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Proverbs 15:21-31 (New International Version)

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21 Folly delights a man who lacks judgment,1 but a man of understanding keeps a straight course. 22 Plans fail for lack of counsel,2 but with many advisers3 they succeed.4 23 A man finds joy in giving an apt reply5-- and how good is a timely word!6 24 The path of life leads upward for the wise to keep him from going down to the grave.a 25 The LORD tears down the proud man's house7 but he keeps the widow's boundaries intact.8 26 The LORD detests the thoughts9 of the wicked,10 but those of the pure11 are pleasing to him. 27 A greedy man brings trouble to his family, but he who hates bribes will live.12 28 The heart of the righteous weighs its answers,13 but the mouth of the wicked gushes evil.14 29 The LORD is far from the wicked but he hears the prayer of the righteous.15 30 A cheerful look brings joy to the heart, and good news gives health to the bones.16 31 He who listens to a life-giving rebuke will be at home among the wise.17
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