Trust the Lord
1My son, don’t forget my teaching,
but let your heart keep my commands; #Dt 30:16
2for they will bring you
many days, a full life, # Lit days, years of life #Ps 91:16Pr 3:16|NoBook| 4:10|NoBook| 9:11|NoBook| 10:27 and well-being. #Pr 4:1-46:20-237:1-3
3Never let loyalty and faithfulness leave you.
Tie them around your neck;
write them on the tablet of your heart. #Pr 1:9|NoBook| 6:21|NoBook| 7:32Co 3:3
4Then you will find favor and high regard
in the sight of God and man. #Dt 4:61Sm 2:26Lk 2:52Rm 14:18
5Trust in the Lord with all your heart, #Ps 37:3
and do not rely on your own understanding; #Jr 9:23
6think about Him in all your ways,
and He will guide you on the right paths. # Lit will make your paths straight #Pr 11:5
7Don’t consider yourself to be wise; #Pr 26:5|NoBook| 28:11Rm 12:16
fear the Lord and turn away from evil. #Jb 1:1|NoBook| 28:28Ps 37:27Pr 16:6
8This will be healing for your body # Lit navel #Pr 4:22
and strengthening for your bones. #Jb 21:24
9Honor the Lord with your possessions
and with the first produce of your entire harvest; #Ex 23:19Lv 23:9-14Dt 26:2
10then your barns will be completely filled,
and your vats will overflow with new wine. #Dt 28:8Mal 3:10
11Do not despise the Lord’s instruction, my son,
and do not loathe His discipline; #Pr 5:11-13|NoBook| 15:5
12for the Lord disciplines the one He loves,
just as a father, the son he delights in. #Dt 8:5Jb 5:17-18Pr 13:24Heb 12:5-7
Wisdom Brings Happiness
13Happy is a man who finds wisdom #Pr 8:32
and who acquires understanding,
14for she is more profitable than silver,
and her revenue is better than gold. #Jb 28:15-19Pr 8:10|NoBook| 16:16|NoBook| 22:1
15She is more precious than jewels; #Jb 28:18
nothing you desire compares with her. #Pr 8:11|NoBook| 20:15
16Long life # Lit Length of days is in her right hand;
in her left, riches and honor. #Pr 8:18|NoBook| 21:21|NoBook| 22:4
17Her ways are pleasant, #Mt 11:19
and all her paths, peaceful.
18She is a tree of life #Gn 2:9Pr 11:30|NoBook| 13:12|NoBook| 15:4Rv 2:7 to those who embrace her,
and those who hold on to her are happy.
19The Lord founded the earth by wisdom #Ps 104:24Pr 8:27
and established the heavens by understanding.
20By His knowledge the watery depths broke open, #Gn 7:11
and the clouds dripped with dew. #Dt 33:28Jb 36:28
21Maintain your competence and discretion.
My son, don’t lose sight of them. #Pr 4:21
22They will be life for you # Or be your throat # In Hb, nephesh can mean throat, soul, or life. #Pr 4:22
and adornment # Or grace for your neck.
23Then you will go safely on your way;
your foot will not stumble. #Ps 91:12Pr 4:12
24When you lie # LXX reads sit down, you will not be afraid; #Jb 11:19Ps 3:5Pr 6:22
you will lie down, and your sleep will be pleasant.
25Don’t fear sudden danger
or the ruin of the wicked when it comes, #Jb 5:21Ps 91:51Pt 3:14
26for the Lord will be your confidence # Or be at your side
and will keep your foot from a snare. #1Sm 2:9
Treat Others Fairly
27When it is in your power, # Lit in the power of your hands
don’t withhold good #Gl 6:10 from the one it belongs to.
28Don’t say to your neighbor, “Go away! Come back later.
I’ll give it tomorrow” — when it is there with you. #Lv 19:13Dt 24:15
29Don’t plan any harm against your neighbor, #Pr 6:14|NoBook| 14:22
for he trusts you and lives near you.
30Don’t accuse anyone without cause, #Pr 24:28Rm 12:18
when he has done you no harm.
31Don’t envy a violent man #Ps 37:1Pr 23:17|NoBook| 24:1
or choose any of his ways;
32for the devious are detestable to the Lord,
but He is a friend # Or confidential counsel to the upright. #Ps 25:14Pr 11:20|NoBook| 12:2215:8-9
33The Lord’s curse is on the household of the wicked, #Zch 5:3-4Mal 2:2
but He blesses the home of the righteous;
34He mocks those who mock,
but gives grace to the humble. #Jms 4:61Pt 5:5
35The wise will inherit honor,
but He holds up fools to dishonor. # Or but haughty fools dishonor, or but fools exalt dishonor