World English Bible
Proverbs 4 (WEBP)
 Listen, sons, to a father’s instruction. Pay attention and know understanding;
 for I give you sound learning. Don’t forsake my law.
 For I was a son to my father, tender and an only child in the sight of my mother.
 He taught me, and said to me: “Let your heart retain my words. Keep my commandments, and live.
 Get wisdom. Get understanding. Don’t forget, and don’t deviate from the words of my mouth.
 Don’t forsake her, and she will preserve you. Love her, and she will keep you.
 Wisdom is supreme. Get wisdom. Yes, though it costs all your possessions, get understanding.
 Esteem her, and she will exalt you. She will bring you to honor when you embrace her.
 She will give to your head a garland of grace. She will deliver a crown of splendor to you.”
 Listen, my son, and receive my sayings. The years of your life will be many.
 I have taught you in the way of wisdom. I have led you in straight paths.
 When you go, your steps will not be hampered. When you run, you will not stumble.
 Take firm hold of instruction. Don’t let her go. Keep her, for she is your life.
 Don’t enter into the path of the wicked. Don’t walk in the way of evil men.
 Avoid it, and don’t pass by it. Turn from it, and pass on.
 For they don’t sleep unless they do evil. Their sleep is taken away, unless they make someone fall.
 For they eat the bread of wickedness and drink the wine of violence.
 But the path of the righteous is like the dawning light that shines more and more until the perfect day.
 The way of the wicked is like darkness. They don’t know what they stumble over.
 My son, attend to my words. Turn your ear to my sayings.
 Let them not depart from your eyes. Keep them in the center of your heart.
 For they are life to those who find them, and health to their whole body.
 Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it is the wellspring of life.
 Put away from yourself a perverse mouth. Put corrupt lips far from you.
 Let your eyes look straight ahead. Fix your gaze directly before you.
 Make the path of your feet level. Let all of your ways be established.
 Don’t turn to the right hand nor to the left. Remove your foot from evil.
Scripture quotations are taken from The World English Bible™ of eBible.org, 2020 stable text edition. It is in the public domain.
King James w/Strong’s #s
Proverbs 4 (KJVS)
 Hear H8085 (8798), ye children H1121, the instruction H4148 of a father H1, and attend H7181 (8685) to know H3045 (8800) understanding H998.
 For I give H5414 (8804) you good H2896 doctrine H3948, forsake H5800 (8799) ye not my law H8451.
 For I was my father’s H1 son H1121, tender H7390 and only H3173 [beloved] in the sight H6440 of my mother H517.
 He taught H3384 (8686) me also, and said H559 (8799) unto me, Let thine heart H3820 retain H8551 (8799) my words H1697: keep H8104 (8798) my commandments H4687, and live H2421 (8798).
 Get H7069 (8798) wisdom H2451, get H7069 (8798) understanding H998: forget H7911 (8799) [it] not; neither decline H5186 (8799) from the words H561 of my mouth H6310.
 Forsake H5800 (8799) her not, and she shall preserve H8104 (8799) thee: love H157 (8798) her, and she shall keep H5341 (8799) thee.
 Wisdom H2451 [is] the principal thing H7225; [therefore] get H7069 (8798) wisdom H2451: and with all thy getting H7075 get understanding H998.
 Exalt H5549 (8769) her, and she shall promote H7311 (8787) thee: she shall bring thee to honour H3513 (8762), when thou dost embrace H2263 (8762) her.
 She shall give H5414 (8799) to thine head H7218 an ornament H3880 of grace H2580: a crown H5850 of glory H8597 shall she deliver H4042 (8762) to thee.
 Hear H8085 (8798), O my son H1121, and receive H3947 (8798) my sayings H561; and the years H8141 of thy life H2416 shall be many H7235 (8799).
 I have taught H3384 (8689) thee in the way H1870 of wisdom H2451; I have led H1869 (8689) thee in right H3476 paths H4570.
 When thou goest H3212 (8800), thy steps H6806 shall not be straitened H3334 (8799); and when thou runnest H7323 (8799), thou shalt not stumble H3782 (8735).
