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5 MY SON: (1) Two commands; three blessings
My son, do not forget my law, But
let your heart keep my commands;
length of days and long life And peace they will add to you.
(2) Three commands; two blessings
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.
(3) Three commands; one blessing
Trust in the LORD
with all your heart,
lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
He shall direct your paths.
(4) Three commands; two blessings
Do not be wise in your own eyes;
Fear the LORD and depart from evil.
It will be health to your flesh, And strength to your bones.
(5) Two commands; two blessings
the LORD with your possessions, And with the firstfruits of all your increase;
So your barns will be filled with plenty, And your vats will overflow with new wine.
6. MY SON: (1) Two commands; one blessing
My son, do not despise the chastening of the LORD, Nor detest His correction;
For whom the LORD loves He corrects, Just as a father the son in whom he delights.
(2) Seek true happiness & its tenfold value
Happy is the man who finds wisdom, And the man who gains understanding;
For her proceeds are better than
the profits of silver, And her gain than fine gold.
She is more precious than
And all the things you may desire cannot compare with her.
Length of days is in her right hand,
In her left hand riches and honor.
Her ways are ways of pleasantness, And all her paths are peace.
She is a
tree of life
to those who take hold of her, And happy are all who retain her.
(3) Works of wisdom - knowledge
The LORD by
founded the earth;
By understanding He established the heavens;
By His knowledge the depths were broken up,
And clouds drop down the dew.
7. MY SON: (1) Two commands; six blessings of security
My son, let them not depart from your eyes -
Keep sound wisdom and discretion;
So they will be life to your soul And grace to your neck.
Then you will walk safely in your way, And your foot will not stumble.
When you lie down, you will not be afraid; Yes, you will lie down and your
sleep will be sweet.
(2) Two commands; two blessings
Do not be afraid of sudden terror, Nor of trouble from the wicked when it comes;
will be your confidence, And will keep your foot from being caught.
(3) Six commands; four blessings
Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due,
When it is in the power of your hand to do so.
Do not say to your neighbor, "Go, and come back, And tomorrow I will give it," When you have it with you.
Do not devise evil against
For he dwells by you for safety's sake.
Do not strive with a man without cause,
If he has done you no harm.
Do not envy
And choose none of his ways;
the perverse person
is an abomination to the LORD, But
His secret counsel is with the upright.
The curse of the LORD is on the house of the wicked, But He blesses
the home of the just.
Surely He scorns the scornful, But gives grace
to the humble.
wise shall inherit glory,
But shame shall be the legacy of fools. (NKJV)