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Proverbs 4 - NIV

Get Wisdom at Any Cost


Listen, my sons, to a father’s instruction;
pay attention and gain understanding.

2 I give you sound learning,
so do not forsake my teaching.

3 For I too was a son to my father,
still tender, and cherished by my mother.

4 Then he taught me, and he said to me,
“Take hold of my words with all your heart;
keep my commands, and you will live.

5 Get wisdom, get understanding;
do not forget my words or turn away from them.

6 Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you;
love her, and she will watch over you.

7 The beginning of wisdom is this: Get[a] wisdom.
Though it cost all you have,[b] get understanding.

8 Cherish her, and she will exalt you;
embrace her, and she will honor you.

9 She will give you a garland to grace your head
and present you with a glorious crown.”


Listen, my son, accept what I say,
and the years of your life will be many.

11 I instruct you in the way of wisdom
and lead you along straight paths.

12 When you walk, your steps will not be hampered;
when you run, you will not stumble.

13 Hold on to instruction, do not let it go;
guard it well, for it is your life.

14 Do not set foot on the path of the wicked
or walk in the way of evildoers.

15 Avoid it, do not travel on it;
turn from it and go on your way.

16 For they cannot rest until they do evil;
they are robbed of sleep till they make someone stumble.

17 They eat the bread of wickedness
and drink the wine of violence.


The path of the righteous is like the morning sun,
shining ever brighter till the full light of day.

19 But the way of the wicked is like deep darkness;
they do not know what makes them stumble.


My son, pay attention to what I say;
turn your ear to my words.

21 Do not let them out of your sight,
keep them within your heart;

22 for they are life to those who find them
and health to one’s whole body.

23 Above all else, guard your heart,
for everything you do flows from it.

24 Keep your mouth free of perversity;
keep corrupt talk far from your lips.

25 Let your eyes look straight ahead;
fix your gaze directly before you.

26 Give careful thought to the[c] paths for your feet
and be steadfast in all your ways.

27 Do not turn to the right or the left;
keep your foot from evil.


a. Proverbs 4:7 Or wisdom. / Whatever else you get
b. Proverbs 4:7 Or Wisdom is supreme; therefore get
c. Proverbs 4:26 Or Make level

