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Proverbs 14:11-21 (New Living Translation)

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11 The house of the wicked will perish, but the tent of the godly will flourish. 12 There is a path before each person that seems right, but it ends in death. 13 Laughter can conceal a heavy heart; when the laughter ends, the grief remains. 14 Backsliders get what they deserve; good people receive their reward. 15 Only simpletons believe everything they are told! The prudent carefully consider their steps. 16 The wise are cautious a and avoid danger; fools plunge ahead with great confidence. 17 Those who are short-tempered do foolish things, and schemers are hated. 18 The simpleton is clothed with folly, but the wise person is crowned with knowledge. 19 Evil people will bow before good people; the wicked will bow at the gates of the godly. 20 The poor are despised even by their neighbors, while the rich have many "friends." 21 It is sin to despise one's neighbors; blessed are those who help the poor.
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