"Every word of God is flawless;1 he is a shield2 to those who take refuge in him.
Do not add3 to his words, or he will rebuke you and prove you a liar.
"Two things I ask of you, O LORD; do not refuse me before I die:
Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread.49
Otherwise, I may have too much and disown5 you and say, 'Who is the LORD?'6 Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God.710
"Do not slander a servant to his master, or he will curse you, and you will pay for it.
"There are those who curse their fathers and do not bless their mothers;812
those who are pure in their own eyes9 and yet are not cleansed of their filth;1013
those whose eyes are ever so haughty,11 whose glances are so disdainful;
those whose teeth12 are swords and whose jaws are set with knives13 to devour14 the poor15 from the earth, the needy from among mankind.1615
"The leech has two daughters. 'Give! Give!' they cry. "There are three things that are never satisfied,17 four that never say, 'Enough!':