Proverbs 15:21-30

The empty-headed treat life as a plaything;
    the perceptive grasp its meaning and make a go of it.

Refuse good advice and watch your plans fail;
    take good counsel and watch them succeed.

Congenial conversation—what a pleasure!
    The right word at the right time—beautiful!

Life ascends to the heights for the thoughtful—
    it’s a clean about-face from descent into hell.

God smashes the pretensions of the arrogant;
    he stands with those who have no standing.

God can’t stand evil scheming,
    but he puts words of grace and beauty on display.

A greedy and grasping person destroys community;
    those who refuse to exploit live and let live.

Prayerful answers come from God-loyal people;
    the wicked are sewers of abuse.

God keeps his distance from the wicked;
    he closely attends to the prayers of God-loyal people.

A twinkle in the eye means joy in the heart,
    and good news makes you feel fit as a fiddle.

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