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Proverbs 3 (Today's New International Version)

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Wisdom Bestows Well-Being

1 My son,1 do not forget my teaching,2 but keep my commands in your heart, 2 for they will prolong your life many years3 and bring you peace and prosperity.4 3 Let love and faithfulness5 never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.6 4 Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and humankind.7 5 Trust in the LORD 8 with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths9 straight.a10 7 Do not be wise in your own eyes;11 fear the LORD 12 and shun evil.13 8 This will bring health to your body14 and nourishment to your bones.15 9 Honor the LORD with your wealth, with the firstfruits16 of all your crops; 10 then your barns will be filled17 to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.18 11 My son,19 do not despise the LORD's discipline,20 and do not resent his rebuke, 12 because the LORD disciplines those he loves,21 as a father the son he delights in.b22 13 Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding, 14 for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold.23 15 She is more precious than rubies;24 nothing you desire can compare with her.25 16 Long life is in her right hand;26 in her left hand are riches and honor.27 17 Her ways are pleasant ways, and all her paths are peace.28 18 She is a tree of life29 to those who take hold of her; those who hold her fast will be blessed.30 19 By wisdom31 the LORD laid the earth's foundations,32 by understanding he set the heavens33 in place; 20 by his knowledge the deeps were divided, and the clouds let drop the dew. 21 My son,34 do not let wisdom and understanding out of your sight,35 preserve sound judgment and discretion; 22 they will be life for you,36 an ornament to grace your neck.37 23 Then you will go on your way in safety,38 and your foot will not stumble.39 24 When you lie down,40 you will not be afraid;41 when you lie down, your sleep42 will be sweet. 25 Have no fear of sudden disaster or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked, 26 for the LORD will be at your side43 and will keep your foot44 from being snared.45 27 Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act. 28 Do not say to your neighbor, "Come back tomorrow and I'll give it to you"-- when you already have it with you.46 29 Do not plot harm against your neighbor, who lives trustfully near you.47 30 Do not accuse anyone for no reason-- when they have done you no harm. 31 Do not envy48 the violent or choose any of their ways. 32 For the LORD detests the perverse49 but takes the upright into his confidence.50 33 The LORD's curse51 is on the house of the wicked,52 but he blesses the home of the righteous.53 34 He mocks54 proud mockers55 but shows favor to the humble56 and oppressed. 35 The wise inherit honor, but fools get only shame.
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