Admonition to Trust and Honor God
1My child, do not forget my teaching,
but let your heart keep my commandments;2for length of days and years of life
and abundant welfare they will give you.
3Do not let loyalty and faithfulness forsake you;
bind them around your neck,
write them on the tablet of your heart.4So you will find favor and good repute
in the sight of God and of people.
5Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not rely on your own insight.6In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths.7Do not be wise in your own eyes;
fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.8It will be a healing for your flesh
and a refreshment for your body.
9Honor the Lord with your substance
and with the first fruits of all your produce;10then your barns will be filled with plenty,
and your vats will be bursting with wine.
11My child, do not despise the Lord's discipline
or be weary of his reproof,12for the Lord reproves the one he loves,
as a father the son in whom he delights.