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The tongue of the wise adorns knowledge, but the mouth of the fool gushes folly.

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The eyes of the LORD are everywhere, keeping watch on the wicked and the good.

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The soothing tongue is a tree of life, but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit.

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The lips of the wise spread knowledge, but the hearts of fools are not upright.

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The LORD detests the sacrifice of the wicked, but the prayer of the upright pleases him.

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