EveryMans NLT Proverbs - Page 23



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if you accept correction, you will
be honored.
but knowledge comes easily to those
with understanding.
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It is pleasant to see dreams come true,
but fools refuse to turn from evil to
attain them.
7
Stay away from fools,
for you won’t find knowledge on
their lips.
20
Walk with the wise and become wise;
associate with fools and get in trouble.
8
21
Trouble chases sinners,
while blessings reward the righteous.
The prudent understand where they
are going,
but fools deceive themselves.
9
Fools make fun of guilt,
but the godly acknowledge it and seek
reconciliation.
10
Each heart knows its own bitterness,
and no one else can fully share its joy.
11
The house of the wicked will be destroyed,
but the tent of the godly will flourish.
12
There is a path before each person that
seems right,
but it ends in death.
13
Laughter can conceal a heavy heart,
but when the laughter ends, the grief
remains.
14
Backsliders get what they deserve;
good people receive their reward.
15
Only simpletons believe everything
they’re told!
The prudent carefully consider their
steps.
16
The wise are cautious* and avoid danger;
fools plunge ahead with reckless
confidence.
17
Short-tempered people do foolish things,
and schemers are hated.
18
Simpletons are clothed with foolishness,*
but the prudent are crowned with
knowledge.
19
Evil people will bow before good people;
the wicked will bow at the gates of the
godly.
20
The poor are despised even by their
neighbors,
while the rich have many “friends.”
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Good people leave an inheritance to their
grandchildren,
but the sinner’s wealth passes to the
godly.
A poor person’s farm may produce much
food,
but injustice sweeps it all away.
Those who spare the rod of discipline
hate their children.
Those who love their children care
enough to discipline them.
The godly eat to their hearts’ content,
but the belly of the wicked goes hungry.
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A wise woman builds her home,
but a foolish woman tears it
down with her own hands.
Those who follow the right path fear
the LORD;
those who take the wrong path despise
him.
A fool’s proud talk becomes a rod that
beats him,
but the words of the wise keep them
safe.
Without oxen a stable stays clean,
but you need a strong ox for a large
harvest.
5
An honest witness does not lie;
a false witness breathes lies.
6
A mocker seeks wisdom and never
finds it,
14:16 Hebrew The wise fear.
14:18 Or inherit foolishness.
13:20 Since we become like the company we keep, it is important to have friends we respect who have
also surrendered their lives to God. It is helpful to see others modeling the things that will help us to
preserve spiritual gains.
14:2 If we are truly seeking after God, we will want to obey and honor him. Like children who want to
please their parents, we should want to be obedient out of a desire to please God, our heavenly Father.
14:15 Trusting God to direct us with the advice of others is an important aspect of our spiritual growth.
Solomon, however, gave a wise note of caution in this matter: Don’t blindly trust others (see 20:6). A
healthy trust in others is developed gradually and carefully, and any advice that is contrary to the truth
revealed in the Bible should be disregarded, no matter who gives it.





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