Proverbs 18

Through desire a man, having separated himself, seeketh [and] intermeddleth with all wisdom. A fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart may reveal itself. When the wicked cometh, [then] cometh also contempt, and with ignominy reproach. The words of a man's mouth [are as] deep waters, [and] the well-spring of wisdom [as] a flowing brook. [It is] not good to accept the person of the wicked, to overthrow the righteous in judgment. A fool's lips enter into contention, and his mouth calleth for strokes. A fool's mouth [is] his destruction, and his lips [are] the snare of his soul. The words of a tale-bearer [are] as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly. He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster. 10 The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe. 11 The rich man's wealth [is] his strong city, and as a high wall in his own conceit. 12 Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honor [is] humility. 13 He that answereth a matter before he heareth [it], it [is] folly and shame to him. 14 The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear? 15 The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge; and the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge. 16 A man's gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men. 17 [He that is] first in his own cause [seemeth] just; but his neighbor cometh and searcheth him. 18 The lot causeth contentions to cease, and parteth 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 satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; [and] with the increase of his lips shall he be filled. 21 Death and life [are] in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit of it. 22 [Whoever] findeth a wife findeth a good [thing], and obtaineth favor from the LORD. 23 The poor useth entreaties; but the rich answereth roughly. 24 A man [that hath] friends must show himself friendly: and there is a friend [that] sticketh closer than a brother.
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