Proverbs 3
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1My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments,1My son, don't forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commands;
2for length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you.2for they will bring you many days, a full life, and well-being.
3Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart.3Never let loyalty and faithfulness leave you. Tie them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart.
4So you will find favor and good success in the sight of God and man.4Then you will find favor and high regard in the sight of God and man.
5Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.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 straight your paths.6think about Him in all your ways, and He will guide you on the right paths.
7Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD, and turn away from evil.7Don't consider yourself to be wise; fear the LORD and turn away from evil.
8It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones.8This will be healing for your body and strengthening for your bones.
9Honor the LORD with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce;9Honor the LORD with your possessions and with the first produce of your entire harvest;
10then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine.10then your barns will be completely filled, and your vats will overflow with new wine.
11My son, do not despise the LORD’s discipline or be weary of his reproof,11Do not despise the LORD's instruction, my son, and do not loathe His discipline;
12for the LORD reproves him whom he loves, as a father the son in whom he delights.12for the LORD disciplines the one He loves, just as a father, the son he delights in.
13Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who gets understanding,13Happy is a man who finds wisdom and who acquires understanding,
14for the gain from her is better than gain from silver and her profit better than gold.14for she is more profitable than silver, and her revenue is better than gold.
15She is more precious than jewels, and nothing you desire can compare with her.15She is more precious than jewels; nothing you desire compares with her.
16Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor.16Long life is in her right hand; in her left, riches and honor.
17Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.17Her ways are pleasant, and all her paths, peaceful.
18She is a tree of life to those who lay hold of her; those who hold her fast are called blessed.18She is a tree of life to those who embrace her, and those who hold on to her are happy.
19The LORD by wisdom founded the earth; by understanding he established the heavens;19The LORD founded the earth by wisdom and established the heavens by understanding.
20by his knowledge the deeps broke open, and the clouds drop down the dew.20By His knowledge the watery depths broke open, and the clouds dripped with dew.
21My son, do not lose sight of these— keep sound wisdom and discretion,21Maintain your competence and discretion. My son, don't lose sight of them.
22and they will be life for your soul and adornment for your neck.22They will be life for you and adornment for your neck.
23Then you will walk on your way securely, and your foot will not stumble.23Then you will go safely on your way; your foot will not stumble.
24If you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.24When you lie down, you will not be afraid; you will lie down, and your sleep will be pleasant.
25Do not be afraid of sudden terror or of the ruin of the wicked, when it comes,25Don't fear sudden danger or the ruin of the wicked when it comes,
26for the LORD will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being caught.26for the LORD will be your confidence and will keep your foot from a snare.
27Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it.27When it is in your power, don't withhold good from the one it belongs to.
28Do not say to your neighbor, “Go, and come again, tomorrow I will give it”—when you have it with you.28Don't say to your neighbor, "Go away! Come back later. I'll give it tomorrow"--when it is there with you.
29Do not plan evil against your neighbor, who dwells trustingly beside you.29Don't plan any harm against your neighbor, for he trusts you and lives near you.
30Do not contend with a man for no reason, when he has done you no harm.30Don't accuse anyone without cause, when he has done you no harm.
31Do not envy a man of violence and do not choose any of his ways,31Don't envy a violent man or choose any of his ways;
32for the devious person is an abomination to the LORD, but the upright are in his confidence.32for the devious are detestable to the LORD, but He is a friend to the upright.
33The LORD’s curse is on the house of the wicked, but he blesses the dwelling of the righteous.33The LORD's curse is on the household of the wicked, but He blesses the home of the righteous;
34Toward the scorners he is scornful, but to the humble he gives favor.34He mocks those who mock, but gives grace to the humble.
35The wise will inherit honor, but fools get disgrace.35The wise will inherit honor, but He holds up fools to dishonor.
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