Proverbs 21:16-26 NIV

16 A man who strays from the path of understanding comes to rest in the company of the dead.1

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17 He who loves pleasure will become poor; whoever loves wine and oil will never be rich.2

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18 The wicked become a ransom3 for the righteous, and the unfaithful for the upright.

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19 Better to live in a desert than with a quarrelsome and ill-tempered wife.4

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      20 In the house of the wise are stores of choice food and oil, but a foolish man devours all he has.
      21 He who pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperitya5 and honor.6

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        • c 21:21 - Or "righteousness"
          22 A wise man attacks the city of the mighty7 and pulls down the stronghold in which they trust.

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          23 He who guards his mouth8 and his tongue keeps himself from calamity.9

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          24 The proud and arrogant10 man--"Mocker" is his name; he behaves with overweening pride.

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          25 The sluggard's craving will be the death of him,11 because his hands refuse to work.

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          26 All day long he craves for more, but the righteous12 give without sparing.13

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