Listen to good advice if you want to live well,
an honored guest among wise men and women.
An undisciplined, self-willed life is puny;
an obedient, God-willed life is spacious.
Fear-of-God is a school in skilled living—
first you learn humility, then you experience glory.
Everything with a Place and a Purpose
Mortals make elaborate plans,
but God has the last word.
Humans are satisfied with whatever looks good;
God probes for what is good.
Put God in charge of your work,
then what you’ve planned will take place.
God made everything with a place and purpose;
even the wicked are included—but for judgment.
God can’t stomach arrogance or pretense;
believe me, he’ll put those upstarts in their place.
Guilt is banished through love and truth;
Fear-of-God deflects evil.
When God approves of your life,
even your enemies will end up shaking your hand.