This post of scripture in Proverbs 3, 5 & 6 is here because they were referenced in a prayer conference call on 1/23/16.
Proverbs 3 (CEB)
Trust in the Lord
My son, don’t forget my instruction. Let your heart guard my commands,
2 because they will help you live a long time and provide you with well-being.
3 Don’t let loyalty and faithfulness leave you. Bind them on your neck;
write them on the tablet of your heart.
4 Then you will find favor and approval in the eyes of God and humanity.
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart; don’t rely on your own intelligence.
6 Know him in all your paths, and he will keep your ways straight.
7 Don’t consider yourself wise. Fear the Lord and turn away from evil.
8 Then your body will be healthy and your bones strengthened.
9 Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the first of all your crops.
10 Then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will burst with wine.
11 Don’t reject the instruction of the Lord, my son; don’t despise his correction.
12 The Lord loves those he corrects, just like a father who treats his son with favor.
Value of wisdom
13 Happy are those who find wisdom and those who gain understanding.
14 Her profit is better than silver, and her gain better than gold.
15 Her value exceeds pearls; all you desire can’t compare with her.
16 In her right hand is a long life; in her left are wealth and honor.
17 Her ways are pleasant; all her paths are peaceful.
18 She is a tree of life to those who embrace her; those who hold her tight are happy.
19 The Lord laid the foundations of the earth with wisdom, establishing the heavens with understanding.
20 With his knowledge, the watery depths burst open, and the skies drop dew.
Integrity of wisdom
21 My son, don’t let them slip from your eyes; hold on to sound judgment and discretion.
22 They will be life for your whole being, and an ornament for your neck.
23 Then you will walk safely on your path, and your foot won’t stumble.
24 If you lie down, you won’t be terrified. When you lie down, your sleep will be pleasant.
25 Don’t fear sudden terror or the ruin that comes to the wicked.
26 The Lord will be your confidence; he will guard your feet from being snared.
27 Don’t withhold good from someone who deserves it, when it is in your power to do so.
28 Don’t say to your neighbor, “Go and come back; I’ll give it to you tomorrow,” when you have it.
29 Don’t plan to harm your neighbor who trusts and lives near you.
30 Don’t accuse anyone without reason, when they haven’t harmed you.
31 Don’t envy violent people or choose any of their ways.
32 Devious people are detestable to the Lord, but the virtuous are his close friends.
33 The Lord’s curse is on the house of the wicked, but he blesses the home of the righteous.
34 He mocks mockers, but he shows favor to the humble.
35 The wise gain respect, but fools receive shame.
Proverbs 5 (CEB)
Avoid the mysterious woman
My son, pay attention to my wisdom. Bend your ear to what I know,
2 so you might remain discreet, and your lips might guard knowledge.
3 The lips of a mysterious woman drip honey, and her tongue is smoother than oil,
4 but in the end she is bitter as gall, sharp as a double-edged sword.
5 Her feet go down to death; her steps lead to the grave.
6 She doesn’t stay on the way of life. Her paths wander, but she doesn’t know it.
7 Now children, listen to me, and don’t deviate from the words of my mouth.
8 Stay on a path that is far from her; don’t approach the entrance to her house.
9 Otherwise, you will give your strength to others, your years to a cruel person.
10 Otherwise, strangers will sap your strength, and your hard work will end up in a foreigner’s house.
11 You will groan at the end when your body and flesh are exhausted,
12 and you say, “How I hated instruction! How my heart despised correction!
13 I didn’t listen to the voice of my instructor. I didn’t obey my teacher.
14 I’m on the brink of utter ruin in the assembled community.”
15 Drink water from your own cistern, gushing water from your own well.
16 Should your fountains flood outside, streams of water in the public squares?
17 They are yours alone, not for you as well as strangers.
18 May your spring be blessed. Rejoice in the wife of your youth.
19 She is a lovely deer, a graceful doe. Let her breasts intoxicate you all the time;
always be drunk on her love.
20 Why, my son, should you lose your senses with a mysterious woman
and embrace the breasts of a foreign female?
21 The Lord’s eyes watch over every person’s path, observing all their ways.
22 The wicked will be caught by their own evil acts, grabbed by the ropes of their own sin.
23 Those without instruction will die, misled by their own stupidity.
My son, if you guarantee a loan for your neighbor or shake hands in agreement with a stranger,
2 you will be trapped by your words; you will be caught by your words.
3 Do this, my son, to get out of it, for you have come under the control of your neighbor.
So go, humble yourself, and pester your neighbor.
4 Don’t give sleep to your eyes or slumber to your eyelids.
5 Get yourself free like a gazelle from a hunter, like a bird from the hand of a fowler.
6 Go to the ant, you lazy person; observe its ways and grow wise.
7 The ant has no commander, officer, or ruler.
8 Even so, it gets its food in summer; gathers its provisions at harvest.
9 How long, lazy person, will you lie down? When will you rise from your sleep?
10 A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the arms to lie down—
11 and poverty will come on you like a prowler, destitution like a warrior.
12 Worthless people and guilty people go around with crooked talk.
13 They wink their eyes, gesture with their feet, and point with their fingers.
14 Their hearts are corrupt and determined to do evil; they create controversies all the time.
15 Therefore, sudden disaster will come upon them; they will be quickly broken beyond healing.
16 There are six things that the Lord hates, seven things detestable to him:
17 snobbish eyes, a lying tongue, hands that spill innocent blood,
18 a heart set on wicked plans, feet that run quickly to evil,
19 a false witness who breathes lies, and one who causes conflicts among relatives.
Danger of adultery
20 My son, keep your father’s command; don’t abandon your mother’s instruction.
21 Bind them on your heart for all time; fasten them around your neck.
22 When you walk around, they will lead you; when you lie down, they will protect you;
when you awake, they will occupy your attention.
23 The commandment is a lamp and instruction a light; corrective teaching is the path of life.
24 They guard you from the evil woman, from the flattering tongue of the foreign woman.
25 Don’t desire her beauty in secret; don’t let her take you in with her eyelashes,
26 for a prostitute costs a loaf of bread, but a married woman hunts for a man’s very life.
27 Can a man scoop fire into his lap and his clothes not get burned?
28 If a man walks on hot coals, don’t his feet get burned?
29 So is the man who approaches his neighbor’s wife; anyone who touches her will be punished.
30 People don’t despise a thief if he steals to fill his starving stomach.
31 But if he is caught, he must pay sevenfold; he must give all the riches of his house.
32 He who commits adultery is senseless. Doing so, he destroys himself.
33 He is wounded and disgraced. His shame will never be wiped away.
34 Jealousy makes a man rage; he’ll show no mercy on his day of revenge.
35 He won’t accept compensation; he’ll refuse even a large bribe.