3 1 My son, do not forget my teaching,
but let your heart keep my commandments;
3 2 for length of days and years of life
and abundant welfare will they give you.
3 3 Let not loyalty and faithfulness forsake you;
bind them about your neck,
write them on the tablet of your heart.
3 4 So you will find favor and good repute
in the sight of God and man.
3 5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart,
and do not rely on your own insight.
3 6 In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths.
3 7 Be not wise in your own eyes;
fear the LORD, and turn away from evil.
3 8 It will be healing to your flesh
and refreshment to your bones.
3 9 Honor the LORD with your substance
and with the first fruits of all your produce;
3 10 then your barns will be filled with plenty,
and your vats will be bursting with wine.
3 11 My son, do not despise the LORD's discipline
or be weary of his reproof,
3 12 for the LORD reproves him whom he loves,
as a father the son in whom he delights.
3 13 Happy is the man who finds wisdom,
and the man who gets understanding,
3 14 for the gain from it is better than gain from silver
and its profit better than gold.
3 15 She is more precious than jewels,
and nothing you desire can compare with her.
3 16 Long life is in her right hand;
in her left hand are riches and honor.
3 17 Her ways are ways of pleasantness,
and all her paths are peace.
3 18 She is a tree of life to those who lay hold of her;
those who hold her fast are called happy.
3 19 The LORD by wisdom founded the earth;
by understanding he established the heavens;
3 20 by his knowledge the deeps broke forth,
and the clouds drop down the dew.
3 21 My son, keep sound wisdom and discretion;
let them not escape from your sight,
3 22 and they will be life for your soul
and adornment for your neck.
3 23 Then you will walk on your way securely
and your foot will not stumble.
3 24 If you sit down, you will not be afraid;
when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.
3 25 Do not be afraid of sudden panic,
or of the ruin of the wicked, when it comes;
3 26 for the LORD will be your confidence
and will keep your foot from being caught.
3 27 Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due,
when it is in your power to do it.
3 28 Do not say to your neighbor,
"Go, and come again, tomorrow I will give it" -
when you have it with you.
3 29 Do not plan evil against your neighbor
who dwells trustingly beside you.
3 30 Do not contend with a man for no reason,
when he has done you no harm.
3 31 Do not envy a man of violence
and do not choose any of his ways;
3 32 for the perverse man is an abomination to the LORD,
but the upright are in his confidence.
3 33 The LORD's curse is on the house of the wicked,
but he blesses the abode of the righteous.
3 34 Toward the scorners he is scornful,
but to the humble he shows favor.
3 35 The wise will inherit honor,
but fools get disgrace.