My son, if you receive my words,
And treasure my commands within you,
So that you incline your ear to wisdom,
And apply your heart to understanding. . .
Then you will understand the fear of the LORD,
And find the knowledge of God.
Prov 2:1-2, 5
Discretion will preserve you;
Understanding will keep you,
To deliver you from the way of evil,
From the man who speaks perverse things,
My son, let them not depart from your eyes --
Keep sound wisdom and discretion;
So they will be life to your soul
And grace to your neck.
For the ways of man are before the eyes of the LORD,
And He ponders all his paths.
To do righteousness and justice
Is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.
The hand of the diligent will rule,
But the lazy man will be put to forced labor.
Plans are established by counsel.
A man's steps are of the LORD;
How then can a man understand his own way?
Do not boast about tomorrow,
For you do not know what a day may bring forth.
He who covers his sins will not prosper,
But whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy.
Every way of a man is right in his own eyes,
But the LORD weighs the hearts.
Incline your ear and hear the words of the wise,
And apply your heart to my knowledge;
For it is a pleasant thing if you keep them within you;
Let them all be fixed upon your lips,
So that your trust may be in the LORD.
If you say, "Surely we did not know this,"
Does not He who weighs the hearts consider it?
He who keeps your soul, does He not know it?
And will He not render to each man according to his deeds?
A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold
In settings of silver.
Like an earring of gold and an ornament of fine gold
Is a wise rebuker to an obedient ear.
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Good gracious gravy--don't just lurk here when I confess and learn. Join in the discussion. Will enjoy your counsel.