Proverbs 18

1Whoever a  isolates himself seeks his own desire;
he breaks out against all sound judgment.
2A fool takes no pleasure in understanding,
but only b  in expressing his opinion.
3When wickedness comes, contempt comes also,
and with dishonor comes disgrace.
4The words of a man’s mouth are c  deep waters;
the fountain of wisdom is a bubbling brook.
5It is not good to d  be partial to
Hebrew  to lift the face of
the wicked
or to f  deprive the righteous of justice.
6A fool’s lips walk into a fight,
and his mouth invites g  a beating.
7 h  A fool’s mouth is his ruin,
and his lips are a snare to his soul.
8 i  The words of a whisperer are like delicious morsels;
they go down into j  the inner parts of the body.
9Whoever is slack in his work
is a k  brother to him who destroys.
10 l  The name of the  Lord is m  a strong tower;
the righteous man runs into it and n  is safe.
11 o  A rich man’s wealth is his strong city,
and like a high wall in his imagination.
12 p  Before destruction a man’s heart is haughty,
but q  humility comes before honor.
13If one gives an answer r  before he hears,
it is his folly and shame.
14A man’s spirit will endure sickness,
but s  a crushed spirit who can bear?
15An intelligent heart acquires knowledge,
and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.
16A man’s t  gift makes room for him
and brings him before the great.
17The one who states his case first seems right,
until the other comes and examines him.
18 u  The lot puts an end to quarrels
and decides between powerful contenders.
19A brother offended is more unyielding than a strong city,
and quarreling is like the bars of a castle.
20 v  From the fruit of a man’s mouth his stomach is satisfied;
he is satisfied by the yield of his lips.
21 w  Death and life are in the power of the tongue,
and those who love it will eat its fruits.
22He who finds x  a wife finds y  a good thing
and z  obtains favor aa  from the  Lord.
23The poor use entreaties,
but ab  the rich answer roughly.
24A man of many companions may come to ruin,
but ac  there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
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