Listen carefully to my wisdom; take to heart what I can teach you. You'll treasure its sweetness deep within;
you'll give it bold expression in your speech.
To make sure your foundation is trust in God, I'm laying it all out right now just for you.
I'm giving you thirty sterling principles - tested guidelines to live by.
Believe me - these are truths that work, and will keep you accountable to those who sent you.
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)