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Proverbs 15:23–28

23 A person finds joy in giving an apt replyc

and how good is a timely word!d

24 The path of life leads upward for the prudent

to keep them from going down to the realm of the dead.

25 The Lord tears down the house of the proud,e

but he sets the widow’s boundary stones in place.f

26 The Lord detests the thoughtsg of the wicked,h

but gracious words are purei in his sight.

27 The greedy bring ruin to their households,

but the one who hates bribes will live.j

28 The heart of the righteous weighs its answers,k

but the mouth of the wicked gushes evil.l

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