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Proverbs 20:14-24 (New International Version)

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14 "It's no good, it's no good!" says the buyer; then off he goes and boasts about his purchase. 15 Gold there is, and rubies in abundance, but lips that speak knowledge are a rare jewel. 16 Take the garment of one who puts up security for a stranger; hold it in pledge1 if he does it for a wayward woman.2 17 Food gained by fraud tastes sweet to a man,3 but he ends up with a mouth full of gravel.4 18 Make plans by seeking advice; if you wage war, obtain guidance.5 19 A gossip betrays a confidence;6 so avoid a man who talks too much. 20 If a man curses his father or mother,7 his lamp will be snuffed out in pitch darkness.8 21 An inheritance quickly gained at the beginning will not be blessed at the end. 22 Do not say, "I'll pay you back for this wrong!"9 Wait for the LORD, and he will deliver you.10 23 The LORD detests differing weights, and dishonest scales do not please him.11 24 A man's steps are directed12 by the LORD.13 How then can anyone understand his own way?14
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