Proverbs 3
Holman Christian Standard Bible

Trust the Lord

1My son, don’t forget my teaching,

but let your heart keep my commands;a

2for they will bring you

many days, a full life,b, c and well-being.d

3Never let loyalty and faithfulness leave you.

Tie them around your neck;

write them on the tablet of your heart.e

4Then you will find favor and high regard

in the sight of God and man.f

5Trust in the LORD with all your heart,g

and do not rely on your own understanding;h

6think about Him in all your ways,

and He will guide you on the right paths.i, j

7Don’t consider yourself to be wise;k

fear the LORD and turn away from evil.l

8This will be healing for your bodym, n

and strengthening for your bones.o

9Honor the LORD with your possessions

and with the first produce of your entire harvest;p

10then your barns will be completely filled,

and your vats will overflow with new wine.q

11Do not despise the LORD’s instruction, my son,

and do not loathe His discipline;r

12for the LORD disciplines the one He loves,

just as a father, the son he delights in.s

Wisdom Brings Happiness

13Happy is a man who finds wisdomt

and who acquires understanding,

14for she is more profitable than silver,

and her revenue is better than gold.u

15She is more precious than jewels;v

nothing you desire compares with her.w

16Long lifex is in her right hand;

in her left, riches and honor.y

17Her ways are pleasant,z

and all her paths, peaceful.

18She is a tree of lifeaa to those who embrace her,

and those who hold on to her are happy.

19The LORD founded the earth by wisdomab

and established the heavens by understanding.

20By His knowledge the watery depths broke open,ac

and the clouds dripped with dew.ad

21Maintain your competence and discretion.

My son, don’t lose sight of them.ae

22They will be life for youaf, ag, ah

and adornmentai for your neck.

23Then you will go safely on your way;

your foot will not stumble.aj

24When you lieak down, you will not be afraid;al

you will lie down, and your sleep will be pleasant.

25Don’t fear sudden danger

or the ruin of the wicked when it comes,am

26for the LORD will be your confidencean

and will keep your foot from a snare.ao

Treat Others Fairly

27When it is in your power,ap

don’t withhold goodaq 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.ar

29Don’t plan any harm against your neighbor,as

for he trusts you and lives near you.

30Don’t accuse anyone without cause,at

when he has done you no harm.

31Don’t envy a violent manau

or choose any of his ways;

32for the devious are detestable to the LORD,

but He is a friendav to the upright.aw

33The LORD’s curse is on the household of the wicked,ax

but He blesses the home of the righteous;

34He mocks those who mock,

but gives grace to the humble.ay

35The wise will inherit honor,

but He holds up fools to dishonor.az


Footnotes:
a. 3:1 Dt 30:16
b. 3:2 Lit days, years of life
c. 3:2 Ps 91:16; Pr 3:16; 4:10; 9:11; 10:27
d. 3:1-2 Pr 4:1-4; 6:20-23; 7:1-3
e. 3:3 Pr 1:9; 6:21; 7:3; 2Co 3:3
f. 3:4 Dt 4:6; 1Sm 2:26; Lk 2:52; Rm 14:18
g. 3:5 Ps 37:3,5
h. 3:5 Jr 9:23
i. 3:6 Lit will make your paths straight
j. 3:6 Pr 11:5
k. 3:7 Pr 26:5,12; 28:11,26; Rm 12:16
l. 3:7 Jb 1:1; 28:28; Ps 37:27; Pr 16:6
m. 3:8 Lit navel
n. 3:8 Pr 4:22
o. 3:8 Jb 21:24
p. 3:9 Ex 23:19; Lv 23:9-14; Dt 26:2
q. 3:10 Dt 28:8; Mal 3:10
r. 3:11 Pr 5:11-13; 15:5,31-33
s. 3:12 Dt 8:5; Jb 5:17-18; Pr 13:24; Heb 12:5-7
t. 3:13 Pr 8:32,34
u. 3:14 Jb 28:15-19; Pr 8:10,19; 16:16; 22:1
v. 3:15 Jb 28:18
w. 3:15 Pr 8:11; 20:15
x. 3:16 Lit Length of days
y. 3:16 Pr 8:18; 21:21; 22:4
z. 3:17 Mt 11:19
aa. 3:18 Gn 2:9; Pr 11:30; 13:12; 15:4; Rv 2:7
ab. 3:19 Ps 104:24; Pr 8:27
ac. 3:20 Gn 7:11
ad. 3:20 Dt 33:28; Jb 36:28
ae. 3:21 Pr 4:21
af. 3:22 Or be your throat
ag. 3:22 In Hb, nephesh can mean throat, soul, or life.
ah. 3:22 Pr 4:22
ai. 3:22 Or grace
aj. 3:23 Ps 91:12; Pr 4:12
ak. 3:24 LXX reads sit
al. 3:24 Jb 11:19; Ps 3:5; Pr 6:22
am. 3:25 Jb 5:21; Ps 91:5; 1Pt 3:14
an. 3:26 Or be at your side
ao. 3:26 1Sm 2:9
ap. 3:27 Lit in the power of your hands
aq. 3:27 Gl 6:10
ar. 3:28 Lv 19:13; Dt 24:15
as. 3:29 Pr 6:14; 14:22
at. 3:30 Pr 24:28; Rm 12:18
au. 3:31 Ps 37:1; Pr 23:17; 24:1,19
av. 3:32 Or confidential counsel
aw. 3:32 Ps 25:14; Pr 11:20; 12:22; 15:8-9
ax. 3:33 Zch 5:3-4; Mal 2:2
ay. 3:34 Jms 4:6; 1Pt 5:5
az. 3:35 Or but haughty fools dishonor, or but fools exalt dishonor
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