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[1] A mild answer breaketh wrath: but a harsh word stirreth up fury. [2] The tongue of the wise adorneth knowledge: but the mouth of fools bubbleth out folly. [3] The eyes of the Lord in every place behold the good and the evil. [4] A peaceable tongue is a tree of life: but that which is immoderate, shall crush the spirit. [5] A fool laugheth at the instruction of his father: but he that regardeth reproofs shall become prudent. In abundant justice there is the greatest strength: but the devices of the wicked shall be rooted out.

[6] The house of the just is very much strength: and in the fruits of the wicked is trouble. [7] The lips of the wise shall disperse knowledge: the heart of fools shall be unlike. [8] The victims of the wicked are abominable to the Lord: the vows of the just are acceptable. [9] The way of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord: he that followeth justice is beloved by him. [10] Instruction is grievous to him that forsaketh the way of life: he that hateth reproof shall die.

[11] Hell and destruction are before the Lord: how much more the hearts of the children of men? [12] A corrupt man loveth not one that reproveth him: nor will he go to the wise. [13] A glad heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by grief of mind the spirit is cast down. [14] The heart of the wise seeketh instruction: and the mouth of fools feedeth on foolishness. [15] All the days of the poor are evil: a secure mind is like a continual feast.

[16] Better is a little with the fear of the Lord, than great treasures without content, [17] It is better to be invited to herbs with love, than to a fatted calf with hatred. [18] A passionate man stirreth up strifes: he that is patient appeaseth those that are stirred up. [19] The way of the slothful is as a hedge of thorns; the way of the just is without offence. [20] A wise son maketh a father joyful: but the foolish man despiseth his mother.

[21] Folly is joy to the fool: and the wise man maketh straight his steps. [22] Designs are brought to nothing where there is no counsel: but where there are many counsellors, they are established. [23] A man rejoiceth in the sentence of his mouth: and a word in due time is best. [24] The path of life is above for the wise, that he may decline from the lowest hell. [25] The Lord will destroy the house of the proud: and will strengthen the borders of the widow.

[26] Evil thoughts are an abomination to the Lord: and pure words most beautiful shall be confirmed by him. [27] He that is greedy of gain troubleth his own house: but he that hateth bribes shall live. By mercy and faith sins are purged away: and by the fear of the Lord every one declineth from evil. [28] The mind of the just studieth obedience: the mouth of the wicked over floweth with evils. [29] The Lord is far from the wicked: and he will hear the prayers of the just. [30] The light of the eyes rejoiceth the soul: a good name maketh the bones fat.

[31] The ear that heareth the reproofs of life, shall abide in the midst of the wise. [32] He that rejecteth instruction, despiseth his own soul: but he that yieldeth to reproof possesseth understanding. [33] The fear of the Lord is the lesson of wisdom: and humility goeth before glory.

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