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Living Right Will Add to Your Life

3 My son, don’t forget my teaching. Remember the things I tell you to do. 2The things I teach you will give you a longer, happier, and more peaceful life. 3Never stop loving. Always be loyal and true. {Make these things a part of yourself}—tie them around your neck and write them on your heart. 4Then you will be wise and pleasing to God and people!

Trust the Lord

5Trust the Lord completely! Don’t depend on your own knowledge. 6Think about God in all that you do. Then he will help you. 7Don’t depend on your own wisdom. But respect the Lord and stay away from evil. 8If you do this, then it will be like medicine for your body or a refreshing drink that makes you strong again.

Give to the Lord

9Honor the Lord with your wealth. Give him the best you have. 10Then you will have all you need. Your barns will be full of grain and your barrels will be flowing over with wine.

Accept the Lord’s Punishment

11My son, sometimes the Lord will show you that you are doing wrong. But don’t be angry about this punishment. Try to learn from it. 12Why? Because the Lord corrects the people he loves. Yes, God is like a father {that punishes} the son he loves.

The Blessings of Wisdom

13The person who finds wisdom will be very happy. That person will be blessed when he begins to understand. 14The profit that comes from wisdom is better than silver. The profit from wisdom is better than fine gold! 15Wisdom is worth much more than jewels. Nothing you can want is as valuable as wisdom! 16Wisdom gives you long life, riches, and honor. 17People with wisdom live peaceful, happy lives. 18Wisdom is like the Tree of Life.* It gives full life to people that accept it. People that keep wisdom will be truly happy! 19The Lord used wisdom and understanding to make the earth and the skies. 20The Lord used his knowledge to make the oceans and the clouds that produce rain. 21My son, don’t ever let wisdom out of your sight! Guard your ability to think and plan wisely. 22Wisdom and understanding will give you life and make it more beautiful. 23Then you will live safely and you will not fall. 24When you lie down, you will not be afraid. When you rest, your sleep will be peaceful. 25–26Don’t be afraid of some sudden disaster, the Lord will give you strength. And don’t be afraid of what evil people can do to you.* The Lord will protect you and keep you from being trapped.

The Wisdom of Living Right

27Whenever you can, do good things for people who need help. 28If your neighbor asks you for something and you have it, then give it to him right then! Don’t tell him, “Come back tomorrow and get it.” 29Don’t make plans to hurt your neighbor. You live near each other for your own safety! 30Don’t take another person to court without a good reason. Don’t do that if he hasn’t done anything wrong to you. 31Some people are easily angered and quickly do bad things. Don’t be like that. 32Why? Because the Lord hates evil people and he supports good, honest people. 33The Lord is against the families of evil people. But he blesses the homes of people who live right. 34If a person is proud and makes fun of other people, the Lord will punish him and make fun of him. But the Lord is kind to humble people. 35Wise people live a life that brings honor. Foolish people live a life that brings shame.

Tree of Life The tree whose fruit gives people the power to live forever. See Gen. 3:22 and Rev. 22:1–2. And don’t … do to you Or, “And don’t be afraid of the destruction that comes to evil people.”

The Importance of Wisdom

4 Sons, listen to your father’s teachings. Pay attention so you will understand! 2Why? Because the things I teach you are important and good. So don’t ever forget my teachings. 3I was young once too! I was my daddy’s little boy and my mother’s only son. 4And my father taught me these things. He said to me, “Remember the things I say. Obey my commands and you will live. 5Get wisdom and understanding! Don’t forget my words. Always follow my teachings. 6Don’t turn away from wisdom. Then wisdom will protect you. Love wisdom, and wisdom will keep you safe.” 7Wisdom begins when you decide to get wisdom. So use everything you own to get wisdom! {Then you will become wise.} 8Love wisdom, and wisdom will make you great. Make wisdom most important, and wisdom will bring you honor. 9She (Wisdom) is the greatest thing that can happen to you. 10Son, listen to me. Do the things I say, and you will live long. 11I am teaching you about wisdom. I am leading you along the straight path. 12Follow this path, and your feet won’t be caught {in any trap}. You can run and not stumble. {You will be safe in the things you try to do.} 13Always remember these lessons. Don’t forget these lessons. They are your life! 14Don’t follow the path evil people walk on. {Don’t live like that.} Don’t try to be like them. 15Stay away from evil. Don’t go near it. Walk straight past it. 16Bad people can’t sleep until they do something wrong. Those people can’t sleep until they hurt some other person. 17Those people can’t live without doing evil and hurting other people. 18Good people are like the early morning light. The sun rises and the day becomes brighter and happier. 19But bad people are like a dark night. They are lost in the darkness and they fall over things they can’t see. 20My son, pay attention to the things I say. Listen closely to my words. 21Don’t let my words leave you. Remember the things I say. 22Myteaching will give life to people who listen. My words are like good health to the body. 23The most important thing is for you to be careful in the things you think. Your thoughts control your life. 24Don’t bend the truth and say things that are not right. Don’t tell lies. 25Don’t let yourself turn away from the good and wise goals that are before you. 26Be very careful what you do. Live a good life. 27Don’t leave the straight path—the way that is good and right. But always turn away from evil.

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