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21 because drunkards and gluttons sleep their lives away
and end up broke!
22 Give respect to your father and mother,
for without them you wouldn’t even be here.
And don’t neglect them when they grow old.
23 Embrace the truth[a] and hold it close.
Don’t let go of wisdom, instruction, and life-giving understanding.

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Footnotes

  1. Proverbs 23:23 The Hebrew word here literally means “create the truth” or “give birth to truth” or “possess the truth.” This Hebrew word is also used for God as the Creator. See Gen. 14:19 and 22.

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