Exhortations to Seek Wisdom and Walk with the Lord85
3:1 My child,1 do not forget my teaching,
but let your heart keep2 my commandments,
3:2 for they will provide3 a long and full life,4
and they will add well-being5 to you.
3:3 Do not let truth and mercy6 leave you;
bind them around your neck,
write them on the tablet of your heart.7
3:4 Then you will find8 favor and good understanding,9
in the sight of God and people.10
3:5 Trust11 in the Lord with all your heart,12
and do not rely13 on your own understanding.14
3:6 Acknowledge15 him in all your ways,16
and he will make your paths straight.17
3:7 Do not be wise in your own estimation;18
fear the Lord and turn away from evil.19
3:8 This will bring20 healing to your body,21
and refreshment22 to your inner self.23
3:9 Honor24 the Lord from your wealth
and from the first fruits of all your crops;25
3:10 then your barns will be filled completely,26
and your vats27 will overflow28 with new wine.
3:11 My child, do not despise discipline from the Lord,29
and do not loathe30 his rebuke.
3:12 For the Lord disciplines31 those he loves,
just as a father32 disciplines33 the son in whom he delights.
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