Proverbs 24:18-28 (New Revised Standard)

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18 or else the Lord will see it and be displeased, and turn away his anger from them. 19 Do not fret because of evildoers. Do not envy the wicked; 20 for the evil have no future; the lamp of the wicked will go out. 21 My child, fear the Lord and the king, and do not disobey either of them; a 22 for disaster comes from them suddenly, and who knows the ruin that both can bring? 23 These also are sayings of the wise: Partiality in judging is not good. 24 Whoever says to the wicked, "You are innocent," will be cursed by peoples, abhorred by nations; 25 but those who rebuke the wicked will have delight, and a good blessing will come upon them. 26 One who gives an honest answer gives a kiss on the lips. 27 Prepare your work outside, get everything ready for you in the field; and after that build your house. 28 Do not be a witness against your neighbor without cause, and do not deceive with your lips.
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