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A fool will no longer be called noble,
    nor a villain said to be honorable.

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20 Ah, you who call evil good
    and good evil,
who put darkness for light
    and light for darkness,
who put bitter for sweet
    and sweet for bitter!

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18 Then once more you shall see the difference between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve him.

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Do not eat the bread of the stingy;
    do not desire their delicacies;
for like a hair in the throat, so are they.[a]
    “Eat and drink!” they say to you;
    but they do not mean it.
You will vomit up the little you have eaten,
    and you will waste your pleasant words.

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Footnotes

  1. Proverbs 23:7 Meaning of Heb uncertain

in whose eyes the wicked are despised,
    but who honor those who fear the Lord;
who stand by their oath even to their hurt;

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25 My lord, do not take seriously this ill-natured fellow, Nabal; for as his name is, so is he; Nabal[a] is his name, and folly is with him; but I, your servant, did not see the young men of my lord, whom you sent.

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Footnotes

  1. 1 Samuel 25:25 That is Fool

Now the name of the man was Nabal, and the name of his wife Abigail. The woman was clever and beautiful, but the man was surly and mean; he was a Calebite. David heard in the wilderness that Nabal was shearing his sheep. So David sent ten young men; and David said to the young men, “Go up to Carmel, and go to Nabal, and greet him in my name. Thus you shall salute him: ‘Peace be to you, and peace be to your house, and peace be to all that you have. I hear that you have shearers; now your shepherds have been with us, and we did them no harm, and they missed nothing, all the time they were in Carmel. Ask your young men, and they will tell you. Therefore let my young men find favor in your sight; for we have come on a feast day. Please give whatever you have at hand to your servants and to your son David.’”

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