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Proverbs 11:9-14 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

By a word the impious ruin their neighbors,
    but through their knowledge the just are rescued.[a]
10 When the just prosper, the city rejoices;
    when the wicked perish, there is jubilation.
11 Through the blessing of the upright the city is exalted,
    but through the mouth of the wicked it is overthrown.
12 Whoever reviles a neighbor lacks sense,
    but the intelligent keep silent.
13 One who slanders reveals secrets,
    but a trustworthy person keeps a confidence.
14 For lack of guidance a people falls;
    security lies in many counselors.


  1. 11:9 What the wicked express harms others; what the righteous leave unsaid protects. Verses 9–14 are related in theme: the effect of good and bad people, especially their words, on their community.
New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

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