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3.23
PROVERBS

23Then shalt thou walk in thy way securely,
And thou shalt not dash thy foot.
24When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid;
Yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet.
 
25Be not afraid of sudden terror,
Neither of the destruction of the wicked, when it cometh;
26For the Lord will be thy confidence,
And will keep thy foot from being caught.
 
27Withhold not good from him to whom it is due,
When it is in the power of thy hand to do it.
28Say not unto thy neighbour: 'Go, and come again,
And to-morrow I will give'; when thou hast it by thee.
 
29Devise not evil against thy neighbour,
Seeing he dwelleth securely by thee.
30Strive not with a man without cause,
If he have done thee no harm.
 
31Envy thou not the man of violence,
And choose none of his ways.
32For the perverse is an abomination to the Lord;
But His counsel is with the upright.
 
33The curse of the Lord is in the house of the wicked;
But He blesseth the habitation of the righteous.
34If it concerneth the scorners, He scorneth them,
But unto the humble He giveth grace.
35The wise shall inherit honour;
But as for the fools, they carry away shame.


4 Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father,
And attend to know understanding.
2For I give you good doctrine;
Forsake ye not my teaching.
3For I was a son unto my father,
Tender and an only one in the sight of my mother.
4And he taught me, and said unto me:
'Let thy heart hold fast my words,
Keep my commandments, and live;
5Get wisdom, get understanding;
Forget not, neither decline from the words of my mouth;
6Forsake her not, and she will preserve thee;
Love her, and she will keep thee.
7The beginning of wisdom is: Get wisdom;
Yea, with all thy getting get understanding.
8Extol her, and she will exalt thee;
She will bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her.
9She will give to thy head a chaplet of grace;
A crown of glory will she bestow on thee.'
10Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings;
And the years of thy life shall be many.
11I have taught thee in the way of wisdom;
I have led thee in paths of uprightness.
12When thou goest, thy step shall not be straitened;
And if thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble.
13Take fast hold of instruction, let her not go;
Keep her, for she is thy life.
 
14Enter not into the path of the wicked,
And walk not in the way of evil men.

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