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BETTER is the poor man who walks in his integrity than the rich man who is perverse in his ways.
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¶ He who has no knowledge of his own soul, it is not good for him;
and he who is hasty with his feet sins.
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¶ The folly of a man perverts his ways;
he frets in his heart against the LORD.
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Wealth makes many friends;
but a poor man is deserted by his friends.
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¶ A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he who speaks lies shall not escape.
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Many serve in the presence of a prince;
he gives gifts even to those who are bad.
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All the brothers of the poor hate him;
also his friends go far from him.
He who makes mischief with his words is insincere.
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¶ He who gets wisdom loves his own soul;
he who keeps faithfulness shall find good.
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¶ A false witness shall not be unpunished;
and he who speaks lies shall perish.
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¶ To live in luxury is not fitting for a fool;
much less is it seemly for a servant to rule over princes.
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¶ The discretion of a man is shown by his patience;
he glories when his iniquity is removed.
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¶ The king’s wrath is like the roaring of a lion;
but his favor is like dew upon grass.
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¶ A foolish son is a disgrace to his father;
and the contentions of a wife are like drippings.
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House and riches are the inheritance from fathers;
but a wife is betrothed to a man from the LORD.
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Slothfulness casts into a deep sleep;
and a proud man shall suffer hunger.
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¶ He who keeps the law keeps his own soul;
but he who despises right ways shall die.
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¶ He who has pity upon the poor is a companion of the LORD;
and he shall be repaid according to his works.
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Chasten your son while there is hope, and let not your soul share his dishonor.
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¶ A man of great wrath shall suffer harm;
the more he is hostile the more he increases his burden.
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Hear counsel and receive instruction that you may be wise in your ways.
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There are many devices in a man’s heart;
nevertheless the counsel of the LORD shall stand firm.
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¶ The longing of a man is to do good;
and a poor man is better than a rich man who lies.
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Reverence for the LORD leads to life;
and he who is satisfied with it shall abide;
he shall not be visited with evil.
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¶ A sluggard hides his hands in his bosom and will not even try to bring them to his mouth again.
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When an evil man is scourged, a wise man takes heed;
and when a wise man is reproved, he will gain understanding.
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¶ He who plunders his father and grieves his mother is a son who causes shame and brings reproach.
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Wait, my son, and hear the instruction, and do not forget the words of knowledge.
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¶ An ungodly witness scorns justice;
and the mouth of the wicked devours him.
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Grief is prepared for those who scoff at justice, and a scourge for foolish people.