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Proverbs 10:16-26 (New International Version)

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16 The wages of the righteous bring them life,1 but the income of the wicked brings them punishment.2 17 He who heeds discipline shows the way to life,3 but whoever ignores correction leads others astray. 18 He who conceals his hatred has lying lips,4 and whoever spreads slander is a fool. 19 When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise.5 20 The tongue of the righteous is choice silver, but the heart of the wicked is of little value. 21 The lips of the righteous nourish many, but fools die for lack of judgment.6 22 The blessing of the LORD 7 brings wealth,8 and he adds no trouble to it.9 23 A fool finds pleasure in evil conduct,10 but a man of understanding delights in wisdom. 24 What the wicked dreads11 will overtake him;12 what the righteous desire will be granted.13 25 When the storm has swept by, the wicked are gone, but the righteous stand firm14 forever.15 26 As vinegar to the teeth and smoke16 to the eyes, so is a sluggard to those who send him.17
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