Proverbs 17:19-28 (Revised Standard Version)

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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. 25 A foolish son is a grief to his father and bitterness to her who bore him. 26 To impose a fine on a righteous man is not good; to flog noble men is wrong. 27 He who restrains his words has knowledge, and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding. 28 Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise; when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent.
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