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Proverbs 21:17-27 (New International Version)

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17 He who loves pleasure will become poor; whoever loves wine and oil will never be rich.1 18 The wicked become a ransom2 for the righteous, and the unfaithful for the upright. 19 Better to live in a desert than with a quarrelsome and ill-tempered wife.3 20 In the house of the wise are stores of choice food and oil, but a foolish man devours all he has. 21 He who pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperitya4 and honor.5 22 A wise man attacks the city of the mighty6 and pulls down the stronghold in which they trust. 23 He who guards his mouth7 and his tongue keeps himself from calamity.8 24 The proud and arrogant9 man--"Mocker" is his name; he behaves with overweening pride. 25 The sluggard's craving will be the death of him,10 because his hands refuse to work. 26 All day long he craves for more, but the righteous11 give without sparing.12 27 The sacrifice of the wicked is detestable13-- how much more so when brought with evil intent!14
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