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Proverbs 12:18-28 (New International Version)

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18 Reckless words pierce like a sword,1 but the tongue of the wise brings healing.2 19 Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue lasts only a moment. 20 There is deceit in the hearts of those who plot evil, but joy for those who promote peace.3 21 No harm befalls the righteous,4 but the wicked have their fill of trouble. 22 The LORD detests lying lips,5 but he delights6 in men who are truthful.7 23 A prudent man keeps his knowledge to himself,8 but the heart of fools blurts out folly.9 24 Diligent hands will rule, but laziness ends in slave labor.10 25 An anxious heart weighs a man down,11 but a kind word cheers him up. 26 A righteous man is cautious in friendship,a but the way of the wicked leads them astray.12 27 The lazy man does not roastb his game, but the diligent man prizes his possessions. 28 In the way of righteousness there is life;13 along that path is immortality.
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