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Proverbs 3

An exhortation to obedience,

Proverbs 3:1 My sonne, forget not my lawe, but se yt thine hert kepe my comaundemetes. Proverbs 3:2 For they shal prologe ye dayes & yeares of yi lyfe, & brynge ye peace. Proverbs 3:3 Let mercy & faithfulnes neuer go from ye: bynde the about yi necke, & wryte them in the tables of thine herte. Proverbs 3:4 So shalt thou fynde fauor and good vnderstondinge in ye sight of God and men.


Proverbs 3:5 Put thy trust in ye LORDE with all thine herte, and leane not vnto thine owne vnderstondinge. Proverbs 3:6 In all thy wayes haue respecte vnto him, and he shal ordre thy goinges.

to mortification,

Proverbs 3:7 Be not wyse in thine owne conceate, but feare ye LORDE and departe from euell: Proverbs 3:8 so shal thy nauel be whole, and thy bones stronge.

to devotion,

Proverbs 3:9 Honoure the LORDE wt yi substaunce, & wt ye firstlinges of all thine encrease: Proverbs 3:10 so shal thy barnes be fylled with plenteousnesse, and thy presses shal flowe ouer with swete wyne.

to patience.

Proverbs 3:11 My sonne, despyse not the chastenynge of ye LORDE, nether faynte when thou art rebuked of him. Proverbs 3:12 For who the LORDE loueth, him he chasteneth: and yet delyteth in him euen as a father in his owne sonne.

The happy gain of wisdom.

Proverbs 3:13 Well is him that fyndeth wysdome, & opteyneth vnderstondinge, Proverbs 3:14 for the gettinge of it is better then eny marchaundise of syluer, & the profit of it is better then golde. Proverbs 3:15 Wysdome is more worth the precious stones, & all ye thinges yt thou canst desyre, are not to be compared vnto her. Proverbs 3:16 Vpon hir right hande is longe life, & vpon hir left hande is riches & honor. Proverbs 3:17 Hir wayes are pleasaunt wayes, and all hir pathes are peaceable. Proverbs 3:18 She is a tre of life to them that laye holde vpon her, and blessed are they that kepe her fast.

The power,

Proverbs 3:19 With wysdome hath ye LORDE layed the foudacion of ye earth, & thorow vnderstondinge hath he stablished ye heaues. Proverbs 3:20 Thorow his wisdome ye depthes breake vp, & ye cloudes droppe downe the dew.

and the benefits of wisdom.

Proverbs 3:21 My sonne, let not these thinges departe from thyne eyes, but kepe my lawe and my councell: Proverbs 3:22 so shal it be life vnto thy soule, & grace vnto yi mouth. Proverbs 3:23 Then shalt thou walke safely in yi waye, & thy fote shal not stomble. Proverbs 3:24 Yf thou slepest, thou shalt not be afrayed, but shalt take thy rest & slepe swetely. Proverbs 3:25 Thou neddest not to be afrayed of eny sodane feare, nether for the violent russhinge in of the vngodly, when it commeth. Proverbs 3:26 For the LORDE shal be besyde the, & kepe thy fote yt thou be not taken.

An exhortation to charitableness,

Proverbs 3:27 Refuse not to do good vnto him that shulde haue it, so longe as thine hande is able to do it. Proverbs 3:28 Saye not vnto thy neghboure: go thy waye & come agayne, tomorow wil I geue the: Proverbs 3:29 where as thou hast now to geue him. Intende no hurte vnto thy neghboure, seynge he hopeth to dwell in rest by the.


Proverbs 3:30 Stryue not lightly wt eny man, where as he hath done ye no harme.

and contentedness.

Proverbs 3:31 Folowe not a wicked man, and chose none of his wayes: Proverbs 3:32 for the LORDE abhorreth the frowarde, but his secrete is amonge the righteous.

The cursed state of the wicked.

Proverbs 3:33 The curse of the LORDE is in the house of the vngodly, but he blesseth the dwellinges of the righteous. Proverbs 3:34 As for the scornefull, he shal laugh the to scorne, but he shal geue grace vnto the lowly. Proverbs 3:35 The wyse shal haue honor in possession, but shame is the promocio that fooles shal haue.

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