NASB — Proverbs 3 — KJV

The Rewards of Wisdom

  1 My son, ado not forget my Iteaching,
  But let your heart bkeep my commandments;
  2 For alength of days and years of life
  And peace they will add to you.
  3 Do not let akindness and truth leave you;
  bBind them around your neck,
  cWrite them on the tablet of your heart.
  4 So you will afind favor and bgood Irepute
  In the sight of God and man.
  5 aTrust in the LORD with all your heart
  And bdo not lean on your own understanding.
  6 In all your ways aacknowledge Him,
  And He will bmake your paths straight.
  7 aDo not be wise in your own eyes;
  bFear the LORD and turn away from evil.
  8 It will be ahealing to your Ibody
  And brefreshment to your bones.
  9 aHonor the LORD from your wealth
  And from the bfirst of all your produce;
  10 So your abarns will be filled with plenty
  And your bvats will overflow with new wine.
  11 aMy son, do not reject the Idiscipline of the LORD
  Or loathe His reproof,
  12 For awhom the LORD loves He reproves,
  Even bas a father [corrects] the son in whom he delights.

[1] IOr law aPs 119:61; Pv 4:5 bEx 20:6; Dt 30:16
[2] aPs 91:16; Pv 3:16; 4:10; 9:11; 10:27
[3] a2S 15:20; Pv 14:22 bDt 6:8; 11:18; Pv 1:9; 6:21 cPv 7:3; Jr 17:1; 2Co 3:3
[4] ILit understanding a1S 2:26; Pv 8:35; Lk 2:52 bPs 111:10
[5] aPs 37:3, 5; Pv 22:19 bPv 23:4; Jr 9:23
[6] a1Ch 28:9; Pv 16:3; Php 4:6; Jm 1:5 bIs 45:13; Jr 10:23
[7] aRo 12:16 bJb 1:1; 28:28; Pv 8:13; 16:6
[8] ILit navel aPv 4:22 bJb 21:24
[9] aIs 43:23 bEx 23:19; Dt 26:2; Mal 3:10
[10] aDt 28:8 bJol 2:24
[11] IOr instruction aJb 5:17; He 12:5, 6
[12] aRv 3:19 bDt 8:5; Pv 13:24

  13aHow blessed is the man who finds wisdom
  And the man who gains understanding.
  14 For her aprofit is better than the profit of silver
  And her gain better than fine gold.
  15 She is amore precious than Ijewels;
  And nothing you desire compares with her.
  16 IaLong life is in her right hand;
  In her left hand are briches and honor.
  17 Her aways are pleasant ways
  And all her paths are bpeace.
  18 She is a atree of life to those who take hold of her,
  And happy are all who hold her fast.
  19 The LORD aby wisdom founded the earth,
  By understanding He bestablished the heavens.
  20 By His knowledge the adeeps were broken up
  And the bskies drip with dew.
  21 My son, alet them not Ivanish from your sight;
  Keep sound wisdom and discretion,
  22 So they will be alife to your soul
  And badornment to your neck.
  23 Then you will awalk in your way securely
  And your foot will not bstumble.
  24 When you alie down, you will not be afraid;
  When you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.
  25 aDo not be afraid of sudden fear
  Nor of the Ibonslaught of the wicked when it comes;
  26 For the LORD will be Iyour confidence
  And will akeep your foot from being caught.

[13] aPv 8:32, 34
[14] aJb 28:15-19; Pv 8:10, 19; 16:16
[15] ILit corals aJb 28:18; Pv 8:11
[16] ILit Length of days aPv 3:2 bPv 8:18; 22:4
[17] aMt 11:29 bPs 119:165; Pv 16:7
[18] aGn 2:9; Pv 11:30; 13:12; 15:4; Rv 2:7
[19] aPs 104:24; Pv 8:27 bPv 8:27, 28
[20] aGn 7:11 bDt 33:28; Jb 36:28
[21] ILit depart aPv 4:21
[22] aDt 32:47; Pv 4:22; 8:35; 16:22; 21:21 bPv 1:9
[23] aPv 4:12; 10:9 bPs 91:12; Is 5:27; 63:13
[24] aJb 11:19; Ps 3:5; Pv 1:33; 6:22
[25] ILit storm aPs 91:5; 1P 3:14 bJb 5:21
[26] IOr at your side a1S 2:9

  27aDo not withhold good from Ithose to whom it is due,
  When it is in your power to do [it].
  28 aDo not say to your neighbor, “Go, and come back,
  And tomorrow I will give [it],”
  When you have it with you.
  29 aDo not devise harm against your neighbor,
  While he lives securely beside you.
  30 aDo not contend with a man without cause,
  If he has done you no harm.
  31 aDo not envy a man of violence
  And do not choose any of his ways.
  32 For the adevious are an abomination to the LORD;
  But IHe is bintimate with the upright.
  33 The acurse of the LORD is on the house of the wicked,
  But He bblesses the dwelling of the righteous.
  34 Though aHe scoffs at the scoffers,
  Yet bHe gives grace to the afflicted.
  35 aThe wise will inherit honor,
  But fools Idisplay dishonor.

