Proverbs 3

Guidance for the Young
1 My son, do not forget my law,

But let your heart keep my commands;
2 For length of days and long life
And peace they will add to you.
3 Let not mercy and truth forsake you;
Bind them around your neck,
Write them on the tablet of your heart,
4 And so find favor and high esteem
In the sight of God and man.
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 shall direct your paths.
7 Do not be wise in your own eyes;
Fear the LORD and depart from evil.
8 It will be health to your flesh
And strength to your bones.
9 Honor the LORD with your possessions,
And with the firstfruits of all your increase;
10 So your barns will be filled with plenty,
And your vats will overflow with new wine.
11 My son, do not despise the chastening of the LORD,
Nor detest His correction;
12 For whom the LORD loves He corrects,
Just as a father the son in whom he delights.
13 Happy is the man who finds wisdom,
And the man who gains understanding;
14 For her proceeds are better than the profits of silver,
And her gain than fine gold.
15 She is more precious than rubies,
And all the things you may desire cannot compare with her.
16 Length of days is in her right hand,
In her left hand riches and honor.
17 Her ways are ways of pleasantness,
And all her paths are peace.
18 She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her,
And happy are all who retain her.
19 The LORD by wisdom founded the earth;
By understanding He established the heavens;
20 By His knowledge the depths were broken up,
And clouds drop down the dew.
21 My son, let them not depart from your eyes—
Keep sound wisdom and discretion;
22 So they will be life to your soul
And grace to your neck.
23 Then you will walk safely in your way,
And your foot will not stumble.
24 When you lie down, you will not be afraid;
Yes, you will lie down and your sleep will be sweet.
25 Do not be afraid of sudden terror,
Nor of trouble from the wicked when it comes;
26 For the LORD will be your confidence,
And will keep your foot from being caught.
27 Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due,
When it is in the power of your hand to do so.
28 Do not say to your neighbor,

“ Go, and come back,
And tomorrow I will give it,
When you have it with you.
29 Do not devise evil against your neighbor,
For he dwells by you for safety’s sake.
30 Do not strive with a man without cause,
If he has done you no harm.
31 Do not envy the oppressor,
And choose none of his ways;
32 For the perverse person is an abomination to the LORD,
But His secret counsel is with the upright.
33 The curse of the LORD is on the house of the wicked,
But He blesses the home of the just.
34 Surely He scorns the scornful,
But gives grace to the humble.
35 The wise shall inherit glory,
But shame shall be the legacy of fools.


Today is the third day of our 31 days of Proverbs. Today we are going to as a key question that will clarify somethings for us.

Today we must ask…

What does wisdom have to offer me?

What shall I gain from wisdom?

  • Happiness because I have found wisdom and I have gained understanding
  • Wisdom offers proceeds that are better than silver
  • Wisdom’s gain is better that fine gold
  • WIsdom is more precious than rubies
  • All of the things that I could possibly desire are not comparable to wisdom
  • Wisdom holds in her right hand length of days
  • Wisdom carries in her left hand riches and honor
  • Walking in the ways of wisdom offer pleasantness
  • Walking in the paths of wisdom offer peace
  • If I take and grab hold, wisdom will be a tree of life to me
  • I will be happy if I retain wisdom

There is much to gain from wisdom.  There are many days where all we can think of is “I just want to be happy.”  Many look for and pursue happiness.  In fact we are encouraged to, but according to Proverbs 3, that is the wrong thing to pursue.  We are to pursue wisdom and happiness will come with it.  We have to remind ourselves that the search for wisdom is worth our time and effort.  We will receive great rewards from our pursuit of wisdom.

The bible describes wisdom as a beautiful righteous woman that is adorned with great jewels and rubies.  If we can picture wisdom as person who will do us no wrong and is trustworthy in all that she says and does, we will never doubt her.  We will listen to her voice and treasure the time that we spend talking to her.  She will become like a dear friend, a mother, a sister, an aunt, a grandmother, one who has very wise counsel.

Wisdom’s word to the wise for today is as it says in verse 3 and 4.  Let not mercy and truth forsake you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart, and so find favor and high esteem in the sight of God and man.


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