13 oHappy is the man who finds wisdom,
And the man who gains understanding;
14 pFor her proceeds are better than the profits of silver,
And her gain than fine gold.
And qall the things you may desire cannot compare with her.
16 rLength of days is in her right hand,
In her left hand riches and honor.
17 sHer ways are ways of pleasantness,
And all her paths are peace.
18 She is ta tree of life to those who take hold of her,
And happy are all who 5retain her.
19 uThe Lord by wisdom founded the earth;
By understanding He established the heavens;
20 By His knowledge the depths were vbroken up,
And clouds drop down the dew.
Keep sound wisdom and discretion;
And grace to your neck.
23 wThen you will walk safely in your way,
And your foot will not stumble.
Yes, you will lie down and your sleep will be sweet.
25 xDo not be afraid of sudden terror,
Nor of trouble from the wicked when it comes;
And will keep your foot from being caught.
When it is in the power of your hand to do so.
28 zDo not say to your neighbor,
“Go, and come back,
And tomorrow I will give it,”
When you have it with you.
For he dwells by you for safety’s sake.
30 aDo not strive with a man without cause,
If he has done you no harm.
31 bDo not envy the oppressor,
And choose none of his ways;
cBut His secret counsel is with the upright.
33 dThe curse of the Lord is on the house of the wicked,
But eHe blesses the home of the just.
34 fSurely He scorns the scornful,
But gives grace to the humble.
But shame shall be the legacy of fools.
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