Proverbs 3 CSB

Trust the Lord

1 My son, don't forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commands;

References for Proverbs 3:1

      2 for they will bring you many days, a full life,a and well-being.b

      References for Proverbs 3:2

        • a 3:2 - Lit days, years of life
        • b 3:2 - Pr 4:1-4; 6:20-23; 7:1-3
          3 Never let loyalty and faithfulness leave you. Tie them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart.c

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            • c 3:3 - Pr 6:21; 7:3
              4 Then you will find favor and high regard in the sight of God and man.d

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                • d 3:4 - Dt 4:6; Lk 2:52
                  5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding;
                  6 think about Him in all your ways, and He will guide you on the right paths.e

                  References for Proverbs 3:6

                    • e 3:6 - Pr 11:5
                      7 Don't consider yourself to be wise;f fear the Lord and turn away from evil.g

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                        • f 3:7 - Pr 26:5,12; 28:11,26
                        • g 3:7 - Pr 16:6; Jb 1:1; Ps 37:27
                          8 This will be healing for your bodyh and strengthening for your bones.

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                            • h 3:8 - Lit navel
                              9 Honor the Lord with your possessions and with the first produce of your entire harvest;i

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                                • i 3:9 - Lv 23:9-14
                                  10 then your barns will be completely filled, and your vats will overflow with new wine.j

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                                      11 Do not despise the Lord's instruction, my son, and do not loathe His discipline;k

                                      References for Proverbs 3:11

                                        • k 3:11 - Pr 5:11-13; 15:5,31-33
                                          12 for the Lord disciplines the one He loves, just as a father, the son he delights in.l

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                                            • l 3:12 - Pr 13:24; Jb 5:17-18; Heb 12:5-7

                                              Wisdom Brings Happiness

                                              13 Happy is a man who finds wisdom and who acquires understanding,

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                                                  14 for she is more profitable than silver, and her revenue is better than gold.m

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                                                    • m 3:14 - Pr 8:10,19; 16:16; 22:1
                                                      15 She is more precious than jewels; nothing you desire compares with her.n

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                                                        • n 3:15 - Pr 8:11; 20:15
                                                          16 Long lifeo is in her right hand; in her left, riches and honor.p

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                                                            • o 3:16 - Lit Length of days
                                                            • p 3:16 - Pr 8:18; 21:21; 22:4
                                                              17 Her ways are pleasant, and all her paths, peaceful.
                                                              18 She is a tree of life to those who embrace her, and those who hold on to her are happy.
                                                              19 The Lord founded the earth by wisdom and established the heavens by understanding.
                                                              20 By His knowledge the watery depths broke open,q and the clouds dripped with dew.

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                                                                  21 Maintain [your] competence and discretion. My son, don't lose sight of them.
                                                                  22 They will be life for your and adornments for your neck.

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                                                                    • r 3:22 - Or be your throat; Hb nephesh can mean throat, soul, or life.
                                                                    • s 3:22 - Or grace
                                                                      23 Then you will go safely on your way; your foot will not stumble.
                                                                      24 When you liet down, you will not be afraid; you will lie down, and your sleep will be pleasant.

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                                                                        • t 3:24 - LXX reads sit
                                                                          25 Don't fear sudden danger or the ruin of the wicked when it comes,
                                                                          26 for the Lord will be your confidenceu and will keep your foot from a snare.

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                                                                            • u 3:26 - Or be at your side

                                                                              Treat Others Fairly

                                                                              27 When it is in your power,v don't withhold good from the one to whom it is due.

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                                                                                • v 3:27 - Lit in the power of your hands
                                                                                  28 Don't say to your neighbor, "Go away! Come back later. I'll give it tomorrow"-when it is there with you.
                                                                                  29 Don't plan any harm against your neighbor, for he trusts you and lives near you.
                                                                                  30 Don't accuse anyone without cause,w when he has done you no harm.

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                                                                                      31 Don't envy a violent manx or choose any of his ways;

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                                                                                        • x 3:31 - Pr 23:17; 24:1,19; Ps 37:1
                                                                                          32 for the devious are detestable to the Lord, but He is a friendy to the upright.z

                                                                                          References for Proverbs 3:32

                                                                                            • y 3:32 - Or confidential counsel
                                                                                            • z 3:32 - Pr 11:20; 12:22; 15:8-9
                                                                                              33 The Lord's curse is on the household of the wicked, but He blesses the home of the righteous;
                                                                                              34 He mocks those who mock, but gives grace to the humble.{

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                                                                                                • { 3:34 - Jms 4:6; 1 Pt 5:5
                                                                                                  35 The wise will inherit honor, but He holds up fools to dishonor.|

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                                                                                                    • | 3:35 - Or but haughty fools dishonor, or but fools exalt dishonor