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Proverbs 16:22-32 (New International Version)

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22 Understanding is a fountain of life to those who have it,1 but folly brings punishment to fools. 23 A wise man's heart guides his mouth,2 and his lips promote instruction.a3 24 Pleasant words are a honeycomb,4 sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.5 25 There is a way that seems right to a man,6 but in the end it leads to death.7 26 The laborer's appetite works for him; his hunger drives him on. 27 A scoundrel8 plots evil, and his speech is like a scorching fire.9 28 A perverse man stirs up dissension,10 and a gossip separates close friends.11 29 A violent man entices his neighbor and leads him down a path that is not good.12 30 He who winks13 with his eye is plotting perversity; he who purses his lips is bent on evil. 31 Gray hair is a crown of splendor;14 it is attained by a righteous life. 32 Better a patient man than a warrior, a man who controls his temper than one who takes a city.
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