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Proverbs 16:13-23 (Bible in Basic English)

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13 Lips of righteousness are the delight of kings; and he who says what is upright is dear to him. 14 The wrath of the king is like those who give news of death, but a wise man will put peace in place of it. 15 In the light of the king's face there is life; and his approval is like a cloud of spring rain. 16 How much better it is to get wisdom than gold! and to get knowledge is more to be desired than silver. 17 The highway of the upright is to be turned away from evil: he who takes care of his way will keep his soul. 18 Pride goes before destruction, and a stiff spirit before a fall. 19 Better it is to have a gentle spirit with the poor, than to take part in the rewards of war with men of pride. 20 He who gives attention to the law of right will get good; and whoever puts his faith in the Lord is happy. 21 The wise-hearted will be named men of good sense: and by pleasing words learning is increased. 22 Wisdom is a fountain of life to him who has it; but the punishment of the foolish is their foolish behaviour. 23 The heart of the wise man is the teacher of his mouth, and gives increased learning to his lips.
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