Wisdom Bestows Well-Being

My son,(A) do not forget my teaching,(B)
    but keep my commands in your heart,
for they will prolong your life many years(C)
    and bring you peace and prosperity.(D)

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Whoever corrects a mocker invites insults;
    whoever rebukes the wicked incurs abuse.(A)
Do not rebuke mockers(B) or they will hate you;
    rebuke the wise and they will love you.(C)
Instruct the wise and they will be wiser still;
    teach the righteous and they will add to their learning.(D)

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The wise in heart accept commands,
    but a chattering fool comes to ruin.(A)

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15 The way of fools seems right to them,(A)
    but the wise listen to advice.(B)

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13 A wise son heeds his father’s instruction,
    but a mocker does not respond to rebukes.(A)

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13 Whoever scorns instruction will pay for it,(A)
    but whoever respects(B) a command is rewarded.(C)

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31 Whoever heeds life-giving correction
    will be at home among the wise.(A)

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10 A rebuke impresses a discerning person
    more than a hundred lashes a fool.

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16 Whoever keeps commandments keeps their life,
    but whoever shows contempt for their ways will die.(A)

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20 Listen to advice and accept discipline,(A)
    and at the end you will be counted among the wise.(B)

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25 Flog a mocker, and the simple will learn prudence;
    rebuke the discerning,(A) and they will gain knowledge.(B)

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27 Stop listening to instruction, my son,(A)
    and you will stray from the words of knowledge.

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Saying 10

Do not speak to fools,
    for they will scorn your prudent words.(A)

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12 Like an earring of gold or an ornament of fine gold
    is the rebuke of a wise judge to a listening ear.(A)

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Better is open rebuke
    than hidden love.

Wounds from a friend can be trusted,
    but an enemy multiplies kisses.(A)

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17 As iron sharpens iron,
    so one person sharpens another.

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29 Whoever remains stiff-necked(A) after many rebukes
    will suddenly be destroyed(B)—without remedy.(C)

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14 For lack of guidance a nation falls,(A)
    but victory is won through many advisers.(B)

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22 Plans fail for lack of counsel,(A)
    but with many advisers(B) they succeed.(C)

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18 Plans are established by seeking advice;
    so if you wage war, obtain guidance.(A)

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Saying 22

The wise prevail through great power,
    and those who have knowledge muster their strength.
Surely you need guidance to wage war,
    and victory is won through many advisers.(A)

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