27Many have committed sin for gain,*
and those who seek to get rich will avert their eyes.
2 As a stake is driven firmly into a fissure between stones,
so sin is wedged in between selling and buying.
3 If a person is not steadfast in the fear of the Lord,
his house will be quickly overthrown.
4 When a sieve is shaken, the refuse appears;
so do a persons faults when he speaks.
5 The kiln tests the potters vessels;
so the test of a person is in his conversation.
6 Its fruit discloses the cultivation of a tree;
so a persons speech discloses the cultivation of his mind.
7 Do not praise anyone before he speaks,
for this is the way people are tested.
8 If you pursue justice, you will attain it
and wear it like a glorious robe.
9 Birds roost with their own kind,
so honesty comes home to those who practise it.
10 A lion lies in wait for prey;
so does sin for evildoers.
11 The conversation of the godly is always wise,
but the fool changes like the moon.
12 Among stupid people limit your time,
but among thoughtful people linger on.
The New Revised Standard Version (Anglicized Edition), copyright 1989, 1995 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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