Incline your ear and hear the words of the wise,
And apply your mind to my knowledge;
18For it will be pleasant if you keep them within you,
That they may be ready on your lips.
19So that your trust may be in the LORD,
I have taught you today, even you.
20Have I not written to you excellent things
Of counsels and knowledge,
21To make you know the certainty of the words of truth
That you may correctly answer him who sent you?
22Do not rob the poor because he is poor,
Or crush the afflicted at the gate;
23For the LORD will plead their case
And take the life of those who rob them.
24Do not associate with a man given to anger;
Or go with a hot-tempered man,
25Or you will learn his ways
And find a snare for yourself.
26Do not be among those who give pledges,
Among those who become guarantors for debts.
27If you have nothing with which to pay,
Why should he take your bed from under you?
28Do not move the ancient boundary
Which your fathers have set.
29Do you see a man skilled in his work?
He will stand before kings;
He will not stand before obscure men.
Parallel VersesAmerican Standard Version
Incline thine ear, and hear the words of the wise, And apply thy heart unto my knowledge.
Incline thy ear, and hear the words of the wise: and apply thy heart to my doctrine :
Darby Bible Translation
Incline thine ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply thy heart unto my knowledge.
English Revised Version
Incline thine ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply thine heart unto my knowledge.
Webster's Bible Translation
Bow down thy ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply thy heart to my knowledge.
World English Bible
Turn your ear, and listen to the words of the wise. Apply your heart to my teaching.
Young's Literal Translation
Incline thine ear, and hear words of the wise, And thy heart set to my knowledge,
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