1My son, do not forget my teaching, but treasure my commandments in your heart; 2for long life and years in plenty and abundant prosperity will they bring you. 3Let your loyalty and good faith never fail; bind them about your neck, and inscribe them on the tablet of your memory. 4So will you win favour and success in the sight of God and man.
5Put all your trust in the LORD and do not rely on your own understanding.
6At every step you take keep him in mind, and he will direct your path. 7Do not be wise in your own estimation; fear the LORD and turn from evil. 8Let that be medicine to keep you in health, liniment for your limbs. 9Honour the LORD with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce; 10then your granaries will be filled with grain a 3:10 with grain: or to overflowing. and your vats will brim with new wine. 11My son, do not spurn the LORD's correction or recoil from his reproof; 12for those whom the LORD loves he reproves, and he punishes b 3:12 he punishes: prob. rdg, cp. Gk; Heb. like a father. the son who is dear to him.
13Happy is he who has found wisdom, he who has acquired understanding, 14for wisdom is more profitable than silver, and the gain she brings is better than gold! 15She is more precious than red coral, and none of your jewels can compare with her. 16In her right hand is long life, in her left are riches and honour. 17Her ways are pleasant ways and her paths all lead to prosperity. 18She is a tree of life to those who grasp her, and those who hold fast to her are safe.
19By wisdom the LORD laid the earth's foundations and by understanding he set the heavens in place; 20by his knowledge the springs of the deep burst forth and the clouds dropped dew.
21My son, safeguard sound judgement and discretion; do not let them out of your sight. 22They will be a charm c 3:22 charm: lit. life. hung about your neck, an ornament to grace your throat. 23Then you will go on your way without a care, and your foot will not stumble. 24When you sit d 3:24 sit: so Gk; Heb. lie down. , you need have no fear; when you lie down, your sleep will be pleasant. 25Do not be afraid when fools are frightened or when destruction overtakes the wicked, 26for the LORD will be at your side, and he will keep your feet from the trap. 27Withhold from no one a favour due to him when you have the power to grant it. 28Do not say to your neighbour, ‘Come back again; you can have it tomorrow’—when you could give it now. 29Devise no evil against the neighbour living trustingly beside you. 30Do not pick a quarrel with a man for no reason, when he has done you no harm. 31Do not emulate a violent person or choose to follow his example; 32for one who is not straight is detestable to the LORD, but those who are upright are in God's confidence. 33The LORD's curse falls on the house of the wicked, but he blesses the home of the righteous. 34Though God meets the scornful with scorn, to the humble e 3:34 humble: or wretched. he shows favour. 35The wise win renown, but disgrace is the portion of fools.