Proverbs 3
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1  My son, do not forget my teaching, But let your mind retain my commandments;

א  בְּנִי תּוֹרָתִי אַל־תִּשְׁכָּח וּמִצְוׂתַי יִצֹּר לִבֶּךָ׃

2  For they will bestow on you length of days, Years of life and well-being.

ב  כִּי אֹרֶךְ יָמִים וּשְׁנוֹת חַיִּים וְשָׁלוֹם יוֹסִיפוּ לָךְ׃

3  Let fidelity and steadfastness not leave you; Bind them about your throat, Write them on the tablet of your mind,

ג  חֶסֶד וֶאֱמֶת אַל־יַעַזְבֻךָ קָשְׁרֵם עַל־גַּרְגְּרוֹתֶיךָ כָּתְבֵם עַל־לוּחַ לִבֶּךָ׃

4  And you will find favor and approbation In the eyes of Hashem and man.

ד  וּמְצָא־חֵן וְשֵׂכֶל־טוֹב בְּעֵינֵי אֱלֹהִים וְאָדָם׃

5  Trust in Hashem with all your heart, And do not rely on your own understanding.

ה  בְּטַח אֶל־יְהֹוָה בְּכָל־לִבֶּךָ וְאֶל־בִּינָתְךָ אַל־תִּשָּׁעֵן׃

6  In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths smooth.

ו  בְּכָל־דְּרָכֶיךָ דָעֵהוּ וְהוּא יְיַשֵּׁר אֹרְחֹתֶיךָ׃

7  Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear Hashem and shun evil.

ז  אַל־תְּהִי חָכָם בְּעֵינֶיךָ יְרָא אֶת־יְהֹוָה וְסוּר מֵרָע׃

8  It will be a cure for your body, A tonic for your bones.

ח  רִפְאוּת תְּהִי לְשָׁרֶּךָ וְשִׁקּוּי לְעַצְמוֹתֶיךָ׃

9  Honor Hashem with your wealth, With the best of all your income,

ka-BAYD et a-do-NAI may-ho-NE-kha u-may-ray-SHEET kol t’-vu-a-TE-kha

ט  כַּבֵּד אֶת־יְהֹוָה מֵהוֹנֶךָ וּמֵרֵאשִׁית כָּל־תְּבוּאָתֶךָ׃

3:9   With the best of all your income

Reisheet kol t’vuatecha (ראשית כל תבואתך), translated here as ‘the best of all your income,’ literally means ‘the first of your grain.’ Offering the first of our crops to God reminds us how much we owe Him. It is easy to forget how much Hashem has given us, as we get caught up in our own efforts towards success. God commands us to bring the first of our harvest each year to the Beit Hamikdash in Yerushalayim (see Deuteronomy 26:2), to remind us that He is behind everything that happens to us, and the constant source of our success.2 comments

