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Proverbs 3 - NIV

Wisdom Bestows Well-Being


My son, do not forget my teaching,
but keep my commands in your heart,

2 for they will prolong your life many years
and bring you peace and prosperity.


Let love and faithfulness never leave you;
bind them around your neck,
write them on the tablet of your heart.

4 Then you will win favor and a good name
in the sight of God and man.


Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;

6 in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.[a]


Do not be wise in your own eyes;
fear the Lord and shun evil.

8 This will bring health to your body
and nourishment to your bones.


Honor the Lord with your wealth,
with the firstfruits of all your crops;

10 then your barns will be filled to overflowing,
and your vats will brim over with new wine.


My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline,
and do not resent his rebuke,

12 because the Lord disciplines those he loves,
as a father the son he delights in.[b]


Blessed are those who find wisdom,
those who gain understanding,

14 for she is more profitable than silver
and yields better returns than gold.

15 She is more precious than rubies;
nothing you desire can compare with her.

16 Long life is in her right hand;
in her left hand are riches and honor.

17 Her ways are pleasant ways,
and all her paths are peace.

18 She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her;
those who hold her fast will be blessed.


By wisdom the Lord laid the earth’s foundations,
by understanding he set the heavens in place;

20 by his knowledge the watery depths were divided,
and the clouds let drop the dew.


My son, do not let wisdom and understanding out of your sight,
preserve sound judgment and discretion;

22 they will be life for you,
an ornament to grace your neck.

23 Then you will go on your way in safety,
and your foot will not stumble.

24 When you lie down, you will not be afraid;
when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.

25 Have no fear of sudden disaster
or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked,

26 for the Lord will be at your side
and will keep your foot from being snared.


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,
“Come back tomorrow and I’ll give it to you”—
when you already have it with you.

29 Do not plot harm against your neighbor,
who lives trustfully near you.

30 Do not accuse anyone for no reason—
when they have done you no harm.


Do not envy the violent
or choose any of their ways.


For the Lord detests the perverse
but takes the upright into his confidence.

33 The Lord’s curse is on the house of the wicked,
but he blesses the home of the righteous.

34 He mocks proud mockers
but shows favor to the humble and oppressed.

35 The wise inherit honor,
but fools get only shame.


a. Proverbs 3:6 Or will direct your paths
b. Proverbs 3:12 Hebrew; Septuagint loves, / and he chastens everyone he accepts as his child

