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Proverbs 3 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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Guidance for the Young
Guidance for the Young
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 3:1 - My son, do not forget my law,
But let your heart keep my commands;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 3:2 - For length of days and long life
And peace they will add to you.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 3:3 - Let not mercy and truth forsake you;
Bind them around your neck,
Write them on the tablet of your heart,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 3:4 - And so find favor and high esteem
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 acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct[fn] your paths.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 3:7 - Do not be wise in your own eyes;
Fear the LORD and depart from evil.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 3:8 - It will be health to your flesh,[fn]
And strength[fn] to your bones.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 3:9 - Honor the LORD with your possessions,
And with the firstfruits of all your increase;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 3:10 - So your barns will be filled with plenty,
And your vats will overflow with new wine.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 3:11 - My son, do not despise the chastening of the LORD,
Nor detest His correction;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 3:12 - For whom the LORD loves He corrects,
Just as a father the son in whom he delights.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 3:13 - Happy is the man who finds wisdom,
And the man who gains understanding;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 3:14 - For her proceeds are better than the profits of silver,
And her gain than fine gold.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 3:15 - She is more precious than rubies,
And all the things you may desire cannot compare with her.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 3:16 - Length of days is in her right hand,
In her left hand 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 take hold of her,
And happy are all who retain her.
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 depths were broken up,
And clouds drop down the dew.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 3:21 - My son, let them not depart from your eyes—
Keep sound wisdom and discretion;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 3:22 - So they will be life to your soul
And grace to your neck.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 3:23 - Then you will walk safely in your way,
And your foot will not stumble.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 3:24 - When you lie down, you will not be afraid;
Yes, you will lie down and your sleep will be sweet.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 3:25 - Do not be afraid of sudden terror,
Nor of trouble from 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,
When it is in the power of your hand to do so.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 3:28 - Do not say to your neighbor,
“Go, and come back,
And tomorrow I will give it,”
When you have it with you.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 3:29 - Do not devise evil against your neighbor,
For he dwells by you for safety’s sake.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 3:30 - Do not strive with a man without cause,
If he has done you no harm.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 3:31 - Do not envy the oppressor,
And choose none of his ways;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 3:32 - For the perverse person is an abomination to the LORD,
But His secret counsel is with the upright.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 3:33 - The curse of the LORD is on the house of the wicked,
But He blesses the home of the just.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 3:34 - Surely He scorns the scornful,
But gives grace to the humble.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 3:35 - The wise shall inherit glory,
But shame shall be the legacy of fools.
NKJV Footnotes
Or make smooth or straight
Literally navel, figurative of the body
Literally drink or refreshment

New King James Version, © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

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For more information on this translation, see the NKJV Preface.

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