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Proverbs 21:4-14 (New International Version)

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4 Haughty eyes1 and a proud heart, the lamp of the wicked, are sin! 5 The plans of the diligent lead to profit2 as surely as haste leads to poverty. 6 A fortune made by a lying tongue is a fleeting vapor and a deadly snare.a3 7 The violence of the wicked will drag them away,4 for they refuse to do what is right. 8 The way of the guilty is devious,5 but the conduct of the innocent is upright. 9 Better to live on a corner of the roof than share a house with a quarrelsome wife.6 10 The wicked man craves evil; his neighbor gets no mercy from him. 11 When a mocker is punished, the simple gain wisdom; when a wise man is instructed, he gets knowledge.7 12 The Righteous Oneb takes note of the house of the wicked and brings the wicked to ruin.8 13 If a man shuts his ears to the cry of the poor, he too will cry out9 and not be answered.10 14 A gift given in secret soothes anger, and a bribe concealed in the cloak pacifies great wrath.11
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