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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. 10 Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; and the years of thy life shall be many. 11 I have taught thee in the way of wisdom; I have led thee in right paths. 12 When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened; and when thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble. 13 Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy life. 14 Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men. 15 Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away. 16 For they sleep not, except they have done mischief; and their sleep is taken away, unless they cause some to fall. 17 For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence. 18 But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day. 19 The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble. 20 My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. 21 Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. 22 For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh. 23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. 24 Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee. 25 Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee. 26 Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established. 27 Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil.

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1 angela h = "Solomon is calling all children (us) to give attention to what he is teaching. He is giving good practical advice for living."
2 Otis Holt = "If You look at the word "hear" it is the first word in the sentence. why because Solomon knew how important the word hear was.  the word hear has mean to to listen to; give or pay attention to or report. Solomon had a Report that he wanted his children to hear.  Why! because studies shows, Attention span is the amount of concentrated time one can spend on a task without becoming distracted. Most educators such as psychologists agree that the ability to focus attention on a task is crucial for the achievement of one's goals.  So Solomon did just want to them sitting down and looking with there eyes! he want them to hear the report but with there attention and focus on the instructions he was teaching by applying the teaching to oneself.  So! Solomon in other words says! to his listeners, I not only want your undivided attention! I want you take in what I'm saying and apply it to your life, because I giving you good teaching, ,and the good teaching I'm teaching you Don't forget it when you walk out of here because it is the Law I'm teaching you!  "
3 Sara Di Diego = "Solomon is not just addressing that the readers are the children to his wise advice.  Solomon was once the child being taught by his father, King David.  King David was the most revered figure from the Old Testament, as he always walked with God, excluding the instance with Solomon's mother.  Solomon has heard and remembered the advice from the best king of Israel, and is urging the reader to take advantage of it.Work Cited:http://www.godvine.com/bible/proverbs/4"
4 angela h = "Solomon is the son of King David (one of many) and the only living son of Bathsheba. David loved Bathsheba and promised her that Solomon would inherit the throne, even though David had many older sons. See 1 Kings 1:28-30."
5 Raymond Huerta = "Wisdom is a quality that age imparts to youth (a theme repeatedly struck by Job's companions), father to son. That idea is reinforced here by the introduction of a third generation, the grandfather of the young man who is the object of instruction. Just as the mentor was taught by his father, whose words he goes on to quote, he will teach the young man.Alter, Robert. "Proverbs 4." The Wisdom Books. New York: W.W. Norton, 2010. Print."
6 angela h = "Solomon was taught by his father, David. David wore many hats throughout his life and had many experiences to draw from. His greatest attribute is his faith in God.Psalm 119:11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.The 5th commandment tells us "Honor thy father and thy mother, as the Lord they God hath commanded the, that thy days may be prolonged, and that it may go well with thee, in the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee."We see a promise in this command. If we obey we will live long."
7 Sara Di Diego = "David instructed Solomon to do many deeds that David had been instructed to do from God.  An example, would be to build the temple in Jerusalem with very specific instructions.  Here, Soloman is stressing how important it is, to him. to follow both of his father's instructions (David's and God's).Work Cited:http://www.bible-studys.org/Bible%20Books/Proverbs/Proverbs%20Chapter%204.html"
8 angela h = "Being wise is no good to us if we never use it. It is like having a library full of books and never reading them.We should not only know wisdom, but practice it in our everyday lives. We can obtain wisdom simply by asking God. See James 1:5 and I Kings 3:3-15."
9 Raymond Huerta = "The feminine pronoun refers to wisdom, which, even without explicit personification, is imagined as a female figure. Also, in gnostic tradition, wisdom is personified by Sophia, the goddess of wisdom. Alter, Robert. "Proverbs 4." The Wisdom Books. New York: W.W. Norton, 2010. Print.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sophia_%28wisdom%29"
10 angela h = "We are instructed here to pursue wisdom and understanding. Understanding suggests we are in tune with others, not just ourselves. If we learn to work with others and not be selfish, we will have honor. Verse 9 indicates if we are gracious with others we will also get grace.People will remember our kindnesses to them. They will much much more remember if we are NOT kind to them.  "
11 Raymond Huerta = "This means one must acquire the precepts of wisdom even if at first it may by only by trial and error, with true wisdom dawning later. Alter, Robert. "Proverbs 4." The Wisdom Books. New York: W.W. Norton, 2010. Print."
