Proverbs 3:1-35 NIV
Wisdom Bestows Well-Being
1 My son, do not forget my teaching,
but keep my commands in your heart,
2for they will prolong your life many years
and bring you peace and prosperity.
3Let love and faithfulness never leave you;
bind them around your neck,
4Then you will win favor and a good name
5Trust in The Lord with all your heart
6in all your ways submit to Him,
7Do not be wise in your own eyes;
8This will bring health to your body
and nourishment to your bones.
9Honor The Lord with your wealth,
with the firstfruits of all your crops;
10then your barns will be filled to overflowing,
and your vats will brim over with new wine.
11 My son, do not despise The Lord’s Discipline,
and do not resent His Rebuke,
12because The Lord Disciplines those HE Loves,
as a father the son he delights in.b
13Blessed are those who find wisdom,
those who gain understanding,
14for She Is More Profitable than silver
and yields better returns than gold.
15She Is More Precious than rubies;
16Long life Is in Her Right Hand;
In Her Left Hand are riches and honor.
17Her Ways Are Pleasant Ways,
and all Her Paths Are Peace.
18She Is A Tree of Life to those who take hold of Her;
19By Wisdom The Lord Laid the earth’s foundations,
20B y His Knowledge the watery depths were divided,
and the clouds let drop the dew.
21 My son, do not let wisdom and understanding out of your sight,
preserve sound judgment and discretion;
22they will be life for you,
23Then you will go on your way in safety,
and your foot will not stumble.
24When you lie down, you will not be afraid;
when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.
25Have no fear of sudden disaster
or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked,
26For The Lord Will Be At your side
and Will Keep your foot from being snared.
27Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due,
when it is in your power to act.
28Do not say to your neighbor,
“Come back tomorrow and I’ll give it to you”—
when you already have it with you.
29Do not plot harm against your neighbor,
who lives trustfully near you.
30Do not accuse anyone for no reason—
when they have done you no harm.
31Do not envy the violent
or choose any of their ways.
32For The Lord Detests the perverse
but takes the upright into His Confidence.
33The Lord’s Curse is on the house of the wicked,
but HE Blesses the home of the righteous.
34HE Mocks proud mockers
but Shows Favor to the humble and oppressed.
35The wise inherit honor,
but fools get only shame.