Proverbs Chapter 3 |
1My son, do not forget my teaching,
But let your mind retain my commandments;
2For they will bestow on you length of days,
Years of life and well-being.
3Let fidelity and steadfastness not leave you;
Bind them about your throat,
Write them on the tablet of your mind,
4And you will find favor and approbation
In the eyes of God and man.
5Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And do not rely on your own understanding.
6In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He will make your paths smooth.
7Do not be wise in your own eyes;
Fear the Lord and shun evil.
8It will be a cure for your body,
A tonic for your bones.
9Honor the Lord with your wealth,
With the best of all your income,
10And your barns will be filled with grain,
Your vats will burst with new wine.
11Do not reject the discipline of the Lord, my son;
Do not abhor His rebuke.
12For whom the Lord loves, He rebukes,
As a father the son whom he favors.
13Happy is the man who finds wisdom,
The man who attains understanding.
14Her value in trade is better than silver,
Her yield, greater than gold.
15She is more precious than rubies;
All of your goods cannot equal her.
16In her right hand is length of days,
In her left, riches and honor.
17Her ways are pleasant ways,
And all her paths, peaceful.
18She is a tree of life to those who grasp her,
And whoever holds on to her is happy.
19The Lord founded the earth by wisdom;
He established the heavens by understanding;
20By His knowledge the depths burst apart,
And the skies distilled dew.
21My son, do not lose sight of them;
Hold on to resourcefulness and foresight.
22They will give life to your spirit
And grace to your throat.
23Then you will go your way safely
And not injure your feet.
24When you lie down you will be unafraid;
You will lie down and your sleep will be sweet.
25You will not fear sudden terror
Or the disaster that comes upon the wicked,
26For the Lord will be your trust;
He will keep your feet from being caught.
27Do not withhold good from one who deserves it
When you have the power to do it [for him].
28Do not say to your fellow, “Come back again;
I’ll give it to you tomorrow,” when you have it with you.
29Do not devise harm against your fellow
Who lives trustfully with you.
30Do not quarrel with a man for no cause,
When he has done you no harm.
31Do not envy a lawless man,
Or choose any of his ways;
32For the devious man is an abomination to the Lord,
But He is intimate with the straightforward.
33The curse of the Lord is on the house of the wicked,
But He blesses the abode of the righteous.
34At scoffers He scoffs,
But to the lowly He shows grace.
35The wise shall obtain honor,
But dullards get disgrace as their portion.