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Proverbs 3

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3:1 My son, forget not my law, and let thy heart keep my commandments.

3:2 For they shall add to thee length of days, and years of life and peace.

3:3 Let not mercy and truth leave thee, put them about thy neck, and write them in the tables of thy heart:

3:4 And thou shalt And grace and good understanding before God and men.

3:5 Have confidence in the Lord with all thy heart, and lean not upon thy own prudence.

3:6 In all thy ways think on him, and he will direct thy steps.

3:7 I Be not wise in thy own conceit: fear God, and depart from evil:

3:8 For it shall be health to thy navel, and moistening to thy bones.

3:9 Honour the Lord with thy substance, and give him of the first of all thy fruits :

3:10 And thy barns shall be filled with abundance, and thy presses shall run over with wine.

3:11 My son, reject not the correction of the Lord: and do not faint when thou art chastised by him:

3:12 For whom the Lord loveth, he chastiseth: and as a father in the son he pleaseth himself.

3:13 Blessed is the man that findeth wisdom and is rich in prudence:

3:14 The purchasing thereof is better than the merchandise of silver, and her fruit than the chiefest and purest gold:

3:15 She is more precious than all riches : and all the things that are desired, are not to be compared with her.

3:16 Length of days is in her right hand, and in her left hand riches and glory.

3:17 Her ways are beautiful ways, and all her paths are peaceable.

3:18 She is a tree of life to them that lay hold on her: and he that shall retain her is blessed.

3:19 The Lord by wisdom hath founded the earth, hath established the heavens by prudence.

3:20 By his wisdom the depths have broken out, and the clouds grow thick with dew

3:21 My son, let not these things depart from thy eyes: keep the law and counsel:

3:22 And there shall be life to thy soul, and grace to thy mouth.

3:23 Then shalt thou walk confidently in thy way, and thy foot shall not stumble:

3:24 If thou sleep, thou shalt not fear: thou shalt rest, and thy sleep shall be sweet.

3:25 Be not afraid of sudden fear, nor of the power of the wicked falling upon thee.

3:26 For the Lord will be at thy side, and will keep thy foot that thou be not taken.

3:27 Do not withhold him from doing good, who is able: if thou art able, do good thyself also.

3:28 Say not to thy friend: Go, and come again: and to morrow I will give to thee: when thou canst give at present.

3:29 Practise not evil against thy friend, when he hath confidence in thee.

3:30 Strive not against a man without cause, when he hath done thee no evil.

3:31 Envy not the unjust man, and do not follow his ways:

3:32 For every mocker is an abomination to the Lord, and his communication is with the simple.

3:33 Want is from the Lord in the house of the wicked: but the habitations of the just shall be blessed.

3:34 He shall scorn the scorners, and to the meek he will give grace.

3:35 The wise shall possess glory: the promotion of fools is disgrace.