Trust the Lord
1My son, don’t forget my teaching,
but let your heart keep my commands;3:1 Dt 30:16
2for they will bring you
many days, a full life,3:2 Lit days, years of life3:2 Ps 91:16; Pr 3:16; 4:10; 9:11; 10:27 and well-being.3:1–2 Pr 4:1–4; 6:20–23; 7:1–3
3Never let loyalty and faithfulness leave you.
Tie them around your neck;
write them on the tablet of your heart.3:3 Pr 1:9; 6:21; 7:3; 2Co 3:3
4Then you will find favor and high regard
with God and people.3:4 Dt 4:6; 1Sm 2:26; Lk 2:52; Rm 14:18

5Trust in the Lord with all your heart,3:5 Ps 37:3,5
and do not rely on your own understanding;3:5 Jr 9:23
6in all your ways know him,
and he will make your paths straight.3:6 Pr 11:5
7Don’t be wise in your own eyes;3:7 Pr 26:5,12; 28:11,26; Rm 12:16
fear the Lord and turn away from evil.3:7 Jb 1:1; 28:28; Ps 37:27; Pr 16:6
8This will be healing for your body3:8 Lit navel3:8 Pr 4:22
and strengthening for your bones.3:8 Jb 21:24
9Honor the Lord with your possessions
and with the first produce of your entire harvest;3:9 Ex 23:19; Lv 23:9–14; Dt 26:2
10then your barns will be completely filled,
and your vats will overflow with new wine.3:10 Dt 28:8; Mal 3:10
11Do not despise the Lord’s instruction, my son,
and do not loathe his discipline;3:11 Pr 5:11–13; 15:5,31–33
12for the Lord disciplines the one he loves,
just as a father disciplines the son in whom he delights.3:12 Dt 8:5; Jb 5:17–18; Pr 13:24; Heb 12:5–7
Wisdom Brings Happiness
13Happy is a man who finds wisdom3:13 Pr 8:32,34
and who acquires understanding,
14for she is more profitable than silver,
and her revenue is better than gold.3:14 Jb 28:15–19; Pr 8:10,19; 16:16; 22:1
15She is more precious than jewels;3:15 Jb 28:18
nothing you desire can equal her.3:15 Pr 8:11; 20:15
16Long life3:16 Lit Length of days is in her right hand;
in her left, riches and honor.3:16 Pr 8:18; 21:21; 22:4
17Her ways are pleasant,3:17 Mt 11:19
and all her paths, peaceful.
18She is a tree of life3:18 Gn 2:9; Pr 11:30; 13:12; 15:4; Rv 2:7 to those who embrace her,
and those who hold on to her are happy.

19The Lord founded the earth by wisdom3:19 Ps 104:24; Pr 8:27
and established the heavens by understanding.
20By his knowledge the watery depths broke open,3:20 Gn 7:11
and the clouds dripped with dew.3:20 Dt 33:28; Jb 36:28

21Maintain sound wisdom and discretion.
My son, don’t lose sight of them.3:21 Pr 4:21
22They will be life for you3:22 Or be your throat3:22 Pr 4:22
and adornment3:22 Or grace for your neck.
23Then you will go safely on your way;
your foot will not stumble.3:23 Ps 91:12; Pr 4:12
24When you lie3:24 LXX reads sit down, you will not be afraid;3:24 Jb 11:19; Ps 3:5; Pr 6:22
you will lie down, and your sleep will be pleasant.
25Don’t fear sudden danger
or the ruin of the wicked when it comes,3:25 Jb 5:21; Ps 91:5; 1Pt 3:14
26for the Lord will be your confidence3:26 Or be at your side
and will keep your foot from a snare.3:26 1Sm 2:9
Treat Others Fairly
27When it is in your power,3:27 Lit in the power of your hands
don’t withhold good3:27 Gl 6:10 from the one to whom it belongs.
28Don’t say to your neighbor, “Go away! Come back later.
I’ll give it tomorrow” — when it is there with you.3:28 Lv 19:13; Dt 24:15
29Don’t plan any harm against your neighbor,3:29 Pr 6:14; 14:22
for he trusts you and lives near you.
30Don’t accuse anyone without cause,3:30 Pr 24:28; Rm 12:18
when he has done you no harm.
31Don’t envy a violent man3:31 Ps 37:1; Pr 23:17; 24:1,19
or choose any of his ways;
32for the devious are detestable to the Lord,
but he is a friend3:32 Or confidential counsel to the upright.3:32 Ps 25:14; Pr 11:20; 12:22; 15:8–9
33The Lord’s curse is on the household of the wicked,3:33 Zch 5:3–4; Mal 2:2
but he blesses the home of the righteous;
34He mocks those who mock
but gives grace to the humble.3:34 Jms 4:6; 1Pt 5:5
35The wise will inherit honor,
but he holds up fools to dishonor.3:35 Or but haughty fools dishonor, or but fools exalt dishonor