10  And your barns will be filled with grain, Your vats will burst with new wine.

י  וְיִמָּלְאוּ אֲסָמֶיךָ שָׂבָע וְתִירוֹשׁ יְקָבֶיךָ יִפְרֹצוּ׃

11  Do not reject the discipline of Hashem, my son; Do not abhor His rebuke.

יא  מוּסַר יְהֹוָה בְּנִי אַל־תִּמְאָס וְאַל־תָּקֹץ בְּתוֹכַחְתּוֹ׃

12  For whom Hashem loves, He rebukes, As a father the son whom he favors.

יב  כִּי אֶת אֲשֶׁר יֶאֱהַב יְהֹוָה יוֹכִיחַ וּכְאָב אֶת־בֵּן יִרְצֶה׃

13  Happy is the man who finds wisdom, The man who attains understanding.

יג  אַשְׁרֵי אָדָם מָצָא חָכְמָה וְאָדָם יָפִיק תְּבוּנָה׃

14  Her value in trade is better than silver, Her yield, greater than gold.

יד  כִּי טוֹב סַחְרָהּ מִסְּחַר־כָּסֶף וּמֵחָרוּץ תְּבוּאָתָהּ׃

15  She is more precious than rubies; All of your goods cannot equal her.

טו  יְקָרָה הִיא מפניים [מִפְּנִינִים] וְכָל־חֲפָצֶיךָ לֹא יִשְׁווּ־בָהּ׃

16  In her right hand is length of days, In her left, riches and honor.

טז  אֹרֶךְ יָמִים בִּימִינָהּ בִּשְׂמֹאולָהּ עֹשֶׁר וְכָבוֹד׃

17  Her ways are pleasant ways, And all her paths, peaceful.

יז  דְּרָכֶיהָ דַרְכֵי־נֹעַם וְכָל־נְתִיבוֹתֶיהָ שָׁלוֹם׃

18  She is a tree of life to those who grasp her, And whoever holds on to her is happy.

יח  עֵץ־חַיִּים הִיא לַמַּחֲזִיקִים בָּהּ וְתֹמְכֶיהָ מְאֻשָּׁר׃

19  Hashem founded the earth by wisdom; He established the heavens by understanding;

יט  יְהֹוָה בְּחָכְמָה יָסַד־אָרֶץ כּוֹנֵן שָׁמַיִם בִּתְבוּנָה׃

20  By His knowledge the depths burst apart, And the skies distilled dew.

כ  בְּדַעְתּוֹ תְּהוֹמוֹת נִבְקָעוּ וּשְׁחָקִים יִרְעֲפוּ־טָל׃

21  My son, do not lose sight of them; Hold on to resourcefulness and foresight.

כא  בְּנִי אַל־יָלֻזוּ מֵעֵינֶיךָ נְצֹר תֻּשִׁיָּה וּמְזִמָּה׃

22  They will give life to your spirit And grace to your throat.

כב  וְיִהְיוּ חַיִּים לְנַפְשֶׁךָ וְחֵן לְגַרְגְּרֹתֶיךָ׃

23  Then you will go your way safely And not injure your feet.

כג  אָז תֵּלֵךְ לָבֶטַח דַּרְכֶּךָ וְרַגְלְךָ לֹא תִגּוֹף׃

24  When you lie down you will be unafraid; You will lie down and your sleep will be sweet.

כד  אִם־תִּשְׁכַּב לֹא־תִפְחָד וְשָׁכַבְתָּ וְעָרְבָה שְׁנָתֶךָ׃

25  You will not fear sudden terror Or the disaster that comes upon the wicked,

כה  אַל־תִּירָא מִפַּחַד פִּתְאֹם וּמִשֹּׁאַת רְשָׁעִים כִּי תָבֹא׃

26  For Hashem will be your trust; He will keep your feet from being caught.

כו  כִּי־יְהֹוָה יִהְיֶה בְכִסְלֶךָ וְשָׁמַר רַגְלְךָ מִלָּכֶד׃

27  Do not withhold good from one who deserves it When you have the power to do it [for him].

כז  אַל־תִּמְנַע־טוֹב מִבְּעָלָיו בִּהְיוֹת לְאֵל ידיך [יָדְךָ] לַעֲשׂוֹת׃

28  Do not say to your fellow, “Come back again; I’ll give it to you tomorrow,” when you have it with you.

כח  אַל־תֹּאמַר לרעיך [לְרֵעֲךָ ] לֵךְ וָשׁוּב וּמָחָר אֶתֵּן וְיֵשׁ אִתָּךְ׃

29  Do not devise harm against your fellow Who lives trustfully with you.

כט  אַל־תַּחֲרֹשׁ עַל־רֵעֲךָ רָעָה וְהוּא־יוֹשֵׁב לָבֶטַח אִתָּךְ׃

30  Do not quarrel with a man for no cause, When he has done you no harm.

ל  אַל־תרוב [תָּרִיב] עִם־אָדָם חִנָּם אִם־לֹא גְמָלְךָ רָעָה׃

31  Do not envy a lawless man, Or choose any of his ways;

לא  אַל־תְּקַנֵּא בְּאִישׁ חָמָס וְאַל־תִּבְחַר בְּכָל־דְּרָכָיו׃

32  For the devious man is an abomination to Hashem, But He is intimate with the straightforward.

לב  כִּי תוֹעֲבַת יְהֹוָה נָלוֹז וְאֶת־יְשָׁרִים סוֹדוֹ׃

33  The curse of Hashem is on the house of the wicked, But He blesses the abode of the righteous.

לג  מְאֵרַת יְהֹוָה בְּבֵית רָשָׁע וּנְוֵה צַדִּיקִים יְבָרֵךְ׃

34  At scoffers He scoffs, But to the lowly He shows grace.

לד  אִם־לַלֵּצִים הוּא־יָלִיץ ולעניים [וְלַעֲנָוִים] יִתֶּן־חֵן׃

35  The wise shall obtain honor, But dullards get disgrace as their portion.

לה  כָּבוֹד חֲכָמִים יִנְחָלוּ וּכְסִילִים מֵרִים קָלוֹן׃

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  • Verses 9-10: Honor Hashem with your wealth, with the best of all your income, and your barns will be filled with grain, your vats will burst with new wine.

    There is a positive reward for doing the right thing (verse 10) and a negative response for not having done what should have been done. Proverbs 11:24 reads, One man gives generously and ends with more; Another stints on doing the right thing and incurs a loss.

    Malachi 3:8-12 is interesting in this light: “Ought man to defraud Hashem? Yet you are defrauding Me. And you ask, ‘How have we been defrauding You?’ In tithe and contribution. You are suffering under a curse, yet you go on defrauding Me—the whole nation of you.”

    Verse 8 could just as easily read, “Ought a man to defraud himself and his family—and by extension, his nation?”

    But HaShem tenders gracious benefits in verses 10-12, “Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, and let there be food in My House, and thus put Me to the test—said God of Hosts. I will surely open the floodgates of the sky for you and pour down blessings on you; and I will banish the locusts from you, so that they will not destroy the yield of your soil; and your vines in the field shall no longer miscarry—said God of Hosts. And all the nations shall account you happy, for you shall be the most desired of lands—said God of Hosts.”

    Another way to state verses 10-12 above would be to say, “…your barns will be filled with grain, your vats will burst with new wine.”

  • I again remark about verses 5-8 in Chapter 3. It helped me a lot to find out that all books of the Tanach that are in italics are written in poetic form. Also that Hebrew of that day only had one poetic form which is parallelism. This is where the second verse says the same thing as the first verse but in different words. This helps give real clues to the meanings of the scriptures. So in verse 5 which says we are to trust Hashem and in verse 6 it says, "In all thy ways acknowledge Him" It is easier to see that Trusting Hashem is to obey His commandments in every decision we make about what we should do. Why does Hashem teach us these things? Because He loves us and wants the best for us. He treats us like a good Father because He loves us as if we were His precious sons and daughters. Baruch Hashem

  • proverbios 3;5-8 es mi bandera de conducta de mi vida, siempre me paro en ella
    me a ayudado en los momentos dificiles de la vida
    el aplicarlo a nuestras vidas nos da tanta satisfacion

  • All of the Tanach is from Hashem but Proverbs 3:5-8 have been special for me for many if not most of my 73 years. It is certainly the highest Wisdom to "Trust in HaShem's Commandments and to obey them even when our mind may think it would be better not to. That by obeying the commandments and precepts of Hashem will lead us to our highest good.

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