Published on October 1, 2014
PROVERBS 3 I POETRY By Glenn Pease Further Benefits of Wisdom 1 My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart, 2 for they will prolong your life many years and bring you prosperity. My son please do not forget what I've taught, For by this wisdom much good will be wrought. In your heart keep all of these my commands, They will guarantee your life and prosperity expands. 3 Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. 4 Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man. Let love and faithfulness from you never part, Bind them on your neck, and write them on your heart, For then you will have the treasure of a good name, And before God and man have a measure of fame. 5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart, For when in all your way you acknowledge his part, And on your own understanding you do not lean, He will make your paths both straight and clean. 7 Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil. 8 This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones. Do not be wise in your own eyes, But fear the Lord and shun evil's disguise, For this will good health to your body bring, And build your bones like a wrestling king. 9 Honor the LORD with your wealth, with the first fruits of all your crops; 10 then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine. Honor the Lord with your wealth, and give back, For he will make sure what's left is more than a snack. He will fill your barns, and you vats flowing with wine, And you will have riches abundant when its time to dine. 11 My son, do not despise the LORD's discipline and do not resent his rebuke, 12 because the LORD disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in. My son, don't despise it when the Lords down on you, And don't resent him for a rebuke or two, For if he did not love you, he would not bother, But he delights in you just like a father.
13 Blessed is the man who finds wisdom, the man who gains understanding, 14 for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold. Blessed indeed is the man who wisdom finds; He's found greater riches than found in mines, For neither silver nor gold will yield better returns, Than the riches of life that wisdom earns. 15 She is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her. 16 Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor. There is no value in life of which I am aware, That with having wisdom can even compare, For there are no rubies or anything higher, That should be greater than her to desire. There is no other wealth that by her can stand, For she alone has long life in her right hand, And in her left hand are honor and riches, So seek her daily like you do your favorite dishes. 17 Her ways are pleasant ways, and all her paths are peace. 18 She is a tree of life to those who embrace her; those who lay hold of her will be blessed. Pleasant always are her ways, For on her paths peace comes and stays. Embrace her and she will be a tree of life, It will be a blessing to hold her like a sweet loving wife. 19 By wisdom the LORD laid the earth's foundations, View slide
by understanding he set the heavens in place; 20 by his knowledge the deeps were divided, and the clouds let drop the dew. By wisdom the LORD laid the earth's foundations, And organized the heavens above all the nations. By his knowledge he did all the oceans form, And he made the clouds drop the dew of the morn. 21 My son, preserve sound judgment and discernment, do not let them out of your sight; 22 they will be life for you, an ornament to grace your neck. My son, preserve sound judgment with all your might, And let not it nor discernment out of your sight, For they will be life for you, And around your neck an ornament new. 23 Then you will go on your way in safety, and your foot will not stumble; 24 when you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet. Then you will go safely on your way; Your foot will not stumble or lead you astray. When you lie down, there will be no fear at your side, And you will sleep in sweet peace that will ever abide. 25 Have no fear of sudden disaster or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked, 26 for the LORD will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being snared. View slide
You have no need to fear that sudden disaster is near, For from the ruin of the wicked you are safe and clear. Your confidence in the Lord will keep you prepared, And he will keep your foot from being snared. 27 Do not withhold good from those who deserve it, when it is in your power to act. When people in your life are deserving, Do not withhold good, but always be serving. You may not always have what they need, in fact, But when it is in your power, do it, and act. 28 Do not say to your neighbor, "Come back later; I'll give it tomorrow"— when you now have it with you. Do not say to your neighbor, for it is a crime, “Come back tomorrow, a more convenient time,” When people have a need, they need help now, And so if you can help them, help them now somehow. 29 Do not plot harm against your neighbor, who lives trustfully near you. Do not plot against a neighbor who causes no alarm, Anything that will damage him, or do him some harm, For he is living trustfully near you, So live trustingly near him too. 30 Do not accuse a man for no reason— when he has done you no harm. There is no time in a year, and never a season
To accuse a man without any reason. If he has done nothing to bring you harm, It is folly of you to raise any alarm. 31 Do not envy a violent man or choose any of his ways, A violent man is sometimes a hero, But wisdom says we should rank him at zero, For we are never to choose his ways, or have any envy for the life he displays. 32 for the LORD detests a perverse man but takes the upright into his confidence. A perverse man the Lord will detest, For his blessing on such never can rest, But the upright he will take close to his side, And allow them in his confidence to abide. 33 The LORD's curse is on the house of the wicked, but he blesses the home of the righteous. On the house of the wicked and the perverse, God will in anger set his curse, But on the home of the righteous great is the contrast, For God will set his blessing there to last and last. 34 He mocks proud mockers but gives grace to the humble. 35 The wise inherit honor, but fools he holds up to shame.
He mocks proud mockers until they tumble, But peacefully gives grace to those who are humble. The wise inherit an honorable name, But fools he holds up to infamous shame.
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