Words To Guide Us
My son, watch for the right time; fear what is evil;
do not bring shame upon yourself.
There is a shame heavy with guilt,
and a shame that brings glory and respect.
Show no favoritism to your own discredit;
let no one intimidate you to your own downfall.
Do not refrain from speaking at the proper time,
and do not hide your wisdom;
For wisdom becomes known through speech,
and knowledge through the tongue’s response.
Never speak against the truth,
but of your own ignorance be ashamed.
Do not be ashamed to acknowledge your sins,
and do not struggle against a rushing stream.
Do not abase yourself before a fool;
do not refuse to do so before rulers.
Even to the death, fight for what is right,
and the Lord will do battle for you.