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Proverbs 3:13-26 Revised Standard Version (RSV)

The True Wealth

13 Happy is the man who finds wisdom,
    and the man who gets understanding,
14 for the gain from it is better than gain from silver
    and its profit better than gold.
15 She is more precious than jewels,
    and nothing you desire can compare with her.
16 Long life is in her right hand;
    in her left hand are riches and honor.
17 Her ways are ways of pleasantness,
    and all her paths are peace.
18 She is a tree of life to those who lay hold of her;
    those who hold her fast are called happy.

God’s Wisdom in Creation

19 The Lord by wisdom founded the earth;
    by understanding he established the heavens;
20 by his knowledge the deeps broke forth,
    and the clouds drop down the dew.

The True Security

21 My son, keep sound wisdom and discretion;
    let them not escape from your sight,[a]
22 and they will be life for your soul
    and adornment for your neck.
23 Then you will walk on your way securely
    and your foot will not stumble.
24 If you sit down,[b] you will not be afraid;
    when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.
25 Do not be afraid of sudden panic,
    or of the ruin[c] of the wicked, when it comes;
26 for the Lord will be your confidence
    and will keep your foot from being caught.

Footnotes:

  1. Proverbs 3:21 Reversing the order of the clauses
  2. Proverbs 3:24 Gk: Heb lie down
  3. Proverbs 3:25 Heb storm
Revised Standard Version (RSV)

Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright © 1946, 1952, and 1971 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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