Bible: Proverbs 3:1-20

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 

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