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Proverbs 22:11-21 (Holman Christian Standard)

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11 The one who loves a pure heart and gracious lips-the king is his friend. 12 The Lord's eyes keep watch over knowledge, but He overthrows the words of the treacherous. 13 The slacker says, "There's a lion outside! I'll be killed in the streets!"a 14 The mouth of the forbidden woman is a deep pit; a man cursed by the Lord will fall into it.b 15 Foolishness is tangled up in the heart of a youth; the rod of discipline will drive it away from him.c 16 Oppressing the poor to enrich oneself, and giving to the rich-both lead only to poverty.d

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17 Listen closely,e pay attention to the words of the wise, and apply your mind to my knowledge. 18 For it is pleasing if you keep them within youf and ifg they are constantly on your lips. 19 I have instructed you today-even you- so that your confidence may be in the Lord. 20 Haven't I written for you thirty sayingsh about counsel and knowledge, 21 in order to teach you true and reliable words, so that you may give a dependable reporti to those who sent you?j
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