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Proverbs 3:19-35

Role of Wisdom in Creation and Society

19 Yahweh in wisdom founded the earth; he established the heavens in understanding.
20 With his knowledge, depths broke open, and clouds dropped dew.
21 My child, may they not escape from your {sight}; may you keep sound wisdom and prudence.
22 They shall be life for your soul and adornment for your neck.
23 Then you will walk in the confidence of your ways, and your foot will not stumble.
24 If you sit down, you will not panic, and [if] you lie down, then your sleep shall be sweet.
25 Do not be afraid of sudden panic, or the storm of wickedness that will come.
26 Yahweh will be {your confidence} and guard your foot from capture.
27 Do not withhold good from its owner when it is in the power of your hand to do.
28 Do not say to your neighbor, "Go and return and tomorrow I will give [it]," {when it is with you}.
29 Do not plot harm against your neighbor [who] dwells in confidence beside you.
30 Do not quarrel with anyone without cause, when he did not do you harm.
31 Do not envy a man of violence, and do not choose any of his ways,
32 for he who is perverse [is] an abomination of Yahweh, but those who are upright [are] his confidence.
33 The curse of Yahweh [is] on the house of the wicked, and the abode of the righteous ones he blesses.
34 With those who scorn, he is scornful, but to those who are humble, he gives favor.
35 They will inherit the honor of the wise, but stubborn fools, disgrace.