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18 The naïve demonstrate a lack of wisdom,
but the lovers of wisdom are crowned with revelation-knowledge.
19 Evil ones will pay tribute to good people
and eventually come to be servants of the godly.[a]
20 The poor are disliked even by their neighbors,
but everyone wants to get close to the wealthy.

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Footnotes

  1. Proverbs 14:19 The Hebrew phrase literally means “They will come [or bow] at the gates of the righteous.”

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

19 The evil bow before the good; and the wicked at the gates of the righteous.

20 The poor is hated even of his own neighbour: but the rich hath many friends.

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