1611 King James Bible

Proverbs 3

An exhortation to obedience,

Proverbs 3:1 My sonne, forget not my lawe; but let thine heart keepe my commaundements: Proverbs 3:2 For length of dayes, and long life, and peace shall they adde to thee. Proverbs 3:3 Let not mercy and trueth forsake thee: bind them about thy necke, write them vpon the table of thine heart. Proverbs 3:4 So shalt thou find fauour, and good vnderstanding in the sight of God, and man.


Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and leaue not vnto thine owne vnderstanding. Proverbs 3:6 In all thy wayes acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy pathes.

to mortification,

Proverbs 3:7 Be not wise in thine owne eyes: feare the LORD, and depart from euill. Proverbs 3:8 It shalbe health to thy nauill, and marrow to thy bones.

to devotion,

Proverbs 3:9 Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the first fruits of all thine increase. Proverbs 3:10 So shall thy barnes be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.

to patience.

Proverbs 3:11 My sonne, despise not the chastening of the LORD: neither be weary of his correction. Proverbs 3:12 For whom the LORD loueth, he correcteth, euen as a father the sonne, [in whom] he delighteth.

The happy gain of wisdom.

Proverbs 3:13 Happy [is] the man [that] findeth wisedome, and the man [that] getteth vnderstanding. Proverbs 3:14 For the merchandise of it is better then the merchandise of siluer, and the gaine thereof, then fine gold. Proverbs 3:15 She is more precious then Rubies: and all the things thou canst desire, are not to be compared vnto her. Proverbs 3:16 Length of dayes [is] in her right hand: and in her left hand, riches and honour. Proverbs 3:17 Her wayes [are] wayes of plesantnesse: and all her pathes [are] peace. Proverbs 3:18 She [is] a tree of life, to them that lay hold vpon her: [and] happy [is] euery one that retaineth her.

The power,

Proverbs 3:19 The LORD by wisedome hath founded the earth; by vnderstanding hath he established the heauens. Proverbs 3:20 By his knowledge the depthes are broken vp; and the cloudes droppe downe the dew.

and the benefits of wisdom.

Proverbs 3:21 My sonne, let not [them] depart from thine eyes: keepe sound wisedome and discretion. Proverbs 3:22 So shall they bee life vnto thy soule, and grace to thy necke. Proverbs 3:23 Then shalt thou walke in thy way safely, & thy foot shall not stumble. Proverbs 3:24 When thou lyest downe, thou shalt not be afraide: yea, thou shalt lye downe, and thy sleepe shalbe sweet. Proverbs 3:25 Be not afraid of sudden feare, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it commeth. Proverbs 3:26 For the LORD shalbe thy confidence, and shall keepe thy foote from being taken.

An exhortation to charitableness,

Proverbs 3:27 Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to doe it. Proverbs 3:28 Say not vnto thy neighbour, Goe, and come againe, and to morrow I will giue, when thou hast it by thee. Proverbs 3:29 Deuise not euil against thy neighbour, seeing hee dwelleth securely by thee.


Proverbs 3:30 Striue not with a man without cause, if hee haue done thee no harme.

and contentedness.

Proverbs 3:31 Enuie thou not the oppressour, and choose none of his wayes. Proverbs 3:32 For the froward [is] abomination to the LORD: but his secret [is] with the righteous.

The cursed state of the wicked.

Proverbs 3:33 The curse of the LORD [is] in the house of the wicked: but he blesseth the habitation of the iust. Proverbs 3:34 Surely he scorneth the scorners: but he giueth grace vnto the lowly. Proverbs 3:35 The wise shall inherite glory, but shame shalbe the promotion of fooles.

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