Proverbs 3 New American Standard Bible

Exhortations to Obedience

3 1  My son , do not forget my teaching , But let your heart keep my commandments ; 2  For length of days and years of life And peace they will add to you. 3  Do not let kindness and truth leave you; Bind them around your neck , Write them on the tablet of your heart . 4  So you will find favor and good repute In the sight of God and man . 5  Trust in the Lord with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding . 6  In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight .

7  Do not be wise in your own eyes ; Fear the Lord and turn away from evil . 8  It will be healing to your body And refreshment to your bones . 9  Honor the Lord from your wealth And from the first of all your produce ; 10  So your barns will be filled with plenty And your vats will overflow with new wine . 11  My son , do not reject the discipline of the Lord Or loathe His reproof , 12  For whom the Lord loves He reproves , Even as a father corrects the son in whom he delights .

13  How blessed is the man who finds wisdom And the man who gains understanding . 14  For her profit is better than the profit of silver And her gain better than fine gold . 15  She is more precious than jewels ; And nothing e you desire compares with her. 16  Long life is in her right hand ; In her left hand are riches and honor . 17  Her ways are pleasant ways And all her paths are peace . 18  She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her, And happy are all who hold her fast . 19  The Lord by wisdom founded the earth , By understanding He established the heavens . 20  By His knowledge the deeps were broken up And the skies drip with dew .

21  My son , let them not vanish from your sight ; Keep sound wisdom and discretion , 22  So they will be life to your soul And adornment to your neck . 23  Then you will walk in your way securely And your foot will not stumble . 24  When you lie down , you will not be afraid ; When you lie down , your sleep will be sweet . 25  Do not be afraid of sudden fear Nor of the onslaught of the wicked when it comes ; 26  For the Lord will be your confidence And will keep your foot from being caught .

27  Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due , When it is in your power to do it. 28  Do not say to your neighbor , "Go , and come back , And tomorrow I will give it," When you have it with you. 29  Do not devise harm against your neighbor , While he lives securely beside you. 30  Do not contend with a man without cause , If he has done you no harm . 31  Do not envy a man of violence And do not choose any of his ways . 32  For the devious are an abomination to the Lord ; But He is intimate with the upright . 33  The curse of the Lord is on the house of the wicked , But He blesses the dwelling of the righteous . 34  Though He scoffs at the scoffers , Yet He gives grace to the afflicted . 35  The wise will inherit honor , But fools display dishonor .

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