12Blessed are you, Yahweh.
Teach me your statutes.
13With my lips,
I have declared all the ordinances of your mouth.
14I have rejoiced in the way of your testimonies,
as much as in all riches.
15I will meditate on your precepts,
and consider your ways.
16I will delight myself in your statutes.
I will not forget your word.
17Do good to your servant.
I will live and I will obey your word.
18Open my eyes,
that I may see wondrous things out of your law.
19I am a stranger on the earth.
Don’t hide your commandments from me.
20My soul is consumed with longing for your ordinances at all times.
21You have rebuked the proud who are cursed,
who wander from your commandments.
22Take reproach and contempt away from me,
for I have kept your statutes.
23Though princes sit and slander me,
your servant will meditate on your statutes.
24Indeed your statutes are my delight,
and my counselors.
25My soul is laid low in the dust.
Revive me according to your word!
26I declared my ways, and you answered me.
Teach me your statutes.
27Let me understand the teaching of your precepts!
Then I will meditate on your wondrous works.
28My soul is weary with sorrow:
strengthen me according to your word.
29Keep me from the way of deceit.
Grant me your law graciously!
30I have chosen the way of truth.
I have set your ordinances before me.
31I cling to your statutes, Yahweh.
Don’t let me be disappointed.
32I run in the path of your commandments,
for you have set my heart free.
33Teach me, Yahweh, the way of your statutes.
I will keep them to the end.
34Give me understanding, and I will keep your law.
Yes, I will obey it with my whole heart.
35Direct me in the path of your commandments,
5 A sweet word multiplies friends and mitigates enemies. And thankful words abound in a good man.
6 Allow many to be at peace with you, but allow one out of a thousand to be your counselor.
7 If you would obtain a friend, test him before you accept him, and do not trust him readily.
8 For there is a friend according to his own time, but he will not remain in the day of tribulation.
9 And there is a friend who can be turned to animosity. And there is a friend who will reveal hatred and ridicule and insults.
10 And there is a friend who is a companion at table, but he will not remain in a day of need.
11 A friend, if he remains steadfast, will be to you as you are to yourself, and he will act with faithfulness among those of your household.
12 If he humbles himself before you and hides himself from your face, you shall have a noble and harmonious friendship.
13 Distance yourself from your enemies, and pay attention to your friends.
14 A faithful friend is a strong shelter, and whoever has found one has found a treasure.
15 Nothing is comparable to a faithful friend, and no weight of silver or gold is worth more than the goodness of his fidelity.
16 A faithful friend is a medicine for life and immortality; and those who fear the Lord will find one.
17 He who fears God will have a similar good friendship, because his friend will be like him.
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