14 The wise (A)lay up knowledge,
    but (B)the mouth of a fool brings ruin near.
15 (C)A rich man's wealth is his strong city;
    the poverty of the poor is their ruin.
16 The wage of the righteous leads (D)to life,
    the gain of the wicked to sin.
17 Whoever heeds instruction is on (E)the path to life,
    but he who rejects reproof leads others astray.
18 The one who conceals hatred has lying lips,
    and whoever utters slander is a fool.
19 (F)When words are many, transgression is not lacking,
    (G)but whoever restrains his lips is prudent.
20 The tongue of the righteous is (H)choice silver;
    the heart of the wicked is of little worth.
21 The lips of the righteous feed many,
    but fools die for (I)lack of sense.

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