Listen carefully and open your heart.
Drink in the wise revelation that I impart.
You’ll become winsome and wise
when you treasure the beauty of my words.
And always be prepared to share them at the appropriate time.
For I’m releasing these words to you this day,
yes, even to you, so that your living hope
will be found in God alone,
for he is the only one who is always true.
Pay attention to these excellent sayings of three-fold things.
For within my words you will discover true and reliable revelation.
They will give you serenity so that you can reveal
the truth of the word of the one who sends you.
Never oppress the poor
or pass laws with the motive of crushing the weak.
For the Lord will rise to plead their case
and humiliate the one who humiliates the poor.
Walk away from an angry man
or you’ll embrace a snare in your soul
by becoming bad-tempered just like him.
Why would you ever guarantee a loan for someone else
or promise to be responsible for his debts?
For if you fail to pay you could lose your shirt!
The previous generation has set boundaries in place.
Don’t you dare move them just to benefit yourself.
If you are uniquely gifted in your work,
you will rise and be promoted.
You won’t be held back—
you’ll stand before kings!