My child, don't lose sight of good planning and insight. Hang on to them,
for they fill you with life and bring you honor and respect.
They keep you safe on your way and keep your feet from stumbling.
You can lie down without fear and enjoy pleasant dreams.
You need not be afraid of disaster or the destruction that comes upon the wicked,
for the LORD is your security. He will keep your foot from being caught in a trap.
Do not withhold good from those who deserve it when it's in your power to help them.
If you can help your neighbor now, don't say, "Come back tomorrow, and then I'll help you."
Do not plot against your neighbors, for they trust you.
Don't make accusations against someone who hasn't wronged you.
Do not envy violent people; don't copy their ways.
Such wicked people are an abomination to the LORD, but he offers his friendship to the godly.
The curse of the LORD is on the house of the wicked, but his blessing is on the home of the upright.
The LORD mocks at mockers, but he shows favor to the humble.
The wise inherit honor, but fools are put to shame!
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)