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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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