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Proverbs 17:4-14 (New Living Translation)

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4 Wrongdoers listen to wicked talk; liars pay attention to destructive words. 5 Those who mock the poor insult their Maker; those who rejoice at the misfortune of others will be punished. 6 Grandchildren are the crowning glory of the aged; parents are the pride of their children. 7 Eloquent speech is not fitting for a fool; even less are lies fitting for a ruler. 8 A bribe seems to work like magic for those who give it; they succeed in all they do. 9 Disregarding another person's faults preserves love; telling about them separates close friends. 10 A single rebuke does more for a person of understanding than a hundred lashes on the back of a fool. 11 Evil people seek rebellion, but they will be severely punished. 12 It is safer to meet a bear robbed of her cubs than to confront a fool caught in folly. 13 If you repay evil for good, evil will never leave your house. 14 Beginning a quarrel is like opening a floodgate, so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out.
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