Proverbs 16:22-32 NIV

22 Understanding is a fountain of life to those who have it,1 but folly brings punishment to fools.

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23 A wise man's heart guides his mouth,2 and his lips promote instruction.a3

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    • b 16:23 - Or "mouth / and makes his lips persuasive"
      24 Pleasant words are a honeycomb,4 sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.5

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      25 There is a way that seems right to a man,6 but in the end it leads to death.7

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      26 The laborer's appetite works for him; his hunger drives him on.
      27 A scoundrel8 plots evil, and his speech is like a scorching fire.9

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      28 A perverse man stirs up dissension,10 and a gossip separates close friends.11

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      29 A violent man entices his neighbor and leads him down a path that is not good.12

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      30 He who winks13 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;14 it is attained by a righteous life.

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      32 Better a patient man than a warrior, a man who controls his temper than one who takes a city.