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Proverbs 22:11-21 (New Revised Standard)

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11 Those who love a pure heart and are gracious in speech will have the king as a friend. 12 The eyes of the Lord keep watch over knowledge, but he overthrows the words of the faithless. 13 The lazy person says, "There is a lion outside! I shall be killed in the streets!" 14 The mouth of a loose a woman is a deep pit; he with whom the Lord is angry falls into it. 15 Folly is bound up in the heart of a boy, but the rod of discipline drives it far away. 16 Oppressing the poor in order to enrich oneself, and giving to the rich, will lead only to loss. 17 The words of the wise: Incline your ear and hear my words, b and apply your mind to my teaching; 18 for it will be pleasant if you keep them within you, if all of them are ready on your lips. 19 So that your trust may be in the Lord, I have made them known to you today—yes, to you. 20 Have I not written for you thirty sayings of admonition and knowledge, 21 to show you what is right and true, so that you may give a true answer to those who sent you?
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