Proverbs, Chapter 3

3:1 My son, do not forget my law; But let your heart keep my commandments:
3:2 For length of days, and years of life, And peace, they will add to you.
3:3 Don't let kindness and truth forsake you: Bind them about your neck;
3:4 So you will find favor and good understanding In the sight of God and man.
3:5 Trust in Yahweh with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding:
3:6 In all your ways acknowledge him, And he will direct your paths.
3:7 Don't be wise in your own eyes; Fear Yahweh, and depart from evil:
3:8 It will be health to your navel, And marrow to your bones.
3:9 Honor Yahweh with your substance, And with the first fruits of all your increase:
3:10 So your barns will be filled with corn, And your vats will overflow with new wine.
3:11 My son, don't despise the chastening of Yahweh; Neither be weary of his reproof:
3:12 For whom Yahweh loves he reproves; Even as a father the son in whom he delights.
3:13 Happy is [the] man who finds wisdom, And [the] man who gets understanding.
3:14 For the gaining of it is better than the gaining of silver, And its profit than fine gold.
3:15 She is more precious than rubies: And none of the things you can desire are to be compared to her.
3:16 Length of days is in her right hand; In her left hand are riches and honor.
3:17 Her ways are ways of pleasantness, And all her paths are peace.
3:18 She is a tree of life to those who lay hold on her: And happy is everyone who retains her.
3:19 Yahweh by wisdom founded the earth; By understanding he established the heavens.
3:20 By his knowledge the depths were broken up, And the skies drop down the dew.
3:21 My son, don't let them depart from your eyes; Keep sound wisdom and discretion:
3:22 So they will be life to your soul, And grace to your neck.
3:23 Then you will walk in your way securely, And your foot will not stumble.
3:24 When you lie down, you will not be afraid: Yes, you will lie down, and your sleep will be sweet.
3:25 Don't be afraid of sudden fear, Neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it comes:
3:26 For Yahweh will be your confidence, And will keep your foot from being taken.
3:27 Don't withhold good from them to whom it is due, When it is in the power of your hand to do it.
3:28 Don't say to your fellow man, Go, and come again, And tomorrow I will give; When you have it by you.
3:29 Don't devise evil against your fellow man Who dwells securely by you.
3:30 Don't strive with man without cause, If he has done you no harm.
3:31 Don't envy the man of violence, And choose none of his ways.
3:32 For the perverse is disgusting to Yahweh; But his friendship is with the upright.
3:33 The curse of Yahweh is in the house of the wicked; But he blesses the habitation of the righteous.
3:34 Surely he scoffs at the scoffers; But he gives grace to the lowly.
3:35 The wise will inherit glory; But shame will be the promotion of fools.

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