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Proverbs 18:5-15 (New International Reader's Version)

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5 It isn't good to favor those who do wrong. And it isn't good to hold back what is fair from those who aren't guilty. 6 What a foolish person says leads to arguing. He is just asking for a beating. 7 The words of a foolish person drag him down. He is trapped by what he says. 8 The words of anyone who talks about others are like tasty bites of food. They go deep down inside you. 9 Anyone who doesn't want to work is like someone who destroys. 10 The name of the LORD is like a strong tower. Godly people run to it and are safe. 11 The wealth of rich people is like a city that makes them feel safe. They think of it as a city with walls that can't be climbed. 12 If a man's heart is proud, he will be destroyed. So don't be proud if you want to be honored. 13 To answer before listening is foolish and shameful. 14 A man's cheerful heart gives him strength when he is sick. You can't keep going if you have a broken spirit. 15 Those whose hearts understand what is right get knowledge. The ears of those who are wise listen for it.
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