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WINE is grievous, drunkenness is shameful;
and whosoever drinks excessively is not wise.
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¶ The anger of the king is as the roaring of a lion;
he who provokes him to anger sins against his own life.
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¶ It is an honor for a man to cease from strife;
but every fool will delight in it.
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¶ The lazy man is reproached and he will not cease from talking;
therefore he shall beg during harvest but will not receive even water.
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¶ The counsel in a king’s heart is deep;
but a wise man will draw it out.
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Many men are considered merciful;
but a faithful man who can find?
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¶ The just man walks in his integrity;
blessed are his children after him.
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¶ A king who sits on the throne of judgment scatters away all evil things from before him.
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¶ Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sins?
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Diverse weights and diverse measures, both alike, are an abomination in the presence of the LORD.
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Even a child is known by his doings, whether his works are pure and whether they are right.
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¶ The hearing ear and the seeing eye, the LORD has made even both of them.
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Love not sleep test you come to poverty;
open your eyes and you shall be satisfied with bread.
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¶ A friend says to his friend, I have made a gain;
then he boasts.
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Again he says, Here is gold and a multitude of precious stones and precious vessels;
but the lips of knowledge are precious jewels.
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Take the garment of him who is surety for a stranger;
and take his pledge for the sake of a stranger.
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¶ He who becomes surety for a man by means of deceitful gain will afterwards have his mouth filled with gravel.
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¶ A good purpose is established by counsel;
but by provocation war is made.
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¶ He who reveals a secret causes slander;
therefore do not meddle with him who is hasty with his lips.
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¶ He who curses his father or his mother, his lamp shall be extinguished.
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¶ An inheritance hastily acquired in the beginning, shall not be blessed in the end.
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¶ Do not say, I will recompense evil;
but wait for the LORD that he may save you.
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Diverse weights are an abomination in the presence of the LORD;
and false scales are not good.
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¶ A man’s steps are directed by the LORD;
who is the man, then, who can direct his own way?
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¶ It is a snare for a man who vows to give something to a holy place, and regrets after he has vowed.
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¶ A wise king scatters the wicked and crushes them under the wheel.
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¶ The soul of a man is the lamp of the LORD, searching all the inward parts of the heart.
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Mercy and truth preserve a king;
and his throne is established by grace.
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¶ The glory of young men is their strength;
and the beauty of old men is their grey hair.
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Misery and torment befall the evil men;
and wounds smite the inner parts of their body.