In All Your Ways Acknowledge Him
1My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my mitzvot.
2For length of days and years of life, and shalom they will add to you.
3Let kindness and truth never leave you— bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.
4Then you will gain favor and a good name in the eyes of God and man.
5Trust in Adonai with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding.
6In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.
7Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear Adonai and turn away from evil.
8It will be healing to your body and refreshment to your bones.
9Honor Adonai with your wealth and with the first of your entire harvest.
10Then your barns will be filled with plenty, your vats will overflow with new wine.
Discipline as the Father’s Love
11My son, never despise Adonai’s discipline or dread His correction.
12For Adonai loves those He reproves, even as a father, the son in whom he delights.
Precious Pearls, A Tree of Life
13Happy is the man who finds wisdom and the man who gains understanding.
14For her trade-value is better than silver, and her yield better than fine gold.
15She is more precious than jewels and nothing you desire compares to her.
16Length of days is in her right hand. In her left hand are riches and honor.
17Her ways are pleasant ways, and all of her paths are shalom.
18She is a tree of life to those who embrace her, and blessed will be all who hold firmly to her.
19By wisdom Adonai founded the earth. By understanding He established the heavens.
20By His knowledge the deeps were divided, and the clouds drip dew.
21My son, hold on to sound wisdom and discernment, do not let them out of your sight.
22They will be life to your soul, and an ornament to grace your neck.
23Then you will walk on your way in safety, and your foot will not stumble.
24When you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.
25Have no fear of sudden terror, or of the devastation of the wicked when it comes.
26For Adonai will be your confidence and will keep your foot from a snare.
27Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act.
28Do not say to your neighbor, “Come back later— I’ll give it tomorrow,” when you have it with you.
29Do not plot evil against your neighbor while he lives trustfully beside you.
30Do not quarrel with a man for no reason —if he has done you no harm.
31Do not envy a violent man or choose any of his ways.
32For the devious are detestable to Adonai, but He takes the upright into His confidence.
33Adonai’s curse is on a wicked house, but He blesses a righteous home.
34Though He scoffs at the scoffers, He gives grace to the humble.
35The wise inherit honor, but fools are held up in disgrace.