Proverbs 14:15-25 (New Revised Standard)

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15 The simple believe everything, but the clever consider their steps. 16 The wise are cautious and turn away from evil, but the fool throws off restraint and is careless. 17 One who is quick-tempered acts foolishly, and the schemer is hated. 18 The simple are adorned with a folly, but the clever are crowned with knowledge. 19 The evil bow down before the good, the wicked at the gates of the righteous. 20 The poor are disliked even by their neighbors, but the rich have many friends. 21 Those who despise their neighbors are sinners, but happy are those who are kind to the poor. 22 Do they not err that plan evil? Those who plan good find loyalty and faithfulness. 23 In all toil there is profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty. 24 The crown of the wise is their wisdom, b but folly is the garland c of fools. 25 A truthful witness saves lives, but one who utters lies is a betrayer.
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