Tasks for this week:

  1. Watch all three parts of How to Be the Wisest Man in the World
  2. Complete daily Bible reading
  3. Memorize Proverbs 1:7 and Proverbs 3:5-6

Week 20: Day 2

Today’s F260 Bible reading: Proverbs 3-4

3:1 My child, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments, 2for they will provide a long and full life and well-being for you. 3Do not let mercy and truth leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. 4Then you will find favor and good understanding in the sight of God and people. 5Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding. 6Acknowledge him in all your ways, and he will make your paths straight. 7Do not be wise in your own estimation; fear the Lord and turn away from evil. 8This will bring healing to your body and refreshment to your inner self. 9Honor the Lord from your wealth and from the firstfruits of all your crops; 10then your barns will be filled completely, and your vats will overflow with new wine. 11My child, do not despise discipline from the Lord, and do not loathe his rebuke. 12For the Lord disciplines those he loves, just as a father disciplines the son in whom he delights. 13Blessed is the one who has found wisdom and the one who obtains understanding. 14For her benefit is more profitable than silver, and her gain is better than gold. 15She is more precious than rubies, and none of the things you desire can compare with her. 16Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor. 17Her ways are very pleasant, and all her paths are peaceful. 18She is like a tree of life to those who grasp onto her, and everyone who takes hold of her will be blessed. 19By wisdom the Lord laid the foundation of the earth; he established the heavens by understanding. 20By his knowledge the primordial sea was broken open, so that the clouds drip down dew. 21My child, do not let them escape from your sight; safeguard sound wisdom and discretion. 22So they will become life for your soul and grace around your neck. 23Then you will walk on your way with security, and you will not stumble. 24When you lie down you will not be filled with fear; when you lie down your sleep will be pleasant. 25Do not be afraid of sudden disaster or when destruction overtakes the wicked; 26for the Lord will be the source of your confidence, and he will guard your foot from being caught in a trap. 27Do not withhold good from those who need it when you have the ability to help. 28Do not say to your neighbor, “Go! Return tomorrow and I will give it,” when you have it with you at the time. 29Do not plot evil against your neighbor when he dwells by you unsuspectingly. 30Do not accuse anyone without legitimate cause if he has not treated you wrongly. 31Do not envy a violent man, and do not choose any of his ways; 32for one who goes astray is an abomination to the Lord, but he reveals his intimate counsel to the upright. 33The Lord’s curse is on the household of the wicked, but he blesses the home of the righteous. 34With arrogant scoffers he is scornful, yet he shows favor to the humble. 35The wise inherit honor, but he holds fools up to public contempt. 4:1 Listen, children, to a father’s instruction, and pay attention so that you may gain discernment. 2Because I hereby give you good instruction, do not forsake my teaching. 3When I was a son to my father, a tender, only child before my mother, 4he taught me, and he said to me: “Let your heart lay hold of my words; keep my commands so that you will live. 5Acquire wisdom, acquire understanding; do not forget and do not turn aside from the words I speak. 6Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will guard you. 7Wisdom is supreme—so acquire wisdom, and whatever you acquire, acquire understanding! 8Esteem her highly and she will exalt you; she will honor you if you embrace her. 9She will place a fair garland on your head; she will bestow a beautiful crown on you.” 10Listen, my child, and accept my words so that the years of your life will be many. 11I hereby guide you in the way of wisdom, and I lead you in upright paths. 12When you walk, your steps will not be hampered, and when you run, you will not stumble. 13Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; protect it, because it is your life. 14Do not enter the path of the wicked or walk in the way of those who are evil. 15Avoid it, do not go on it; turn away from it, and go on. 16For they cannot sleep unless they cause harm; they are robbed of sleep until they make someone stumble. 17Indeed they have eaten bread gained from wickedness and drink wine obtained from violence. 18But the path of the righteous is like the bright morning light, growing brighter and brighter until full day. 19The way of the wicked is like gloomy darkness; they do not know what they stumble over. 20My child, pay attention to my words; listen attentively to my sayings. 21Do not let them depart from your sight; guard them within your heart, 22for they are life to those who find them and healing to one’s entire body. 23Guard your heart with all vigilance, for from it are the sources of life. 24Remove perverse speech from your mouth; keep devious talk far from your lips. 25Let your eyes look directly in front of you, and let your gaze look straight before you. 26Make the path for your feet level, so that all your ways may be established. 27Do not turn to the right or to the left; turn yourself away from evil. (NET Bible)

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