Words of the Wise

Proverbs 22

17 Incline your ear and hear the words of the wise,
And apply your heart to my knowledge;
18 For it is a pleasant thing if you keep them within you;
Let them all be fixed upon your lips,
19 So that your trust may be in the LORD;
I have instructed you today, even you.
20 Have I not written to you excellent things
Of counsels and knowledge,
21 p That I may make you know the certainty of the words of truth,
q That you may answer words of truth
To those who 1 send to you?

22 Do not rob the r poor because he is poor,
Nor oppress the afflicted at the gate;
23 s For the LORD will plead their cause,
And plunder the soul of those who plunder them.
24 Make no friendship with an angry man,
And with a t furious man do not go,
25 Lest you learn his ways
And set a snare for your soul.
26 u Do not be one of those who 2 shakes hands in a pledge,
One of those who is 3 surety for debts;
27 If you have nothing with which to pay,
Why should he take away your bed from under you?
28 v Do not remove the ancient 4 landmark
Which your fathers have set.
29 Do you see a man who 5 excels in his work?
He will stand before kings;
He will not stand before 6 unknown men.

New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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