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Derrick Tuper avatar
Looking Ahead
Shared by: Derrick Tuper on Jan, 2017
Summary: There's a New Year's custom in some villages in Scotland where barrels of tar are set ablaze and rolled through the streets, signifying the burning of the old year. Perhaps this signifies leaving it all behind and being focused on looking ahead.
Bryan Beverly avatar
It Starts in the Heart’
Shared by: Bryan Beverly on Aug, 2016
Summary: This is part of a series of very brief messages that can be used in church newsletters for stewardship.
Anthony Zibolski avatar
The heart matters
Shared by: Anthony Zibolski on Jun, 2016
Summary: The heart is where God makes life changes and where you store the treasures of your life. it very much is an indicator of what is going on in your life and what you hold dear.
Scripture: Proverbs 4:1-7
Denomination: Nazarene
Views: 360
Dennis Lee avatar
A Christian’s Heart - Introduction
Shared by: Dennis Lee on May, 2016
Summary: This is the introduction to the new sermon series, "A Christian's Heart." In this sermon we look at the heart, specifically the spiritual heart and three aspects of what a Christian's heart should be, a loving, changed, and a heart that follows God.
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Proverbs 4:23
Denomination: Foursquare
Views: 744
Wade M. Hughes, Sr avatar
#12 Undersatnding love: Recognize there are pitfalls and traps.
Shared by: Wade M. Hughes, Sr on Mar, 2016
Summary: This is the 12 installment on Understanding love. This is part of a series or this lesson can stand alone. We need to learn to identify the traps and pitfalls of love. Guard your heart ---
Scripture: Proverbs 4:23
Denomination: Assembly Of God
Views: 91
Wilma de Waal avatar
Guard your heart
Shared by: Wilma de Waal on Feb, 2016
Summary: How does guarding my heart set me free?
Series: I am free
Scripture: Proverbs 4:23
Denomination: *other
Views: 584
Caleb Onwuka avatar
Shared by: Caleb Onwuka on Sep, 2015
Summary: Health is among the most important possession to mankind today; your health remains the strongest factor that determines the rate of how you would function in this physical world. In this Series "HEALING FOR YOU" You will learn to live free of sickness.
Scripture: Proverbs 4:20-23
Denomination: *other
Views: 321
Archie Norman avatar
The Quest
Shared by: Archie Norman on May, 2015
Summary: Proverbs 4:7
Scripture: Proverbs 4:7
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 216
John McCormack avatar
Shared by: John McCormack on May, 2015
Scripture: Proverbs 4:25
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 504
Archie Norman avatar
The Quest
Shared by: Archie Norman on Apr, 2015
Summary: a word to the wise
Scripture: Proverbs 4:7
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 283
Wade M. Hughes, Sr avatar
Guard your heart
Shared by: Wade M. Hughes, Sr on Feb, 2015
Summary: Guard your heart my friend. Beware, as we serve God that are heart problems that can bring spiritual death. What causes heart trouble? Prepare yourself and thrive in the storms.
Rodney Coe avatar
Set Your Course
Shared by: Rodney Coe on Feb, 2015
Summary: Our heart gives us the direction for our lives, therefore, we must guard our hearts.
Series: The Real You
Scripture: Proverbs 4:23
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 830
Steve Shepherd avatar
Pay Attention To What I Say
Shared by: Steve Shepherd on Feb, 2015
Summary: In paying attention, what are we to do? 1- Listen attentively 2- Guard the heart 3- Keep corruption away 4- Look straight ahead
based on 39 ratings
Scripture: Proverbs 4:20-27
Views: 11,217
Paddick Van Zyl avatar
Wisdom - A Gift From God. Part 1
Shared by: Paddick Van Zyl on Sep, 2014
Summary: What is wisdom? How de we gain wisdom and how do we apply it?
Series: Wisdom
Scripture: Proverbs 4:7
Denomination: Charismatic
Views: 443
Mike Reed avatar
Blinded by Darkness
Shared by: Mike Reed on Jul, 2014
Summary: We commonly associate temporary blindness with bright light, such as looking directly into the sun. It seems strange, then, to read a scripture which tells us that we can be blinded by the darkness! Darkness makes the eyes more alert, more receptive.
William Akehurst avatar
Holy, Heavenly, Everlasting, Abba (Daddy), Father
Shared by: William Akehurst on Jun, 2014
Summary: Celebrating the Heavenly Father. The Father of the fatherless. Perhaps your earthly father has departed this earth, but we can celebrate our Heavenly Father on this Father's Day.
Series: Father's Day
based on 1 rating
Views: 1,096
Bishop Lalachan Abraham avatar
Right living begins with right thoughts
Shared by: Bishop Lalachan Abraham on Jun, 2014
Summary: “Be careful how you think; your life is shaped by your thoughts.” (Proverbs 4:23 GNT)
based on 8 ratings
Scripture: Proverbs 4:23
Denomination: *other
Views: 2,139
Troy Borst avatar
Leader of the Posse
Shared by: Troy Borst on Jun, 2014
Summary: Father's Day Sermon with advice from Solomon to his son from Proverbs 4. Mind your path. Guard your heart. Watch your mouth.
Scripture: Proverbs 4:1-4
Views: 670
Thomas Swope avatar
Above The Law
Shared by: Thomas Swope on Apr, 2014
Summary: A study of Proverbs 4 verse 20 through Proverbs 5 verse 23
Series: jProverbs
Thomas Swope avatar
Undeserved Credit
Shared by: Thomas Swope on Apr, 2014
Summary: A study of Proverbs 4 verses 1 through 19
Series: Proverbs
Bishop Lalachan Abraham avatar
Shared by: Bishop Lalachan Abraham on Mar, 2014
Summary: “Be careful how you think; your life is shaped by your thoughts.”Proverbs 4:23 (GNT)
Chuck Sligh avatar
Giving: An Act of Worship
Shared by: Chuck Sligh on Jan, 2014
Summary: Tithing is not merely a duty; it's an act of worship. This final sermon in the Prove God series challenges the congregation to make a money back guarantee with the church.
Scripture: Proverbs 3:5-4:10
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 829
Dale McAnally avatar
Power Of The Spoken Word
Shared by: Dale McAnally on Dec, 2013
Summary: The power of God backs us up when we dare to speak His Word with faith, love, authority, and full expectation.
William D. Brown avatar
Shared by: William D. Brown on Oct, 2013
Summary: There are many different nationality's of people, but out of all the different nationalities of people there are really only two types, saved and unsaved.
Scripture: Proverbs 4:18-19
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,279
Guy Takashima avatar
A Heart Condition What is the condition of your heart
Shared by: Guy Takashima on Sep, 2013
Summary: The conditon of our heart affects all areas of our life. The conditon of our spiritual heart is even more important because it affects our soul, spirit and body.
Scripture: Proverbs 4:23
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 2,599
Steven Simala Grant avatar
Our Father Who Art in Heaven
Shared by: Steven Simala Grant on Jun, 2013
Summary: This sermon is a compilation of scripture in the form of a 'letter' from God to his children describing His love for us.
Scripture: Proverbs 4:20-22
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,006
Jimmy Haile avatar
Father Knows Best!
Shared by: Jimmy Haile on Jun, 2013
Summary: It’s never to late to be a Godly influence in your child’s life, no matter how old they are!!!
Scripture: Proverbs 4:1-4
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 899
Jeff Strite avatar
A Word To The Wise On Listening To Your Papa
Shared by: Jeff Strite on Jun, 2013
Summary: What do we dads for? In a society that regards fatherhood as irrelevant, why would God believe in fathers?
Jeremy Poling avatar
Shared by: Jeremy Poling on May, 2013
Summary: Your brain is wired for change
Scripture: Proverbs 4:23
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 683
Craig Benner avatar
Corazón en Peligro de ser Robado
Shared by: Craig Benner on Feb, 2013
Summary: Cristo quiere tu corazón, y un enemigo quiere robar tu corazón. Guárdalo. Es sumamente importante.
Scripture: Proverbs 4:13-23
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 405