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Proverbs 3 :: New International Version (NIV)

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Wisdom Bestows Well-Being

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 3:1 - My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 3:2 - for they will prolong your life many years and bring you peace and prosperity.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 3:3 - Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 3:4 - Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 3:5 - Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 3:6 - in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 3:7 - Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 3:8 - This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 3:9 - Honor the LORD with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 3:10 - then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 3:11 - My son, do not despise the LORD’s discipline, and do not resent his rebuke,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 3:12 - because the LORD disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 3:13 - Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 3:14 - for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 3:15 - She is more precious than rubies; 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 pleasant ways, and all her paths are peace.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 3:18 - She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her; those who hold her fast will be blessed.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 3:19 - By wisdom the LORD laid the earth’s foundations, by understanding he set the heavens in place;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 3:20 - by his knowledge the watery depths were divided, and the clouds let drop the dew.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 3:21 - My son, do not let wisdom and understanding out of your sight, preserve sound judgment and discretion;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 3:22 - they will be life for you, an ornament to grace your neck.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 3:23 - Then you will go on your way in safety, and your foot will not stumble.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 3:24 - When you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 3:25 - Have no fear of sudden disaster or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 3:26 - for the LORD will be at your side and will keep your foot from being snared.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 3:27 - Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 3:28 - Do not say to your neighbor, “Come back tomorrow and I’ll give it to you”— when you already have it with you.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 3:29 - Do not plot harm against your neighbor, who lives trustfully near you.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 3:30 - Do not accuse anyone for no reason— when they have done you no harm.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 3:31 - Do not envy the violent or choose any of their ways.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 3:32 - For the LORD detests the perverse but takes the upright into his confidence.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 3:33 - The LORD’s curse is on the house of the wicked, but he blesses the home of the righteous.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 3:34 - He mocks proud mockers but shows favor to the humble and oppressed.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 3:35 - The wise inherit honor, but fools get only shame.
NIV Footnotes
Or will direct your paths
Hebrew; Septuagint loves, / and he chastens everyone he accepts as his child

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