought to the[c] paths for your feet
    and be steadfast in all your ways.
27 Do not turn to the right or the left;
    keep your foot from evil.

Footnotes

  1. Proverbs 4:7 Or Wisdom is supreme; therefore get
  2. Proverbs 4:7 Or wisdom. / Whatever else you get
  3. Proverbs 4:26 Or Make level

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。