Proverbs 12:23-28 NIV

23 A prudent man keeps his knowledge to himself,1 but the heart of fools blurts out folly.2

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24 Diligent hands will rule, but laziness ends in slave labor.3

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25 An anxious heart weighs a man down,4 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.5

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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;6 along that path is immortality.

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