Proverbs 3 ESV

Trust in the Lord with All Your Heart

1 1My son, do not forget my teaching, 2but let your heart keep my commandments,

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2 for 3length of days and years of life and 4peace they will add to you.

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3 Let not 5steadfast love and 6faithfulness forsake you; 7bind them around your neck; 8write them on the tablet of your heart.

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4 So you will 9find favor and 10good successa in the sight of God and man.

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5 11Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and 12do not lean on your own understanding.

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6 In all your ways 13acknowledge him, and he 14will make straight your paths.

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7 15Be not wise in your own eyes; 16fear the LORD, and turn away from evil.

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8 It will be 17healing to your fleshb and 18refreshmentc to your bones.

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    • f 3:8 - Hebrew navel
    • g 3:8 - Or medicine
      9 Honor the LORD with your wealth and with 19the firstfruits of all your produce;

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      10 then your 20barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine.

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      11 21My son, do not despise the LORD's discipline or be weary of his reproof,

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      12 for the LORD reproves him whom he loves, as 22a father the son in whom he delights.

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      Blessed Is the One Who Finds Wisdom

      13 23Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who gets understanding,

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      14 24for the gain from her is better than gain from silver and her profit better than 25gold.

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      15 She is more precious than 26jewels, and 27nothing you desire can compare with her.

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      16 28Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are 29riches and honor.

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          17 Her 30ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.

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          18 She is 31a tree of life to those who 32lay hold of her; those who hold her fast are called blessed.

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          19 33The LORD by wisdom founded the earth; by understanding 34he established the heavens;

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          20 by his knowledge 35the deeps broke open, and 36the clouds drop down the dew.

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          21 My son, 37do not lose sight of these-- keep sound wisdom and discretion,

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          22 and they will be 38life for your soul and 39adornment for your neck.

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              23 40Then you will walk on your way securely, 41and your foot will not stumble.

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              24 42If you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, 43your sleep will be sweet.

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              25 44Do not be afraid of sudden terror or of 45the ruind of the wicked, when it comes,

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                • h 3:25 - Hebrew storm
                  26 for the LORD will be your confidence and will 46keep your foot from being caught.

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                  27 47Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due,e when it is in your power to do it.

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                    • i 3:27 - Hebrew Do not withhold good from its owners
                      28 48Do not say to your neighbor, "Go, and come again, tomorrow I will give it"--when you have it with you.

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                      29 49Do not plan evil against your neighbor, who 50dwells trustingly beside you.

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                      30 51Do not contend with a man for no reason, when he has done you no harm.

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                      31 52Do not envy 53a man of violence and do not choose any of his ways,

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                      32 for 54the devious person is an abomination to the LORD, but the upright are 55in his confidence.

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                      33 56The LORD's curse is on the house of the wicked, but he 57blesses the dwelling of the righteous.

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                      34 Toward the 58scorners he 59is scornful, 60but to the humble he gives favor.f

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                          35 The wise will inherit honor, but fools getg disgrace.

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                            • k 3:35 - The meaning of the Hebrew word is uncertain