Proverbs 3 NAS

The Rewards of Wisdom

1 My son, 1do not forget my ateaching, But let your heart 2keep my commandments;

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2 For 3length of days and years of life And peace they will add to you.

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3 Do not let 4kindness and truth leave you; 5Bind them around your neck, 6Write them on the tablet of your heart.

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4 So you will 7find favor and 8good brepute In the sight of God and man.

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    • q 3:4 - Lit "understanding"
      5 9Trust in the LORD with all your heart And 10do not lean on your own understanding.

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      6 In all your ways 11acknowledge Him, And He will 12make your paths straight.

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      7 13Do not be wise in your own eyes; 14Fear the LORD and turn away from evil.

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      8 It will be 15healing to your cbody And 16refreshment to your bones.

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      9 17Honor the LORD from your wealth And from the 18first of all your produce;

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      10 So your 19barns will be filled with plenty And your 20vats will overflow with new wine.

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      11 21My son, do not reject the ddiscipline of the LORD Or loathe His reproof,

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        • s 3:11 - Or "instruction"
          12 For 22whom the LORD loves He reproves, Even 23as a father corrects the son in whom he delights.

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          13 24How blessed is the man who finds wisdom And the man who gains understanding.

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          14 For her 25profit is better than the profit of silver And her gain better than fine gold.

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          15 She is 26more precious than ejewels; And nothing you desire compares with her.

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          16 f27Long life is in her right hand; In her left hand are 28riches and honor.

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            • u 3:16 - Lit "Length of days"
              17 Her 29ways are pleasant ways And all her paths are 30peace.

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              18 She is a 31tree of life to those who take hold of her, And happy are all who hold her fast.

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              19 The LORD 32by wisdom founded the earth, By understanding He 33established the heavens.

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              20 By His knowledge the 34deeps were broken up And the 35skies drip with dew.

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              21 My son, 36let them not gvanish from your sight; Keep sound wisdom and discretion,

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                • v 3:21 - Lit "depart"
                  22 So they will be 37life to your soul And 38adornment to your neck.

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                  23 Then you will 39walk in your way securely And your foot will not 40stumble.

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                  24 When you 41lie down, you will not be afraid; When you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.

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                  25 42Do not be afraid of sudden fear Nor of the h43onslaught of the wicked when it comes;

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                  26 For the LORD will be iyour confidence And will 44keep your foot from being caught.

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                    • x 3:26 - Or "at your side"
                      27 45Do not withhold good from jthose to whom it is due, When it is in your power to do it.

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                        • y 3:27 - Lit "its owners"
                          28 46Do not say to your neighbor, "Go, and come back, And tomorrow I will give it," When you have it with you.

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                          29 47Do not devise harm against your neighbor, While he lives securely beside you.

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                          30 48Do not contend with a man without cause, If he has done you no harm.

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                          31 49Do not envy a man of violence And do not choose any of his ways.

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                          32 For the 50devious are an abomination to the LORD; But kHe is 51intimate with the upright.

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                            • z 3:32 - Lit "His private counsel is"
                              33 The 52curse of the LORD is on the house of the wicked, But He 53blesses the dwelling of the righteous.

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                              34 Though 54He scoffs at the scoffers, Yet 55He gives grace to the afflicted.

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                              35 56The wise will inherit honor, But fools ldisplay dishonor.

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                                • { 3:35 - Lit "raise high"