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Proverbs 22:11-21 (New International Version)

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11 He who loves a pure heart and whose speech is gracious will have the king for his friend.1 12 The eyes of the LORD keep watch over knowledge, but he frustrates the words of the unfaithful. 13 The sluggard says, "There is a lion outside!"2 or, "I will be murdered in the streets!" 14 The mouth of an adulteress is a deep pit;3 he who is under the LORD's wrath will fall into it.4 15 Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline will drive it far from him.5 16 He who oppresses the poor to increase his wealth and he who gives gifts to the rich--both come to poverty.

Sayings of the Wise

17 Pay attention6 and listen to the sayings of the wise;7 apply your heart to what I teach,8 18 for it is pleasing when you keep them in your heart and have all of them ready on your lips. 19 So that your trust may be in the LORD, I teach you today, even you. 20 Have I not written thirtya sayings for you, sayings of counsel and knowledge, 21 teaching you true and reliable words,9 so that you can give sound answers to him who sent you?
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