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12.6
PROVERBS

6The words of the wicked are to lie in wait for blood;
But the mouth of the upright shall deliver them.
 
7The wicked are overthrown, and are not;
But the house of the righteous shall stand.
 
8A man shall be commended according to his intelligence;
But he that is of a distorted understanding shall be despised.
 
9Better is he that is lightly esteemed, and hath a servant,
Than he that playeth the man of rank, and lacketh bread.
 
10A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast;
But the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.
 
11He that tilleth his ground shall have plenty of bread;
But he that followeth after vain things is void of understanding.
 
12The wicked desireth the prey of evil men;
But the root of the righteous yieldeth fruit.
 
13In the transgression of the lips is a snare to the evil man;
But the righteous cometh out of trouble.
 
14A man shall be satisfied with good by the fruit of his mouth,
And the doings of a man's hands shall be rendered unto him.
 
15The way of a fool is straight in his own eyes;
But he that is wise hearkeneth unto counsel.
 
16A fool's vexation is presently known;
But a prudent man concealeth shame.
 
17He that breatheth forth truth uttereth righteousness;
But a false witness deceit.
 
18There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword;
But the tongue of the wise is health.
 
19The lip of truth shall be established for ever;
But a lying tongue is but for a moment.
 
20Deceit is in the heart of them that devise evil;
But to the counsellors of peace is joy.
 
21There shall no mischief befall the righteous;
But the wicked are filled with evil.
 
22Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord;
But they that deal truly are His delight.
 
23A prudent man concealeth knowledge;
But the heart of fools proclaimeth foolishness.
 
24The hand of the diligent shall bear rule;
But the slothful shall be under tribute.
 
25Care in the heart of a man boweth it down;
But a good word maketh it glad.
 

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