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A Father’s Example
1Listen, my sons, to a father’s discipline, #Ps 34:11Pr 1:8
and pay attention so that you may gain understanding,
2for I am giving you good instruction. #Jb 11:4
Don’t abandon my teaching.
3When I was a son with my father,
tender and precious to my mother,
4he taught me and said:
“Your heart must hold on to my words.
Keep my commands and live. #Pr 3:1-26:20-237:1-2
5Get wisdom, get understanding; #Pr 16:16
don’t forget or turn away from the words of my mouth.
6Don’t abandon wisdom, and she will watch over you;
love her, #2Th 2:10 and she will guard you.
7Wisdom is supreme — so get wisdom.
And whatever else you get, get understanding. #Pr 16:16
8Cherish her, and she will exalt you;
if you embrace her, she will honor you. #1Sm 2:30
9She will place a garland of grace on your head;
she will give you a crown of beauty.” #Pr 1:9|NoBook| 16:31
Two Ways of Life
10Listen, my son. Accept my words, #Pr 2:1
and you will live many years. #Pr 3:2
11I am teaching you the way of wisdom;
I am guiding you on straight paths. #1Sm 12:23
12When you walk, your steps will not be hindered; #Jb 18:7Ps 18:36
when you run, you will not stumble. #Pr 3:23
13Hold on to instruction; don’t let go. #Pr 3:18
Guard it, for it is your life.
14Don’t set foot on the path of the wicked; #Ps 1:1Pr 1:15
don’t proceed in the way of evil ones.
15Avoid it; don’t travel on it.
Turn away from it, and pass it by.
16For they can’t sleep
unless they have done what is evil;
they are robbed of sleep
unless they make someone stumble. #Ps 36:4Mc 2:1
17They eat the bread of wickedness
and drink the wine of violence.
18The path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, #2Sm 23:4
shining brighter and brighter until midday.
19But the way of the wicked is like the darkest gloom; #Is 59:9-10Jr 23:12Jn 12:35
they don’t know what makes them stumble. #Pr 24:16Jn 11:10
The Straight Path
20My son, pay attention to my words;
listen closely to my sayings. #Pr 5:1
21Don’t lose sight of them; #Pr 3:21
keep them within your heart.
22For they are life to those who find them,
and health to one’s whole body.
23Guard your heart above all else, # Or heart with all diligence
for it is the source of life. #Mt 15:19Mk 7:18-23
24Don’t let your mouth speak dishonestly, #Pr 6:12
and don’t let your lips talk deviously.
25Let your eyes look forward;
fix your gaze # Lit eyelids straight ahead. #Heb 12:2
26Carefully consider the path # Or Clear a path for your feet, #Pr 5:6Heb 12:13
and all your ways will be established.
27Don’t turn to the right or to the left; #Dt 5:32-3328:13-14Jos 1:7|NoBook| 23:61Kg 15:5
keep your feet away from evil.
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