Exhortations to Obedience
1My son, forget not my law;
but let thine heart keep my commandments:
2for length of days, and long life,
and peace, shall they add to thee.
3Let not mercy and truth forsake thee:
bind them about thy neck;
write them upon the table of thine heart:
4 # Luke 2.52; Rom 12.17; 2 Cor 8.21. so shalt thou find favor and good understanding
in the sight of God and man.
5Trust in the Lord with all thine heart;
and lean not unto thine own understanding.
6In all thy ways acknowledge him,
and he shall direct thy paths.
7 # Rom 12.16. Be not wise in thine own eyes:
fear the Lord, and depart from evil.
8It shall be health to thy navel,
and marrow to thy bones.
9Honor the Lord with thy substance,
and with the firstfruits of all thine increase:
10so shall thy barns be filled with plenty,
and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.
11 # Heb 12.5,6. # Job 5.17. My son, despise not the chastening of the Lord;
neither be weary of his correction:
12 # Rev 3.19. for whom the Lord loveth he correcteth;
even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.
13Happy is the man that findeth wisdom,
and the man that getteth understanding:
14for the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver,
and the gain thereof than fine gold.
15She is more precious than rubies:
and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her.
16Length of days is in her right hand;
and in her left hand riches and honor.
17Her ways are ways of pleasantness,
and all her paths are peace.
18She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her:
and happy is every one that retaineth her.
19The Lord by wisdom hath founded the earth;
by understanding hath he established the heavens.
20By his knowledge the depths are broken up,
and the clouds drop down the dew.
21My son, let not them depart from thine eyes:
keep sound wisdom and discretion:
22so shall they be life unto thy soul,
and grace to thy neck.
23Then shalt thou walk in thy way safely,
and thy foot shall not stumble.
24When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid:
yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet.
25Be not afraid of sudden fear,
neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh.
26For the Lord shall be thy confidence,
and shall keep thy foot from being taken.
27Withhold not good from them to whom it is due,
when it is in the power of thine hand to do it.
28Say not unto thy neighbor,
Go, and come again, and tomorrow I will give;
when thou hast it by thee.
29Devise not evil against thy neighbor,
seeing he dwelleth securely by thee.
30Strive not with a man without cause,
if he have done thee no harm.
31Envy thou not the oppressor,
and choose none of his ways.
32For the froward is abomination to the Lord:
but his secret is with the righteous.
33The curse of the Lord is in the house of the wicked:
but he blesseth the habitation of the just.
34 # Jas 4.6; 1 Pet 5.5. Surely he scorneth the scorners:
but he giveth grace unto the lowly.
35The wise shall inherit glory:
but shame shall be the promotion of fools.