A Walk Through Proverbs; The Blessing of Wisdom


From the Complete Jewish Bible, by David H. Stern

Michlei (Proverbs) Chapter Three, Verses 1-20

My son, don’t forget my teaching, keep my commandments in your heart; for they will add to you many days, years of life and peace. 

Do not let grace and truth leave you–bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart.  Then you will win favor and esteem in the sight of God and of people.

Trust in ADONAI with all your heart; do not rely on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge him; then he will level your paths.

Don’t be conceited about your own wisdom; but fear ADONAI, and turn from evil.  This will bring health to your body and give strength to your bones.

Honor ADONAI with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your income.  Then your granaries will be filled and your vats overflow with new wine.

My son, don’t despise ADONAI’s discipline or resent his reproof; for ADONAI corrects those he loves like a father who delights in his son. 

Happy the person who finds wisdom, the person who acquires understanding; for her profit exceeds that of silver, gaining her is better than gold, she is more precious than pearls–nothing you want can compare with her.  Long life is in her right hand, riches and honor in her left.  her ways are pleasant ways, and all her paths are peace.  She is a tree of life to those who grasp her; whoever holds fast to her will be made happy.

ADONAI by wisdom founded the earth, by understanding he established the heavens, by his knowledge the deep [springs] burst open and the dew condenses from the sky.

*Above photo courtesy David McGhee, photographer


This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24

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