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Proverbs 11:11-21 (New International Version)

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11 Through the blessing of the upright a city is exalted,1 but by the mouth of the wicked it is destroyed.2 12 A man who lacks judgment derides his neighbor,3 but a man of understanding holds his tongue.4 13 A gossip betrays a confidence,5 but a trustworthy man keeps a secret.6 14 For lack of guidance a nation falls,7 but many advisers make victory sure.8 15 He who puts up security9 for another will surely suffer, but whoever refuses to strike hands in pledge is safe.10 16 A kindhearted woman gains respect,11 but ruthless men gain only wealth. 17 A kind man benefits himself, but a cruel man brings trouble on himself. 18 The wicked man earns deceptive wages, but he who sows righteousness reaps a sure reward.12 19 The truly righteous man attains life,13 but he who pursues evil goes to his death.14 20 The LORD detests men of perverse heart15 but he delights16 in those whose ways are blameless.17 21 Be sure of this: The wicked will not go unpunished, but those who are righteous will go free.18
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