Do not do as the wicked do or follow the path of evildoers.
Avoid their haunts. Turn away and go somewhere else,
for evil people cannot sleep until they have done their evil deed for the day. They cannot rest unless they have caused someone to stumble.
They eat wickedness and drink violence!
The way of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, which shines ever brighter until the full light of day.
But the way of the wicked is like complete darkness. Those who follow it have no idea what they are stumbling over.
Pay attention, my child, to what I say. Listen carefully.
Don't lose sight of my words. Let them penetrate deep within your heart,
for they bring life and radiant health to anyone who discovers their meaning.
Above all else, guard your heart, for it affects everything you do. a24
Avoid all perverse talk; stay far from corrupt speech.
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)