Proverbs‬ ‭4 A Thousand Elsewhere

Proverbs‬ ‭4

Such an interesting translation of a wisdom-loaded chapter.

I don’t recommend The Message translation as an everyday go-to, but I often recommend it as a great addition to the ESV or NIV while journaling and praying through the Bible in devotional time.

What I love about The Message Bible translation of this chapter is the analogy of different roads as they relate to the journey of life.

There are so many ways we could go but the “Wisdom Way” is our best bet.

Let the light of Christ lead your way. --- Dear friend, take my advice; it will add years to your life. I’m writing out clear directions to Wisdom Way, I’m drawing a map to Righteous Road. I don’t want you ending up in blind alleys, or wasting time making wrong turns. Hold tight to good advice; don’t relax your grip. Guard it well—your life is at stake! Don’t take Wicked Bypass; don’t so much as set foot on that road. Stay clear of it; give it a wide berth. Make a detour and be on your way.

Evil people are restless unless they’re making trouble; They can’t get a good night’s sleep unless they’ve made life miserable for somebody. Perversity is their food and drink, violence their drug of choice.

The ways of right-living people glow with light; the longer they live, the brighter they shine. But the road of wrongdoing gets darker and darker— travelers can’t see a thing; they fall flat on their faces.

Dear friend, listen well to my words; tune your ears to my voice. Keep my message in plain view at all times. Concentrate! Learn it by heart! Those who discover these words live, really live; body and soul, they’re bursting with health.

Keep vigilant watch over your heart; that’s where life starts. Don’t talk out of both sides of your mouth; avoid careless banter, white lies, and gossip. Keep your eyes straight ahead; ignore all sideshow distractions. Watch your step, and the road will stretch out smooth before you. Look neither right nor left; leave evil in the dust. Proverbs‬ ‭4:10-27‬ ‭| MSG‬‬