Proverbs 181Whoever has a will to withdraw from a friend, seeks occasions; he shall be reproached at all times. 2The foolish do not accept words of prudence, unless you say what is already turning in his heart. 3The impious, when he has arrived within the depths of sin, thinks little of it. But ill repute and disgrace follow him. 4Words from the mouth of a man are deep waters. And the fountain of wisdom is a torrent overflowing. 5It is not good to accept the character of the impious, so as to turn away from true judgment. 6The lips of the foolish meddle in disputes. And his mouth provokes conflicts. 7The mouth of the foolish is his destruction, and his own lips are the ruin of his soul. 8The words of the double-tongued seem simple. And they reach even to the interior of the gut. Fear casts down the lazy, but the souls of the effeminate shall go hungry. 9Whoever is dissolute and slack in his work is the brother of him who wastes his own works. 10The name of the Lord is very strong tower. The just one rushes to it, and he shall be exalted. 11The substance of the wealthy is the city of his strength, and it is like a strong wall encircling him. 12The heart of a man is exalted before it is crushed and humbled before it is glorified. 13Whoever responds before he listens, demonstrates himself to be foolish and deserving of confusion. 14The spirit of a man sustains his weakness. Yet who can sustain a spirit that is easily angered? 15A prudent heart shall possess knowledge. And the ear of the wise seeks doctrine. 16A man’s gift expands his way and makes space for him before leaders. 17The just is the first accuser of himself; his friend arrives and shall investigate him. 18Casting a lot suppresses contentions and passes judgment, even among the powerful. 19A brother who is helped by a brother is like a reinforced city, and judgments are like the bars of cities. 20From the fruit of a man’s mouth shall his belly be filled. And the harvest of his own lips shall satisfy him. 21Death and life are in the power of the tongue. Whoever values it shall eat from its fruits. 22He who has found a good wife has found goodness, and he shall draw contentment from the Lord. He who expels a good wife expels goodness. But he who holds on to an adulteress is foolish and impious. 23The poor will speak with supplications. And the rich will express themselves roughly. 24A man amiable to society shall be more friendly than a brother.
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