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Better is a poor [man] that walketh in his integrity, than he that is perverse in his lips, and is a fool.
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Also that a person be without knowledge is not good;
and he that hasteth with his feet maketh false steps.
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The folly of man distorteth his way, and his heart is irritated against Jehovah.
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Wealth addeth many friends;
but the poor is separated from his friend.
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A false witness shall not be held innocent, and he that uttereth lies shall not escape.
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Many court the favour of a noble;
and every one is friend to a man that giveth.
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All the brethren of a poor [man] hate him;
how much more do his friends go far from him: he pursueth [them] with words, — they are not [to be found].
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He that getteth sense loveth his own soul;
he that keepeth understanding shall find good.
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A false witness shall not be held innocent, and he that uttereth lies shall perish.
10
Good living beseemeth not a fool;
how much less for a servant to have rule over princes.
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The discretion of a man maketh him slow to anger, and it is his glory to pass over a transgression.
12
The king's displeasure is as the roaring of a lion;
but his favour is as dew upon the grass.
13
A foolish son is the calamity of his father;
and the contentions of a wife are a continual dropping.
14
House and wealth are an inheritance from fathers;
but a prudent wife is from Jehovah.
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Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep, and the idle soul shall suffer hunger.
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He that keepeth the commandment keepeth his soul;
he that is careless of his ways shall die.
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He that is gracious to the poor lendeth unto Jehovah;
and what he hath bestowed will he repay unto him.
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Chasten thy son, seeing there is hope;
but set not thy soul upon killing him.
19
A man of great wrath shall suffer punishment;
for if thou deliver [him], yet thou must do it again.
20
Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end.
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Many are the thoughts in a man's heart, but the counsel of Jehovah, that doth stand.
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The charm of a man is his kindness;
and a poor [man] is better than a liar.
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The fear of Jehovah [tendeth] to life, and he [that hath it] shall rest satisfied without being visited with evil.
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A sluggard burieth his hand in the dish, and will not even bring it to his mouth again.
25
Smite a scorner, and the simple will beware;
reprove the intelligent, and he will understand knowledge.
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He that ruineth [his] father and chaseth away [his] mother is a son that causeth shame and bringeth reproach.
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Cease, my son, to hear the instruction which causeth to stray from the words of knowledge.
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A witness of Belial scorneth judgment, and the mouth of the wicked swalloweth down iniquity.
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Judgments are prepared for scorners, and stripes for the back of the foolish.