Proverbs 3 for the 3rd day of March, 2018

Day 3     Proverbs 3


Voice talent by Don Bratschie

3:1 My son, don't forget my teaching; but let your heart keep my commandments:


3:2 for length of days, and years of life, and peace, will they add to you.


3:3 Don't let kindness and truth forsake you. Bind them around your neck. Write them on the tablet of your heart.


3:4 So you will find favor, and good understanding in the sight of God and man.


3:5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and don't lean on your own understanding.


3:6 In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.


3:7 Don't be wise in your own eyes. Fear the Lord  and depart from evil.


3:8 It will be health to your body, and nourishment to your bones.


3:9 Honor the Lord with your substance, with the firstfruits of all your increase:


3:10 so your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will overflow with new wine.


3:11 My son, don't despise the Lord’s discipline, neither be weary of his reproof:


3:12 for whom the Lord loves, he reproves; even as a father reproves the son in whom he delights.


3:13 Happy is the man who finds wisdom, the man who gets understanding.


3:14 For her good profit is better than getting silver, and her return is better than fine gold.


3:15 She is more precious than rubies. None of the things you can desire are to be compared to her.


3:16 Length of days is in her right hand. In her left hand are riches and honor.


3:17 Her ways are ways of pleasantness. All her paths are peace.


3:18 She is a tree of life to those who lay hold of her. Happy is everyone who retains her.


3:19 By wisdom God founded the earth. By understanding, he established the heavens.


3:20 By his knowledge, the depths were broken up, and the skies drop down the dew.


3:21 My son, let them not depart from your eyes. Keep sound wisdom and discretion:


3:22 so they will be life to your soul, and grace for your neck.


3:23 Then you shall walk in your way securely. Your foot won't stumble.


3:24 When you lie down, you will not be afraid. Yes, you will lie down, and your sleep will be sweet.


3:25 Don't be afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it comes:


3:26 for the Lord will be your confidence, and will keep your foot from being taken.


3:27 Don't withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in the power of your hand to do it.


3:28 Don't say to your neighbor, "Go, and come again; tomorrow I will give it to you," when you have it by you.


3:29 Don't devise evil against your neighbor, seeing he dwells securely by you.


3:30 Don't strive with a man without cause, if he has done you no harm.


3:31 Don't envy the man of violence. Choose none of his ways.


3:32 For the perverse is an abomination to the Lord, but his friendship is with the upright.


3:33 The Lord’s curse is in the house of the wicked, but he blesses the habitation of the righteous.


3:34 Surely he mocks the mockers, but he gives grace to the humble.

3:35 The wise will inherit glory, but shame will be the promotion of fools.