 Take fast hold H2388 (8685) of instruction H4148; let [her] not go H7503 (8686): keep H5341 (8798) her; for she [is] thy life H2416.
 Enter H935 (8799) not into the path H734 of the wicked H7563, and go H833 (8762) not in the way H1870 of evil H7451 [men].
 Avoid H6544 (8798) it, pass H5674 (8799) not by it, turn H7847 (8798) from it, and pass away H5674 (8798).
 For they sleep H3462 (8799) not, except they have done mischief H7489 (8686); and their sleep H8142 is taken away H1497 (8738), unless they cause [some] to fall H3782 (8686) (8675) H3782 (8799).
 For they eat H3898 (8804) the bread H3899 of wickedness H7562, and drink H8354 (8799) the wine H3196 of violence H2555.
 But the path H734 of the just H6662 [is] as the shining H5051 light H216, that shineth H215 (8804) more H1980 (8802) and more unto the perfect H3559 (8737) day H3117.
 The way H1870 of the wicked H7563 [is] as darkness H653: they know H3045 (8804) not at what they stumble H3782 (8735).
 My son H1121, attend H7181 (8685) to my words H1697; incline H5186 (8685) thine ear H241 unto my sayings H561.
 Let them not depart H3868 (8686) from thine eyes H5869; keep H8104 (8798) them in the midst H8432 of thine heart H3824.
 For they [are] life H2416 unto those that find H4672 (8802) them, and health H4832 to all their flesh H1320.
 Keep H5341 (8798) thy heart H3820 with all diligence H4929; for out of it [are] the issues H8444 of life H2416.
 Put away H5493 (8685) from thee a froward H6143 mouth H6310, and perverse H3891 lips H8193 put far H7368 (8685) from thee.
 Let thine eyes H5869 look H5027 (8686) right on H5227, and let thine eyelids H6079 look straight H3474 (8686) before thee.
 Ponder H6424 (8761) the path H4570 of thy feet H7272, and let all thy ways H1870 be established H3559 (8735).
 Turn H5186 (8799) not to the right hand H3225 nor to the left H8040: remove H5493 (8685) thy foot H7272 from evil H7451.
Young’s Literal Translation
Proverbs 4 (YLT)
 Hear, ye sons, the instruction of a father, And give attention to know understanding.
 For good learning I have given to you, My law forsake not.
 For, a son I have been to my father-tender, And an only one before my mother.
 And he directeth me, and he saith to me: ‘Let thy heart retain my words, Keep my commands, and live.
 Get wisdom, get understanding, Do not forget, nor turn away From the sayings of my mouth.
 Forsake her not, and she doth preserve thee, Love her, and she doth keep thee.
 The first thing is wisdom-get wisdom, And with all thy getting get understanding.
 Exalt her, and she doth lift thee up, She honoureth thee, when thou dost embrace her.
 She giveth to thy head a wreath of grace, A crown of beauty she doth give thee freely.
 Hear, my son, and receive my sayings, And years of life are multiplied to thee.
 In a way of wisdom I have directed thee, I have caused thee to tread in paths of uprightness.
 In thy walking thy step is not straitened, And if thou runnest, thou stumblest not.
 Lay hold on instruction, do not desist, Keep her, for she is thy life.
 Into the path of the wicked enter not, And be not happy in a way of evil doers.
 Avoid it, pass not over into it, Turn aside from it, and pass on.
 For they sleep not if they do not evil, And their sleep hath been taken violently away, If they cause not some to stumble.
 For they have eaten bread of wickedness, And wine of violence they drink.
 And the path of the righteous is as a shining light, Going and brightening till the day is established,
 The way of the wicked is as darkness, They have not known at what they stumble.
 My son, to my words give attention, To my sayings incline thine ear,
 Let them not turn aside from thine eyes, Preserve them in the midst of thy heart.
 For life they are to those finding them, And to all their flesh healing.
 Above every charge keep thy heart, For out of it are the outgoings of life.
 Turn aside from thee a froward mouth, And perverse lips put far from thee,
 Thine eyes do look straightforward, And thine eyelids look straight before thee.
 Ponder thou the path of thy feet, And all thy ways are established.
 Incline not to the right or to the left, Turn aside thy foot from evil!