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Proverbs 16:13-23 (Revised Standard Version)

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13 Righteous lips are the delight of a king, and he loves him who speaks what is right. 14 A king's wrath is a messenger of death, and a wise man will appease it. 15 In the light of a king's face there is life, and his favor is like the clouds that bring the spring rain. 16 To get wisdom is better than gold; to get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver. 17 The highway of the upright turns aside from evil; he who guards his way preserves his life. 18 Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall. 19 It is better to be of a lowly spirit with the poor than to divide the spoil with the proud. 20 He who gives heed to the word will prosper, and happy is he who trusts in the LORD. 21 The wise of heart is called a man of discernment, and pleasant speech increases persuasiveness. 22 Wisdom is a fountain of life to him who has it, but folly is the chastisement of fools. 23 The mind of the wise makes his speech judicious, and adds persuasiveness to his lips.
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