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Proverbs 16:13-23 (English Standard Version)

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13 1Righteous lips are the delight of a king, and he loves him who speaks what is right. 14 2A king's wrath is a messenger of death, and a wise man will 3appease it. 15 4In the light of a king's face there is life, and his 5favor is like 6the clouds that bring the spring rain. 16 7How much better to get wisdom than 8gold! To get understanding is to be chosen rather than 9silver. 17 The highway of the upright 10turns aside from evil; whoever guards his way preserves his life. 18 11Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall. 19 12It is better to be of a lowly spirit with the poor than to 13divide the spoil with the proud. 20 Whoever gives thought to the worda14will discover good, and blessed is he 15who trusts in the LORD. 21 The wise of heart is called discerning, and sweetness of speech 16increases persuasiveness. 22 Good sense is 17a fountain of life to him who has it, but the instruction of fools is folly. 23 18The heart of the wise makes his speech judicious and adds persuasiveness to his lips.
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