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When the righteous thrive, people rejoice.
When the wicked rule, people groan.
Whoever loves wisdom brings joy to his father,
but a companion of prostitutes squanders his wealth.

By justice a king brings stability to a land,
but one who takes bribes brings it ruin.

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When the righteous thrive, the people rejoice;(A)
    when the wicked rule,(B) the people groan.(C)

A man who loves wisdom brings joy to his father,(D)
    but a companion of prostitutes squanders his wealth.(E)

By justice a king gives a country stability,(F)
    but those who are greedy for[a] bribes tear it down.

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  1. Proverbs 29:4 Or who give

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