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Proverbs 16:13-23 (Today's New International Version)

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13 Kings take pleasure in honest lips; they value persons who speak what is right.1 14 A king's wrath is a messenger of death,2 but the wise will appease it.3 15 When a king's face brightens, it means life;4 his favor is like a rain cloud in spring.5 16 How much better to get wisdom than gold, to get insight6 rather than silver!7 17 The highway of the upright avoids evil; those who guard their ways preserve their lives.8 18 Pride9 goes before destruction, a haughty spirit10 before a fall.11 19 Better to be lowly in spirit along with the oppressed than to share plunder with the proud. 20 Those who give heed to instruction prosper,a12 and blessed are those who trust in the LORD.13 21 The wise in heart are called discerning, and gracious words promote instruction.b14 22 Prudence is a fountain of life to the prudent,15 but folly brings punishment to fools. 23 The hearts of the wise make their mouths prudent,16 and their lips promote instruction.c17
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