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Proverbs 14:7-17 (New Living Translation)

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7 Stay away from fools, for you won't find knowledge there. 8 The wise look ahead to see what is coming, but fools deceive themselves. 9 Fools make fun of guilt, but the godly acknowledge it and seek reconciliation. 10 Each heart knows its own bitterness, and no one else can fully share its joy. 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.
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