Pay attention and listen to the sayings of those who are wise. Apply your heart to the sayings I teach.
It is pleasing when you keep them in your heart. Have all of them ready on your lips.
You are the one I am teaching today. I want you to trust in the Lord.
I have written 30 sayings for you. They will give you knowledge and good advice.
I am teaching you words that are completely true. Then you can give the right answers to the one who sent you.
Don't take advantage of poor people just because they are poor. Don't beat down those who are in need by taking them to court.
The LORD will stand up for them in court. He will take back the stolen goods from those who have robbed them.
Don't be a friend with anyone who burns with anger. Don't go around with a person who gets angry easily.
You might learn his habits. And then you will be trapped by them.
Don't agree to pay for what someone else owes.
Don't put up money for him. If you don't have the money to pay, your bed will be taken right out from under you!
Don't move old boundary stones that your people set up long ago.
Do you see a man who does good work? He will serve kings. He won't serve ordinary people.