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Proverbs 3

An exhortation to obedience,

Proverbs 3:1 My son, forget not my law, and let thy heart keep my commandments. Proverbs 3:2 For they shall add to thee length of days, and years of life, and peace. Proverbs 3:3 Let not mercy aud truth leave thee, put them about thy neck, and write them in the tables of thy heart. Proverbs 3:4 And thou shalt find grace, and good understanding before God and men.


Proverbs 3:5 Have confidence in the Lord with all thy heart, and lean not upon thy own prudence. Proverbs 3:6 In all thy ways think on him, and he will direct thy steps.

to mortification,

Proverbs 3:7 Be not wise in thy own conceit: fear God, and depart from evil: Proverbs 3:8 For it shall be health to thy navel, and moistening to thy bones.

to devotion,

Proverbs 3:9 Honour the Lord with thy substance, and give him of the first of all thy fruits; Proverbs 3:10 And thy barns shall be filled with abundance, and thy presses shall run over with wine.

to patience.

Proverbs 3:11 My son, reject not the correction of the Lord: and do not faint when thou art chastised by him: Proverbs 3:12 For whom the Lord loveth, he chastiseth: and as a father in the son he pleaseth himself.

The happy gain of wisdom.

Proverbs 3:13 Blessed is the man that findeth wisdom, and is rich in prudence: Proverbs 3:14 The purchasing thereof is better than the merchandise of silver, and her fruit than the chief and purest gold: Proverbs 3:15 She is more precious than all riches: and all the things that are desired, are not to be compared to her. Proverbs 3:16 Length of days is in her right hand, and in her left hand riches and glory. Proverbs 3:17 Her ways are beautiful ways, and all her paths are peaceable. Proverbs 3:18 She is a tree of life to them that lay hold on her: and he that shall retain her is blessed.

The power,

Proverbs 3:19 The Lord by wisdom hath founded the earth, hath established the heavens by prudence. Proverbs 3:20 By his wisdom the depths have broken out, and the clouds grow thick with dew.

and the benefits of wisdom.

Proverbs 3:21 My son, let not these things depart from thy eyes: keep the law and counsel: Proverbs 3:22 And there shall be life to thy soul, and grace to thy mouth. Proverbs 3:23 Then shalt thou walk confidently in thy way, and thy foot shall not stumble: Proverbs 3:24 If thou sleep, thou shalt not fear: thou shalt rest, and thy sleep shall be sweet. Proverbs 3:25 Be not afraid of sudden fear, nor of the power of the wicked falling upon thee. Proverbs 3:26 For the Lord will be at thy side, and will keep thy foot that thou be not taken.

An exhortation to charitableness,

Proverbs 3:27 Do not withhold him from doing good, who is able: if thou art able, do good thyself also. Proverbs 3:28 Say not to thy friend: Go, and come again: and to morrow I will give to thee: when thou canst give at present. Proverbs 3:29 Practise not evil against thy friend, when he hath confidence in thee.


Proverbs 3:30 Strive not against a man without cause, when he hath done thee no evil.

and contentedness.

Proverbs 3:31 Envy not the unjust man, and do not follow his ways. Proverbs 3:32 For every mocker is an abomination to the Lord, and his communication is with the simple.

The cursed state of the wicked.

Proverbs 3:33 Want is from the Lord in the house of the wicked: but the habitations of the just shall be blessed. Proverbs 3:34 He shall scorn the scorners, and to the meek he will give grace. Proverbs 3:35 The wise shall possess glory: the promotion of fools is disgrace.

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