Proverbs 3:1-35 KJV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 My son, forget not my law; but let thine 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 long life, and peace, shall they add to thee. 2 for they will prolong your life many years and bring you prosperity.
3 Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine 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 favour 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 the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto 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 shall 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 the LORD, and depart from evil. 7 Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil.
8 It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones. 8 This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.
9 Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits 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 presses shall burst out 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 the LORD; neither be weary of his correction: 11 My son, do not despise the LORD's discipline and do not resent his rebuke,
12 For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth ; 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 merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain 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 all the things thou canst desire are not 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; and in her left hand riches and honour. 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 The LORD by wisdom hath founded the earth; by understanding hath 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 are broken up , and the clouds drop down the dew. 20 by his knowledge the deeps were divided, and the clouds let drop the dew.
21 My son, let not them 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 safely, 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 the LORD shall be thy confidence, and shall 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 thine 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 neighbour, 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 neighbour, 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 oppressor , and choose none of his ways. 31 Do not envy a violent man or choose any of his ways,
32 For the froward is abomination to the LORD: but his secret is with the righteous. 32 for the LORD detests a perverse man but takes the upright into his confidence.
33 The curse of the LORD is in the house of the wicked: but he blesseth the habitation of the just. 33 The LORD's curse is on the house of the wicked, but he blesses the home of the righteous.
34 Surely he scorneth the scorners : 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.