Proverbs 3:18-28 NIV

18 She is a tree of life1 to those who embrace her; those who lay hold of her will be blessed.2

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19 By wisdom3 the LORD laid the earth's foundations,4 by understanding he set the heavens5 in place;

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20 by his knowledge the deeps were divided, and the clouds let drop the dew.
21 My son,6 preserve sound judgment and discernment, do not let them out of your sight;7

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22 they will be life for you,8 an ornament to grace your neck.9

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23 Then you will go on your way in safety,10 and your foot will not stumble;11

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24 when you lie down,12 you will not be afraid;13 when you lie down, your sleep14 will be sweet.

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25 Have no fear of sudden disaster or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked,
26 for the LORD will be your confidence15 and will keep your foot16 from being snared.17

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27 Do not withhold good from those who deserve it, when it is in your power to act.
28 Do not say to your neighbor, "Come back later; I'll give it tomorrow"-- when you now have it with you.18

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