Proverbs 3 NIV

Further Benefits of Wisdom

1 My son,1 do not forget my teaching,2 but keep my commands in your heart,

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2 for they will prolong your life many years3 and bring you prosperity.4

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3 Let love and faithfulness5 never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.6

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4 Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man.7

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5 Trust in the LORD 8 with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;

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6 in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths9 straight.a10

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    • a 3:6 - Or "will direct your paths"
      7 Do not be wise in your own eyes;11 fear the LORD 12 and shun evil.13

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      8 This will bring health to your body14 and nourishment to your bones.15

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      9 Honor the LORD with your wealth, with the firstfruits16 of all your crops;

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      10 then your barns will be filled17 to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.18

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      11 My son,19 do not despise the LORD's discipline20 and do not resent his rebuke,

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      12 because the LORD disciplines those he loves,21 as a fatherb the son he delights in.22

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        • b 3:12 - Hebrew; Septuagint "/ and he punishes"
          13 Blessed is the man who finds wisdom, the man who gains understanding,
          14 for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold.23

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          15 She is more precious than rubies;24 nothing you desire can compare with her.25

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          16 Long life is in her right hand;26 in her left hand are riches and honor.27

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          17 Her ways are pleasant ways, and all her paths are peace.28

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          18 She is a tree of life29 to those who embrace her; those who lay hold of her will be blessed.30

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          19 By wisdom31 the LORD laid the earth's foundations,32 by understanding he set the heavens33 in place;

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          20 by his knowledge the deeps were divided, and the clouds let drop the dew.
          21 My son,34 preserve sound judgment and discernment, do not let them out of your sight;35

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          22 they will be life for you,36 an ornament to grace your neck.37

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          23 Then you will go on your way in safety,38 and your foot will not stumble;39

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          24 when you lie down,40 you will not be afraid;41 when you lie down, your sleep42 will be sweet.

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          25 Have no fear of sudden disaster or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked,
          26 for the LORD will be your confidence43 and will keep your foot44 from being snared.45

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          27 Do not withhold good from those who deserve it, when it is in your power to act.
          28 Do not say to your neighbor, "Come back later; I'll give it tomorrow"-- when you now have it with you.46

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          29 Do not plot harm against your neighbor, who lives trustfully near you.47

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          30 Do not accuse a man for no reason-- when he has done you no harm.
          31 Do not envy48 a violent man or choose any of his ways,

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          32 for the LORD detests a perverse man49 but takes the upright into his confidence.50

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          33 The LORD's curse51 is on the house of the wicked,52 but he blesses the home of the righteous.53

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          34 He mocks54 proud mockers55 but gives grace to the humble.56

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          35 The wise inherit honor, but fools he holds up to shame.