Pay attention to the words of people who are wiser than you are—God put them in your life to help you.

BibleGateway: Proverbs 4:1-9

ESV Text: Proverbs 4:1-9

Proverbs 4:1–9 (Listen)

A Father’s Wise Instruction


4:1   Hear, O sons, a father’s instruction,
    and be attentive, that you may gain1 insight,
  for I give you good precepts;
    do not forsake my teaching.
  When I was a son with my father,
    tender, the only one in the sight of my mother,
  he taught me and said to me,
  “Let your heart hold fast my words;
    keep my commandments, and live.
  Get wisdom; get insight;
    do not forget, and do not turn away from the words of my mouth.
  Do not forsake her, and she will keep you;
    love her, and she will guard you.
  The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom,
    and whatever you get, get insight.
  Prize her highly, and she will exalt you;
    she will honor you if you embrace her.
  She will place on your head a graceful garland;
    she will bestow on you a beautiful crown.”

Footnotes

[1] 4:1 Hebrew know

(ESV)


KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 4

     1 Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding. 2 For I give you good doctrine, forsake ye not my law. 3 For I was my father’s son, tender and only beloved in the sight of my mother. 4 He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live. 5 Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth. 6 Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee. 7 Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. 8 Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her. 9 She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace: a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 296:
Speak, O Lord, Thy Servant Heareth

Hymnary.org — Organ Audio

1. Speak, O Lord, Thy servant heareth, 
To Thy Word I now give heed; 
Life and spirit Thy Word beareth, 
All Thy Word is true indeed. 
Death’s dread power in me is rife; 
Jesus, may Thy Word of Life 
Fill my soul with love’s strong fervor 
That I cling to Thee forever. 

2. Oh, what blessing to be near Thee 
And to hearken to Thy voice! 
May I ever love and fear Thee 
That Thy Word may be my choice! 
Oft were hardened sinners, Lord, 
Struck with terror by Thy Word; 
But to him who for sin grieveth 
Comfort sweet and hope it giveth. 

3. Lord, Thy words are waters living 
Where I quench my thirsty need; 
Lord, Thy words are bread life-giving, 
On Thy words my Soul doth feed. 
Lord, Thy words shall be my light 
Through death’s vale and dreary night; 
Yea, they are my sword prevailing 
And my cup of joy unfailing. 

4. Precious Jesus, I beseech Thee, 
May Thy words take root in me; 
May this gift from heaven enrich me 
So that I bear fruit for Thee! 
Take them never from my heart 
Till I see Thee as Thou art, 
When in heavenly bliss and glory 
I shall greet Thee and adore Thee. 


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