The Selfishness of the Unfriendly1 He who isolates himself pursues selfish desires; he rebels against all sound judgment. 2 A fool does not delight in understanding, but only in airing his opinions. 3 With a wicked [man] comes contempt as well, and shame is accompanied by disgrace. 4 The words of a man’s mouth are deep waters; the fountain of wisdom is a bubbling brook. 5 Showing partiality ▼
▼Hebrew Lifting the faceto the wicked is not good, nor is depriving the innocent of justice. 6 A fool’s lips bring strife, and his mouth invites a beating. 7 A fool’s mouth is his ruin, and his lips [are] a snare to his soul. 8 A gossip’s words are like choice morsels, and they sink into the inmost being. 9 Whoever is slothful in his work is brother to him who destroys. 10 The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe. 11 A rich man’s wealth is his fortified city; it is like a high wall in his imagination. 12 Before his downfall a man’s heart is proud, but humility comes before honor. 13 He who answers a matter before he hears [it] — this [is] folly and disgrace to him. 14 The spirit of a man can endure his sickness, but who can survive a broken spirit? 15 The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks it out. 16 A man’s gift opens doors for him, and brings him before great men. 17 The first to state his case seems right until another comes forward and examines him. 18 Casting the lot ends quarrels and separates strong opponents. 19 An offended brother [is harder to win] than a fortified city, and disputes are like the bars of a castle. 20 From the fruit of his mouth a man’s belly is filled; with the harvest from his lips he is satisfied. 21 Life and death are in the power of the tongue, and those who love [it] will eat its fruit. 22 He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the LORD. 23 The poor man pleads for mercy, but the rich man answers harshly. 24 A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who stays closer than a brother.
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