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Proverbs 3

The Rewards of Wisdom

1My son, do not forget my [a]teaching,
But let your heart keep my commandments;

For length of days and years of life [worth living]
And tranquility and prosperity [the wholeness of life’s blessings] they will add to you.

Do not let mercy and kindness and truth leave you [instead let these qualities define you];
Bind them [securely] around your neck,
Write them on the tablet of your heart.

So find favor and high esteem
In the sight of God and man.

Trust in and rely confidently on the Lord with all your heart
And do not rely on your own insight or understanding.

[b]In all your ways know and acknowledge and recognize Him,
And He will make your paths straight and smooth [removing obstacles that block your way].

Do not be wise in your own eyes;
Fear the Lord [with reverent awe and obedience] and turn [entirely] away from evil.

It will be health to your body [your marrow, your nerves, your sinews, your muscles—all your inner parts]
And refreshment (physical well-being) to your bones.

Honor the Lord with your wealth
And with the first fruits of all your crops (income);
10 
Then your barns will be abundantly filled
And your vats will overflow with new wine.
11 
My son, do not reject or take lightly the discipline of the Lord [learn from your mistakes and the testing that comes from His correction through discipline];
Nor despise His rebuke,
12 
For those whom the Lord loves He corrects,
Even as a father corrects the son in whom he delights.

13 
Happy [blessed, considered fortunate, to be admired] is the man who finds [skillful and godly] wisdom,
And the man who gains understanding and insight [learning from God’s word and life’s experiences],
14 
For wisdom’s profit is better than the profit of silver,
And her gain is better than fine gold.
15 
She is more precious than rubies;
And nothing you can wish for compares with her [in value].
16 
Long life is in her right hand;
In her left hand are riches and honor.
17 
Her ways are highways of pleasantness and favor,
And all her paths are peace.
18 
She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her,
And happy [blessed, considered fortunate, to be admired] is everyone who holds her tightly.
19 
The Lord by His wisdom has founded the earth;
By His understanding He has established the heavens.
20 
By His knowledge the deeps were broken up
And the clouds drip with dew.
21 
My son, let them not escape from your sight,
But keep sound wisdom and discretion,
22 
And they will be life to your soul (your inner self)
And a gracious adornment to your neck (your outer self).
23 
Then you will walk on your way [of life] securely
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 
Do not be afraid of sudden fear
Nor of the storm of the wicked when it comes [since you will be blameless];
26 
For the Lord will be your confidence, firm and strong,
And will keep your foot from being caught [in a trap].

27 
[c]Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due [its rightful recipients],
When it is in your power to do it.
28 
Do not say to your neighbor, “Go, and come back,
And tomorrow I will give it,”
When you have it with you.
29 
Do not devise evil against your neighbor,
Who lives securely beside you.
30 
Do not quarrel with a man without cause,
If he has done you no harm.
31 
Do not envy a man of violence
And do not choose any of his ways.
32 
For the devious are repulsive to the Lord;
But His private counsel is with the upright [those with spiritual integrity and moral courage].
33 
The curse of the Lord is on the house of the wicked,
But He blesses the home of the just and righteous.
34 
Though He scoffs at the scoffers and scorns the scorners,
Yet He gives His grace [His undeserved favor] to the humble [those who give up self-importance].
35 
The wise will inherit honor and glory,
But dishonor and shame is conferred on fools.

Notas al pie

  1. Proverbs 3:1 Or law.
  2. Proverbs 3:6 One of the ancient rabbis said that all the essence of the Torah (Law) depends on this verse.
  3. Proverbs 3:27 Using this verse as a proof text, the ancient rabbis offered the example of an employer who tells his foreman to hire workers at four zuz (small silver coins) each to do a job, and the foreman hires them at three instead. Even though they accepted the terms, the rabbis rule that they have the right to complain. Compare this with the parable of the landowner who hires workers for a denarius each. The difference there is that the first group receives a fair wage, while the last is overpaid as a matter of generosity (Matt 20:15).

Japanese Living Bible

箴言 知恵の泉 3

知恵は繁栄をもたらす

11-2 わが子よ。私の教えたことを忘れてはいけません。
充実した生涯を送りたければ、
私の命令を忠実に守りなさい。
いつも正しい生活をし、人には親切にしなさい。
この二つが心から行えるように、
しっかり身につけなさい。
4-5 神にも人にも喜ばれ、
正しい判断力と英知を得たいなら、
とことん主に信頼しなさい。
決して自分に頼ってはいけません。
何をするにも、主を第一にしなさい。
主がどうすればよいか教えてくださり、
それを成功させてくださいます。
7-8 自分の知恵を過信してはいけません。
むしろ主に信頼して、
悪の道から離れなさい。
心も体もみずみずしく元気がみなぎります。
9-10 収入があったなら、まずその一部をささげて、
主をあがめなさい。
そうすれば、倉には食べ物があふれ、
酒蔵は極上の酒で満たされます。
11-12 主に懲らしめられても、腹を立ててはいけません。
あなたを愛していればこそ、そうするのです。
父親がかわいい子どもの将来を思って
罰するのと同じです。
13-15 善悪の区別がつき、
正しい判断力と英知を持った人は、
大金持ちよりも幸せです。
高価な宝石も、このような知恵に比べたら
取るに足りません。
16-17 知恵が与えるものは、
長く良き人生、財産、名誉、楽しみ、平安です。
18 知恵はいのちの木、
いつもその実を食べる人は幸せです。
19 主の知恵によって地球は造られ、
宇宙全体ができました。
20 神の知恵によって、泉は地中深くからわき上がり、
空は雨を降らせるのです。
21 二つのものを求めなさい。
善悪を見分ける知恵と良識です。
この二つを見失ってはいけません。
22 それらはあなたを生きる力で満たし、
あなたの誉れです。
23 挫折や失敗からあなたを守ります。
24-26 それらがあなたを見張ってくれるので、
安心して眠れます。
また、主があなたとともにいて守ってくださるので、
みじめな思いをすることも、
悪者の悪だくみを恐れることもありません。
27-28 人に何か頼まれたら、すぐにしてあげなさい。
「いつかそのうち」などと、先に延ばしてはいけません。
29 あなたを信じきっている隣人を陥れてはいけません。
30 意味のないことで争うのはやめなさい。
31 暴力をふるう者たちをうらやんで、
彼らの手口をまねてはいけません。
32 主はそのような者たちをきらいます。
しかし、神の前に正しく生きる人には
親しくしてくださいます。
33 悪者は主にのろわれ、正しい人は祝福されます。
34 あざける者はあざけられ、謙遜な人は助けられ、
35 知恵ある人はたたえられ、愚か者は恥を見るのです。