Proverbs Chapter 3
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1 An exhortation to obedience, 5 to faith, 7 to mortification, 9 to deuotion, 11 to patience. 13 The happy gaine of wisedome. 19 The power, 21 and the benefits of wisedome. 27 An exhortation to charitablenesse, 30 peaceablenesse, 31 and contentednesse. 33 The cursed state of the wicked.
My sonne, forget not my lawe; but let thine heart keepe my commaundements:1
For length of dayes, and long life, and peace shall they adde to thee.2
Let not mercy and trueth forsake thee: bind them about thy necke, write them vpon the table of thine heart.3
So shalt thou find fauour, and good vnderstanding in the sight of God, and man.4
¶ Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and leaue not vnto thine owne vnderstanding.
In all thy wayes acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy pathes.6
¶ Be not wise in thine owne eyes: feare the Lord, and depart from euill.7
It shalbe health to thy nauill, and marrow to thy bones.8
Honour the Lord with thy substance, and with the first fruits of all thine increase.9
So shall thy barnes be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.10
¶ My sonne, despise not the chastening of the Lord: neither be weary of his correction.11
For whom the Lord loueth, he correcteth, euen as a father the sonne, in whom he delighteth.
¶ Happy is the man that findeth wisedome, and the man that getteth vnderstanding.13
For the merchandise of it is better then the merchandise of siluer, and the gaine thereof, then fine gold.14
She is more precious then Rubies: and all the things thou canst desire, are not to be compared vnto her.
Length of dayes is in her right hand: and in her left hand, riches and honour.
Her wayes are wayes of plesantnesse: and all her pathes are peace.
She is a tree of life, to them that lay hold vpon her: and happy is euery one that retaineth her.
The Lord by wisedome hath founded the earth; by vnderstanding hath he established the heauens.19
By his knowledge the depthes are broken vp; and the cloudes droppe downe the dew.
¶ My sonne, let not them depart from thine eyes: keepe sound wisedome and discretion.
So shall they bee life vnto thy soule, and grace to thy necke.
Then shalt thou walke in thy way safely, & thy foot shall not stumble.23
When thou lyest downe, thou shalt not be afraide: yea, thou shalt lye downe, and thy sleepe shalbe sweet.
Be not afraid of sudden feare, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it commeth.
For the Lord shalbe thy confidence, and shall keepe thy foote from being taken.
¶ Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to doe it.27
Say not vnto thy neighbour, Goe, and come againe, and to morrow I will giue, when thou hast it by thee.
Deuise not euil against thy neighbour, seeing hee dwelleth securely by thee.29
¶ Striue not with a man without cause, if hee haue done thee no harme.
¶ Enuie thou not the oppressour, and choose none of his wayes.31
For the froward is abomination to the Lord: but his secret is with the righteous.32
¶ The curse of the Lord is in the house of the wicked: but he blesseth the habitation of the iust.33
Surely he scorneth the scorners: but he giueth grace vnto the lowly.34
The wise shall inherite glory, but shame shalbe the promotion of fooles.35
Proverbs Chapter 3 Sidenote References (from Original 1611 KJV Bible):
1 Deut.8.1. & 30. 16.
2 Heb. yeeres of life.
3 Exod. 13. 9 deut. 6.8.
4 Psal. 111. 10. , Or, good successe.
6 1.Chron. 28.9.
7 Rom. 12. 16
8 Hebr. medicine. , Hebr. watring, or moystning.
9 Exod. 23. 19. and 34. 36. deut. 26.2 &c. mala. 3. 10. &c. luke 14. 13.
10 Deut. 28. 8.
11 Iob 5. 17 hebr. 12. 5. apoc. 3. 19.
13 Hebr. the man that draweth out vnderstanding.
14 Iob 28. 15. &c. psal. 19. 10. pro. 8. vers. 11. and 19 and 16. 16.
19 Or, prepared
23 Psal. 37. 24. and 91. 11.
27 Hebr. the owners therof.
29 Or, practise no euill.
31 Psal. 37 1. , Hebr. a man of violence.
32 Psal.25. 13.
33 Mala. 2.2.
34 Iam. 4.6. 1.pet.5. 5.
35 Hebr. exalteth the fooles.
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