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The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.

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Whoever fears the LORD walks uprightly, but those who despise him are devious in their ways.

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A fool’s mouth lashes out with pride, but the lips of the wise protect them.

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Where there are no oxen, the manger is empty, but from the strength of an ox come abundant harvests.

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An honest witness does not deceive, but a false witness pours out lies.

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The mocker seeks wisdom and finds none, but knowledge comes easily to the discerning.

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The poor are shunned even by their neighbors, but the rich have many friends.

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Do not those who plot evil go astray? But those who plan what is good find[fn] love and faithfulness.

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All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.

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The wealth of the wise is their crown, but the folly of fools yields folly.

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A king delights in a wise servant, but a shameful servant arouses his fury.
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