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Encouragement and Discouragement

Proverbs 11:
23 The desire of the righteous ends only in good,
but the hope of the wicked only in wrath.

Proverbs 13:
12 Hope deferred makes the heart grow sick,
but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.

19 A longing fulfilled is sweet to the soul,
but fools detest turning from evil.

Proverbs 14:
10 Each heart knows its own bitterness,
and no one else can share its joy.

13 Even in laughter the heart may ache,
and joy may end in grief.

Proverbs 15:
13 A happy heart makes the face cheerful,
but heartache crushes the spirit.

15 All the days of the oppressed are wretched,
but the cheerful heart has a continual feast.
16 Better a little with the fear of the Lord
than great wealth with turmoil.
17 Better a meal of vegetables where there is love
than a fattened calf with hatred.

30 A cheerful look brings joy to the heart,
and good news gives health to the bones.

Proverbs 17:
22 A cheerful heart is good medicine,
but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.

Proverbs 18:
14 A man's spirit sustains him in sickness,
but a crushed spirit who can bear?

Proverbs 25:
11 A word aptly spoken is like
apples of gold in settings of silver.
(Imagine beautiful jewelry.)

13 Like the coolness of snow at harvest time
is a trustworthy messenger to those who send him;
he refreshes the spirit of his masters.

25 Like cold water to a weary soul
is good news from a distant land.

Proverbs 29:
6 An evil man is snared by his own sin,
but a righteous one can sing and be glad.

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