The Rewards of Wisdom1 My son a do not forget my ▼
▼ Or lawteaching,
But let your heart c keep my commandments;
2 For d length of days and years of life
And peace they will add to you.
3 Do not let e kindness and truth leave you;
f Bind them around your neck,
g Write them on the tablet of your heart.
4 So you will h find favor and i good ▼
▼ Lit understandingrepute
In the sight of God and man.
5 k Trust in the Lord with all your heart
And l do not lean on your own understanding.
6 In all your ways m acknowledge Him,
And He will n make your paths straight.
7 o Do not be wise in your own eyes;
p Fear the Lord and turn away from evil.
8 It will be q healing to your ▼
▼ Lit navelbody
And s refreshment to your bones.
9 t Honor the Lord from your wealth
And from the u first of all your produce;
10 So your v barns will be filled with plenty
And your w vats will overflow with new wine.
11 x My son, do not reject the ▼
▼ Or instructiondiscipline of the Lord
Or loathe His reproof,
12 For z whom the Lord loves He reproves,
Even aa as a father corrects the son in whom he delights.
13 ab How blessed is the man who finds wisdom
And the man who gains understanding.
14 For her ac profit is better than the profit of silver
And her gain better than fine gold.
15 She is ad more precious than ▼
▼ Lit coralsjewels;
And nothing you desire compares with her.
▼ Lit Length of days, ag Long life is in her right hand;
In her left hand are ah riches and honor.
17 Her ai ways are pleasant ways
And all her paths are aj peace.
18 She is a ak tree of life to those who take hold of her,
And happy are all who hold her fast.
19 The Lord al by wisdom founded the earth,
By understanding He am established the heavens.
20 By His knowledge the an deeps were broken up
And the ao skies drip with dew.
21 My son ap let them not ▼
▼ Lit departvanish from your sight;
Keep sound wisdom and discretion,
22 So they will be ar life to your soul
And as adornment to your neck.
23 Then you will at walk in your way securely
And your foot will not au stumble.
24 When you av lie down, you will not be afraid;
When you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.
25 aw Do not be afraid of sudden fear
Nor of the ▼
▼ Lit storm, ay onslaught of the wicked when it comes;
26 For the Lord will be ▼
▼ Or at your sideyour confidence
And will ba keep your foot from being caught.
27 bb Do not withhold good from ▼
▼ Lit its ownersthose to whom it is due,
When it is in your power to do it.
28 bd Do not say to your neighbor, “Go, and come back,
And tomorrow I will give it,”
When you have it with you.
29 be Do not devise harm against your neighbor,
While he lives securely beside you.
30 bf Do not contend with a man without cause,
If he has done you no harm.
31 bg Do not envy a man of violence
And do not choose any of his ways.
32 For the bh devious are an abomination to the Lord;
▼ Lit His private counsel isHe is bj intimate with the upright.
33 The bk curse of the Lord is on the house of the wicked,
But He bl blesses the dwelling of the righteous.
34 Though bm He scoffs at the scoffers,
Yet bn He gives grace to the afflicted.
35 bo The wise will inherit honor,
But fools ▼
▼ Lit raise highdisplay dishonor.
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