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Proverbs 24:17-27 (Holman Christian Standard)

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17 Don't gloat when your enemy falls, and don't let your heart rejoice when he stumbles, 18 or the Lord will see, be displeased, and turn His wrath away from him. 19 Don't worry because of evildoers, and don't envy the wicked.a 20 For the evil have no future;b the lamp of the wicked will be put out.c 21 My son, fear the Lord, as well as the king,d and don't associate with rebels,e 22 for their destruction will come suddenly; who knows what disaster these two can bring? 23 These [sayings] also belong to the wise: It is not good to show partiality in judgment.f 24 Whoever says to the guilty, "You are innocent"- people will curse him, and tribes will denounce him;g 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.
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