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Proverbs 17:6-16 (New International Version)

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6 Children's children1 are a crown to the aged, and parents are the pride of their children. 7 Arroganta lips are unsuited to a fool-- how much worse lying lips to a ruler!2 8 A bribe is a charm to the one who gives it; wherever he turns, he succeeds.3 9 He who covers over an offense promotes love,4 but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.5 10 A rebuke impresses a man of discernment more than a hundred lashes a fool. 11 An evil man is bent only on rebellion; a merciless official will be sent against him. 12 Better to meet a bear robbed of her cubs than a fool in his folly.6 13 If a man pays back evil7 for good,8 evil will never leave his house. 14 Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam; so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out.9 15 Acquitting the guilty and condemning the innocent10-- the LORD detests them both.11 16 Of what use is money in the hand of a fool, since he has no desire to get wisdom?12
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