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Who Am I Becoming? The Issue of Faithfulness.
Shared by: Jeffery Anselmi on Nov, 2016
Summary: Faithfulness is something that God treasures in His followers.
Scripture: Proverbs 3:3-4
Views: 764
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Shared by: Dennis Lee on Sep, 2016
Summary: This sermon explores the truth that God honors those who honor Him. We look at the areas of giving, calling, and placing God first in our lives.
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Scripture: Proverbs 3:9-10
Denomination: Foursquare
Views: 301
Rick Boyne avatar
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Shared by: Rick Boyne on Sep, 2016
Summary: We should only trust God and His word to direct us.
based on 2 ratings
Scripture: Proverbs 3:5-7
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 894
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Shared by: Charlie Roberts on Aug, 2016
Summary: if you will let Grace do what it was designed to do for you... "IT WILL REVOLUTIONIZE YOUR LIFE AND YOUR WORLD!" If you share it with someone else, it will change theirs as well!
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Scripture: Proverbs 3:5-6
Views: 747
Stephen E. Trail avatar
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Shared by: Stephen E. Trail on Jul, 2016
Summary: A message to encourage people who may be having difficulty with the uncertainty of these times.
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Scripture: Proverbs 3:5-6
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 525
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Shared by: Dr.W.Samuel Legon on Jul, 2016
Summary: God must be first in our lives.
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Shared by: Greg Burcham on Jun, 2016
Summary: This sermon calls on us to acknowledge God in every aspect of our lives.
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Proverbs 3:6
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 869
Tim Pollock avatar
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Shared by: Tim Pollock on May, 2016
Summary: Sermon Series by Dr. Tim Pollock
Scripture: Proverbs 3:11-12
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Views: 246
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Shared by: Stephen E. Trail on Apr, 2016
Summary: A message to sharing four pearls of wisdom from Proverbs 3.
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Shared by: Troy Campbell on Mar, 2016
Summary: God's will is easy to find, learn how to discover it for yourself.
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Shared by: David Hallum on Feb, 2016
Summary: God's blessings on believers characterized in two words: giving and receiving.
Scripture: Proverbs 3:27-35
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 970
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Shared by: Benny Paul on Jan, 2016
Summary: Trust is Faith in ACTION!!! It is the manifestation of our faith in our thoughts and actions. It is far easier to have faith in God; there are unbelievers who have this. It is a lot harder to exercise trust in Him...
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Scripture: Proverbs 3:5-6
Denomination: Independent/Bible
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Shared by: Sean Lester on Dec, 2015
Summary: The purpose of this message is to inform the listener that finding God's purpose in life is a process of discipleship and decision making.
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Shared by: Dr.W.Samuel Legon on Dec, 2015
Summary: God must have trust in us to serve him.
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Shared by: Timothy Finch on Mar, 2006
Summary: Decribes the actions and character traits of those who are used by God.
Scripture: Proverbs 3:1-12
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 104
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Shared by: Ian Humphrey on Nov, 2015
Summary: "God’s ‘Text’ for Graduates"
Scripture: Proverbs 3:1-6
Denomination: Holiness
Views: 289
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Shared by: Ian Humphrey on Nov, 2015
Summary: Trust in the LORD
Scripture: Proverbs 3:1-12
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Views: 142
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Shared by: Ian Humphrey on Nov, 2015
Summary: Trust in the LORD
Scripture: Proverbs 3:1-6
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Views: 159
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Shared by: Dr.W.Samuel Legon on Oct, 2015
Summary: God wants to fill all our needs we just need to obey and grow.
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Shared by: William R. Nabaza on Sep, 2015
Summary: To show the end result of someone with relationship with JESUS and someone who does not have a relationship with JESUS.
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Shared by: William R. Nabaza on Sep, 2015
Summary: To show that GOD never meant us to give fear, we fear what we don't need to fear, stop being afraid of fear itself and the destruction of the wicked because they don't have the LORD as their Protection, while we have the LORD.
Scripture: Proverbs 3:25
Denomination: Independent/Bible
Views: 276
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Shared by: William R. Nabaza on Sep, 2015
Summary: To show that JESUS is our Confidence Personified and He will keep, protect and preserve us from dangers.
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Scripture: Proverbs 3:26
Denomination: Independent/Bible
Views: 849
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Shared by: Derrick Tuper on Sep, 2015
Summary: Trust issues; many of us have them. Yet I think everyone trusts in something or someone. In God We Trust is written on our money yet ironically more americans trust in money than they do God. Let's see why trusting in God is the much wiser choice.
Scripture: Proverbs 3:5-6
Views: 1,166
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Shared by: mark sanders on Aug, 2015
Summary: We all face trials and tests in our Christian lives, but it is not the trials and tests that are significant, but how we respond to them. This sermon is an example of how I learned to rely on God more in uncertain times.
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Scripture: Proverbs 3:5-6
Views: 1,538
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Shared by: Kevin Ruffcorn on Jul, 2015
Summary: Though more precious than gold, wisdom is not hidden like gold is. Wisdom is all around us and is easily accessible for all who seek it.
Scripture: Proverbs 1:7-3:8
Denomination: Lutheran
Views: 211
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Shared by: Rodney Johnson on Jul, 2015
Summary: This message is our declaration as a Church relating to the recent Supreme Court decision relating to same-sex marriage.
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Shared by: Jerry Van Tilburg on Jun, 2015
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Shared by: Dr.W.Samuel Legon on Jun, 2015
Summary: How fathers should be and act.
based on 2 ratings
Scripture: Proverbs 3:1-5
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Views: 1,187
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Shared by: Michael Deutsch on Jun, 2015
Summary: Looking at the Fruit of the Spirit of Faithfulness
Series: Believe!!
Scripture: Proverbs 3:3-4
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Shared by: Paul Basehore on Apr, 2015
Summary: The only way we can succeed at the other spiritual lifehacks is to walk with God. But what does that look like, and how do we do it?