12 Raymond Huerta = "There has been some disputes about the precise meaning of the Hebrew verb salsel, but from "embrace" it can be argued that it means some sort of physical expression of affection: dandle, exalt, honor, embrace. Alter, Robert. "Proverbs 4." The Wisdom Books. New York: W.W. Norton, 2010. Print."
13 angela h = "Here again we are reminded of the promise in Deuteronomy 5:16. We will live long if we honor our parents."
14 Raymond Huerta = "After the citation of the grandfather's counseling to embrace wisdom, marks the beginning of a new unit. the subject of this unit is the imperative need to avoid the company of the wicked, and its governing metaphor is the two paths- the way of wisdom (verses 11-13) and the way of the wicked (verses 14-19)Alter, Robert. "Proverbs 4." The Wisdom Books. New York: W.W. Norton, 2010. Print."
15 angela h = "Proverbs 22:6 Tells us "Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old, he will not depart form it."Training is more than just teaching. It is providing an example as well. "I have lead the in right paths." (verse 11)We will never go wrong when following the Lord."
16 Raymond Huerta = "The use of "enter" suggests that you should not even think of setting foot on that path.Alter, Robert. "Proverbs 4." The Wisdom Books. New York: W.W. Norton, 2010. Print."
17 Raymond Huerta = "Unwilling to rest until they have done harm, they make their ill-gotten gains their daily diet.Alter, Robert. "Proverbs 4." The Wisdom Books. New York: W.W. Norton, 2010. Print."
18 Raymond Huerta = "Nekhon hayom (literally, "the establishment of day")  does not refer to noon but to the moment in the morning when the sun is fully risen and the daylight is its strongest. Alter, Robert. "Proverbs 4." The Wisdom Books. New York: W.W. Norton, 2010. Print."
19 Raymond Huerta = "This signals a new textual unit, in this instance it is a miscellany of moral advice, involving the need to cling to the teachings of wisdom (verses 21-23), the avoidance of duplicitous speech (verse 24), and the importance of concentrating on the goal in front of you without glancing at the temptations on all sides (verses 25-27). Alter, Robert. "Proverbs 4." The Wisdom Books. New York: W.W. Norton, 2010. Print."
20 Cary W = "As we meditate on His words day and night, we shall prosper as a tree that bears great yield of fruit.  Words of light, wisdom, understanding and revelation bring the very life of God into all of our members and friends, and vibrant health to our heart, mind and body."
21 Cary W = "What we believe, ponder and entertain in our thoughts, has everything to do with what is coming our way.  Our heart is the birthplace of all fortune or misfortune.  As the Buddha once said, "There is neither a perfect or imperfect land, but only a perfect or imperfect heart.""
22 Raymond Huerta = "The heart is the seat of understanding, so it is essential to the wisdom of the young to guard it.Alter, Robert. "Proverbs 4." The Wisdom Books. New York: W.W. Norton, 2010. Print."
23 Raymond Huerta = "This expression has an antithetical counterpart in Psalm 68:21, "the ways out from death," has a certain mythological resonance, reinforcing the tremendous power of the human heart.Alter, Robert. "Proverbs 4." The Wisdom Books. New York: W.W. Norton, 2010. Print."
24 Raymond Huerta = "Commonly translated as "twisted speech," literally meaning in the Hebrew, "mouth's twistedness."Alter, Robert. "Proverbs 4." The Wisdom Books. New York: W.W. Norton, 2010. Print."
25 Raymond Huerta = "This and the two subsequent lines that conclude this unit is that since moral dangers and temptations swarm on all sides, one must keep looking straight ahead and also choose a safe level path to walk in life. Alter, Robert. "Proverbs 4." The Wisdom Books. New York: W.W. Norton, 2010. Print."
26 Sara Di Diego = "Eyes are often known to be the windows to the soul.  Thus if one's eyes, or soul, is straight, they are trustworthy.  This also reflects the difference between shifty and steady eyes, people with shifty eyes are usually hiding something.Work Cited:http://www.bible-studys.org/Bible%20Books/Proverbs/Proverbs%20Chapter%204.html"