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Proverbs 21:9-19 (New International Version)

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9 Better to live on a corner of the roof than share a house with a quarrelsome wife.1 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.2 12 The Righteous Onea takes note of the house of the wicked and brings the wicked to ruin.3 13 If a man shuts his ears to the cry of the poor, he too will cry out4 and not be answered.5 14 A gift given in secret soothes anger, and a bribe concealed in the cloak pacifies great wrath.6 15 When justice is done, it brings joy to the righteous but terror to evildoers.7 16 A man who strays from the path of understanding comes to rest in the company of the dead.8 17 He who loves pleasure will become poor; whoever loves wine and oil will never be rich.9 18 The wicked become a ransom10 for the righteous, and the unfaithful for the upright. 19 Better to live in a desert than with a quarrelsome and ill-tempered wife.11
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