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Passage Lookup: Proverbs 21-23

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Proverbs 21:1
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In the Lord 's hand the king's heart is a stream of water that he channels toward all who please him.(a)
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Proverbs 21:2
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A person may think their own ways are right, but the Lord weighs the heart.(b)
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Proverbs 21:3
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To do what is right and just is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.(c)
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Proverbs 21:4
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Haughty eyes(d) and a proud heart— the unplowed field of the wicked—produce sin.
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Proverbs 21:5
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The plans of the diligent lead to profit(e) as surely as haste leads to poverty.
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Proverbs 21:6
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A fortune made by a lying tongue is a fleeting vapor and a deadly snare.[a](f)
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Proverbs 21:7
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The violence of the wicked will drag them away,(g) for they refuse to do what is right.
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Proverbs 21:8
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The way of the guilty is devious,(h) but the conduct of the innocent is upright.
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Proverbs 21:9
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Better to live on a corner of the roof than share a house with a quarrelsome wife.(i)
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Proverbs 21:10
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The wicked crave evil; their neighbors get no mercy from them.
Proverbs 21:11
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When a mocker is punished, the simple gain wisdom; by paying attention to the wise they get knowledge.(j)
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Proverbs 21:12
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The Righteous One[b] takes note of the house of the wicked and brings the wicked to ruin.(k)
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Proverbs 21:13
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Whoever shuts their ears to the cry of the poor will also cry out(l) and not be answered.(m)
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Proverbs 21:14
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A gift given in secret soothes anger, and a bribe concealed in the cloak pacifies great wrath.(n)
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Proverbs 21:15
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When justice is done, it brings joy to the righteous but terror to evildoers.(o)
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Proverbs 21:16
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Whoever strays from the path of prudence comes to rest in the company of the dead.(p)
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Proverbs 21:17
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Whoever loves pleasure will become poor; whoever loves wine and olive oil will never be rich.(q)
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Proverbs 21:18
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The wicked become a ransom(r) for the righteous, and the unfaithful for the upright.
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Proverbs 21:19
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Better to live in a desert than with a quarrelsome and nagging wife.(s)
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Proverbs 21:20
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The wise store up choice food and olive oil, but fools gulp theirs down.
Proverbs 21:21
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Whoever pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity[c](t) and honor.(u)
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Proverbs 21:22
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One who is wise can go up against the city of the mighty(v) and pull down the stronghold in which they trust.
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Proverbs 21:23
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Those who guard their mouths(w) and their tongues keep themselves from calamity.(x)
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Proverbs 21:24
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The proud and arrogant person(y)—"Mocker" is his name— behaves with insolent fury.
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Proverbs 21:25
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The craving of a sluggard will be the death of him,(z) because his hands refuse to work.
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Proverbs 21:26
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All day long he craves for more, but the righteous(aa) give without sparing.(ab)
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Proverbs 21:27
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The sacrifice of the wicked is detestable(ac)— how much more so when brought with evil intent!(ad)
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Proverbs 21:28
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A false witness(ae) will perish,(af) but a careful listener will testify successfully.
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Proverbs 21:29
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The wicked put up a bold front, but the upright give thought to their ways.(ag)
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Proverbs 21:30
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There is no wisdom,(ah) no insight, no plan that can succeed against the Lord .(ai)
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Proverbs 21:31
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The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but victory rests with the Lord .(aj)
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Proverbs 22:1
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A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.(a)
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Proverbs 22:2
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Rich and poor have this in common: The Lord is the Maker of them all.(b)
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Proverbs 22:3
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The prudent see danger and take refuge,(c) but the simple keep going and pay the penalty.(d)
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Proverbs 22:4
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Humility is the fear of the Lord ; its wages are riches and honor(e) and life.(f)
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Proverbs 22:5
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In the paths of the wicked are snares and pitfalls,(g) but those who would preserve their life stay far from them.
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Proverbs 22:6
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Start(h) children off on the way they should go,(i) and even when they are old they will not turn from it.(j)
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Proverbs 22:7
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The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is slave to the lender.
Proverbs 22:8
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Whoever sows injustice reaps calamity,(k) and the rod they wield in fury will be broken.(l)
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Proverbs 22:9
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The generous will themselves be blessed,(m) for they share their food with the poor.(n)
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Proverbs 22:10
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Drive out the mocker, and out goes strife; quarrels and insults are ended.(o)
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Proverbs 22:11
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One who loves a pure heart and who speaks with grace will have the king for a friend.(p)
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Proverbs 22:12
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The eyes of the Lord keep watch over knowledge, but he frustrates the words of the unfaithful.
Proverbs 22:13
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The sluggard says, "There's a lion outside!(q) I'll be killed in the public square!"
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Proverbs 22:14
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The mouth of an adulterous woman is a deep pit;(r) a man who is under the Lord 's wrath falls into it.(s)
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Proverbs 22:15
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Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline will drive it far away.(t)
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Proverbs 22:16
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One who oppresses the poor to increase his wealth and one who gives gifts to the rich—both come to poverty.
Proverbs 22:17
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Thirty Sayings of the Wise

