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¶ A SOFT word turns away wrath;
but a harsh word stirs up anger.
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¶ The tongue of the wise uses knowledge aright;
but the mouth of fools pours out curses.
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¶ The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the good men and the bad.
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¶ A wholesome tongue is a tree of life, and he who eats of its fruit shall be filled with it.
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¶ A fool mocks his father’s instruction;
but he who regards reproof is prudent.
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¶ In the house of the righteous is much strength;
but the crops of the wicked shall be destroyed.
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¶ The lips of the wise utter knowledge;
but the hearts of fools are unjust.
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¶ The sacrifices of the wicked are an abomination to the LORD;
but the prayer of the upright is his delight.
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¶ The way of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD;
but he loves him who follows after righteousness.
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¶ The chastisement of those who do not know evil is evident;
but those who hate reproof shall die.
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Sheol and destruction are before the LORD;
how much more than the hearts of men?
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¶ An evil man does not love one who reproves him, neither will he walk with the wise.
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¶ A merry heart makes a cheerful countenance;
but by sorrow of heart the spirit is broken.
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¶ The heart of the just seeks knowledge;
but the mouth of the wicked utters evil.
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¶ All the days of the poor are filled with hardships;
but those who are of merry heart have a continual tranquillity.
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Better is a little with reverence for the LORD than the great treasures of the wicked.
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Better is a dinner of vegetables where love is than fatted steer and hatred with it.
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¶ A wrathful man stirs up contention;
but he who is slow to anger appeases strife.
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¶ The ways of the sluggard are full of thorns;
but the paths of the upright are plain.
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¶ A wise son makes his father happy;
but a foolish son is a disgrace to his mother.
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¶ A foolish man lacks understanding;
but a man of understanding walks uprightly.
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Those who have undue respect for the counsel fail to appreciate its purpose;
but in the multitude of counsellors the counsel is established.
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¶ A man’s joy is revealed by the word of his mouth;
and he who speaks at the right time, how good is it to him!
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¶ The way of life leads upward for the wise, that he may depart from the depths of Sheol.
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¶ The LORD will destroy the house of the proud;
but he will insure the possession of widows.
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Evil thoughts are an abomination before the LORD;
but pure words are pleasant to him.
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¶ He who accepts a bribe destroys his own soul;
but he who hates a bribe shall live.
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¶ The heart of the righteous meditates in truth;
but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things.
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¶ The LORD is far from the wicked;
but he hears the prayer of the righteous.
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¶ The light of the eyes rejoices the heart, and a good heart makes the bones fat.
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¶ The ear that hears the reproof of life abides among the wise.
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¶ He who refuses instruction despises his own soul;
but he who listens to reproof gains wisdom.
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Reverence for the LORD is the instruction of life;
and the glory of the meek goes before him.