By wisdom1 the LORD laid the earth's foundations,2 by understanding he set the heavens3 in place;
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by his knowledge the deeps were divided, and the clouds let drop the dew.
My son,4 preserve sound judgment and discernment, do not let them out of your sight;5
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they will be life for you,6 an ornament to grace your neck.7
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Then you will go on your way in safety,8 and your foot will not stumble;9
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when you lie down,10 you will not be afraid;11 when you lie down, your sleep12 will be sweet.
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Have no fear of sudden disaster or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked,
for the LORD will be your confidence13 and will keep your foot14 from being snared.15
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Do not withhold good from those who deserve it, when it is in your power to act.
Do not say to your neighbor, "Come back later; I'll give it tomorrow"-- when you now have it with you.16
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Do not plot harm against your neighbor, who lives trustfully near you.17
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Do not accuse a man for no reason-- when he has done you no harm.
Do not envy18 a violent man or choose any of his ways,
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for the LORD detests a perverse man19 but takes the upright into his confidence.20
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The LORD's curse21 is on the house of the wicked,22 but he blesses the home of the righteous.23
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He mocks24 proud mockers25 but gives grace to the humble.26
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The wise inherit honor, but fools he holds up to shame.