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GOOD name is better than great riches, and loving favor than silver and gold.
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¶ The rich and the poor meet together;
the LORD is the maker of them both.
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¶ A prudent man sees an evil man scourged and is greatly instructed by it;
but fools pass by and suffer loss.
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¶ The result of humility is reverence for the LORD, and riches and honor and life.
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Snares and traps are found on a crooked way;
he who keeps his soul shall be far from them.
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Train up a child in the way he should go;
and when he is old he will not depart from it.
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¶ The rich shall be ruled by the poor, and the servant shall loan to his former lender.
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¶ He who sows iniquity shall reap deceit;
and the staff of his anger shall be broken.
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¶ He who has a bountiful eye shall be blessed;
for he gives of his bread to the poor.
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Destroy evil, cast out strife, do away with contention and reproach, lest they sit in the assembly and reproach all who are present.
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¶ The LORD loves him who is pure in heart and is gracious to the lips of the king’s friends.
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¶ The eyes of the LORD preserve knowledge and destroy the words of deceit.
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When he is sent on an errand, the sluggard says, There is a lion on the road!
and, Behold, there is murder in the streets!
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¶ The mouth of a strange woman is a deep pit;
he with whom the LORD is angry shall fall into it.
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Foolishness moves the heart of a child;
but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.
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¶ He who oppresses the poor adds to his evil;
and he who gives to the rich, shall suffer a loss.
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Incline your ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply your heart to my knowledge.
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For both of them are pleasant, keep them within you;
let them together be made ready on your lips.
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That your trust may be in the LORD, I have made these things known to you this day, even to you.
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Behold, this is the third time that I have written them to you,
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That I might make you know counsel and knowledge and peace and the words of truth;
so that you could answer words of truth to him who might send to you.
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¶ Do not oppress the poor because he is poor;
neither afflict the needy in the gate.
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For the LORD will plead their cause and avenge the injustice which is done to them.
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Make no friendship with wrathful man;
and with a man given to anger you shall not go,
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Lest you learn his ways and find a stumbling block to your soul.
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¶ Do not become a surety for a debt simply because you are ashamed to turn down those who ask you,
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For if you have nothing to pay, they will take your bed from under you.
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Remove not the ancient landmark which your fathers have set.
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When you see that a man is diligent in his work, he shall stand before kings;
he shall not stand before obscure men.