Proverbs 16:19-29 NIV

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,1 and blessed is he who trusts in the LORD.2

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21 The wise in heart are called discerning, and pleasant words promote instruction.a3

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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,4 but folly brings punishment to fools.

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      23 A wise man's heart guides his mouth,5 and his lips promote instruction.b6

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        • b 16:23 - Or "mouth / and makes his lips persuasive"
          24 Pleasant words are a honeycomb,7 sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.8

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          25 There is a way that seems right to a man,9 but in the end it leads to death.10

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          26 The laborer's appetite works for him; his hunger drives him on.
          27 A scoundrel11 plots evil, and his speech is like a scorching fire.12

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          28 A perverse man stirs up dissension,13 and a gossip separates close friends.14

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          29 A violent man entices his neighbor and leads him down a path that is not good.15

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