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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Guidance for us Youngsters

Proverbs 3

My son, do not forget my law,
But let your heart keep my commands;
For lenghts of days and long life
And peace they will add to you.

Let not mercy and truth forsake you;
Bind them around your neck,
Write them on the table of your heart,
And so find favor and high esteem
In the sight of God and man.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.

Do not by wise in your own eyes;
Fear the Lord and depart from evil.
It will be health to your flesh,
And strenght to your bones.

Honor the Lord with your possessions,
And the firstfruits of all your increase;
So your barns will be filled with plenty,
And your vats will overflow with new wine.

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.

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 rubies,
And all the things you desire cannot compare to her.
Length of days 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 of those who take hold of her,
And happy are all who retain her.

The Lord by wisdom founded the earth;
By understanding he established the heavens;
By His knowledge the depths were broken up,
And clouds drop down the dew.

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 wil lie down and your sleep will be sweet.

Do not be afraid of sudden terror,
Nor from trouble from the wicked when it comes;
For the Lord will be your confidence,
And will keep your foot from being caught.

Do not withhold good from those who are due,
When it is in the power of your hands to do so.

Do not say to you neighbor,
"Go, and come back,
And tomorrow I will give it,"
When you have it with you.
Do not devise evil against your neighbor,
For he dwells by you for safety's sake.
Don not strive with a without cause,
If he has done you no harm.

Do not envy the oppressor,
And choose none of this ways;
For the perverse person is an abomination to the Lord,
But His secret counsel is witht he upright.
The curse of the Lord is on the house of the wicked,
But He blesses the house of the just.
Surely he scorns the scornful,
But gives grace to the humble.
The wise shall inherit glory,
But shame shall be the legacy of fools.

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