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Proverbs 16:8-18 (Revised Standard Version)

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8 Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues with injustice. 9 A man's mind plans his way, but the LORD directs his steps. 10 Inspired decisions are on the lips of a king; his mouth does not sin in judgment. 11 A just balance and scales are the LORD's; all the weights in the bag are his work. 12 It is an abomination to kings to do evil, for the throne is established by righteousness. 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.
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