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Proverbs 3 The Passion Translation (TPT)

1–2 My child, if you truly want a long and satisfying life,

never forget the things that I’ve taught you.
Follow closely every truth that I’ve given you.
Then you will have a full, rewarding life.
Hold on to loyal love and don’t let go,
and be faithful to all that you’ve been taught.
Let your life be shaped by integrity,[a]
with truth written upon your heart.
That’s how you will find favor and understanding
with both God and men—
you will gain the reputation of living life well.

Wisdom’s Guidance

Trust in the Lord completely,
and do not rely on your own opinions.
With all your heart rely on him to guide you,
and he will lead you in every decision you make.
Become intimate with him in whatever you do,
and he will lead you wherever you go.[b]
Don’t think for a moment that you know it all,[c]
for wisdom comes when you adore him with undivided devotion
and avoid everything that’s wrong.
Then you will find the healing refreshment
your body and spirit long for.[d]
Glorify God with all your wealth,
honoring him with your very best,[e]
with every increase that comes to you.
10 Then every dimension of your life will overflow with blessings
from an uncontainable source of inner joy!

Wisdom’s Correction

11 My child, when the Lord God speaks to you,
never take his words lightly,
and never be upset when he corrects you.
12 For the Father’s discipline comes only
from his passionate love and pleasure for you.
Even when it seems like his correction is harsh,
it’s still better than any father on earth gives to his child.
13 Those who find true wisdom obtain the tools for understanding,
the proper way to live,[f]
for they will have a fountain of blessing pouring into their lives.
To gain the riches of wisdom is far greater
than gaining the wealth of the world.
14 As wisdom increases, a great treasure is imparted,
greater than many bars of refined gold.
15 It is a more valuable commodity than gold and gemstones,[g]
for there is nothing you desire that could compare to her.
16 Wisdom extends to you long life in one hand
and wealth and promotion[h] in the other.
Out of her mouth flows righteousness,
and her words release both law and mercy.[i]
17 The ways of wisdom are sweet,
always drawing you into the place of wholeness.[j]
18 Seeking for her brings the discovery of untold blessings,
for she is the healing tree of life to those who taste her fruits.[k]

Wisdom’s Blueprints

19 The Lord laid the earth’s foundations with wisdom’s blueprints.
By his living-understanding all the universe came into being.[l]
20 By his divine revelation he broke open
the hidden fountains of the deep,
bringing secret springs to the surface
as the mist of the night dripped down from heaven.[m]

Wisdom, Our Hiding Place

21 My child, never drift off course from these two goals for your life:
to walk in wisdom and to discover discernment.[n]
Don’t ever forget how they empower you.
22 For they strengthen you inside and out
and inspire you to do what’s right;[o]
you will be energized and refreshed by the healing they bring.
23 They give you living hope to guide you,
and not one of life’s tests will cause you to stumble.
24 You will sleep like a baby, safe and sound—
your rest will be sweet and secure.
25 You will not be subject to terror, for it will not terrify you.
Nor will the disrespectful be able to push you aside,[p]
26 because God is your confidence in times of crisis,
keeping your heart at rest in every situation.[q]

Wisdom in Relationships

27 Why would you withhold payment on your debt[r]
when you have the ability to pay? Just do it![s]
28 When your friend comes to ask you for a favor,
why would you say, “Perhaps tomorrow,”
when you have the money right there in your pocket?
Help him today!
29 Why would you hold a grudge[t] in your heart
toward your neighbor who lives right next door?
30 And why would you quarrel with those
who have done nothing wrong to you?
Is that a chip on your shoulder?[u]
31 Don’t act like those bullies or learn their ways.
32 Every violent thug is despised by the Lord,
but every tender lover finds friendship with God
and will hear his intimate secrets.[v]
33 The wicked walk under God’s constant curse,
but godly lovers walk under a stream of his blessing,
for they seek to do what is right.
34 If you walk with the mockers you will learn to mock,
but God’s grace and favor flow to the meek.[w]
35 Stubborn fools fill their lives with disgrace,
but glory and honor rest upon the wise.


  1. Proverbs 3:3 Or “Tie them around your neck.” The neck is a symbol of our will and conscience.
  2. Proverbs 3:6 Or “He will cut a straight path before you.”
  3. Proverbs 3:7 We should always be willing to listen to correction and instruction.
  4. Proverbs 3:8 Literally “healing to your navel and moistening to your bones.” The blood supply for a baby in the womb comes through the navel. New cells are made in the marrow of our bones. As the navel and bones picture the life flow of our bodies, so the navel and bones are a picture of our inner being. See John 7:37-39.
  5. Proverbs 3:9 Or “the firstfruits.”
  6. Proverbs 3:13 The Hebrew-Aramaic text here implies that wisdom gives the ability to take raw facts and draw right conclusions and meaning from them.
  7. Proverbs 3:15 The Hebrew word translated as “gemstones” here can also refer to rubies, coral, or pearls.
  8. Proverbs 3:16 Or “honor.”
  9. Proverbs 3:16 The Septuagint adds this last sentence, which is not found in the Hebrew.
  10. Proverbs 3:17 The Hebrew word translated as “wholeness” here can also mean “peace” or “prosperity.”
  11. Proverbs 3:18 Verses 17 and 18 are recited in contemporary Torah services as the Torah scroll is returned to the ark, where it is kept.
  12. Proverbs 3:19 When compared with Col. 1:16, we can see that Wisdom is used as a title in Proverbs for the Living Wisdom, Jesus Christ. See also 1 Cor. 1:30.
  13. Proverbs 3:20 The dew is a metaphor for the Holy Spirit, who comes from the heavens and drenches us with God’s presence. See Gen. 27:28; Deut. 32:2; Ps. 133:3; Judg. 6:37-40.
  14. Proverbs 3:21 Like many Hebrew words, there are various possible translations. The word translated as “discernment” here can also mean “discretion, counsel, meditation, and purpose.”
  15. Proverbs 3:22 Or “Adorn your neck.” The neck is a picture of our will and conscience.
  16. Proverbs 3:25 As translated from the Septuagint.
  17. Proverbs 3:26 Or “keeping your foot from being caught.”
  18. Proverbs 3:27 The Septuagint is “Why would withhold from the poor [those who need it]?”
  19. Proverbs 3:27 The Hebrew text here literally means “Do not withhold wealth from its owners.” See Rom. 13:7.
  20. Proverbs 3:29 Or “plot evil.”
  21. Proverbs 3:30 See Rom. 12:18.
  22. Proverbs 3:32 See Ps. 25:14.
  23. Proverbs 3:34 See James 4:6 and 1 Peter 5:5.
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Proverbs 3 New International Version (NIV)

Wisdom Bestows Well-Being

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

11 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]

13 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.

19 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.

21 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.

27 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.

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

32 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.


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