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17 A wicked messenger brings on disaster,
    but a trustworthy envoy is a healing remedy.
18 Poverty and shame befall those who let go of discipline,
    but those who hold on to reproof receive honor.[a]
19 Desire fulfilled delights the soul,
    but turning from evil is an abomination to fools.

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Footnotes

  1. 13:18 The saying plays on letting go and holding on. Wisdom consists in not rejecting discipline and being open to the comments of others, even if they are reproving comments.

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