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¶ A WISE son makes his father glad, but a foolish son brings shame to his mother.
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Treasures of wickedness profit nothing;
but righteousness delivers from death.
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The LORD will not suffer the soul of the righteous to famish;
but he casts away the substance of the wicked.
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Poverty humbles a man;
but the hands of diligent men make rich.
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¶ He who works in summer is a wise man;
but he who sleeps in harvest is a son that causes shame.
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Blessings are upon the head of the righteous;
but iniquity covers the mouth of the wicked.
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¶ The memory of the just is a blessing;
but the heir of the wicked shall be extinct.
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¶ The wise in heart will receive commandments;
but one whose lips are full of folly shall be caught.
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¶ He who walks uprightly walks in hope;
but he who perverts his ways shall be known.
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¶ He who winks with his eyes deceitfully causes sorrow;
but he who reproves openly makes peace.
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¶ The mouth of a righteous man is a fountain of life;
but the mouth of the wicked is covered with iniquity.
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Hatred stirs up strife;
shame shall cover all the wicked.
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¶ He who brings forth wisdom out of his lips shall beat with a rod him that lacks understanding.
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Wise men conceal knowledge;
but a hasty mouth is near destruction.
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¶ The rich men’s wealth is their strong cities;
the destruction of the poor is their poverty.
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¶ The labor of the righteous tends to life;
the harvest of the wicked to sin.
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¶ The true way of life brings discipline;
but he who hates reproof is a fool.
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¶ The lips of the wicked are full of deceits, and he who utters a curse is a fool.
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¶ The wicked cannot be delivered by a multitude of words;
but he who refrains his lips is wise.
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¶ The tongue of the righteous is like choice silver;
the heart of the wicked is full of bitterness.
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The lips of the righteous are full of mercy;
but the fools die for want of wisdom.
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¶ The blessings of the LORD bring riches, and there shall be no sorrow in them.
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¶ It is sport to a fool to do mischief;
but a man of understanding has wisdom.
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¶ The wicked shall be dragged to ruin;
but the desire of the righteous shall be granted.
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As the whirlwind passes suddenly, so wicked men shall perish and be no more;
but the righteous are an everlasting foundation.
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¶ As unripe grapes are hurtful to the teeth, and as smoke to the eyes, so does wickedness hurt those who indulge in it.
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Reverence for the LORD prolongs life;
but the years of the wicked shall be shortened.
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The hope of the righteous shall be gladness;
but the expectation of the wicked shall perish.
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¶ The way of the LORD is strength to the upright;
but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity.
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The righteous shall never be removed;
but the wicked shall not inhabit the earth.
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¶ The mouth of the righteous brings forth wisdom;
but a perverse tongue shall be silenced.
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The lips of the righteous know what is good;
but the mouth of the wicked speaks perverse things.