Proverbs 18 1 He that hath a mind to depart from a friend, seeketh occasions: he shall ever be subject to reproach. 2 A fool receiveth not the words of prudence: unless thou say those things which are in his heart. 3 The wicked man, when he is come into the depths of sins, contemneth: but ignominy and reproach follow him. 4 Words from the mouth of a man are as deep water: and the fountain of wisdom is an overflowing stream. 5 It is not good to accept the person of the wicked, to decline from the truth of judgment. 6 The lips of a fool intermeddle with strife: and his mouth provoketh quarrels. 7 The mouth of a fool is his destruction: and his lips are the ruin of his soul. 8 The words of the double tongued are as if they were harmless: and they reach even to the inner parts of the bowels. Fear casteth down the slothful: and the souls of the effeminate shall be hungry. 9 He that is loose and slack in his work, is the brother of him that wasteth his own works. 10 The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the just runneth to it, and shall be exalted. 11 The substance of the rich man is the city of his strength, and as a strong wall compassing him about. 12 Before destruction, the heart of a man is exalted: and before he be glorified, it is humbled. 13 He that answereth before he heareth, sheweth himself to be a fool, and worthy of confusion. 14 The spirit of a man upholdeth his infirmity: but a spirit that is easily angered, who can bear? 15 A wise heart shall acquire knowledge: and the ear of the wise seeketh instruction. 16 A man's gift enlargeth his way, and maketh him room before princes. 17 The just is first accuser of himself: his friend cometh, and shall search him. 18 The lot suppresseth contentions, and determineth even between the mighty. 19 A brother that is helped by his brother, is like a strong city: and judgments are like the bars of cities. 20 Of the fruit of a man's mouth shall his belly be satisfied: and the offspring of his lips shall fill him. 21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue: they that love it, shall eat the fruits thereof. 22 He that hath found a good wife, hath found a good thing, and shall receive a pleasure from the Lord. He that driveth away a good wife, driveth away a good thing: but he that keepeth an adulteress, is foolish and wicked. 23 The poor will speak with supplications, and the rich will speak roughly. 24 A man amiable in society, shall be more friendly than a brother.
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