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Proverbs 2-3 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Wisdom’s Worth

My son, if you accept my words
and store up my commands within you,
listening closely[a] to wisdom
and directing your heart to understanding;
furthermore, if you call out to insight
and lift your voice to understanding,
if you seek it like silver
and search for it like hidden treasure,
then you will understand the fear of the Lord
and discover the knowledge of God.
For the Lord gives wisdom;
from His mouth come knowledge and understanding.
He stores up success[b] for the upright;
He is a shield for those who live with integrity
so that He may guard the paths of justice
and protect the way of His loyal followers.
Then you will understand righteousness, justice,
and integrity—every good path.
10 For wisdom will enter your mind,
and knowledge will delight your heart.
11 Discretion will watch over you,
and understanding will guard you,
12 rescuing you from the way of evil—
from the one who says perverse things,
13 from those who abandon the right paths
to walk in ways of darkness,
14 from those who enjoy doing evil
and celebrate perversion,
15 whose paths are crooked,
and whose ways are devious.
16 It will rescue you from a forbidden woman,
from a stranger[c] with her flattering talk,
17 who abandons the companion of her youth
and forgets the covenant of her God;
18 for her house sinks down to death
and her ways to the land of the departed spirits.
19 None return who go to her;
none reach the paths of life.
20 So follow the way of good people,
and keep to the paths of the righteous.
21 For the upright will inhabit the land,
and those of integrity will remain in it;
22 but the wicked will be cut off from the land,
and the treacherous uprooted from it.

Trust the Lord

My son, don’t forget my teaching,
but let your heart keep my commands;
for they will bring you
many days, a full life,[d] and well-being.
Never let loyalty and faithfulness leave you.
Tie them around your neck;
write them on the tablet of your heart.
Then you will find favor and high regard
in the sight of God and man.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not rely on your own understanding;
think about Him in all your ways,
and He will guide you on the right paths.[e]
Don’t consider yourself to be wise;
fear the Lord and turn away from evil.
This will be healing for your body[f]
and strengthening for your bones.
Honor the Lord with your possessions
and with the first produce of your entire harvest;
10 then your barns will be completely filled,
and your vats will overflow with new wine.
11 Do not despise the Lord’s instruction, my son,
and do not loathe His discipline;
12 for the Lord disciplines the one He loves,
just as a father, the son he delights in.

Wisdom Brings Happiness

13 Happy is a man who finds wisdom
and who acquires understanding,
14 for she is more profitable than silver,
and her revenue is better than gold.
15 She is more precious than jewels;
nothing you desire compares with her.
16 Long life[g] is in her right hand;
in her left, riches and honor.
17 Her ways are pleasant,
and all her paths, peaceful.
18 She is a tree of life to those who embrace her,
and those who hold on to her are happy.

19 The Lord founded the earth by wisdom
and established the heavens by understanding.
20 By His knowledge the watery depths broke open,
and the clouds dripped with dew.

21 Maintain your competence and discretion.
My son, don’t lose sight of them.
22 They will be life for you[h][i]
and adornment[j] for your neck.
23 Then you will go safely on your way;
your foot will not stumble.
24 When you lie[k] down, you will not be afraid;
you will lie down, and your sleep will be pleasant.
25 Don’t fear sudden danger
or the ruin of the wicked when it comes,
26 for the Lord will be your confidence[l]
and will keep your foot from a snare.

Treat Others Fairly

27 When it is in your power,[m]
don’t withhold good from the one it belongs to.
28 Don’t say to your neighbor, “Go away! Come back later.
I’ll give it tomorrow”—when it is there with you.
29 Don’t plan any harm against your neighbor,
for he trusts you and lives near you.
30 Don’t accuse anyone without cause,
when he has done you no harm.
31 Don’t envy a violent man
or choose any of his ways;
32 for the devious are detestable to the Lord,
but He is a friend[n] to the upright.
33 The Lord’s curse is on the household of the wicked,
but He blesses the home of the righteous;
34 He mocks those who mock,
but gives grace to the humble.
35 The wise will inherit honor,
but He holds up fools to dishonor.[o]

Footnotes:

  1. Proverbs 2:2 Lit you, stretching out your ear
  2. Proverbs 2:7 Or resourcefulness
  3. Proverbs 2:16 Or foreign woman
  4. Proverbs 3:2 Lit days, years of life
  5. Proverbs 3:6 Lit will make your paths straight
  6. Proverbs 3:8 Lit navel
  7. Proverbs 3:16 Lit Length of days
  8. Proverbs 3:22 Or be your throat
  9. Proverbs 3:22 In Hb, nephesh can mean throat, soul, or life.
  10. Proverbs 3:22 Or grace
  11. Proverbs 3:24 LXX reads sit
  12. Proverbs 3:26 Or be at your side
  13. Proverbs 3:27 Lit in the power of your hands
  14. Proverbs 3:32 Or confidential counsel
  15. Proverbs 3:35 Or but haughty fools dishonor, or but fools exalt dishonor

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