Proverbs 22:17-29 NIV

Proverbs 22:17-29 NIV [17] Pay attention and turn your ear to the sayings of the wise; apply your heart to what I teach, [18] for it is pleasing when you keep them in your heart and have all of them ready on your lips. [19] So that your trust may be in the LORD, I teach you today, even you. [20] Have I not written thirty sayings for you, sayings of counsel and knowledge, [21] teaching you to be honest and to speak the truth, so that you bring back truthful reports to those you serve? [22] Do not exploit the poor because they are poor and do not crush the needy in court, [23] for the LORD will take up their case and will exact life for life. [24] Do not make friends with a hot-tempered person, do not associate with one easily angered, [25] or you may learn their ways and get yourself ensnared. [26] Do not be one who shakes hands in pledge or puts up security for debts; [27] if you lack the means to pay, your very bed will be snatched from under you. [28] Do not move an ancient boundary stone set up by your ancestors. [29] Do you see someone skilled in their work? They will serve before kings; they will not serve before officials of low rank.

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