Proverbs 3
Trust God
1My child, remember
my teachings and instructions
and obey them completely.
2They will help you live
a long and prosperous life.
3Let love and loyalty
always show like a necklace,
and write them in your mind.
4God and people will like you#Lk 2.52.
and consider you a success.
5With all your heart
you must trust the LORD
and not your own judgment.
6Always let him lead you,
and he will clear the road
for you to follow.
7Don't ever think that you#Ro 12.16.
are wise enough,
but respect the LORD
and stay away from evil.
8This will make you healthy,
and you will feel strong.
9Honour the LORD by giving him
your money and the first part
of all your crops.
10Then you will have
more grain and grapes
than you will ever need.
11My child, don't turn away#Job 5.17.#He 12.5,6.
or become bitter
when the LORD corrects you.
12The LORD corrects#Rev 3.19.
everyone he loves,
just as parents correct
their favourite child.
The value of wisdom
13God blesses everyone
who has wisdom
and common sense.
14Wisdom is worth more
than silver;
it makes you much richer
than gold.
15Wisdom is more valuable
than precious jewels;
nothing you want
compares with her.
16In her right hand
Wisdom holds a long life,
and in her left hand
are wealth and honour.
17Wisdom makes life pleasant
and leads us safely along.
18Wisdom is a life-giving tree,
the source of happiness
for all who hold on to her.
19By his wisdom and knowledge
the LORD created
heaven and earth.
20By his understanding
he let the ocean break loose
and clouds release the rain.
21My child, use common sense
and sound judgment!
Always keep them in mind.
22They will help you to live
a long and beautiful life.
23You will walk safely
and never stumble;
24you will rest without a worry
and sleep soundly.
25So don't be afraid
of sudden disasters
or storms that strike
those who are evil.
26You can be sure that the LORD
will protect you from harm.
27Do all you can for everyone
who deserves your help.
28Don't tell your neighbour
to come back tomorrow,
if you can help today.
29Don't try to be mean
to neighbours who trust you.
30Don't argue just to be arguing,
when you haven't been hurt.
31Don't be jealous
of cruel people
or follow their example.
32The LORD doesn't like
anyone who is dishonest,
but he lets good people
be his friends.
33He places a curse on the home
of everyone who is evil,
but he blesses the home
of every good person.
34The LORD sneers at those#Jas 4.6; 1 P 5.5.
who sneer at him,
but he is kind to everyone
who is humble.
35You will be praised
if you are wise,
but you will be disgraced
if you are a stubborn fool.