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Proverbs 3

An exhortation to obedience,

Proverbs 3:1 My sonne, forget not thou my Lawe, but let thine heart keepe my commandements. Proverbs 3:2 For they shall increase the length of thy dayes and the yeeres of life, and thy prosperitie. Proverbs 3:3 Let not mercie and trueth forsake thee: binde them on thy necke, and write them vpon the table of thine heart. Proverbs 3:4 So shalt thou finde fauour and good vnderstanding in the sight of God and man.


Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the Lorde with all thine heart, and leane not vnto thine owne wisdome. Proverbs 3:6 In all thy wayes acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy wayes.

to mortification,

Proverbs 3:7 Be not wise in thine owne eyes: but feare the Lord, and depart from euill. Proverbs 3:8 So health shalbe vnto thy nauel, and marowe vnto thy bones.

to devotion,

Proverbs 3:9 Honour the Lorde with thy riches, and with the first fruites of all thine increase. Proverbs 3:10 So shall thy barnes be filled with abundance, and thy presses shall burst with newe wine.

to patience.

Proverbs 3:11 My sonne, refuse not the chastening of the Lord, neither be grieued with his correction. Proverbs 3:12 For the Lord correcteth him, whome he loueth, euen as the father doeth the childe in whom he deliteth.

The happy gain of wisdom.

Proverbs 3:13 Blessed is the man that findeth wisedome, and the man that getteth vnderstanding. Proverbs 3:14 For the marchandise thereof is better then the marchandise of siluer, and the gaine thereof is better then golde. Proverbs 3:15 It is more precious then pearles: and all things that 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 glory. Proverbs 3:17 Her wayes are wayes of pleasure, and all her pathes prosperitie. Proverbs 3:18 She is a tree of life to them that lay holde on her, and blessed is he that retaineth her.

The power,

Proverbs 3:19 The Lorde by wisdome hath layde the foundation of the earth, and hath stablished the heauens through vnderstanding. Proverbs 3:20 By his knowledge the depthes are broken vp, and the cloudes droppe downe the dewe.

and the benefits of wisdom.

Proverbs 3:21 My sonne, let not these things depart from thine eyes, but obserue wisdome, and counsell. Proverbs 3:22 So they shalbe life to thy soule, and grace vnto thy necke. Proverbs 3:23 Then shalt thou walke safely by thy way: and thy foote shall not stumble. Proverbs 3:24 If thou sleepest, thou shalt not bee afraide, and when thou sleepest, thy sleepe shalbe sweete. Proverbs 3:25 Thou shalt not feare for any sudden feare, neither for the destruction of the wicked, when it commeth. Proverbs 3:26 For the Lorde shall be for thine assurance, and shall preserue thy foote from taking.

An exhortation to charitableness,

Proverbs 3:27 Withhold not the good from the owners thereof, though there be power in thine hand to doe it. Proverbs 3:28 Say not vnto thy neighbour, Go and come againe, and to morow wil I giue thee, if thou now haue it. Proverbs 3:29 Intend none hurt against thy neighbour, seeing he doeth dwell without feare by thee.


Proverbs 3:30 Striue not with a man causelesse, when he hath done thee no harme.

and contentedness.

Proverbs 3:31 Bee not enuious for the wicked man, neither chuse any of his wayes. Proverbs 3:32 For the frowarde is abomination vnto the Lord: but his secret is with the righteous.

The cursed state of the wicked.

Proverbs 3:33 The curse of the Lorde is in the house of the wicked: but he blesseth the habitation of the righteous. Proverbs 3:34 With the scornefull he scorneth, but hee giueth grace vnto the humble. Proverbs 3:35 The wise shall inherite glorie: but fooles dishonour, though they be exalted.

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