THE SAYINGS OF THE WISE 213
GOD'S CARE FOR THOSE WHO TRY TO DO RIGHT
The curse of the Lord is on the house of the wicked, But he blesses the home of him who does right. Surely he scoffs at the scoffers, But to the modest he ever shows favor.
The Lord does not let the righteous go hungry, But he disappoints the desire of the wicked. The Lord is a stronghold to him who lives rightly, But he brings destruction to those who do wrong.
The name of the Lord is a strong tower, To which the righteous runs and is safe. Every word of God is true; He is a shield to those who trust him.
Say not, "I will be revenged for a wrong";
Wait for the Lord, he will save you.
For the Lord gives wisdom,
From his mouth come knowledge and understanding;
He stores up sound wisdom for the upright,
He is a shield to those who live clean lives,
That he may guard the course of justice,
And protect the way of his faithful ones.
Reverence for the Lord is the beginning of knowledge. But the foolish despise wisdom and discipline. Reverence comes through wise instruction, And before honor goes modesty.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, Depend not on your own understanding; In all you do make him your friend, And he will direct your paths.
Be not wise in your own eyes. Revere the Lord, and avoid sin. Then you will have health of body And your bones will be refreshed.