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Proverbs 3 ASV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

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1 My son, forget not my law; But let thy heart keep my commandments: 1 My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart,
2 For length of days, and years of life, And peace, will they add to thee. 2 for they will prolong your life many years and bring you prosperity.
3 Let not kindness and truth forsake thee: Bind them about thy neck; Write them upon the tablet of thy heart: 3 Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.
4 So shalt thou find favor and good understanding In the sight of God and man. 4 Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man.
5 Trust in Jehovah with all thy heart, And lean not upon thine own understanding: 5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, And he will direct thy paths. 6 in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.
7 Be not wise in thine own eyes; Fear Jehovah, and depart from evil: 7 Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil.
8 It will be health to thy navel, And marrow to thy bones. 8 This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.
9 Honor Jehovah with thy substance, And with the first-fruits of all thine increase: 9 Honor the LORD with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops;
10 So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, And thy vats shall overflow with new wine. 10 then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.
11 My son, despise not the chastening of Jehovah; Neither be weary of his reproof: 11 My son, do not despise the LORD's discipline and do not resent his rebuke,
12 For whom Jehovah loveth he reproveth; Even as a father the son in whom he delighteth. 12 because the LORD disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in.
13 Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, And the man that getteth understanding. 13 Blessed is the man who finds wisdom, the man who gains understanding,
14 For the gaining of it is better than the gaining of silver, And the profit thereof than fine gold. 14 for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold.
15 She is more precious than rubies: And none of the things thou canst desire are to be compared unto her. 15 She is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her.
16 Length of days is in her right hand; In her left hand are riches and honor. 16 Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor.
17 Her ways are ways of pleasantness, And all her paths are peace. 17 Her ways are pleasant ways, and all her paths are peace.
18 She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: And happy is every one that retaineth her. 18 She is a tree of life to those who embrace her; those who lay hold of her will be blessed.
19 Jehovah by wisdom founded the earth; By understanding he established the heavens. 19 By wisdom the LORD laid the earth's foundations, by understanding he set the heavens in place;
20 By his knowledge the depths were broken up, And the skies drop down the dew. 20 by his knowledge the deeps were divided, and the clouds let drop the dew.
21 My son, let them not depart from thine eyes; Keep sound wisdom and discretion: 21 My son, preserve sound judgment and discernment, do not let them out of your sight;
22 So shall they be life unto thy soul, And grace to thy neck. 22 they will be life for you, an ornament to grace your neck.
23 Then shalt thou walk in thy way securely, And thy foot shall not stumble. 23 Then you will go on your way in safety, and your foot will not stumble;
24 When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: Yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet. 24 when you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.
25 Be not afraid of sudden fear, Neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh: 25 Have no fear of sudden disaster or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked,
26 For Jehovah will be thy confidence, And will keep thy foot from being taken. 26 for the LORD will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being snared.
27 Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, When it is in the power of thy hand to do it. 27 Do not withhold good from those who deserve it, when it is in your power to act.
28 Say not unto thy neighbor, Go, and come again, And to-morrow I will give; When thou hast it by thee. 28 Do not say to your neighbor, "Come back later; I'll give it tomorrow"-- when you now have it with you.
29 Devise not evil against thy neighbor, Seeing he dwelleth securely by thee. 29 Do not plot harm against your neighbor, who lives trustfully near you.
30 Strive not with a man without cause, If he have done thee no harm. 30 Do not accuse a man for no reason-- when he has done you no harm.
31 Envy thou not the man of violence, And choose none of his ways. 31 Do not envy a violent man or choose any of his ways,
32 For the perverse is an abomination to Jehovah; But his friendship is with the upright. 32 for the LORD detests a perverse man but takes the upright into his confidence.
33 The curse of Jehovah is in the house of the wicked; But he blesseth the habitation of the righteous. 33 The LORD's curse is on the house of the wicked, but he blesses the home of the righteous.
34 Surely he scoffeth at the scoffers; But he giveth grace unto the lowly. 34 He mocks proud mockers but gives grace to the humble.
35 The wise shall inherit glory; But shame shall be the promotion of fools. 35 The wise inherit honor, but fools he holds up to shame.