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Proverbs 3

An exhortation to obedience,

Proverbs 3:1 My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments: Proverbs 3:2 For length of days, and years of life, and peace, shall they add to thee. Proverbs 3:3 Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart: Proverbs 3:4 So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man.

faith,

Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart, and lean not upon thine own understanding: Proverbs 3:6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

to mortification,

Proverbs 3:7 Be not wise in thine own eyes; fear the LORD, and depart from evil: Proverbs 3:8 It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.

to devotion,

Proverbs 3:9 Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits 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 the LORD; neither be weary of his reproof: Proverbs 3:12 For whom the LORD 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 merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain 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 had; in her left hand are riches and honour. 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 The LORD 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 not them 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 the LORD shall be thy confidence, and shall 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 thine hand to do it. Proverbs 3:28 Say not unto thy neighbour, Go, and come again, and tomorrow I will give; when thou hast it by thee. Proverbs 3:29 Devise not evil against thy neighbour, seeing he dwelleth securely by thee.

peaceableness,

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 the LORD: but his secret is with the upright.

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 righteous. Proverbs 3:34 Surely he scorneth the scorners, 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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