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Proverbs 15:23-33 (New Revised Standard)

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23 To make an apt answer is a joy to anyone, and a word in season, how good it is! 24 For the wise the path of life leads upward, in order to avoid Sheol below. 25 The Lord tears down the house of the proud, but maintains the widow's boundaries. 26 Evil plans are an abomination to the Lord, but gracious words are pure. 27 Those who are greedy for unjust gain make trouble for their households, but those who hate bribes will live. 28 The mind of the righteous ponders how to answer, but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil. 29 The Lord is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayer of the righteous. 30 The light of the eyes rejoices the heart, and good news refreshes the body. 31 The ear that heeds wholesome admonition will lodge among the wise. 32 Those who ignore instruction despise themselves, but those who heed admonition gain understanding. 33 The fear of the Lord is instruction in wisdom, and humility goes before honor.
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