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Proverbs 29:10-18The Message (MSG)

10 Murderers hate honest people;
    moral folks encourage them.

11 A fool lets it all hang out;
    a sage quietly mulls it over.

12 When a leader listens to malicious gossip,
    all the workers get infected with evil.

13 The poor and their abusers have at least something in common:
    they can both see—their sight, God’s gift!

14 Leadership gains authority and respect
    when the voiceless poor are treated fairly.

15 Wise discipline imparts wisdom;
    spoiled adolescents embarrass their parents.

16 When degenerates take charge, crime runs wild,
    but the righteous will eventually observe their collapse.

17 Discipline your children; you’ll be glad you did—
    they’ll turn out delightful to live with.

18 If people can’t see what God is doing,
    they stumble all over themselves;
But when they attend to what he reveals,
    they are most blessed.

The Message (MSG)

Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson

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