Bible: Proverbs 3

Exhortations to Seek Wisdom and Walk with the Lord 1 

3:1 My child, 2  do not forget my teaching,

but let your heart keep 3  my commandments,

3:2 for they will provide 4  a long and full life, 5 

and they will add well-being 6  to you.

3:3 Do not let truth and mercy 7  leave you;

bind them around your neck,

write them on the tablet of your heart. 8 

3:4 Then you will find 9  favor and good understanding, 10 

in the sight of God and people. 11 

3:5 Trust 12  in the Lord with all your heart, 13 

and do not rely 14  on your own understanding. 15 

3:6 Acknowledge 16  him in all your ways, 17 

and he will make your paths straight. 18 

3:7 Do not be wise in your own estimation; 19 

fear the Lord and turn away from evil. 20 

3:8 This will bring 21  healing to your body, 22 

and refreshment 23  to your inner self. 24 

3:9 Honor 25  the Lord from your wealth

and from the first fruits of all your crops; 26 

3:10 then your barns will be filled completely, 27 

and your vats 28  will overflow 29  with new wine.

3:11 My child, do not despise discipline from the Lord, 30 

and do not loathe 31  his rebuke.

3:12 For the Lord disciplines 32  those he loves,

just as a father 33  disciplines 34  the son in whom he delights.

Blessings of Obtaining Wisdom

3:13 Blessed 35  is the one 36  who finds 37  wisdom,

and the one who obtains 38  understanding.

3:14 For her 39  benefit 40  is more profitable 41  than silver,

and her 42  gain 43  is better 44  than gold.

3:15 She is more precious than rubies,

and none of the things 45  you desire 46  can compare 47  with her. 48 

3:16 Long life 49  is in her right hand;

in her left hand are riches and honor.

3:17 Her ways are very pleasant, 50 

and all her paths are peaceful.

3:18 She is like 51  a tree of life 52  to those who obtain her, 53 

and everyone who grasps hold of her will be blessed. 54 

3:19 By wisdom the Lord laid the foundation of the earth; 55 

he established the heavens by understanding. 56 

3:20 By his knowledge the primordial sea 57  was broken open, 58 

and the clouds drip down dew. 59 

3:21 My child, do not let them 60  escape from your sight;

safeguard sound wisdom and discretion. 61 

3:22 So 62  they will give 63  life to you, 64 

and grace to adorn 65  your neck. 66 

3:23 Then you will walk on your way 67  with security,

and you 68  will not stumble. 69 

3:24 When 70  you lie down you will not be filled with fear; 71 

when 72  you lie down your sleep will be pleasant. 73 

3:25 You will not be afraid 74  of sudden 75  disaster, 76 

or when destruction overtakes 77  the wicked; 78 

3:26 for the Lord will be 79  the source of your confidence, 80 

and he will guard your foot 81  from being caught in a trap. 82 

Wisdom Demonstrated in Relationships with People

3:27 Do not withhold good from those who need it, 83 

when 84  you 85  have the ability 86  to help. 87 

3:28 Do not say to your neighbor, “Go! Return tomorrow

and I will give it,” when 88  you have it with you at the time. 89 

3:29 Do not plot 90  evil against your neighbor

when 91  he dwells by you unsuspectingly.

3:30 Do not accuse 92  anyone 93  without legitimate cause, 94 

if he has not treated you wrongly.

3:31 Do not envy a violent man, 95 

and do not choose to imitate 96  any of his ways;

3:32 for one who goes astray 97  is an abomination 98  to the Lord,

but he reveals 99  his intimate counsel 100  to the upright.

3:33 The Lord’s curse 101  is on the household 102  of the wicked, 103 

but he blesses 104  the home 105  of the righteous. 106 

3:34 Although 107  he is scornful to arrogant scoffers, 108 

yet 109  he shows favor to the humble. 110 

3:35 The wise inherit honor,

but he holds fools up 111  to public contempt. 112 

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