Do not gloat when your enemy falls; when they stumble, do not let your heart rejoice,
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or the LORD will see and disapprove and turn his wrath away from them.
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Do not fret because of evildoers or be envious of the wicked,
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for the evildoer has no future hope, and the lamp of the wicked will be snuffed out.
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Fear the LORD and the king, my son, and do not join with rebellious officials,
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for those two will send sudden destruction on them, and who knows what calamities they can bring?
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These also are sayings of the wise: To show partiality in judging is not good:
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Whoever says to the guilty, “You are innocent,” will be cursed by peoples and denounced by nations.
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But it will go well with those who convict the guilty, and rich blessing will come on them.
An honest answer is like a kiss on the lips.
Put your outdoor work in order and get your fields ready; after that, build your house.