Proverbs 16:21-31 NIV

21 The wise in heart are called discerning, and pleasant words promote instruction.a1

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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,2 but folly brings punishment to fools.

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      23 A wise man's heart guides his mouth,3 and his lips promote instruction.b4

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        • b 16:23 - Or "mouth / and makes his lips persuasive"
          24 Pleasant words are a honeycomb,5 sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.6

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          25 There is a way that seems right to a man,7 but in the end it leads to death.8

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          26 The laborer's appetite works for him; his hunger drives him on.
          27 A scoundrel9 plots evil, and his speech is like a scorching fire.10

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          28 A perverse man stirs up dissension,11 and a gossip separates close friends.12

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          29 A violent man entices his neighbor and leads him down a path that is not good.13

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          30 He who winks14 with his eye is plotting perversity; he who purses his lips is bent on evil.

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          31 Gray hair is a crown of splendor;15 it is attained by a righteous life.

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