[27] ILit its owners aRo 13:7; Ga 6:10
[28] aLv 19:13; Dt 24:15
[29] aPv 6:14; 14:22
[30] aPv 26:17; Ro 12:18
[31] aPs 37:1; Pv 24:1
[32] ILit His private counsel is aPv 11:20 bJb 29:4; Ps 25:14
[33] aLv 26:14, 16; Dt 11:28; Zc 5:3, 4; Mal 2:2 bJb 8:6; Ps 1:3
[34] aJm 4:6 b1P 5:5
[35] ILit raise high aDn 12:3


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An exhortation to obedience,

1 ¶ My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments: 2 For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee. 3 Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart: 4 So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man.

[1] Dt 4:9, 23; 6:6; 8:1; 30:16; Ps 119:11, 16, 34, 47, 93, 153, 176; Pv 1:8; 4:5; 31:5; Is 51:17; Jr 31:33; Ho 4:6; Jn 14:21.
[2] Jb 5:26; Ps 21:4; 34:11; 91:16; 119:165; 128:6; Pv 3:16, 17; 4:10; 9:11; Is 32:17; 57:19; Ro 5:1; 14:17; 15:13; Ep 6:1; 1Ti 4:8.
[3] Ex 13:9; Dt 6:8; 11:18; 2S 15:20; Ps 25:10; 119:11; Pv 6:21; 7:3; 16:6; 20:28; Jr 17:1; Ho 4:1; Mi 7:18; Mal 2:6; Mt 23:23; 2Co 3:3; Ep 5:1, 9; He 10:16.
[4] Gn 39:2, 21; Jsh 1:7; 1S 2:26; Ps 111:10; Dn 1:9; Lk 2:52; Ac 2:47; Ro 14:18.

faith,

5 ¶ Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

[5] Jb 13:15; Ps 37:3, 5, 7; 62:8; 115:9; 125:1; 146:3; Pv 3:7; 22:19; 23:4; 28:26; Is 12:2; 26:3; Jr 9:23; 10:23; 17:7; Ro 12:16; 1Co 3:18; 8:1; Ep 1:12.
[6] 1S 4:11; 30:8; 1Ch 28:9; Ezr 7:27; 8:22; Ne 1:11; 2:4; Ps 25:8; 32:8; Pv 16:3, 9; 23:17; Is 30:21; 48:17; Jr 10:23; 1Co 10:31; 2Co 8:16; Php 4:6; Col 3:17, 23; Jm 1:5.

to mortification,

7 ¶ Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. 8 It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.

[7] Ne 5:15; Jb 1:1; 28:28; Ps 34:11; Pv 14:27; 16:6; 26:12; Ec 12:13; Is 5:21; Ro 11:25; 12:16.
[8] Jb 21:24; Ps 147:3; Pv 4:22; 16:24; Is 1:6; Jr 30:12; Ezk 16:4.

to devotion,

9 Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase: 10 So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.

[9] Gn 14:18; 28:22; Ex 22:29; 23:19; 34:26; 35:20; Nu 7:2; 31:50; Dt 26:2; Pv 14:31; Hg 1:4; Mal 3:8; Mk 14:7, 10; Lk 14:13; 1Co 16:2; 2Co 8:2, 8; Php 4:17; 1Jn 3:17.
[10] Lv 26:2; Dt 28:8; Pv 11:24; 19:17; 22:9; Ec 11:1; Hg 2:19; Mal 3:10; Mt 10:42; 2Co 9:6.

to patience.

11 ¶ My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD; neither be weary of his correction: 12 For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son [in whom] he delighteth.

[11] Jb 4:5; 5:17; Ps 94:12; Pv 24:10; Is 40:30; 1Co 11:32; 2Co 4:1, 16; He 12:3, 5, 7; Rv 3:19.
[12] Dt 8:5; Ps 103:13; Pv 29:17.

The happy gain of wisdom.

13 ¶ Happy [is] the man [that] findeth wisdom, and the man [that] getteth understanding. 14 For the merchandise of it [is] better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold. 15 She [is] more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her. 16 Length of days [is] in her right hand; [and] in her left hand riches and honour. 17 Her ways [are] ways of pleasantness, and all her paths [are] peace. 18 She [is] a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy [is every one] that retaineth her.

