Trust God 3 1My child, remember my teachings and instructions and obey them completely. 2They will help you live a long and prosperous life. 3Let love and loyalty always show like a necklace, and write them in your mind. 4 God and people will like you and hold you in high esteem. 5With all your heart you must trust the LORD and not your own judgment. 6Always let him lead you, and he will clear the road for you to follow. 7 Don't ever think that you are wise enough, but respect the LORD and stay away from evil. 8This will make you healthy, and you will feel strong. 9Honor the LORD by giving him your money and the first part of all your crops. 10Then you will have more grain and grapes than you will ever need. 11 My child, don't turn away or become bitter when the LORD corrects you. 12 The LORD corrects everyone he loves, just as parents correct a child they dearly love. The Value of Wisdom 13God blesses everyone who has wisdom and common sense. 14Wisdom is worth more than silver; it makes you much richer than gold. 15Wisdom is more valuable than precious jewels; nothing you want compares with her. 16In her right hand Wisdom holds a long life, and in her left hand are wealth and honor. 17Wisdom makes life pleasant and leads us safely along. 18Wisdom is a life-giving tree, the source of happiness for all who hold on to her. 19By his wisdom and knowledge the LORD created heaven and earth. 20By his understanding he let the ocean break loose and clouds release the rain. 21My child, use common sense and sound judgment! Always keep them in mind. 22They will help you to live a long and beautiful life. 23You will walk safely and never stumble; 24you will rest without a worry and sleep soundly. 25So don't be afraid of sudden disasters or storms that strike those who are evil. 26You can be sure that the LORD will protect you from harm. 27 Do all you can for everyone who deserves your help. 28Don't tell your neighbor to come back tomorrow, if you can help today. 29Don't try to be mean to neighbors who trust you. 30Don't argue just to be arguing, when you haven't been hurt. 31Don't be jealous of cruel people or follow their example. 32The LORD doesn't like anyone who is dishonest, but he lets good people be his friends. 33He places a curse on the home of everyone who is evil, but he blesses the home of every good person. 34 The LORD sneers at those who sneer at him, but he is kind to everyone who is humble. 35You will be praised if you are wise, but you will be disgraced if you are a stubborn fool.
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