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The Deceptiveness of Appearances

11 The wisdom of the humble lifts their heads high,

and seats them among the great.

2 Do not praise individuals for their good looks,

or loathe anyone because of appearance alone.

3 The bee is small among flying creatures,

but what it produces is the best of sweet things.

4 Do not boast about wearing fine clothes,

and do not exalt yourself when you are honored;

for the works of the Lord are wonderful,

and his works are concealed from humankind.

5 Many kings have had to sit on the ground,

but one who was never thought of has worn a crown.

6 Many rulers have been utterly disgraced,

and the honored have been handed over to others.


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The original Revised Standard Version served as a standard for nearly forty years. The New Revised Standard Version with Apocrypha maintains the traditions of the older version with fresh new vocabulary and modern English construction.


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