Advice about Women 9 1 Don't be jealous of the wife you love. You will only be teaching her how to do you harm. 2Do not surrender your dignity to any woman. 3Keep away from other men's wives[U] or they will trap you. 4Don't keep company with female musicians; they will trick you. 5Don't look too intently at a virgin, or you may find yourself forced to pay a bride price. 6Don't give yourself to prostitutes, or you may lose everything you own. 7So don't go looking about in the streets or wandering around in the run-down parts of town. 8When you see a good-looking woman, look the other way; don't let your mind dwell on the beauty of any woman who is not your wife. Many men have been led astray by a woman's beauty. It kindles passion as if it were fire. 9Don't sit down to eat with another man's wife or join her for a drink. You may give in to the temptation of her charms and be destroyed by your passion. Friendships with Others 10Never abandon old friends; you will never find a new one who can take their place. Friendship is like wine; it gets better as it grows older. 11Don't be jealous of a sinner's success; you don't know what kind of disaster is in store for him. 12Don't take pleasure in the things that make ungodly people happy; remember that they will be held guilty as long as they live. 13If you keep away from someone who has the power to put you to death, you will not have to fear for your life; but if you must go near him, be very careful, or he may kill you. Be conscious that you are walking among hidden traps, that you are an easy target. 14Get to know the people around you as well as you can, and take advice only from those who are qualified to give it. 15Engage in conversation with intelligent people, and let the Law of the Most High be the topic of your discussions. 16Choose righteous people for your dinner companions. Your chief pride should be your fear of the Lord. Rulers 17A skilled worker is admired for the things he makes, and a leader's wisdom is proved by his words. 18Someone who speaks rashly and recklessly is feared and hated by everyone in town.
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