3 My child, remember my teachings and instructions and obey them completely. 2 They will help you live a long and prosperous life. 3 Let love and loyalty always show like a necklace, and write them in your mind. 4 God and people will like you and consider you a success.
5 With all your heart you must trust the Lord and not your own judgment. 6 Always let him lead you, and he will clear the road for you to follow. 7 Don’t ever think that you are wise enough, but respect the Lord and stay away from evil. 8 This will make you healthy, and you will feel strong. 9 Honor the Lord by giving him your money and the first part of all your crops. 10 Then you will have more grain and grapes than you will ever need.
11 My child, don’t turn away or become bitter when the Lord corrects you. 12 The Lord corrects everyone he loves, just as parents correct their favorite child.
The Value of Wisdom
13 God blesses everyone who has wisdom and common sense. 14 Wisdom is worth more than silver; it makes you much richer than gold. 15 Wisdom is more valuable than precious jewels; nothing you want compares with her.
16 In her right hand Wisdom holds a long life, and in her left hand are wealth and honor. 17 Wisdom makes life pleasant and leads us safely along. 18 Wisdom is a life-giving tree, the source of happiness for all who hold on to her.
19 By his wisdom and knowledge the Lord created heaven and earth. 20 By his understanding he let the ocean break loose and clouds release the rain. 21 My child, use common sense and sound judgment! Always keep them in mind. 22 They will help you to live a long and beautiful life. 23 You will walk safely and never stumble; 24 you will rest without a worry and sleep soundly. 25 So don’t be afraid of sudden disasters or storms that strike those who are evil. 26 You can be sure that the Lord will protect you from harm.
27 Do all you can for everyone who deserves your help. 28 Don’t tell your neighbor to come back tomorrow, if you can help today. 29 Don’t try to be mean to neighbors who trust you. 30 Don’t argue just to be arguing, when you haven’t been hurt. 31 Don’t be jealous of cruel people or follow their example.
32 The Lord doesn’t like anyone who is dishonest, but he lets good people be his friends. 33 He places a curse on the home of everyone who is evil, but he blesses the home of every good person. 34 The Lord sneers at those who sneer at him, but he is kind to everyone who is humble. 35 You will be praised if you are wise, but you will be disgraced if you are a stubborn fool.
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