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Proverbs 23:13-23 (New International Version)

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13 Do not withhold discipline from a child; if you punish him with the rod, he will not die. 14 Punish him with the rod and save his soul from death.a 15 My son, if your heart is wise, then my heart will be glad; 16 my inmost being will rejoice when your lips speak what is right.1 17 Do not let your heart envy2 sinners, but always be zealous for the fear of the LORD. 18 There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.3 19 Listen, my son,4 and be wise, and keep your heart on the right path 20 Do not join those who drink too much wine5 or gorge themselves on meat, 21 for drunkards and gluttons become poor,6 and drowsiness clothes them in rags 22 Listen to your father, who gave you life, and do not despise your mother when she is old.7 23 Buy the truth and do not sell it; get wisdom, discipline and understanding.8
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