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Proverbs 24:23-34 (Holman Christian Standard)

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23 These [sayings] also belong to the wise: It is not good to show partiality in judgment.a 24 Whoever says to the guilty, "You are innocent"- people will curse him, and tribes will denounce him;b 25 but it will go well with those who convict the guilty, and a generous blessing will come to them. 26 He who gives an honest answer gives a kiss on the lips. 27 Complete your outdoor work, and prepare your field; afterwards, build your house. 28 Don't testify against your neighbor without cause. Don't deceive with your lips. 29 Don't say, "I'll do to him what he did to me; I'll repay the man for what he has done."c 30 I went by the field of a slacker and by the vineyard of a man lacking sense. 31 Thistles had come up everywhere, weeds covered the ground, and the stone wall was ruined. 32 I saw, and took it to heart; I looked, and received instruction: 33 a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the arms to rest, 34 and your poverty will come like a robber, your need, like a bandit.d
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