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Prioritizing the sayings of the wise—The First Priority, do not exploit those that are exploitable. The poor do have a protector, it is God.  He keeps score and will not soon forget those that mistreat the vulnerable.  It is sad to think how so many use their power to exploit.  They feel invisible and invincible. They believe they are above selflessness, that is for everyone else.  They use the phrase-it’s not personal, it’s just business.  One need remember—when dealing with persons, it is ALWAYS personal.

Second—Realize there is truly guilt by association.  We have to choose to associate with those that honor God.  As we do, we grow closer and stand taller.  The converse is true, if we stand with the loud, angry and rude—we will be seen as the same.  In addition, we will be drawn into the drama and ultimately  the consequence of such a person; even when we are not.

Finally, live within your means and do not extend yourself beyond that either–for yourself or for others. It exposes you to entrapment and enslavement and does so without any real benefit for those exposed. The more we trust in God’s timing—the more amazing the journey becomes.  Live wisely, humbly and peacefully—then God can lead us to the land he is promised.

God Bless You

Do not exploit the poor because they are poor     and do not crush the needy in court, 23 for the Lord will take up their case     and will exact life for life.

Saying 3

24 Do not make friends with a hot-tempered person,     do not associate with one easily angered, 25 or you may learn their ways     and get yourself ensnared.

Saying 4

26 Do not be one who shakes hands in pledge     or puts up security for debts; 27 if you lack the means to pay,     your very bed will be snatched from under you.