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Proverbs 3

An exhortation to obedience,

Proverbs 3:1 My son, forget not my law; But let thy heart keep my commandments: Proverbs 3:2 For length of days, and years of life, And peace, will they add to thee. Proverbs 3:3 Let not kindness and truth forsake thee: Bind them about thy neck; Write them upon the tablet of thy heart: Proverbs 3:4 So shalt thou find favor and good understanding In the sight of God and man.


Proverbs 3:5 Trust in Jehovah with all thy heart, And lean not upon thine own understanding: Proverbs 3:6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, And he will direct thy paths.

to mortification,

Proverbs 3:7 Be not wise in thine own eyes; Fear Jehovah, and depart from evil: Proverbs 3:8 It will be health to thy navel, And marrow to thy bones.

to devotion,

Proverbs 3:9 Honor Jehovah with thy substance, And with the first-fruits of all thine increase: Proverbs 3:10 So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, And thy vats shall overflow with new wine.

to patience.

Proverbs 3:11 My son, despise not the chastening of Jehovah; Neither be weary of his reproof: Proverbs 3:12 For whom Jehovah loveth he reproveth; Even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.

The happy gain of wisdom.

Proverbs 3:13 Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, And the man that getteth understanding. Proverbs 3:14 For the gaining of it is better than the gaining of silver, And the profit thereof than fine gold. Proverbs 3:15 She is more precious than rubies: And none of the things thou canst desire are to be compared unto her. Proverbs 3:16 Length of days is in her right hand; In her left hand are riches and honor. Proverbs 3:17 Her ways are ways of pleasantness, And all her paths are peace. Proverbs 3:18 She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: And happy is every one that retaineth her.

The power,

Proverbs 3:19 Jehovah by wisdom founded the earth; By understanding he established the heavens. Proverbs 3:20 By his knowledge the depths were broken up, And the skies drop down the dew.

and the benefits of wisdom.

Proverbs 3:21 My son, let them not depart from thine eyes; Keep sound wisdom and discretion: Proverbs 3:22 So shall they be life unto thy soul, And grace to thy neck. Proverbs 3:23 Then shalt thou walk in thy way securely, And thy foot shall not stumble. Proverbs 3:24 When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: Yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet. Proverbs 3:25 Be not afraid of sudden fear, Neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh: Proverbs 3:26 For Jehovah will be thy confidence, And will keep thy foot 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 thy hand to do it. Proverbs 3:28 Say not unto thy neighbor, Go, and come again, And to-morrow I will give; When thou hast it by thee. Proverbs 3:29 Devise not evil against thy neighbor, Seeing he dwelleth securely by thee.


Proverbs 3:30 Strive not with a man without cause, If he have done thee no harm.

and contentedness.

Proverbs 3:31 Envy thou not the man of violence, And choose none of his ways. Proverbs 3:32 For the perverse is an abomination to Jehovah; But his friendship is with the upright.

The cursed state of the wicked.

Proverbs 3:33 The curse of Jehovah is in the house of the wicked; But he blesseth the habitation of the righteous. Proverbs 3:34 Surely he scoffeth at the scoffers; But he giveth grace unto the lowly. Proverbs 3:35 The wise shall inherit glory; But shame shall be the promotion of fools.

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