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Proverbs 10:16-18 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

16 The labor of the just leads to life,
    the gains of the wicked, to futility.[a]
17 Whoever follows instruction is in the path to life,
    but whoever disregards reproof goes astray.
18 Whoever conceals hatred has lying lips,
    and whoever spreads slander is a fool.


  1. 10:16 Wages are a metaphor for reward and punishment. The Hebrew word does not mean “sin” here but falling short, a meaning that is frequent in Proverbs. Cf. Rom 6:1: “But what profit did you get then from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death.”
New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

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