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Chapter 3

3:1 My son, forget not my teaching; but let thy heart keep my commandments;

3:2 For length of days, and years of life, and peace, will they add to thee.

3:3 Let not kindness and truth forsake thee; bind them about thy neck, write them upon the table of thy heart;

3:4 So shalt thou find grace and good favour in the sight of God and man.

3:5 Trust in the Lord with all thy heart, and lean not upon thine own understanding.

3:6 In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct thy paths.

3:7 Be not wise in thine own eyes; fear the Lord, and depart from evil;

3:8 It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.

3:9 Honour the Lord with thy substance, and with the first-fruits of all thine increase;

3:10 So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy vats shall overflow with new wine.

3:11 My son, despise not the chastening of the Lord, neither spurn thou His correction;

3:12 For whom the Lord loveth He correcteth, even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.

3:13 Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that obtaineth understanding.

3:14 For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold.

3:15 She is more precious than rubies; and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her.

3:16 Length of days is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honour.

3:17 Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.

3:18 She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her, and happy is every one that holdest her fast.

3:19 the Lord by wisdom founded the earth; by understanding He established the heavens.

3:20 By His knowledge the depths were broken up, and the skies drop down the dew.

3:21 My son, let not them depart from thine eyes; keep sound wisdom and discretion;

3:22 So shall they be life unto thy soul, and grace to thy neck.

3:23 Then shalt thou walk in thy way securely, and thou shalt not dash thy foot.

3:24 When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid; yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet.

3:25 Be not afraid of sudden terror, neither of the destruction of the wicked, when it cometh;

3:26 For the Lord will be thy confidence, and will keep thy foot from being caught.

3:27 Withhold not good from him to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thy hand to do it.

3:28 Say not unto thy neighbour: 'Go, and come again, and to-morrow I will give'; when thou hast it by thee.

3:29 Devise not evil against thy neighbour, seeing he dwelleth securely by thee.

3:30 Strive not with a man without cause, if he have done thee no harm.

3:31 Envy thou not the man of violence, and choose none of his ways.

3:32 For the perverse is an abomination to the Lord; but His counsel is with the upright.

3:33 The curse of the Lord is in the house of the wicked; but He blesseth the habitation of the righteous.

3:34 If it concerneth the scorners, He scorneth them, but unto the humble He giveth grace.

3:35 The wise shall inherit honour; but as for the fools, they carry away shame.

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