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Proverbs 12:17-27 (New Revised Standard)

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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. 23 One who is clever conceals knowledge, but the mind of a fool a broadcasts folly. 24 The hand of the diligent will rule, while the lazy will be put to forced labor. 25 Anxiety weighs down the human heart, but a good word cheers it up. 26 The righteous gives good advice to friends, b but the way of the wicked leads astray. 27 The lazy do not roast c their game, but the diligent obtain precious wealth. d
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