1 My son, do not forget my teaching; but let your heart keep my commandments:
1 My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments:
1 My son, don't forget my instruction, and keep my commandments carefully in mind.
2 for length of days, and years of life, and peace, will they add to you.
2 For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee.
2 For they will add length to your days, years to your life, and abundant peace to you.
3 Do not let kindness and truth forsake you. Bind them around your neck. Write them on the tablet of your heart.
3 Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart:
3 Do not let gracious love and truth leave you. Bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart,
4 So you will find favor, and good understanding in the sight of God and man.
4 So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man.
4 and find favor and a good reputation with God and men.
5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.
5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not depend on your own understanding.
6 In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.
6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
6 In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.
7 Do not be wise in your own eyes. Fear the LORD, and depart from evil.
7 Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.
7 Do not be wise in your own opinion. Fear the LORD and turn away from evil.
8 It will be health to your body, and nourishment to your bones.
8 It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.
8 This will bring healing to your body, and refreshment to your bones.
9 Honor the LORD with your substance, with the first fruits of all your increase:
9 Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase:
9 Honor the LORD with your wealth and with the first of all your produce,
10 so your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will overflow with new wine.
10 So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.
10 so your barns will be filled with abundance, and your vats will burst open with new wine.
11 My son, do not despise the LORD's discipline, neither be weary of his reproof:
11 My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD; neither be weary of his correction:
11 My son, do not reject the LORD's discipline, and do not despise his correction,
12 for whom the LORD loves, he reproves; even as a father reproves the son in whom he delights.
12 For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.
12 because the LORD corrects the person he loves, just as a father corrects the son he delights in.
13 Blessed is the man who finds wisdom, the man who gets understanding.
13 Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.
13 How joyful is the man who finds wisdom, and the man who gains understanding,
14 For her good profit is better than getting silver, and her return is better than fine gold.
14 For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold.
14 because her profit is better than the profit of silver, and her yield than fine gold.
15 She is more precious than rubies. None of the things you can desire are to be compared to her.
15 She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her.
15 She is more precious than rubies, and nothing you desire compares with her.
16 Length of days is in her right hand. In her left hand are riches and honor.
16 Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches and honour.
16 Long life is in her right hand, and in her left are riches and honor.
17 Her ways are ways of pleasantness. All her paths are peace.
17 Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.
17 Her ways are pleasant ways, and all her paths are peaceful.
18 She is a tree of life to those who lay hold of her, and those who hold on to her are blessed
18 She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retaineth her.
18 She is a tree of life for those who embrace her, and whoever clutches her tightly will be joyful.
19 By wisdom the LORD founded the earth. By understanding, he established the heavens.
19 The LORD by wisdom hath founded the earth; by understanding hath he established the heavens.
19 By wisdom the LORD laid the earth's foundations, and by understanding he set the heavens in place.
20 By his knowledge, the depths were broken up, and the skies drop down the dew.
20 By his knowledge the depths are broken up, and the clouds drop down the dew.
20 By his knowledge the depths broke open, and the clouds drip with dew.
21 My son, let them not depart from your eyes. Keep sound wisdom and discretion:
21 My son, let not them depart from thine eyes: keep sound wisdom and discretion:
21 My son, do not let wisdom leave your sight. Carefully observe sound judgment and discernment,
22 so they will be life to your soul, and grace for your neck.
22 So shall they be life unto thy soul, and grace to thy neck.
22 and they will be life to you and a graceful ornament for your neck.
23 Then you shall walk in your way securely, and your foot won't stumble.
23 Then shalt thou walk in thy way safely, and thy foot shall not stumble.
23 Then you will travel safely on 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.
24 When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet.
24 When you sit down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be pleasant.
25 Do not be afraid of sudden fear, or of the storm of the wicked when it comes:
25 Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh.
25 Do not be afraid of sudden disaster, or the devastation that comes to the wicked.
26 for the LORD will be your confidence, and will keep your foot from being taken.
26 For the LORD shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken.
26 Indeed, the LORD will be your confidence, and he 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 it.
27 Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it.
27 Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act.
28 Do not say to your neighbor, "Go, and come again; tomorrow I will give it to you," when you have it by you.
28 Say not unto thy neighbour, Go, and come again, and to morrow I will give; when thou hast it by thee.
28 Do not say to your neighbor, "Go, and come back. I will pay you tomorrow," when you have cash with you.
29 Do not devise evil against your neighbor, seeing he dwells securely by you.
29 Devise not evil against thy neighbour, seeing he dwelleth securely by thee.
29 Do not plan to harm your neighbor, when he is living peacefully beside you.
30 Do not strive with a man without cause, if he has done you no harm.
30 Strive not with a man without cause, if he have done thee no harm.
30 Do not bring a lawsuit against a person for no reason, when he has done you no harm.
31 Do not envy the man of violence. Choose none of his ways.
31 Envy thou not the oppressor, and choose none of his ways.
31 Do not envy a violent man, and do not emulate his lifestyle.
32 For the perverse is an abomination to the LORD, but his friendship is with the upright.
32 For the froward is abomination to the LORD: but his secret is with the righteous.
32 Indeed, a perverse man is utterly disgusting to the LORD, but he takes the upright into his confidence.
33 The LORD's curse is in the house of the wicked, but he blesses the habitation of the righteous.
33 The curse of the LORD is in the house of the wicked: but he blesseth the habitation of the just.
33 The LORD's curse is on the house of the wicked, but he blesses the dwelling of the righteous.
34 Surely he is scornful to scoffers, but he gives grace to the humble.
34 Surely he scorneth the scorners: but he giveth grace unto the lowly.
34 Though God scoffs at scoffers, he gives grace to the humble.
35 The wise will inherit glory, but shame will be the promotion of fools.
35 The wise shall inherit glory: but shame shall be the promotion of fools.
35 The wise will inherit honor, but he holds fools up for ridicule.
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