An exhortation to obedience,
Proverbs 3:1 My son, mine instruction, do not thou forget, and, my commandment, let thy heart observe; Proverbs 3:2 For, length of days and years of life, and blessedness, shall they add to thee. Proverbs 3:3 Lovingkindness and faithfulness, let them not forsake thee,bind them, upon thy neck, write them upon the tablet of thy heart: Proverbs 3:4 So find thou favour and good repute, in the eyes of God and man.
Proverbs 3:5 Trust thou in Yahweh, with all thy heart, and, unto thine own understanding, do not lean: Proverbs 3:6 In all thy ways, acknowledge him, and, he, will make straight thy paths.
Proverbs 3:7 Do not become wise in thine own eyes, revere Yahweh, and avoid evil: Proverbs 3:8 Healing, shall it be to thy body, and refreshing, to thy bones.
Proverbs 3:9 Honour thou Yahweh, with thy substance, and with the firstfruit of all thine increase; Proverbs 3:10 So shall thy storehouses be filled with plenty, and, with new wine, shall thy vats overflow.
Proverbs 3:11 The, chastening of Yahweh, my son, do not reject, nor loathe his rebuke; Proverbs 3:12 For, whom Yahweh loveth, he correcteth, he causeth pain to the son in whom he delighteth.
The happy gain of wisdom.
Proverbs 3:13 How happy the man who hath found wisdom, and the man who draweth forth understanding, Proverbs 3:14 For better is her merchandise, than the merchandise of silver, yea, than gold, her increase; Proverbs 3:15 More precious, is she, than corals, yea, none of thy delightful things, doth equal her: Proverbs 3:16 Length of days, is in her right hand, in her left, are riches and honour; Proverbs 3:17 Her ways, are ways of pleasantness, and, all her paths, are peace; Proverbs 3:18 A tree of life, is she, to them who secure her,and, they who hold her fast, are every one to be pronounced happy.
Proverbs 3:19 Yahweh, in wisdom, founded the earth, establishing the heavens with understanding; Proverbs 3:20 By his knowledge, the resounding deeps were burst open, and, the skies, drop down dew.
and the benefits of wisdom.
Proverbs 3:21 My son, let them not depart from thine eyes, guard thou counsel, and purpose: Proverbs 3:22 So shall they become life to thy soul, and an adorning to thy neck; Proverbs 3:23 Then, shalt thou walk securely in thy way, and, thy foot, shall not stumble; Proverbs 3:24 When thou sittest down, thou shalt have no dread, yea thou shalt lie down, and sweet shall be thy sleep. Proverbs 3:25 Be not thou afraid of sudden dread, nor of the desolation of the lawless, when it cometh. Proverbs 3:26 For, Yahweh, will be in all thy ways, and will keep thy foot from the snare.
An exhortation to charitableness,
Proverbs 3:27 Withhold not good from them who ask it, when it is in power of thy hand to do it: Proverbs 3:28 Do not say to thy neighbour, Go and come again, and tomorrow I will give, when thou hast it by thee. Proverbs 3:29 Devise not against thy neighbour an injury, seeing that, he, dwelleth securely by thee.
Proverbs 3:30 Contend not with a man without cause, if he hath dealt thee no wrong.
Proverbs 3:31 Do not thou envy the man of violence, neither choose thou any of his ways; Proverbs 3:32 For, an abomination to Yahweh, is the tortuous man, but, with the upright, he is intimate.
The cursed state of the wicked.
Proverbs 3:33 The curse of Yahweh, is in the house of the lawless one, but, the home of the righteous, he blesseth. Proverbs 3:34 Though at scoffers he scoffeth, yet, to the humbled, he granteth favour. Proverbs 3:35 Honour, shall the wise inherit,but, as for dullards, shame shall carry them away.