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Proverbs 12:22-24 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

22 Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord,
    but those who are truthful, his delight.
23 The shrewd conceal knowledge,
    but the hearts of fools proclaim folly.[a]
24 The diligent hand will govern,
    but sloth makes for forced labor.


  1. 12:23 “Knowledge” here is “what one knows, has in one’s heart,” not knowledge in general. Fools reveal all they have stored in their heart and it naturally turns out to be folly. Revealing and concealing are constant themes in Proverbs.
New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

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