[13] 1K 10:1, 23; Pv 2:4; 4:5; 8:32; 18:1; Ec 9:15.
[14] 2Ch 1:11; Jb 28:13; Ps 119:72, 111, 162; Pv 2:4; 8:10, 19; 16:16; Mt 16:26; Php 3:8; Rv 3:18.
[15] Ps 63:3; 73:25; Pv 8:11; 20:15; 31:10; Mt 13:44; Ro 8:18.
[16] 1K 3:13; Ps 21:4; 71:9; Pv 3:2; 4:6, 10; 8:18; Mk 10:30; 1Co 3:21; 2Co 6:10; 1Ti 4:8.
[17] Ps 19:10; 25:10; 37:11; 63:3; 112:1; 119:14, 47, 103, 165, 174; Pv 2:10; 22:18; Is 26:3; 57:19; Mt 11:28; Lk 1:79; Ro 5:1; Php 4:8.
[18] Gn 2:9; 3:22; Pv 11:30; 13:12; Rv 22:2.

The power,

19 The LORD by wisdom hath founded the earth; by understanding hath he established the heavens. 20 By his knowledge the depths are broken up, and the clouds drop down the dew.

[19] Ps 104:24; 136:5; Pv 8:27; Jr 10:12; 51:15; Jn 1:3.
[20] Gn 1:9; 7:11; 27:28, 37; Dt 33:28; Jb 36:27; 38:8, 26; Ps 65:9; 104:8; Jr 14:22; Jol 2:23.

and the benefits of wisdom.

21 ¶ My son, let not them depart from thine eyes: keep sound wisdom and discretion: 22 So shall they be life unto thy soul, and grace to thy neck. 23 Then shalt thou walk in thy way safely, and thy foot shall not stumble. 24 When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet. 25 Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh. 26 For the LORD shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken.

[21] Dt 4:9; 6:6; 32:46; Jsh 1:8; Pv 2:7; 3:1; Jn 8:31; 15:6; He 2:1; 1Jn 2:24, 27.
[22] Pv 1:9; 4:22; Is 38:16; Jn 12:49.
[23] Ps 37:23, 31; 91:11; 121:3, 8; Pv 2:8; 4:12; 10:9; Zc 10:12.
[24] Lv 26:6; Ps 3:5; 4:8; 121:4; 127:2; Pv 6:22; Jr 31:26; Ezk 34:15; Ac 12:6; 1Th 4:13.
[25] Jb 5:21; 11:13; Ps 27:1; 46:1; 73:19; 91:5; 112:7; Pv 1:27; Is 8:12; 41:10; Dn 3:17; Mt 8:24; 24:6, 15; Mk 4:40; Lk 21:9, 18; Jn 14:1; 1P 3:14.
[26] 1S 2:9; Ps 91:3, 9; Pv 14:26; Hab 3:17.

An exhortation to charitableness,

27 ¶ Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do [it]. 28 Say not unto thy neighbour, Go, and come again, and to morrow I will give; when thou hast it by thee. 29 Devise not evil against thy neighbour, seeing he dwelleth securely by thee.

[27] Gn 31:29; Mi 2:1; Ro 13:7; Ga 6:10; Tit 2:14; Jm 2:15; 5:4.
[28] Lv 19:13; Dt 24:12; Pv 27:1; Ec 9:10; 11:6; 2Co 8:11; 9:3; 1Ti 6:18.
[29] Ps 35:20; 55:20; 59:3; Pv 6:14, 18; 16:29; Jr 18:18; Mi 2:1.

peaceableness,

30 ¶ Strive not with a man without cause, if he have done thee no harm.

[30] Pv 17:14; 18:6; 25:8; 29:22; Mt 5:39; Ro 12:18; 1Co 6:6; 2Ti 2:24.

and contentedness.

31 ¶ Envy thou not the oppressor, and choose none of his ways. 32 For the froward [is] abomination to the LORD: but his secret [is] with the righteous.

[31] Ps 37:1, 7; 73:3; Pv 1:15; 2:12; 12:12; 22:22; 23:17; 24:1, 19; Ec 5:8; Ga 5:21.
[32] Ps 18:26; 25:14; Pv 6:6; 8:13; 11:20; 14:10; 17:15; Mt 11:25; 13:11; Lk 16:15; Jn 14:21; 15:15; Rv 2:17.

The cursed state of the wicked.

33 ¶ The curse of the LORD [is] in the house of the wicked: but he blesseth the habitation of the just. 34 Surely he scorneth the scorners: but he giveth grace unto the lowly. 35 The wise shall inherit glory: but shame shall be the promotion of fools.

[33] Lv 26:14; Dt 7:26; 28:2, 15; 29:19; Jsh 6:18; 7:13; 2S 6:11; Jb 8:6; Ps 1:3; 37:22; 91:10; Pv 21:12; Zc 5:3; Mal 2:2.
[34] Ps 138:6; Pv 9:7, 12; 19:29; 21:24; Is 57:15; Jm 4:6; 1P 5:5.
[35] 1S 2:30; Ps 73:24; 132:18; Pv 4:8; 13:8; Is 65:13; Dn 12:2.


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