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;
4Then you will find favor and high regard
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
and strengthening for your bones.3:8 Jb 21:24
9Honor the Lord with your possessions
10then your barns will be completely filled,
11Do not despise the Lord’s instruction, my son,
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
and who acquires understanding,
14for she is more profitable than silver,
16Long life3:16 Lit Length of days is in her right hand;
and all her paths, peaceful.
and those who hold on to her are happy.
and established the heavens by understanding.
21Maintain sound wisdom and discretion.
My son, don’t lose sight of them.3:21 Pr 4:21
and adornment3:22 Or grace for your neck.
23Then you will go safely on your way;
you will lie down, and your sleep will be pleasant.
25Don’t fear sudden danger
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.
for he trusts you and lives near you.
when he has done you no harm.
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
but he blesses the home of the righteous;
34He mocks those who mock
35The wise will inherit honor,
but he holds up fools to dishonor.3:35 Or but haughty fools dishonor, or but fools exalt dishonor