Chapter 3

PRO.3:1 My son, do not forget my law, But let your heart keep my commands;
PRO.3:2 For length of days and long life And peace they will add to you.
PRO.3:3 Let not mercy and truth forsake you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart,
PRO.3:4 And so find favor and high esteem In the sight of God and man.
PRO.3:5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding;
PRO.3:6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.
PRO.3:7 Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the LORD and depart from evil.
PRO.3:8 It will be health to your flesh, And strength to your bones.
PRO.3:9 Honor the LORD with your possessions, And with the firstfruits of all your increase;
PRO.3:10 So your barns will be filled with plenty, And your vats will overflow with new wine.
PRO.3:11 My son, do not despise the chastening of the LORD, Nor detest His correction;
PRO.3:12 For whom the LORD loves He corrects, Just as a father the son in whom he delights.
PRO.3:13 Happy is the man who finds wisdom, And the man who gains understanding;
PRO.3:14 For her proceeds are better than the profits of silver, And her gain than fine gold.
PRO.3:15 She is more precious than rubies, And all the things you may desire cannot compare with her.
PRO.3:16 Length of days is in her right hand, In her left hand riches and honor.
PRO.3:17 Her ways are ways of pleasantness, And all her paths are peace.
PRO.3:18 She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her, And happy are all who retain her.
PRO.3:19 The LORD by wisdom founded the earth; By understanding He established the heavens;
PRO.3:20 By His knowledge the depths were broken up, And clouds drop down the dew.
PRO.3:21 My son, let them not depart from your eyes-Keep sound wisdom and discretion;
PRO.3:22 So they will be life to your soul And grace to your neck.
PRO.3:23 Then you will walk safely in your way, And your foot will not stumble.
PRO.3:24 When you lie down, you will not be afraid; Yes, you will lie down and your sleep will be sweet.
PRO.3:25 Do not be afraid of sudden terror, Nor of trouble from the wicked when it comes;
PRO.3:26 For the LORD will be your confidence, And will keep your foot from being caught.
PRO.3:27 Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, When it is in the power of your hand to do so.
PRO.3:28 Do not say to your neighbor, “Go, and come back, And tomorrow I will give it,” When you have it with you.
PRO.3:29 Do not devise evil against your neighbor, For he dwells by you for safety’s sake.
PRO.3:30 Do not strive with a man without cause, If he has done you no harm.
PRO.3:31 Do not envy the oppressor, And choose none of his ways;
PRO.3:32 For the perverse person is an abomination to the LORD, But His secret counsel is with the upright.
PRO.3:33 The curse of the LORD is on the house of the wicked, But He blesses the home of the just.
PRO.3:34 Surely He scorns the scornful, But gives grace to the humble.
PRO.3:35 The wise shall inherit glory, But shame shall be the legacy of fools.

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