An exhortation to obedience,
Proverbs 3:1 My sonne, forget not thou my lawe, but se þt thyne hert kepe my commaundementes. Proverbs 3:2 For they shall prolonge the dayes & yeres of thy lyfe, and bringe þe peace. Proverbs 3:3 Let mercy and faythfulnes neuer go from the: bynde them about thy necke, and wryte them in the tables of thyne herte. Proverbs 3:4 So shalt þu fynde fauour & good vnderstanding, in the syght of God and men.
Proverbs 3:5 Put thy trust in God with all thyne herte: and leane not vnto thyne awne witte. Proverbs 3:6 In all thy wayes haue respecte vnto hym: & shall order thy goynges.
Proverbs 3:7 Be not wyse in thyne awne conceate: but feare the Lorde, and departe from euell: Proverbs 3:8 so shall thy nauell be whole, and thy bones stronge.
Proverbs 3:9 Honoure the Lord wt thy substaunce: and with thy firstlinges of all thyne encrease Proverbs 3:10 so shall thy barnes be fylled with plenteousnesse: and thy presses shall flowe ouer with swete wyne.
Proverbs 3:11 My sonne, despyse not the chastenynge of the Lorde, nether faynte when thou art rebuked of hym. Proverbs 3:12 For whom the Lorde loueth, hym he chasteneth, and yet deliteth in him, euen as a father in his awne sonne.
The happy gain of wisdom.
Proverbs 3:13 Well is him that findeth wysdome, and opteyneth vnderstandinge: Proverbs 3:14 for the getting of it is better then any marchaundise of syluer, and the profet of it is better then golde. Proverbs 3:15 Wysdome is more worth then precious stones: and all the thinges that thou canst desire are not to be compared vnto her. Proverbs 3:16 Upon her ryght hande is longe lyfe, and vpon her left hande is 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 laye hold vpon her, and blessed is he that kepeth her fast.
Proverbs 3:19 With wysdome hath the Lorde layed the foundacion of the erth: and thorowe vnderstandinge hath he stablyshed the heauens. Proverbs 3:20 Thorowe his wisdome the deapthes breake vp, and the cloudes droppe downe the dew.
and the benefits of wisdom.
Proverbs 3:21 My sonne, let not these thynges departe, from thyne eyes: but kepe my lawe and my councell, Proverbs 3:22 that thou mayest haue the pleasure of longe lyfe and vnderstandynge: for they shalbe lyfe vnto my soule, & grace vnto my mouth. Proverbs 3:23 Then shalt thou walke safely in thy waye: and thy fote shall not stomble. Proverbs 3:24 If þu slepest, thou shalt nott be afrayed: but shalt take thy rest, and slepe swetely. Proverbs 3:25 Thou nedest not to be afrayed of any soden feare, nether for the vyolent russhynge in of the vngodly when it commeth. Proverbs 3:26 For the Lorde shall stonde by thy syde, and kepe thy fote, that thou be not taken.
An exhortation to charitableness,
Proverbs 3:27 Withdrawe no good thinge from them that haue nede, so longe as thyne hand is able to do it. Proverbs 3:28 Saye not vnto thy neyghboure: go thy waye, & come agayne, to morowe wyll I geue the: Proverbs 3:29 where as thou haste nowe to geue hym. Intende no hurte vnto thy neyghboure, seynge he dothe dwell in reest by the.
Proverbs 3:30 Stryue not lyghtely with anye man without cause, where as he hathe done the no harme.
Proverbs 3:31 Folowe not a wicked man, and chose none of hys wayes: Proverbs 3:32 for the Lorde abhorreth the frowarde: but hys councell is amonge þe ryghteous.
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 dwellynges of the ryghteous. Proverbs 3:34 As for the scornefull dothe not he laugh them to scorne? but he geueth grace vnto the lowly. Proverbs 3:35 The wise shall haue honour in possession: but shame is the promocion that foles shall haue.