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Proverbs 21:4-14 (Revised Standard Version)

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4 Haughty eyes and a proud heart, the lamp of the wicked, are sin. 5 The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance, but every one who is hasty comes only to want. 6 The getting of treasures by a lying tongue is a fleeting vapor and a snare of death. 7 The violence of the wicked will sweep them away, because they refuse to do what is just. 8 The way of the guilty is crooked, but the conduct of the pure is right. 9 It is better to live in a corner of the housetop than in a house shared with a contentious woman. 10 The soul of the wicked desires evil; his neighbor finds no mercy in his eyes. 11 When a scoffer is punished, the simple becomes wise; when a wise man is instructed, he gains knowledge. 12 The righteous observes the house of the wicked; the wicked are cast down to ruin. 13 He who closes his ear to the cry of the poor will himself cry out and not be heard. 14 A gift in secret averts anger; and a bribe in the bosom, strong wrath.
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