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Proverbs 19:16-25 (Vespers, 2nd Reading)

16

He who keeps the commandment keeps his soul, But he who is careless of his ways will die.

17

He who has pity on the poor lends to the Lord, And He will pay back what he has given.

18

Chasten your son while there is hope, And do not set your heart on his destruction.

19

A man of great wrath will suffer punishment; For if you rescue him, you will have to do it again.

20

Listen to counsel and receive instruction, That you may be wise in your latter days.

21

There are many plans in a manís heart, Nevertheless the Lordís counselóthat will stand.

22

What is desired in a man is kindness, And a poor man is better than a liar.

23

The fear of the Lord leads to life, And he who has it will abide in satisfaction; He will not be visited with evil.

24

A lazy man buries his hand in the bowl, And will not so much as bring it to his mouth again.

25

Strike a scoffer, and the simple will become wary; Rebuke one who has understanding, and he will discern knowledge.

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