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Proverbs 21:1-10 (The Message)

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1 Good leadership is a channel of water controlled by God; he directs it to whatever ends he chooses. 2 We justify our actions by appearances; God examines our motives. 3 Clean living before God and justice with our neighbors mean far more to God than religious performance. 4 Arrogance and pride - distinguishing marks in the wicked - are just plain sin. 5 Careful planning puts you ahead in the long run; hurry and scurry puts you further behind. 6 Make it to the top by lying and cheating; get paid with smoke and a promotion - to death! 7 The wicked get buried alive by their loot because they refuse to use it to help others. 8 Mixed motives twist life into tangles; pure motives take you straight down the road. Do Your Best, Prepare for the Worst 9 Better to live alone in a tumbledown shack than share a mansion with a nagging spouse. 10 Wicked souls love to make trouble; they feel nothing for friends and neighbors.
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