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Proverbs 21:20-31New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

20 Precious treasure remains[a] in the house of the wise,
    but the fool devours it.
21 Whoever pursues righteousness and kindness
    will find life[b] and honor.
22 One wise person went up against a city of warriors
    and brought down the stronghold in which they trusted.
23 To watch over mouth and tongue
    is to keep out of trouble.
24 The proud, haughty person, named “Scoffer,”
    acts with arrogant pride.
25 The craving of the lazy person is fatal,
    for lazy hands refuse to labor.
26 All day long the wicked covet,[c]
    but the righteous give and do not hold back.
27 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination;
    how much more when brought with evil intent.
28 A false witness will perish,
    but a good listener will testify successfully.
29 The wicked put on a bold face,
    but the upright give thought to[d] their ways.
30 No wisdom, no understanding, no counsel,
    can avail against the Lord.
31 The horse is made ready for the day of battle,
    but the victory belongs to the Lord.

Footnotes:

  1. Proverbs 21:20 Gk: Heb and oil
  2. Proverbs 21:21 Gk: Heb life and righteousness
  3. Proverbs 21:26 Gk: Heb all day long one covets covetously
  4. Proverbs 21:29 Another reading is establish
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

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