3 My son, don’t forget my instruction, and keep my commandments carefully in mind.[a] 2 For they will add length to your days, years to your life, and abundant peace to you. 3 Do not let gracious love and truth leave you. Bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart, 4 and find favor and a good reputation[b] with God and men.
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not depend on your own understanding. 6 In all your ways acknowledge[c] him, and he will make your paths straight.
7 Do not be wise in your own opinion. Fear the Lord and turn away from evil. 8 This will bring healing to your body, and refreshment to your bones.
9 Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the first[d] of all your produce, 10 so your barns will be filled with abundance, and your vats will burst open with new wine.
11 My son, do not reject the Lord’s discipline, and do not despise his correction, 12 because the Lord corrects the person he loves, just as a father corrects[e] the son he delights in.[f]
Wisdom More Valuable than Riches
13 How joyful is the man who finds wisdom, and the man who gains understanding, 14 because her profit is better than the profit of silver, and her yield than fine gold. 15 She is more precious than rubies, and nothing you desire compares with her. 16 Long life is in her right hand, and in her left are riches and honor. 17 Her ways are pleasant ways, and all her paths are peaceful. 18 She is a tree of life for those who embrace her, and whoever clutches her tightly will be joyful.
19 By wisdom the Lord laid the earth’s foundations, and by understanding he set the heavens in place. 20 By his knowledge the depths broke open, and the clouds drip with dew.
Benefits of Wisdom
21 My son, do not let wisdom[g] leave your sight. Carefully observe sound judgment and discernment, 22 and they will be life to you and a graceful ornament[h] for your neck. 23 Then you will travel safely on your way, and your foot will not stumble. 24 When you sit[i] down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be pleasant.[j] 25 Do not be afraid of sudden disaster,[k] or the devastation that comes to the wicked. 26 Indeed, the Lord will be your confidence, and he will keep your foot from being caught.
Wisdom in Action
27 Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act. 28 Do not say to your neighbor, “Go, and come back. I will pay you[l] tomorrow,” when you have cash[m] with you. 29 Do not plan to harm your neighbor, when he is living peacefully[n] beside you. 30 Do not bring a lawsuit against a person for no reason, when he has done you no harm. 31 Do not envy a violent man, and do not emulate his lifestyle.[o] 32 Indeed, a perverse man is utterly disgusting[p] to the Lord, but he takes the upright into his confidence.[q] 33 The Lord’s curse is on the house of the wicked, but he blesses the dwelling of the righteous. 34 Though God[r] scoffs at scoffers, he gives grace to the humble. 35 The wise will inherit honor, but he holds fools up for ridicule.
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