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Proverbs 12:12-22 (New Revised Standard)

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12 The wicked covet the proceeds of wickedness, a but the root of the righteous bears fruit. 13 The evil are ensnared by the transgression of their lips, but the righteous escape from trouble. 14 From the fruit of the mouth one is filled with good things, and manual labor has its reward. 15 Fools think their own way is right, but the wise listen to advice. 16 Fools show their anger at once, but the prudent ignore an insult. 17 Whoever speaks the truth gives honest evidence, but a false witness speaks deceitfully. 18 Rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing. 19 Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue lasts only a moment. 20 Deceit is in the mind of those who plan evil, but those who counsel peace have joy. 21 No harm happens to the righteous, but the wicked are filled with trouble. 22 Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord, but those who act faithfully are his delight.
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