Proverbs 16:13-23 NIV

13 Kings take pleasure in honest lips; they value a man who speaks the truth.1

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14 A king's wrath is a messenger of death,2 but a wise man will appease it.3

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15 When a king's face brightens, it means life;4 his favor is like a rain cloud in spring.5

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16 How much better to get wisdom than gold, to choose understanding6 rather than silver!7

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17 The highway of the upright avoids evil; he who guards his way guards his life.8

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18 Pride9 goes before destruction, a haughty spirit10 before a fall.11

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19 Better to be lowly in spirit and among the oppressed than to share plunder with the proud.
20 Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers,12 and blessed is he who trusts in the LORD.13

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21 The wise in heart are called discerning, and pleasant words promote instruction.a14

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    • a 16:21 - Or "words make a man persuasive"
      22 Understanding is a fountain of life to those who have it,15 but folly brings punishment to fools.

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      23 A wise man's heart guides his mouth,16 and his lips promote instruction.b17

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        • b 16:23 - Or "mouth / and makes his lips persuasive"