Psalm 119:12-35 and Sirach 6:5-17
12 Blessed are you, O Lord. Teach me your justifications.
13 With my lips, I have pronounced all the judgments of your mouth.
14 I have been delighted in the way of your testimonies, as if in all riches.
15 I will be trained in your commandments, and I will consider your ways.
16 I will meditate on your justifications. I will not forget your words.
17 GHIMEL. Repay your servant, revive me; and I will keep your words.
18 Reveal to my eyes, and I will consider the wonders of your law.
19 I am a sojourner on the earth. Do not hide your commandments from me.
20 My soul has longed to desire your justifications at all times.
21 You have rebuked the arrogant. Those who decline from your commandments are accursed.
22 Take me away from disgrace and contempt, for I have sought your testimonies.
23 For even the leaders sat and spoke against me. But your servant has been trained in your justifications.
24 For your testimonies are also my meditation, and your justifications are my counsel.
25 DALETH. My soul has adhered to the pavement. Revive me according to your word.
26 I have declared my ways, and you have heeded me. Teach me your justifications.
27 Instruct me in the way of your justifications, and I will be trained in your wonders.
28 My soul has slumbered because of weariness. Confirm me in your words.
29 Remove the way of iniquity from me, and have mercy on me by your law.
30 I have chosen the way of truth. I have not forgotten your judgments.
31 I have adhered to your testimonies, O Lord. Do not be willing to confound me.
32 I have run by way of your commandments, when you enlarged my heart.
33 HE. O Lord, place the law before me, the way of your justifications, and I will always inquire into it.
34 Give me understanding, and I will examine your law. And I will keep it with my whole heart.
35 Lead me according to the path of your commandments, for I have desired this.
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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