Proverbs 3:1-20 NIV

Further Benefits of Wisdom

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

References for Proverbs 3:1

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

References for Proverbs 3:2

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

References for Proverbs 3:3

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

References for Proverbs 3:4

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

References for Proverbs 3:5

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

References for Proverbs 3:6

    • 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

      References for Proverbs 3:7

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

      References for Proverbs 3:8

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

      References for Proverbs 3:9

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

      References for Proverbs 3:10

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

      References for Proverbs 3:11

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

      References for Proverbs 3:12

        • 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

          References for Proverbs 3:14

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

          References for Proverbs 3:15

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

          References for Proverbs 3:16

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

          References for Proverbs 3:17

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

          References for Proverbs 3:18

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

          References for Proverbs 3:19

          20 by his knowledge the deeps were divided, and the clouds let drop the dew.