Proverbs

Proverbs 3 ©

1An exhortation to obedience; 5faith in God; 7humility and godly fear; 9religious oblations; 11patience under affliction. 13The excellency of wisdom; 21the benefits of it. 27An exhortation to active goodness; 29peaceableness; against oppression. 33The curse of the wicked, and blessing of the upright.

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MY ason, forget not my law; but blet thine heart keep my commandments:

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For clength of days, and 1long life, and peace, shall they add to thee.

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dLet not mercy and truth forsake thee: ebind them about thy neck; fwrite them upon the *table of thine heart:

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So gshalt thou find favour and 2good understanding in the sight of God and man.

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hTrust in the LORD with all thine heart; and ilean not unto thine own understanding.

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In jall thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

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kBe not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.

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lIt shall be 3health to thy navel, and 4marrow to thy bones.

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mHonour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase:

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So nshall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.

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¶My oson, despise not the *chastening of the LORD; neither be weary of his correction:

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For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; even pas a father the son in whom he delighteth.

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qHappy is the man that findeth wisdom, and 5the man that getteth understanding.

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For rthe merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold.

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She is smore precious than rubies: and tall the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her.

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uLength of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches and honour.

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vHer ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.

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She is wa tree of life to them that xlay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retaineth her.

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The yLORD by wisdom hath founded the earth; by understanding hath he 6established the heavens.

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By his knowledge zthe depths are broken up, and athe clouds drop down bthe dew.

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¶My son, clet not them depart from thine eyes: keep sound wisdom and discretion:

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dSo shall they be life unto thy soul, and grace to thy neck.

d v.1-4. Is. 38.16. Jn. 6.63. 1Jn. 1.1. ch. 1.9.
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eThen shalt thou walk in thy way safely, and thy foot shall not stumble.

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fWhen thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and gthy sleep shall be sweet.

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Be hnot afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh.

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For ithe LORD shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken.

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jWithhold not good from 7them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it.

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kSay not unto thy neighbour, Go, and come again, and to morrow I will give; when thou hast it by thee.

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8Devise not evil against thy neighbour, seeing he dwelleth *securely by thee.

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lStrive not with a man without cause, if he have done thee no harm.

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mEnvy thou not 9the oppressor, and choose none of his ways.

m Ps. 37.1,7; 73.3. ch. 24.1.
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For nthe *froward is abomination to the LORD: obut his secret is with the righteous.

n Ps. 18.26. ch. 8.13.
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¶The pcurse of the LORD is in the house of the wicked: but qhe blesseth the habitation of the just.

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rSurely he scorneth the scorners: but he giveth grace unto the lowly.

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The swise shall inherit glory: but shame 10shall be the promotion of fools.