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Proverbs 12:4-14 (New International Version)

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4 A wife of noble character1 is her husband's crown, but a disgraceful wife is like decay in his bones.2 5 The plans of the righteous are just, but the advice of the wicked is deceitful. 6 The words of the wicked lie in wait for blood, but the speech of the upright rescues them.3 7 Wicked men are overthrown and are no more,4 but the house of the righteous stands firm.5 8 A man is praised according to his wisdom, but men with warped6 minds are despised. 9 Better to be a nobody and yet have a servant than pretend to be somebody and have no food. 10 A righteous man cares for the needs of his animal,7 but the kindest acts of the wicked are cruel. 11 He who works his land will have abundant food, but he who chases fantasies lacks judgment.8 12 The wicked desire the plunder of evil men, but the root of the righteous flourishes. 13 An evil man is trapped by his sinful talk,9 but a righteous man escapes trouble.10 14 From the fruit of his lips a man is filled with good things11 as surely as the work of his hands rewards him.12
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