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Proverbs 14:17-27 (Holman Christian Standard)

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17 A quick-tempered man acts foolishly, and a man who schemes is hated.a 18 The gullible inherit foolishness, but the sensible are crowned with knowledge. 19 The evil bow before those who are good, the wicked, at the gates of the righteous. 20 A poor man is hated even by his neighbor, but there are many who love the rich.b 21 The one who despises his neighbor sins,c but whoever shows kindness to the poor will be happy. 22 Don't those who plan evil go astray?d But those who plan good find loyalty and faithfulness.e 23 There is profit in all hard work, but endless talkf leads only to poverty.g 24 The crown of the wise is their wealth, but the foolishness of fools produces foolishness. 25 A truthful witness rescues lives, but one who utters lies is deceitful.h 26 In the fear of the Lord one has strong confidence and his children have a refuge.i 27 The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, turning people from the snares of death.j
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