19 Whoever loves a quarrel loves sin; whoever builds a high gate invites destruction.
20 One whose heart is corrupt does not prosper; one whose tongue is perverse falls into trouble.
21 To have a fool for a child brings grief; there is no joy for the parent of a godless fool.
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22 A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
23 The wicked accept bribes in secret to pervert the course of justice.
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24 A discerning person keeps wisdom in view, but a fool’s eyes wander to the ends of the earth.
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25 A foolish son brings grief to his father and bitterness to the mother who bore him.
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26 If imposing a fine on the innocent is not good, surely to flog honest officials is not right.
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27 The one who has knowledge uses words with restraint, and whoever has understanding is even-tempered.
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28 Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent, and discerning if they hold their tongues.
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