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PROVERBS ยท Chapter 3

3:1 My son, forget not my law; but let your heart keep my commandments:
3:2 For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to you.
3:3 Let not mercy and truth forsake you: bind them about your neck; write them upon the table of your heart:
3:4 So shall you find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man.
3:5 Trust in the LORD with all of your heart; and lean not unto your own understanding.
3:6 In all your ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct your paths.
3:7 Be not wise in your own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.
3:8 It shall be health to your navel, and marrow to your bones.
3:9 Honour the LORD with your substance, and with the first-fruits of all of your increase:
3:10 So shall your barns be filled with plenty, and your presses shall burst out with new wine.
3:11 My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD; neither be weary of his correction:
3:12 For whom the LORD loves he corrects; even as a father the son in whom he delights.
3:13 Happy is the man that finds wisdom, and the man that gets understanding.
3:14 For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold.
3:15 She is more precious than rubies: and all the things you can desire are not to be compared unto her.
3:16 Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches and honour.
3:17 Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.
3:18 She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retains her.
3:19 The LORD by wisdom has founded the earth; by understanding has he established the heavens.
3:20 By his knowledge the depths are broken up, and the clouds drop down the dew.
3:21 My son, let not them depart from your eyes: keep sound wisdom and discretion:
3:22 So shall they be life unto your soul, and grace to your neck.
3:23 Then shall you walk in your way safely, and your foot shall not stumble.
3:24 When you lie down, you shall not be afraid: yea, you shall lie down, and your sleep shall be sweet.
3:25 Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it comes.
3:26 For the LORD shall be your confidence, and shall keep your foot from being taken.
3:27 Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of your hand to do it.
3:28 Say not unto your neighbour, Go, and come again, and tomorrow I will give; when you have it by you.
3:29 Devise not evil against your neighbour, seeing he dwells securely by you.
3:30 Strive not with a man without cause, if he have done you no harm.
3:31 Envy you not the oppressor, and choose none of his ways.
3:32 For the perverse is abomination to the LORD: but his secret is with the righteous.
3:33 The curse of the LORD is in the house of the wicked: but he blesses the habitation of the just.
3:34 Surely he scorns the scorners: but he gives grace unto the lowly.
3:35 The wise shall inherit glory: but shame shall be the promotion of fools.

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