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WISE son hears his father’s instructions;
but an evil son does not listen to rebuke.
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¶ A good man shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth;
but the souls of the wicked shall perish.
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¶ He who guards his mouth keeps his life;
he who speaks too much shall bring ruin upon himself.
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¶ A sluggard is always craving;
but the soul of the diligent shall be enriched.
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¶ A righteous man hates lying;
but a wicked man is loathsome, and shall be ashamed and confounded.
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Righteousness keeps him that is upright in his way;
but wickedness overthrows the sinner.
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There are some who pretend to be rich, yet have nothing;
there are others who pretend to be poor, yet have great riches.
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¶ The ransom of a man’s life is his riches;
but the poor ignores a rebuke.
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¶ The light of the righteous shall rejoice;
but the lamp of the wicked shall be put out.
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¶ A wicked man commits shameful things;
but with the well-advised is wisdom.
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Wealth acquired unjustly will diminish;
but he who gathers justly shall increase his wealth.
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Blessed is the man who is willing to help;
more blessed is he than he who merely rests in hope, as a tree of life he bears fruit.
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¶ He who despises counsel shall be destroyed by it;
but he who fears the commandment shall be spared.
A deceitful man shall not benefit;
but a wise man whose works are good shall prosper.
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¶ The law of the wise is a fountain of life to those who depart from the snares of death.
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Good understanding brings mercy;
but the way of transgressors leads to destruction.
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Every prudent man deals wisely;
but a fool speaks foolishness.
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¶ A wicked messenger falls into mischief;
but a faithful ambassador is a healer.
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Poverty and shame shall be to him who refuses instruction;
but he who regards reproof shall be honored.
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¶ A noble desire is sweet to the soul;
but the abomination of the wicked is far away from knowledge.
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¶ He who walks with wise men shall be wise;
but a companion of fools shall suffer harm.
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Evil pursues sinners;
but to the righteous good shall be repaid.
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¶ A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children;
and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the righteous.
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Those who do not understand the manner of life are destroyed by riches;
yea, many men are destroyed completely.
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¶ He who spares his rod hates his son;
but he who loves his son disciplines him diligently.
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¶ The righteous man eats and is satisfied;
but the belly of the wicked shall want.