Proverbs 16:13-23 (New Century Version)

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13 Kings like honest people; they value someone who speaks the truth. 14 An angry king can put someone to death, so a wise person will try to make him happy. 15 A smiling king can give people life; his kindness is like a spring shower. 16 It is better to get wisdom than gold, and to choose understanding rather than silver! 17 Good people stay away from evil. By watching what they do, they protect their lives. 18 Pride will destroy a person; a proud attitude leads to ruin. 19 It is better to be humble and be with those who suffer than to share stolen property with the proud. 20 Whoever listens to what is taught will succeed, and whoever trusts the Lord will be happy. 21 The wise are known for their understanding. Their pleasant words make them better teachers. 22 Understanding is like a fountain which gives life to those who use it, but foolishness brings punishment to fools. 23 Wise people's minds tell them what to say, and that helps them be better teachers.
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