Proverbs 23:16-26 NIV

16 my inmost being will rejoice when your lips speak what is right.1

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17 Do not let your heart envy2 sinners, but always be zealous for the fear of the LORD.

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18 There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.3

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19 Listen, my son,4 and be wise, and keep your heart on the right path

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20 Do not join those who drink too much wine5 or gorge themselves on meat,

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21 for drunkards and gluttons become poor,6 and drowsiness clothes them in rags

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22 Listen to your father, who gave you life, and do not despise your mother when she is old.7

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23 Buy the truth and do not sell it; get wisdom, discipline and understanding.8

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24 The father of a righteous man has great joy; he who has a wise son delights in him.9

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      25 May your father and mother be glad; may she who gave you birth rejoice!10

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      26 My son,11 give me your heart and let your eyes keep to my ways,12

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