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Proverbs 21:18-28 (New International Version)

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18 The wicked become a ransom1 for the righteous, and the unfaithful for the upright. 19 Better to live in a desert than with a quarrelsome and ill-tempered wife.2 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, prosperitya3 and honor.4 22 A wise man attacks the city of the mighty5 and pulls down the stronghold in which they trust. 23 He who guards his mouth6 and his tongue keeps himself from calamity.7 24 The proud and arrogant8 man--"Mocker" is his name; he behaves with overweening pride. 25 The sluggard's craving will be the death of him,9 because his hands refuse to work. 26 All day long he craves for more, but the righteous10 give without sparing.11 27 The sacrifice of the wicked is detestable12-- how much more so when brought with evil intent!13 28 A false witness14 will perish,15 and whoever listens to him will be destroyed forever.b
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