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18 The simple have folly as an adornment,
    but the shrewd wear knowledge as a crown.[a]
19 The malicious bow down before the good,
    and the wicked, at the gates of the just.
20 Even by their neighbors the poor are despised,
    but a rich person’s friends are many.(A)

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  1. 14:18 The inner quality of a person, simple or wise, will eventually be revealed.

18 The simple inherit folly,
    but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.

19 Evildoers will bow down in the presence of the good,
    and the wicked at the gates of the righteous.(A)

20 The poor are shunned even by their neighbors,
    but the rich have many friends.(B)

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