Proverbs 3

Trust in the  Lord with All Your Heart

1 a  My son, do not forget my teaching,
b  but let your heart keep my commandments,
2for c  length of days and years of life
and d  peace they will add to you.
3 Let not e  steadfast love and f  faithfulness forsake you;
g  bind them around your neck;
h  write them on the tablet of your heart.
4So you will i  find favor and j  good success
Or repute

in the sight of God and man.
5 l  Trust in the  Lord with all your heart,
and m  do not lean on your own understanding.
6In all your ways n  acknowledge him,
and he o  will make straight your paths.
7 p  Be not wise in your own eyes;
q  fear the  Lord, and turn away from evil.
8It will be r  healing to your flesh
Hebrew navel

and t  refreshment
Or medicine
to your bones.
9 Honor the  Lord with your wealth
and with v  the firstfruits of all your produce;
10then your w  barns will be filled with plenty,
and your vats will be bursting with wine.
11 x  My son, do not despise the  Lord’s discipline
or be weary of his reproof,
12for the  Lord reproves him whom he loves,
as y  a father the son in whom he delights.

Blessed Is the One Who Finds Wisdom

13 z  Blessed is the one who finds wisdom,
and the one who gets understanding,
14 aa  for the gain from her is better than gain from silver
and her profit better than ab  gold.
15She is more precious than ac  jewels,
and ad  nothing you desire can compare with her.
16 ae  Long life is in her right hand;
in her left hand are af  riches and honor.
17Her ag  ways are ways of pleasantness,
and all her paths are peace.
18She is ah  a tree of life to those who ai  lay hold of her;
those who hold her fast are called blessed.
19 aj  The  Lord by wisdom founded the earth;
by understanding ak  he established the heavens;
20by his knowledge al  the deeps broke open,
and am  the clouds drop down the dew.
21 My son, an  do not lose sight of these—
keep sound wisdom and discretion,
22and they will be ao  life for your soul
and ap  adornment for your neck.
23 aq  Then you will walk on your way securely,
ar  and your foot will not stumble.
24 as  If you lie down, you will not be afraid;
when you lie down at  your sleep will be sweet.
25 au  Do not be afraid of sudden terror
or of av  the ruin
Hebrew storm
of the wicked, when it comes,
26for the  Lord will be your confidence
and will ax  keep your foot from being caught.
27 ay  Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due
Hebrew  Do not withhold good from its owners

when it is in your power to do it.
28 ba  Do not say to your neighbor, “Go, and come again,
tomorrow I will give it”—when you have it with you.
29 bb  Do not plan evil against your neighbor,
who bc  dwells trustingly beside you.
30 bd  Do not contend with a man for no reason,
when he has done you no harm.
31 be  Do not envy bf  a man of violence
and do not choose any of his ways,
32for bg  the devious person is an abomination to the  Lord,
but the upright are bh  in his confidence.
33 bi  The  Lord’s curse is on the house of the wicked,
but he bj  blesses the dwelling of the righteous.
34Toward the bk  scorners he bl  is scornful,
bm  but to the humble he gives favor.
Or grace

35The wise will inherit honor,
but fools get
The meaning of the Hebrew word is uncertain
disgrace.
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