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Geneva Bible (1599): Proverbs 4

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1 Heare, O ye children, the instruction of a father, and giue eare to learne vnderstanding.

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2 For I doe giue you a good doctrine: therefore forsake yee not my lawe.

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3 For I was my fathers sonne, tender and deare in the sight of my mother,

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4 When he taught me, and sayde vnto me, Let thine heart holde fast my woordes: keepe my commandements, and thou shalt liue.

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5 Get wisedom: get vnderstading: forget not, neither decline from the woordes of my mouth.

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6 Forsake her not, and shee shall keepe thee: loue her and shee shall preserue thee.

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7 Wisedome is the beginning: get wisedome therefore: and aboue all thy possession get vnderstanding.

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8 Exalt her, and she shall exalt thee: she shall bring thee to honour, if thou embrace her.

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9 She shall giue a comely ornamet vnto thine head, yea, she shall giue thee a crowne of glorie.

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10 Heare, my sonne, and receiue my wordes, and the yeeres of thy life shalbe many.

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11 I haue taught thee in ye way of wisedom, and led thee in the pathes of righteousnesse.

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12 Whe thou goest, thy gate shall not be strait, and when thou runnest, thou shalt not fall.

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13 Take holde of instruction, and leaue not: keepe her, for shee is thy life.

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14 Enter not into the way of the wicked, and walke not in the way of euill men.

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15 Auoide it, and goe not by it: turne from it, and passe by.

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16 For they can not sleepe, except they haue done euill, and their sleepe departeth except they cause some to fall.

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17 For they eate the breade of wickednesse, and drinke the wine of violence.

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18 But the way of the righteous shineth as the light, that shineth more and more vnto the perfite day.

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19 The way of the wicked is as the darkenes: they knowe not wherein they shall fall.

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20 My sonne, hearken vnto my wordes, incline thine eare vnto my sayings.

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21 Let them not depart from thine eyes, but keepe them in the middes of thine heart.

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22 For they are life vnto those that find them, and health vnto all their flesh.

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23 Keepe thine heart with all diligence: for thereout commeth life.

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24 Put away from thee a froward mouth, and put wicked lippes farre from thee.

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25 Let thine eyes beholde the right, and let thine eyelids direct thy way before thee.

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26 Ponder the path of thy feete, and let all thy waies be ordred aright.

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27 Turne not to the right hande, nor to the left, but remooue thy foote from euill.

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