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Proverbs 3 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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Trust in the Lord with All Your Heart

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 3:1 - My son, do not forget my teaching,
but let your heart keep my commandments,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 3:2 - for length of days and years of life
and peace they will add to you.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 3:3 - Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you;
bind them around your neck;
write them on the tablet of your heart.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 3:4 - So you will find favor and good success[fn]
in the sight of God and man.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 3:5 - Trust in the LORD with all your heart,
and do not lean on your own understanding.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 3:6 - In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 3:7 - Be not wise in your own eyes;
fear the LORD, and turn away from evil.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 3:8 - It will be healing to your flesh[fn]
and refreshment[fn] to your bones.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 3:9 - Honor the LORD with your wealth
and with the firstfruits of all your produce;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 3:10 - then your barns will be filled with plenty,
and your vats will be bursting with wine.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 3:11 - My son, do not despise the LORD’s discipline
or be weary of his reproof,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 3:12 - for the LORD reproves him whom he loves,
as a father the son in whom he delights.

Blessed Is the One Who Finds Wisdom

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 3:13 - Blessed is the one who finds wisdom,
and the one who gets understanding,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 3:14 - for the gain from her is better than gain from silver
and her profit better than gold.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 3:15 - She is more precious than jewels,
and nothing you desire can compare with her.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 3:16 - Long life is in her right hand;
in her left hand are riches and honor.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 3:17 - Her ways are ways of pleasantness,
and all her paths are peace.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 3:18 - She is a tree of life to those who lay hold of her;
those who hold her fast are called blessed.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 3:19 - The LORD by wisdom founded the earth;
by understanding he established the heavens;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 3:20 - by his knowledge the deeps broke open,
and the clouds drop down the dew.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 3:21 - My son, do not lose sight of these—
keep sound wisdom and discretion,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 3:22 - and they will be life for your soul
and adornment for your neck.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 3:23 - Then you will walk on your way securely,
and your foot will not stumble.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 3:24 - If you lie down, you will not be afraid;
when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 3:25 - Do not be afraid of sudden terror
or of the ruin[fn] of the wicked, when it comes,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 3:26 - for the LORD will be your confidence
and will keep your foot from being caught.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 3:27 - Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due,[fn]
when it is in your power to do it.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 3:28 - Do not say to your neighbor, “Go, and come again,
tomorrow I will give it”—when you have it with you.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 3:29 - Do not plan evil against your neighbor,
who dwells trustingly beside you.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 3:30 - Do not contend with a man for no reason,
when he has done you no harm.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 3:31 - Do not envy a man of violence
and do not choose any of his ways,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 3:32 - for the devious person is an abomination to the LORD,
but the upright are in his confidence.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 3:33 - The LORD’s curse is on the house of the wicked,
but he blesses the dwelling of the righteous.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 3:34 - Toward the scorners he is scornful,
but to the humble he gives favor.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 3:35 - The wise will inherit honor,
but fools get[fn] disgrace.
ESV Footnotes
Or repute
Hebrew navel
Or medicine
Hebrew storm
Hebrew Do not withhold good from its owners
Or grace
The meaning of the Hebrew word is uncertain

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