1 O sons and daughters, come! Give ear!
And learn from me the LORD to fear.
Who, seeking good, long life desires?
Or who to many days aspires?
From evil make your tongue refrain;
From speaking lies your lips restrain.
From every wicked way depart;
Do good; seek peace with all your heart.
2 The LORD on just men keeps His eyes;
His ears are open to their cries.
The LORD on vile men turns His face,
From earth their memory to erase.
The righteous cried; the LORD gave heed,
And then from all their troubles freed.
To broken hearts the LORD is near,
To save the contrite He'll appear.
3 Though righteous men great troubles see,
The LORD from all will set them free.
And all his bones He'll keep secure,
No broken ones will he endure.
But evil slays all wicked men;
Those hating just men are condemned.
The LORD redeems those serving Him,
None trusting Him will He condemn.