Proverbs 22:11-21 NIV

11 He who loves a pure heart and whose speech is gracious will have the king for his friend.1

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12 The eyes of the LORD keep watch over knowledge, but he frustrates the words of the unfaithful.
13 The sluggard says, "There is a lion outside!"2 or, "I will be murdered in the streets!"

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14 The mouth of an adulteress is a deep pit;3 he who is under the LORD's wrath will fall into it.4

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15 Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline will drive it far from him.5

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16 He who oppresses the poor to increase his wealth and he who gives gifts to the rich--both come to poverty.

Sayings of the Wise

17 Pay attention6 and listen to the sayings of the wise;7 apply your heart to what I teach,8

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18 for it is pleasing when you keep them in your heart and have all of them ready on your lips.
19 So that your trust may be in the LORD, I teach you today, even you.
20 Have I not written thirtya sayings for you, sayings of counsel and knowledge,

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    • b 22:20 - Or "not formerly written"; or "not written excellent"
      21 teaching you true and reliable words,9 so that you can give sound answers to him who sent you?

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