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Guidance for the Young
1My son, do not forget my law,
#Deut. 8:1But let your heart keep my commands;
2For length of days and long life
And #Ps. 119:165; Prov. 4:10peace they will add to you.
3Let not mercy and truth forsake you;
#Ex. 13:9; Deut. 6:8; Prov. 6:21Bind them around your neck,
#Prov. 7:3; Jer. 17:1; (2 Cor. 3:3)Write them on the tablet of your heart,
4#1 Sam. 2:26; Luke 2:52; Rom. 14:18And so find favor and high esteem
In the sight of God and man.
5#(Ps. 37:3, 5); Prov. 22:19Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
#Prov. 23:4; (Jer. 9:23, 24)And lean not on your own understanding;
6#(1 Chr. 28:9); Prov. 16:3; (Phil. 4:6; James 1:5)In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.
7Do not be wise in your own #Rom. 12:16eyes;
Fear the Lord and depart from evil.
8It will be health to your flesh,
And #Job 21:24strength to your bones.
9#Ex. 22:29; Deut. 26:2; (Mal. 3:10)Honor the Lord with your possessions,
And with the firstfruits of all your increase;
10#Deut. 28:8So your barns will be filled with plenty,
And your vats will overflow with new wine.
11#Job 5:17; Ps. 94:12; Heb. 12:5, 6; Rev. 3:19My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord,
Nor detest His correction;
12For whom the Lord loves He corrects,
#Deut. 8:5; Prov. 13:24Just as a father the son in whom he delights.
13#Prov. 8:32, 34, 35Happy is the man who finds wisdom,
And the man who gains understanding;
14#Job 28:13For her proceeds are better than the profits of silver,
And her gain than fine gold.
15She is more precious than rubies,
And #Matt. 13:44all the things you may desire cannot compare with her.
16#Prov. 8:18; (1 Tim. 4:8)Length of days is in her right hand,
In her left hand riches and honor.
17#(Matt. 11:29)Her ways are ways of pleasantness,
And all her paths are peace.
18She is #Gen. 2:9; Prov. 11:30; 13:12; 15:4; Rev. 2:7a tree of life to those who take hold of her,
And happy are all who retain her.
19#Ps. 104:24; Prov. 8:27The Lord by wisdom founded the earth;
By understanding He established the heavens;
20By His knowledge the depths were #Gen. 7:11broken up,
And clouds drop down the dew.
21My son, let them not depart from your eyes—
Keep sound wisdom and discretion;
22So they will be life to your soul
And grace to your neck.
23#(Ps. 37:24; 91:11, 12); Prov. 10:9Then you will walk safely in your way,
And your foot will not stumble.
24When you lie down, you will not be afraid;
Yes, you will lie down and your sleep will be sweet.
25#Ps. 91:5; 1 Pet. 3:14Do not be afraid of sudden terror,
Nor of trouble from the wicked when it comes;
26For the Lord will be your confidence,
And will keep your foot from being caught.
27#Rom. 13:7; (Gal. 6:10)Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due,
When it is in the power of your hand to do so.
28#Lev. 19:13; Deut. 24:15Do not say to your neighbor,
“Go, and come back,
And tomorrow I will give it,
When you have it with you.
29Do not devise evil against your neighbor,
For he dwells by you for safety’s sake.
30#Prov. 26:17; (Rom. 12:18)Do not strive with a man without cause,
If he has done you no harm.
31#Ps. 37:1; Prov. 24:1Do not envy the oppressor,
And choose none of his ways;
32For the perverse person is an abomination to the Lord,
#Ps. 25:14But His secret counsel is with the upright.
33#Lev. 26:14, 16; Deut. 11:28; Zech. 5:3, 4; Mal. 2:2The curse of the Lord is on the house of the wicked,
But #Job 8:6; Ps. 1:3He blesses the home of the just.
34#James 4:6; 1 Pet. 5:5Surely He scorns the scornful,
But gives grace to the humble.
35The wise shall inherit glory,
But shame shall be the legacy of fools.