here's nothing better than being wise, Knowing how to interpret the meaning of life. Wisdom puts light in the eyes, And gives gentleness to words and manners.
Do what your king commands; you gave a sacred oath of obedience.
Don't worryingly second-guess your orders or try to back out when the task is unpleasant. You're serving his pleasure, not yours.
The king has the last word. Who dares say to him, "What are you doing?"
Carrying out orders won't hurt you a bit; the wise person obeys promptly and accurately.
Yes, there's a right time and way for everything, even though, unfortunately, we miss it for the most part.
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)