Proverbs 3 [Clear Word]
27A. PERSONAL MANAGEMENT
1 My son, don't forget what I've told you; take my commandments seriously. 2 Then you'll live a long and happy life, and success will be yours wherever you go. 3 Don't let loyalty and faithfulness slip away from you. Hang them around your neck like ornaments and engrave them on your heart forever. 4 When you do this, both God and man will be pleased and will favor you. 5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and don't depend on your own understanding. 6 Put the Lord first in everything you do and He will direct your life. 7 Don't think of yourself as being so wise. Respect the Lord, and stay away from wickedness. 8 If you do this, it will bring health to your body and give strength to your bones. 9 Honor the Lord with your wealth and give Him the first of your harvest. 10 Then He will bless you, and soon your barns will overflow and your grape presses will be full. 11 My son, don't reject the discipline of the Lord or resent being reproved by Him. 12 The Lord takes pains to discipline those He loves, just as a loving father cares about what kind of a man his son will become. 13 Happy is the man who finds true wisdom and the man who grows in understanding. 14 True wisdom is more profitable than silver and is better than the accumulation of gold. 15 Wisdom from above is more precious than rubies and nothing you desire compares with it. 16 Wisdom holds out her right hand and offers a long and happy life, and in her left hand she offers riches and honor. 17 Her ways are peaceful and her paths pleasant. 18 She is like a tree of life to those who eat her fruit, and those who partake are gladdened and refreshed. 19 The Lord formed the earth with wisdom and stretched out the heavens with understanding. 20 By His insight He divided the water vapors above from the water vapors below and allowed the dew to water the dry ground. 21 My son, hold on to wisdom and sound judgment and never let them out of your sight. 22 They will not only give life to you, but will be like precious jewels hung around your neck. 23 Then you will walk through life in safety and your feet will know which way to go. 24 When you go to bed at night, you won't be afraid; when you fall asleep, your rest will be sweet. 25 Don't be afraid of sudden disaster or fear the final destruction of the wicked. 26 The Lord is your confidence, and He will keep you from slipping away from Him. 27 Don't hold back from doing good when it is in your power to do so. 28 Don't tell those who come to you for help, "Not right now, but another time," just because it is inconvenient for you. 29 Don't take advantage of your neighbor who lives next to you because he trusts you. 30 Don't accuse people of things for no reason, especially if they have done you no wrong. 31 Don't envy a violent man and don't do what he does. 32 The Lord hates the actions of such men but is pleased with those who strive to live righteously. 33 The Lord cannot bless the homes of the wicked, but He abundantly blesses the homes of the righteous. 34 The Lord is not pleased with scorners, but delights in giving grace to the humble. 35 Those who are wise in the Lord, He will honor, but fools who feel no need of Him will be ashamed.