Proverbs, Chapter 3

My son, forget not My law; but let your heart keep My commandments;

for they shall add length of days, and long life, and peace, to you.

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Let not mercy and truth forsake you; tie them around your neck; write them upon the tablet of your heart;

and you shall find favor and good understanding in the sight of God and man.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not to your own understanding.

In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.

Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and depart from evil.

Healing shall be to your navel and marrow to your bones.

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Honor the LORD with your substance, and with the firstfruits of all your increase;

and your barns shall be filled [with] plenty, and your presses shall burst [with] new wine.

My son, do not despise the chastening of the LORD; nor be weary with His correction;

for whom the LORD loves He corrects, even as a father [corrects] the son [in whom] he delights.

Blessed [is] the man who finds wisdom, and the man who gets understanding.

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For the profit from it [is] better than the gain from silver, and its produce more than fine gold;

she [is] more precious than rubies; and all the things you can desire are not to be compared with her.

Length of days [is] in her right hand; and in her left hand, riches and honor.

Her ways [are] ways of pleasantness, and all her paths [are] peace.

She [is] a tree of life to those who lay hold upon her; and happy [is] everyone who keeps her.

The LORD has founded the earth by wisdom; by understanding He has founded the heavens.

By His knowledge the depths are broken up, and the clouds drop down the dew.

My son, do not let them depart from your eyes; keep sound wisdom and judgment,

and they shall be life to your soul and grace to your neck.

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Then you shall walk in your way safely, and your foot shall not stumble.

When you lie down, you shall not be afraid; yea, you shall lie down, and your sleep shall be sweet.

Do not be afraid of sudden fear, nor of the destroying of the wicked, when it comes.

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For the LORD shall be your hope, and shall keep your foot from being taken.

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Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in the power of your hand to do [it].

Do not say to your neighbor, Go and come back again, and tomorrow I will give; when you have it beside you:

Do not plan evil against your neighbor, since he dwells trustingly by you.

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Do not strive with a man without cause, if he has done you no harm.

Do not envy the cruel man, and choose none of his ways.

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For the crooked man [is] hateful to the LORD, but His secret [is] with the righteous.

The curse of the LORD [is] in the house of the wicked; but He blesses the home of the just.

Surely He scorns the scorners; but He gives grace to the lowly.

The wise shall inherit glory; but shame shall be the promotion of fools.

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