Proverbs 21:14-24 (Revised Standard Version w/ Apocrypha)

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14 A gift in secret averts anger; and a bribe in the bosom, strong wrath. 15 When justice is done, it is a joy to the righteous, but dismay to evildoers. 16 A man who wanders from the way of understanding will rest in the assembly of the dead. 17 He who loves pleasure will be a poor man; he who loves wine and oil will not be rich. 18 The wicked is a ransom for the righteous, and the faithless for the upright. 19 It is better to live in a desert land than with a contentious and fretful woman. 20 Precious treasure remains in a wise man's dwelling, but a foolish man devours it. 21 He who pursues righteousness and kindness will find life and honor. 22 A wise man scales the city of the mighty and brings down the stronghold in which they trust. 23 He who keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps himself out of trouble. 24 "Scoffer" is the name of the proud, haughty man who acts with arrogant pride.
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