Proverbs 12:18-28 NIV

18 Reckless words pierce like a sword,1 but the tongue of the wise brings healing.2

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19 Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue lasts only a moment.
20 There is deceit in the hearts of those who plot evil, but joy for those who promote peace.3

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21 No harm befalls the righteous,4 but the wicked have their fill of trouble.

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22 The LORD detests lying lips,5 but he delights6 in men who are truthful.7

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23 A prudent man keeps his knowledge to himself,8 but the heart of fools blurts out folly.9

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24 Diligent hands will rule, but laziness ends in slave labor.10

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25 An anxious heart weighs a man down,11 but a kind word cheers him up.

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26 A righteous man is cautious in friendship,a but the way of the wicked leads them astray.12

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    • a 12:26 - Or "man is a guide to his neighbor"
      27 The lazy man does not roastb his game, but the diligent man prizes his possessions.

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        • b 12:27 - The meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain.
          28 In the way of righteousness there is life;13 along that path is immortality.

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