Proverbs 3

Exhortations to Seek Wisdom and Walk with the Lord1

3:1 My child,2 do not forget my teaching,

but let your heart keep3 my commandments,

3:2 for they will provide4 a long and full life,5

and they will add well-being6 to you.

3:3 Do not let truth and mercy7 leave you;

bind them around your neck,

write them on the tablet of your heart.8

3:4 Then you will find9 favor and good understanding,10

in the sight of God and people.11

3:5 Trust12 in the Lord with all your heart,13

and do not rely14 on your own understanding.15

3:6 Acknowledge16 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 bring21 healing to your body,22

and refreshment23 to your inner self.24

3:9 Honor25 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 vats28 will overflow29 with new wine.

3:11 My child, do not despise discipline from the Lord,30

and do not loathe31 his rebuke.

3:12 For the Lord disciplines32 those he loves,

just as a father33 disciplines34 the son in whom he delights.

Blessings of Obtaining Wisdom

3:13 Blessed35 is the one36 who finds37 wisdom,

and the one who obtains38 understanding.

3:14 For her39 benefit40 is more profitable41 than silver,

and her42 gain43 is better44 than gold.

3:15 She is more precious than rubies,

and none of the things45 you desire46 can compare47 with her.48

3:16 Long life49 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 like51 a tree of life52 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 sea57 was broken open,58

and the clouds drip down dew.59

3:21 My child, do not let them60 escape from your sight;

safeguard sound wisdom and discretion.61

3:22 So62 they will give63 life to you,64

and grace to adorn65 your neck.66

3:23 Then you will walk on your way67 with security,

and you68 will not stumble.69

3:24 When70 you lie down you will not be filled with fear;71

when72 you lie down your sleep will be pleasant.73

3:25 You will not be afraid74 of sudden75 disaster,76

or when destruction overtakes77 the wicked;78

3:26 for the Lord will be79 the source of your confidence,80

and he will guard your foot81 from being caught in a trap.82

Wisdom Demonstrated in Relationships with People

3:27 Do not withhold good from those who need it,83

when84 you85 have the ability86 to help.87

3:28 Do not say to your neighbor, “Go! Return tomorrow

and I will give it,” when88 you have it with you at the time.89

3:29 Do not plot90 evil against your neighbor

when91 he dwells by you unsuspectingly.

3:30 Do not accuse92 anyone93 without legitimate cause,94

if he has not treated you wrongly.

3:31 Do not envy a violent man,95

and do not choose to imitate96 any of his ways;

3:32 for one who goes astray97 is an abomination98 to the Lord,

but he reveals99 his intimate counsel100 to the upright.

3:33 The Lord’s curse101 is on the household102 of the wicked,103

but he blesses104 the home105 of the righteous.106

3:34 Although107 he is scornful to arrogant scoffers,108

yet109 he shows favor to the humble.110

3:35 The wise inherit honor,

but he holds fools up111 to public contempt.112

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