Proverbs 181 Whosoever goes astray seeks according to his own lust and shall meddle with every doctrine. 2 A fool has no delight in understanding, but in that which his own heart discovers. 3 When the wicked comes, then comes also contempt, and with him who dishonours, reproach. 4 The words of a man's mouth [are as] deep waters, [and] the wellspring of wisdom [as] a flowing brook. 5 To respect the person of the wicked so that the righteous loses that which is rightfully his is not good. 6 A fool's lips enter into contention, and his mouth calls for strokes. 7 A fool's mouth [is] his destruction, and his lips [are] the snare of his soul. 8 The words of a talebearer seem smooth, but they go down into the innermost parts of the belly. 9 He also that is negligent in his work is brother to him that is the great spendthrift. 10 The name of the LORD [is] a strong tower: the righteous shall run into it, and be raised up. 11 The rich man's wealth [is] his strong city and as a high wall in his imagination. 12 Before being broken, the heart of man is haughty, and before coming into honour, [comes] being brought to humility. 13 [For] him that answers a word before he hears, it [is] folly and reproach unto him. 14 The spirit of man will bear his infirmity, but a broken spirit who can bear? 15 The heart of the man of understanding acquires wisdom, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge. 16 A man's gift makes room for him and brings him before great men. 17 The [one who is] just is first in his cause, his adversary comes and seeks him out. 18 The lot causes contentions to cease and decides between the mighty. 19 A brother offended [is harder to be won] than a strong city, and [their] contentions [are] like the bars of a castle. 20 A man's belly shall be filled with the fruit of his mouth, [and] with the product of his lips shall he be filled. 21 Death and life [are] in the power of the tongue, and those that love it shall eat its fruit. 22 [Whosoever] found a wife found a good [thing] and has attained the favour of the LORD. 23 The poor uses intreaties, but the rich answer roughly. 24 The man [that has] friends must show himself to be a friend, and there is a friend [that] sticks closer than a brother.:
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