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Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler; whoever is led astray by them is not wise.

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A king’s wrath strikes terror like the roar of a lion; those who anger him forfeit their lives.

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It is to one’s honor to avoid strife, but every fool is quick to quarrel.

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Sluggards do not plow in season; so at harvest time they look but find nothing.

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The purposes of a person’s heart are deep waters, but one who has insight draws them out.

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Many claim to have unfailing love, but a faithful person who can find?

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The righteous lead blameless lives; blessed are their children after them.

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Who can say, “I have kept my heart pure; I am clean and without sin”?

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Do not love sleep or you will grow poor; stay awake and you will have food to spare.

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“It’s no good, it’s no good!” says the buyer— then goes off and boasts about the purchase.

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Gold there is, and rubies in abundance, but lips that speak knowledge are a rare jewel.

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Food gained by fraud tastes sweet, but one ends up with a mouth full of gravel.

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Plans are established by seeking advice; so if you wage war, obtain guidance.

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If someone curses their father or mother, their lamp will be snuffed out in pitch darkness.

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An inheritance claimed too soon will not be blessed at the end.

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The LORD detests differing weights, and dishonest scales do not please him.

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The glory of young men is their strength, gray hair the splendor of the old.

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Blows and wounds scrub away evil, and beatings purge the inmost being.
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