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Proverbs Chapter 4

Proverbs 4:1
4:1 Hear, ye children, the instruction of a {a} father, and
    attend to know understanding.

    (a) He speaks this as a preacher and minister which is as a
        father to the people, Proverbs 2:8.

Proverbs 4:4
4:4 He {b} taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart
    retain my words: keep my commandments, and live.

    (b) Meaning, David his father.

Proverbs 4:7
4:7 {c} Wisdom [is] the principal thing; [therefore] get wisdom:
    and with all thy getting get understanding.

    (c) He shows that we must first begin with God's word, if we
        will that other things prosper with us, contrary to the
        judgment of the world, which make it their last study,
        or else care not for it at all.

Proverbs 4:11
4:11 I have {d} taught thee in the way of wisdom; I have led
     thee in right paths.

     (d) Solomon declares what care his father had to bring him
         up in the true fear of God: for this was David's

Proverbs 4:12
4:12 When thou goest, thy steps shall not be {e} straitened; and
     when thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble.

     (e) You will walk at liberty without offence.

Proverbs 4:16
4:16 For they {f} sleep not, except they have done mischief; and
     their sleep is taken away, unless they cause [some] to

     (f) Meaning that to do evil is more proper and natural to
         the wicked than to sleep, eat or drink.

Proverbs 4:17
4:17 For they eat the bread of {g} wickedness, and drink the
     wine of violence.

     (g) Gotten my wicked means and cruel oppression.

Proverbs 4:18
4:18 But the path of the just [is] as the shining light, that
     {h} shineth more and more unto the perfect day.

     (h) Signifying that the godly increase daily in knowledge
         and perfection, till they come to full persecution,
         which is when the are joined to their head in the

Proverbs 4:22
4:22 For they [are] life unto those that find them, and health
     to all their {i} flesh.

     (i) That is, they will have health of body: under which all
         other blessings promised in the law are contained.

Proverbs 4:23
4:23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it [are] the
     issues of {k} life.

     (k) For as the heart is either pure or corrupt, so is the
         whole course of man's life.

Proverbs 4:26
4:26 {l} Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be

     (l) Keep a measure in all your doings.

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