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Proverbs 17:16-26 (New International Version)

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16 Of what use is money in the hand of a fool, since he has no desire to get wisdom?1 17 A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.2 18 A man lacking in judgment strikes hands in pledge and puts up security for his neighbor.3 19 He who loves a quarrel loves sin; he who builds a high gate invites destruction. 20 A man of perverse heart does not prosper; he whose tongue is deceitful falls into trouble. 21 To have a fool for a son brings grief; there is no joy for the father of a fool.4 22 A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed5 spirit dries up the bones.6 23 A wicked man accepts a bribe7 in secret to pervert the course of justice.8 24 A discerning man keeps wisdom in view, but a fool's eyes9 wander to the ends of the earth. 25 A foolish son brings grief to his father and bitterness to the one who bore him.10 26 It is not good to punish an innocent man,11 or to flog officials for their integrity.
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