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Proverbs 16:13-23 (Common English Bible)

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13 Kings favor those with righteous lips; they love words of integrity. 14 The king's anger is a messenger of death; the wise will calm him. 15 There's life in the light of the king's face. His favor is like a cloud that brings spring rain. 16 Acquiring wisdom is much better than gold, and acquiring understanding is better than silver. 17 The road of those who do right turns away from evil; those who protect their path guard their lives. 18 Pride comes before disaster, and arrogance before a fall. 19 Better to be humble with the needy than to divide plunder with the proud. 20 Those with insight find prosperity; those who trust the LORD are blessed. 21 The skilled mind is called discerning, and pleasant speech enhances teaching. 22 One who has insight is a fountain of life, but the instruction of the foolish is folly. 23 The mind of the wise makes their speech insightful and enhances the teaching of their lips.
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