Proverbs 16:18-27

Pride goes before destruction,

a haughty spirit before a fall.

Better to be lowly in spirit along with the oppressed

than to share plunder with the proud.

Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers,16:20 Or whoever speaks prudently finds what is good

and blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord.

The wise in heart are called discerning,

and gracious words promote instruction.16:21 Or words make a person persuasive

Prudence is a fountain of life to the prudent,

but folly brings punishment to fools.

The hearts of the wise make their mouths prudent,

and their lips promote instruction.16:23 Or prudent / and make their lips persuasive

Gracious words are a honeycomb,

sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.

There is a way that appears to be right,

but in the end it leads to death.

The appetite of laborers works for them;

their hunger drives them on.

A scoundrel plots evil,

and on their lips it is like a scorching fire.

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