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Proverbs 21:18-20 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

18 The wicked serve as ransom for the just,
    and the faithless for the upright.[a]
19 It is better to dwell in a wilderness
    than with a quarrelsome wife and trouble.
20 Precious treasure and oil are in the house of the wise,
    but the fool consumes them.


  1. 21:18 In this bold paradox, the ransom that protects the righteous is the wicked person who attracts, like a lightning rod, the divine wrath that might have been directed at the righteous.
New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

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