10 A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.

11 He that tilleth his land shall be satisfied with bread: but he that followeth vain persons is void of understanding.

12 The wicked desireth the net of evil men: but the root of the righteous yieldeth fruit.

13 The wicked is snared by the transgression of his lips: but the just shall come out of trouble.

14 A man shall be satisfied with good by the fruit of his mouth: and the recompence of a man's hands shall be rendered unto him.

15 The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.

16 A fool's wrath is presently known: but a prudent man covereth shame.

17 He that speaketh truth sheweth forth righteousness: but a false witness deceit.

18 There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health.

19 The lip of truth shall be established for ever: but a lying tongue is but for a moment.

20 Deceit is in the heart of them that imagine evil: but to the counsellors of peace is joy.

21 There shall no evil happen to the just: but the wicked shall be filled with mischief.

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10 The righteous know the needs of their animals,
    but the mercy of the wicked is cruel.(A)
11 Those who till their land will have plenty of food,
    but those who follow worthless pursuits have no sense.(B)
12 The wicked covet the proceeds of wickedness,[a]
    but the root of the righteous bears fruit.
13 The evil are ensnared by the transgression of their lips,
    but the righteous escape from trouble.(C)
14 From the fruit of the mouth one is filled with good things,
    and manual labor has its reward.(D)
15 Fools think their own way is right,
    but the wise listen to advice.(E)
16 Fools show their anger at once,
    but the prudent ignore an insult.(F)
17 Whoever speaks the truth gives honest evidence,
    but a false witness speaks deceitfully.(G)
18 Rash words are like sword thrusts,
    but the tongue of the wise brings healing.(H)
19 Truthful lips endure forever,
    but a lying tongue lasts only a moment.(I)
20 Deceit is in the mind of those who plan evil,
    but those who counsel peace have joy.(J)
21 No harm happens to the righteous,
    but the wicked are filled with trouble.(K)

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  1. 12.12 Or covet the catch of the wicked