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Proverbs 17:14-24 (Revised Standard Version)

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14 The beginning of strife is like letting out water; so quit before the quarrel breaks out. 15 He who justifies the wicked and he who condemns the righteous are both alike an abomination to the LORD. 16 Why should a fool have a price in his hand to buy wisdom, when he has no mind? 17 A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. 18 A man without sense gives a pledge, and becomes surety in the presence of his neighbor. 19 He who loves transgression loves strife; he who makes his door high seeks destruction. 20 A man of crooked mind does not prosper, and one with a perverse tongue falls into calamity. 21 A stupid son is a grief to a father; and the father of a fool has no joy. 22 A cheerful heart is a good medicine, but a downcast spirit dries up the bones. 23 A wicked man accepts a bribe from the bosom to pervert the ways of justice. 24 A man of understanding sets his face toward wisdom, but the eyes of a fool are on the ends of the earth.
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