The Rewards of Wisdom

1 My son, 1do not forget my teaching, But let your heart 2keep my commandments;
2 For 3length of days and years of life And peace they will add to you.
3 Do not let 4kindness and truth leave you; 5Bind them around your neck, 6Write them on the tablet of your heart.
4 So you will 7find favor and 8good repute In the sight of God and man.
5 9Trust in the LORD with all your heart And 10do not lean on your own understanding.
6 In all your ways 11acknowledge Him, And He will 12make your paths straight.
7 13Do not be wise in your own eyes; 14Fear the LORD and turn away from evil.
8 It will be 15healing to your body And 16refreshment to your bones.
9 17Honor the LORD from your wealth And from the 18first of all your produce;
10 So your 19barns will be filled with plenty And your 20vats will overflow with new wine.
11 21My son, do not reject the discipline of the LORD Or loathe His reproof,
12 For 22whom the LORD loves He reproves, Even 23as a father corrects the son in whom he delights.
13 24How blessed is the man who finds wisdom And the man who gains understanding.
14 For her 25profit is better than the profit of silver And her gain better than fine gold.
15 She is 26more precious than jewels; And nothing * you desire compares with her.
16 27Long life is in her right hand; In her left hand are 28riches and honor.
17 Her 29ways are pleasant ways And all her paths are 30peace.
18 She is a 31tree of life to those who take hold of her, And happy are all who hold her fast.
20 By His knowledge the 34deeps were broken up And the 35skies drip with dew.
21 My son, 36let them not vanish from your sight; Keep sound wisdom and discretion,
22 So they will be 37life to your soul And 38adornment to your neck.
23 Then you will 39walk in your way securely And your foot will not 40stumble.
24 When you 41lie down, you will not be afraid; When you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.
25 42Do not be afraid of sudden fear Nor of the 43onslaught of the wicked when it comes;
26 For the LORD will be your confidence And will 44keep your foot from being caught.
27 45Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, When it is in your power to do it.
28 46Do not say to your neighbor, "Go, and come back, And tomorrow I will give it," When you have it with you.
29 47Do not devise harm against your neighbor, While he lives securely beside you.
30 48Do not contend with a man without cause, If he has done you no harm.
31 49Do not envy a man of violence And do not choose any of his ways.
32 For the 50devious are an abomination to the LORD; But He is 51intimate with the upright.
33 The 52curse of the LORD is on the house of the wicked, But He 53blesses the dwelling of the righteous.
34 Though 54He scoffs at the scoffers, Yet 55He gives grace to the afflicted.