The Rewards of Wisdom
1#Pr 4:5; Dt 8:1 My son, do not forget my teaching,
but let your heart keep my commandments;
2#Pr 4:10; Ps 91:16 for length of days and long life
and peace will they add to you.
3#Pr 7:3; 6:21; 2Co 3:3 Do not let mercy and truth forsake you;
bind them around your neck,
write them on the tablet of your heart,
4#Ps 111:10; 1Sa 2:26; Lk 2:52 so you will find favor and good understanding
in the sight of God and man.
5#Ps 37:3; 37:5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and lean not on your own understanding;
6#1Ch 28:9; Pr 16:3; Jer 10:23 in all your ways acknowledge Him,
and He will direct your paths.
7#Job 1:1; Ro 12:16 Do not be wise in your own eyes;
fear the Lord and depart from evil.
8#Job 21:24; Pr 4:22 It will be health to your body,
and strength to your bones.
9#Ex 23:19; 22:29 Honor the Lord with your substance,
and with the first fruits of all your increase;
10#Dt 28:8 so your barns will be filled with plenty,
and your presses will burst out with new wine.
11#Job 5:17 My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord,
nor be weary of His correction;
12#Dt 8:5 for whom the Lord loves He corrects,
even as a father the son in whom he delights.
13Happy is the man who finds wisdom,
and the man who gets understanding;
14#Pr 8:19; 16:16 for her benefit is more profitable than silver,
and her gain than fine gold.
15#Pr 8:11; Job 28:18 She is more precious than rubies,
and all the things you may desire are not to be compared with her.
16#Pr 3:2 Length of days is in her right hand,
and in her left hand riches and honor.
17#Ps 119:165; Mt 11:28–30 Her ways are ways of pleasantness,
and all her paths are peace.
18#Ge 2:9; Pr 11:30 She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her,
and happy is everyone who retains her.
19#Ps 104:24; 136:5 The Lord by wisdom has founded the earth;
by understanding He has established the heavens;
20#Ge 7:11; Dt 33:28 by His knowledge the depths are broken up,
and the clouds drop down the dew.
21#Pr 4:21 My son, let them not depart from your eyes—
keep sound wisdom and discretion;
22#Pr 1:9; 4:22 so they will be life to your soul
and grace to your neck.
23#Pr 4:12; 10:9 Then you will walk safely in your way,
and your foot will not stumble.
24#Ps 3:5; Pr 6:22 When you lie down, you will not be afraid;
yes, you will lie down and your sleep will be sweet.
25#Ps 91:5; 1Pe 3:14 Do not be afraid of sudden terror,
nor of trouble from the wicked when it comes;
26#1Sa 2:9 for the Lord will be your confidence,
and will keep your foot from being caught.
27#Gal 6:10; Ro 13:7 Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due,
when it is in the power of your hand to do it.
28#Lev 19:13 Do not say to your neighbor,
“Go, and come again, and tomorrow I will give it,”
when you have it with you.
29#Pr 6:14 Do not devise evil against your neighbor,
seeing he dwells securely by you.
30Do not strive with a man without cause,
if he has done you no harm.
31#Ps 37:1; Pr 24:1 Do not envy the oppressor,
and choose none of his ways;
32#Ps 25:14; Pr 11:20 for the perverse is an abomination to the Lord,
but His secret counsel is with the righteous.
33#Mal 2:2; Ps 1:3 The curse of the Lord is on the house of the wicked,
but He blesses the habitation of the just.
34#Jas 4:6; 1Pe 5:5; Ps 138:6 Surely He scorns the scornful,
but He gives favor to the humble.
35The wise will inherit glory,
but shame will be the legacy of fools.