Trust in the LORD

1 My son, don't forget my instruction. Let your heart guard my commands,
2 because they will help you live a long time and provide you with well-being.
3 Don't let loyalty and faithfulness leave you. Bind them on your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart.
4 Then you will find favor and approval in the eyes of God and humanity.
5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart; don't rely on your own intelligence.
6 Know him in all your paths, and he will keep your ways straight.
7 Don't consider yourself wise. Fear the LORD and turn away from evil.
8 Then your body will be healthy and your bones strengthened.
9 Honor the LORD with your wealth and with the first of all your crops.
10 Then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will burst with wine.
11 Don't reject the instruction of the LORD, my son; don't despise his correction.
12 The LORD loves those he corrects, just like a father who treats his son with favor.

Value of wisdom

13 Happy are those who find wisdom and those who gain understanding.
14 Her profit is better than silver, and her gain better than gold.
15 Her value exceeds pearls; all you desire can't compare with her.
16 In her right hand is a long life; in her left are wealth and honor.
17 Her ways are pleasant; all her paths are peaceful.
18 She is a tree of life to those who embrace her; those who hold her tight are happy.
19 The LORD laid the foundations of the earth with wisdom, establishing the heavens with understanding.
20 With his knowledge, the watery depths burst open, and the skies drop dew.