Bishops' Bible

Proverbs 3

An exhortation to obedience,

Proverbs 3:1 My sonne, forget not thou my lawe, but see that thine heart kepe my commaundementes: Proverbs 3:2 For they shal prolong the dayes and yeres of thy lyfe, and bryng thee peace. Proverbs 3:3 Let mercie and faithfulnesse neuer go from thee: binde them about thy necke, and write them in the tables of thyne heart: Proverbs 3:4 So shalt thou finde fauour and good vnderstandyng in the sight of God and men.


Proverbs 3:5 Put thy trust in God with all thine heart: & leane not vnto thine owne wit: Proverbs 3:6 In all thy wayes acknowledge him, and he shall order thy goynges.

to mortification,

Proverbs 3:7 Be not wise in thine owne conceipt: but feare the Lorde, and depart from euyll: Proverbs 3:8 So shall thy nauell be whole, and thy bones strong.

to devotion,

Proverbs 3:9 Honour the Lorde with thy substaunce, and with the firstlynges of all thyne encrease: Proverbs 3:10 So shall thy barnes be filled with plenteousnesse, and thy presses shall flowe ouer with sweete wine.

to patience.

Proverbs 3:11 My sonne refuse not the chastening of the Lorde, neither faynt when thou art corrected of hym: Proverbs 3:12 For whom the Lorde loueth, him he chasteneth, and yet deliteth in him, euen as a father in his owne sonne.

The happy gain of wisdom.

Proverbs 3:13 Well is hym that findeth wysdome, and getteth vnderstandyng: Proverbs 3:14 For the marchaundise of it, is better then the marchaundise of siluer, and the gayne therof [is better] then golde. Proverbs 3:15 She is more worth then pretious stones: and all the thinges that thou canst desire, are not to be compared vnto her. Proverbs 3:16 In her right hande is long life, and in her left hande riches and honour. Proverbs 3:17 Her wayes are pleasaunt wayes, and all her pathes are peaceable. Proverbs 3:18 She is a tree of lyfe to them that lay holde vpon her: and blessed is he that kepeth her fast.

The power,

Proverbs 3:19 With wysdome hath the Lorde layde the foundation of the earth, and thorow vnderstanding hath he stablished the heauens. Proverbs 3:20 Thorow his knowledge the deapthes are broken vp, and the cloudes droppe downe the deawe.

and the benefits of wisdom.

Proverbs 3:21 My sonne, let not these thinges depart from thyne eyes, but kepe wysdome and vnderstanding: Proverbs 3:22 So they shall be lyfe vnto thy soule, and grace vnto thy mouth. Proverbs 3:23 Then shalt thou walke safely in thy way, and thy foote shall not stumble. Proverbs 3:24 If thou sleepest, thou shalt not be afraide: but shalt take thy rest, and sleepe sweetely. Proverbs 3:25 Thou shalt not be afraide of any sodayne feare, neither for the violent rushing in of the vngodly when it commeth. Proverbs 3:26 For the Lorde shall stande by thy side, & kepe thy foote that thou be not taken.

An exhortation to charitableness,

Proverbs 3:27 Withdraw no good thyng from them that haue nede, so long as thyne hande is able to do it. Proverbs 3:28 Say not vnto thy neyghbour, go thy way and come agayne, and to morowe wyll I geue thee: where as thou hast nowe to geue hym. Proverbs 3:29 Intende no hurt against thy neyghbour, seing he hopeth to dwell in rest by thee.


Proverbs 3:30 Striue not with any man without a cause, where as he hath done thee no harme.

and contentedness.

Proverbs 3:31 Folowe not a wicked man, and chose none of his wayes: Proverbs 3:32 For the Lord abhorreth the froward: but his counsayle is among the righteous.

The cursed state of the wicked.

Proverbs 3:33 The curse of the Lord is in the house of the vngodly: but he blesseth the dwellinges of the righteous. Proverbs 3:34 As for the scornfull, doth he not laugh them to scorne? but he geueth grace vnto the lowly. Proverbs 3:35 The wyse shall haue honour in possession: but shame is the promotion that fooles shall haue.

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