Proverbs 16:16-26 (New International Version)

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16 How much better to get wisdom than gold, to choose understanding1 rather than silver!2 17 The highway of the upright avoids evil; he who guards his way guards his life.3 18 Pride4 goes before destruction, a haughty spirit5 before a fall.6 19 Better to be lowly in spirit and among the oppressed than to share plunder with the proud. 20 Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers,7 and blessed is he who trusts in the LORD.8 21 The wise in heart are called discerning, and pleasant words promote instruction.a9 22 Understanding is a fountain of life to those who have it,10 but folly brings punishment to fools. 23 A wise man's heart guides his mouth,11 and his lips promote instruction.b12 24 Pleasant words are a honeycomb,13 sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.14 25 There is a way that seems right to a man,15 but in the end it leads to death.16 26 The laborer's appetite works for him; his hunger drives him on.
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