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17 An undependable messenger causes a lot of trouble,
but the trustworthy and wise messengers
release healing wherever they go.[a]
18 Poverty and disgrace come to the one
who refuses to hear criticism.[b]
But the one who is easy to correct is on the path of honor.
19 When God fulfills your longings,
sweetness fills your soul.
But the wicked refuse to turn from darkness
to see their desires come to pass.[c]

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  1. Proverbs 13:17 God’s sons and daughters are peacemakers, healers, and faithful deliverers for others.
  2. Proverbs 13:18 As translated from the Hebrew. The Septuagint is “Instruction removes poverty and disgrace.”
  3. Proverbs 13:19 Implied by the Hebrew parallelism of the text.

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