Saying 1

Pay attention(u) and turn your ear to the sayings of the wise;(v) apply your heart to what I teach,(w)
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Proverbs 22:18
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for it is pleasing when you keep them in your heart and have all of them ready on your lips.
Proverbs 22:19
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So that your trust may be in the Lord , I teach you today, even you.
Proverbs 22:20
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Have I not written thirty sayings for you, sayings of counsel and knowledge,
Proverbs 22:21
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teaching you to be honest and to speak the truth,(x) so that you bring back truthful reports to those you serve?
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Proverbs 22:22
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Saying 2

Do not exploit the poor(y) because they are poor and do not crush the needy in court,(z)
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Proverbs 22:23
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for the Lord will take up their case(aa) and will exact life for life.(ab)
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Proverbs 22:24
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Saying 3

Do not make friends with a hot-tempered person, do not associate with one easily angered,
Proverbs 22:25
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or you may learn their ways and get yourself ensnared.(ac)
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Proverbs 22:26
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Saying 4

Do not be one who shakes hands in pledge(ad) or puts up security for debts;
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Proverbs 22:27
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if you lack the means to pay, your very bed will be snatched from under you.(ae)
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Proverbs 22:28
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Saying 5

Do not move an ancient boundary stone(af) set up by your ancestors.
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Proverbs 22:29
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Saying 6

Do you see someone skilled(ag) in their work? They will serve(ah) before kings;(ai) they will not serve before officials of low rank.
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Proverbs 23:1
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Saying 7

When you sit to dine with a ruler, note well what[a] is before you,
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Proverbs 23:2
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and put a knife to your throat if you are given to gluttony.
Proverbs 23:3
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Do not crave his delicacies,(a) for that food is deceptive.
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Proverbs 23:4
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Saying 8

Do not wear yourself out to get rich; do not trust your own cleverness.
Proverbs 23:5
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Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone,(b) for they will surely sprout wings and fly off to the sky like an eagle.(c)
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Proverbs 23:6
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Saying 9

Do not eat the food of a begrudging host, do not crave his delicacies;(d)
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Proverbs 23:7
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for he is the kind of person who is always thinking about the cost.[b] "Eat and drink," he says to you, but his heart is not with you.
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Proverbs 23:8
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You will vomit up the little you have eaten and will have wasted your compliments.
Proverbs 23:9
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Saying 10

Do not speak to fools, for they will scorn your prudent words.(e)
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Proverbs 23:10
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Saying 11

Do not move an ancient boundary stone(f) or encroach on the fields of the fatherless,
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Proverbs 23:11
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for their Defender(g) is strong;(h) he will take up their case against you.(i)
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Proverbs 23:12
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Saying 12

Apply your heart to instruction(j) and your ears to words of knowledge.
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Proverbs 23:13
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Saying 13

Do not withhold discipline from a child; if you punish them with the rod, they will not die.
Proverbs 23:14
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Punish them with the rod and save them from death.(k)
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Proverbs 23:15
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Saying 14

My son, if your heart is wise, then my heart will be glad indeed;
Proverbs 23:16
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my inmost being will rejoice when your lips speak what is right.(l)
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Proverbs 23:17
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Saying 15

Do not let your heart envy(m) sinners, but always be zealous for the fear of the Lord .
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Proverbs 23:18
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There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.(n)
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Proverbs 23:19
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Saying 16

Listen, my son,(o) and be wise, and set your heart on the right path:
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Proverbs 23:20
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Do not join those who drink too much wine(p) or gorge themselves on meat,
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Proverbs 23:21
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for drunkards and gluttons become poor,(q) and drowsiness clothes them in rags.
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Proverbs 23:22
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Saying 17

Listen to your father, who gave you life, and do not despise your mother when she is old.(r)
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Proverbs 23:23
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Buy the truth and do not sell it— wisdom, instruction and insight as well.(s)
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Proverbs 23:24
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The father of a righteous child has great joy; a man who fathers a wise son rejoices in him.(t)
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Proverbs 23:25
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May your father and mother rejoice; may she who gave you birth be joyful!(u)
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Proverbs 23:26
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Saying 18

My son,(v) give me your heart and let your eyes delight in my ways,(w)
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Proverbs 23:27
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for an adulterous woman is a deep pit,(x) and a wayward wife is a narrow well.
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Proverbs 23:28
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Like a bandit she lies in wait(y) and multiplies the unfaithful among men.
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Proverbs 23:29
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Saying 19

Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has strife? Who has complaints? Who has needless bruises? Who has bloodshot eyes?
Proverbs 23:30
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Those who linger over wine,(z) who go to sample bowls of mixed wine.
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Proverbs 23:31
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Do not gaze at wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup, when it goes down smoothly!
Proverbs 23:32
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In the end it bites like a snake and poisons like a viper.
Proverbs 23:33
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Your eyes will see strange sights, and your mind will imagine confusing things.
Proverbs 23:34
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You will be like one sleeping on the high seas, lying on top of the rigging.
Proverbs 23:35
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"They hit me," you will say, "but I'm not hurt! They beat me, but I don't feel it! When will I wake up so I can find another drink?"(aa)
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