Proverbs 16:23-33 NIV

23 A wise man's heart guides his mouth,1 and his lips promote instruction.a2

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    • b 16:23 - Or "mouth / and makes his lips persuasive"
      24 Pleasant words are a honeycomb,3 sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.4

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      25 There is a way that seems right to a man,5 but in the end it leads to death.6

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      26 The laborer's appetite works for him; his hunger drives him on.
      27 A scoundrel7 plots evil, and his speech is like a scorching fire.8

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      28 A perverse man stirs up dissension,9 and a gossip separates close friends.10

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      29 A violent man entices his neighbor and leads him down a path that is not good.11

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      30 He who winks12 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;13 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.
      33 The lot is cast14 into the lap, but its every decision15 is from the LORD.16

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