Proverbs 11:9-18

The loose tongue of the godless spreads destruction;
    the common sense of the godly preserves them.

When it goes well for good people, the whole town cheers;
    when it goes badly for bad people, the town celebrates.

When right-living people bless the city, it flourishes;
    evil talk turns it into a ghost town in no time.

Mean-spirited slander is heartless;
    quiet discretion accompanies good sense.

A gadabout gossip can’t be trusted with a secret,
    but someone of integrity won’t violate a confidence.

Without good direction, people lose their way;
    the more wise counsel you follow, the better your chances.

Whoever makes deals with strangers is sure to get burned;
    if you keep a cool head, you’ll avoid rash bargains.

A woman of gentle grace gets respect,
    but men of rough violence grab for loot.

A God-Shaped Life

When you’re kind to others, you help yourself;
    when you’re cruel to others, you hurt yourself.

Bad work gets paid with a bad check;
    good work gets solid pay.

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