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Choice of Friends

10 Do not abandon old friends,

for new ones cannot equal them.

A new friend is like new wine;

when it has aged, you can drink it with pleasure.

11 Do not envy the success of sinners,

for you do not know what their end will be like.

12 Do not delight in what pleases the ungodly;

remember that they will not be held guiltless all their lives.

13 Keep far from those who have power to kill,

and you will not be haunted by the fear of death.

But if you approach them, make no misstep,

or they may rob you of your life.

Know that you are stepping among snares,

and that you are walking on the city battlements.

14 As much as you can, aim to know your neighbors,

and consult with the wise.

15 Let your conversation be with intelligent people,

and let all your discussion be about the law of the Most High.

16 Let the righteous be your dinner companions,

and let your glory be in the fear of the Lord.


About The New Revised Standard Version

The original Revised Standard Version served as a standard for nearly forty years. The New Revised Standard Version with Apocrypha maintains the traditions of the older version with fresh new vocabulary and modern English construction.


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