3:1 My son [this expression also used in Prov. 1:8,10,15; 2:1], do not forget my teaching [Heb. “torah” or law or instruction], but keep my commands in your heart [Hebrews viewed heart as center of personality],
3:2 for they will prolong your life [by avoiding harmful behavior and dangerous circumstances] many years and bring you prosperity [well-being or peace].
3:3 Let love [kindness] and faithfulness [truth] never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.
3:4 Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man.
3:5 Trust [to put your complete confidence in] in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding [influenced by the world, the flesh, and the devil];
3:6 in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.
3:9 Honor [give weight or consideration to] the LORD with your wealth [e.g., tithe (Lev. 27:30-33), give to the poor (2 Cor. 8:1-2,11), support missions (Matt. 28:19-20; Phil. 4:18)], with the firstfruits of all your crops;
3:10 then [note that God rewards those who honor him with their finances; caution: this verse states a general principle rather than a specific promise] your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.