Proverbs 15:31-33

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.

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Proverbs 16:1-7

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.

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