Proverbs 15:22-32 NIV

22 Plans fail for lack of counsel,1 but with many advisers2 they succeed.3

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23 A man finds joy in giving an apt reply4-- and how good is a timely word!5

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24 The path of life leads upward for the wise to keep him from going down to the grave.a

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    • b 15:24 - Hebrew "Sheol"
      25 The LORD tears down the proud man's house6 but he keeps the widow's boundaries intact.7

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      26 The LORD detests the thoughts8 of the wicked,9 but those of the pure10 are pleasing to him.

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      27 A greedy man brings trouble to his family, but he who hates bribes will live.11

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      28 The heart of the righteous weighs its answers,12 but the mouth of the wicked gushes evil.13

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      29 The LORD is far from the wicked but he hears the prayer of the righteous.14

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      30 A cheerful look brings joy to the heart, and good news gives health to the bones.15

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      31 He who listens to a life-giving rebuke will be at home among the wise.16

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          32 He who ignores discipline despises himself,17 but whoever heeds correction gains understanding.18

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