Passage: Proverbs 3:1-18 (RSV)

Proverbs 3

1My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments;
2for length of days and years of life and abundant welfare will they give you.
3Let not loyalty and faithfulness forsake you; bind them about your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.
4So you will find favor and good repute in the sight of God and man.
5Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight.
6In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
7Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD, and turn away from evil.
8It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones.
9Honor the LORD with your substance and with the first fruits of all your produce;
10then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine.
11My son, do not despise the LORD's discipline or be weary of his reproof,
12for the LORD reproves him whom he loves, as a father the son in whom he delights.
13Happy is the man who finds wisdom, and the man who gets understanding,
14for the gain from it is better than gain from silver and its profit better than gold.
15She is more precious than jewels, and nothing you desire can compare with her.
16Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor.
17Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.
18She is a tree of life to those who lay hold of her; those who hold her fast are called happy.

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