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Proverbs 11:12-22 (Holman Christian Standard)

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12 Whoever shows contempt for his neighbor lacks sense, but a man with understanding keeps silent.a 13 A gossip goes around revealing a secret, but the trustworthy keeps a confidence.b 14 Without guidance, people fall, but with many counselors there is deliverance.c 15 If someone puts up security for a stranger, he will suffer for it,d but the one who hates such agreements is protected. 16 A gracious woman gains honor, but violente men gain [only] riches. 17 A kind man benefits himself, but a cruel man brings disaster on himself.f 18 The wicked man earns an empty wage, but the one who sows righteousness, a true reward.g 19 Genuine righteousness [leads] to life,h but pursuing evil [leads] to death. 20 Those with twisted minds are detestable to the Lord, but those with blameless conduct are His delight.i 21 Be assuredj that the wicked will not go unpunished,k but the offspring of the righteous will escape. 22 A beautiful woman who rejects good sense is like a gold ring in a pig's snout.
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