Pay attention1 and listen to the sayings of the wise;2 apply your heart to what I teach,3
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for it is pleasing when you keep them in your heart and have all of them ready on your lips.
So that your trust may be in the LORD, I teach you today, even you.
Have I not written thirty sayings for you, sayings of counsel and knowledge,
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teaching you true and reliable words,4 so that you can give sound answers to him who sent you?
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Do not exploit the poor5 because they are poor and do not crush the needy in court,6
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for the LORD will take up their case7 and will plunder those who plunder them.8
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Do not make friends with a hot-tempered man, do not associate with one easily angered,
or you may learn his ways and get yourself ensnared.9
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Do not be a man who strikes hands in pledge10 or puts up security for debts;
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if you lack the means to pay, your very bed will be snatched from under you.11
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Do not move an ancient boundary stone12 set up by your forefathers.
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Do you see a man skilled13 in his work? He will serve14 before kings;15 he will not serve before obscure men.
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