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Proverbs 18

18:1 He that separateth himself seeketh [his own] desire, And rageth against all sound wisdom. 18:2 A fool hath no delight in understanding, But only that his heart may reveal itself. 18:3 When the wicked cometh, there cometh also contempt, And with ignominy [cometh] reproach. 18:4 The words of a man's mouth are [as] deep waters; The wellspring of wisdom is [as] a flowing brook. 18:5 To respect the person of the wicked is not good, [Nor] to turn aside the righteous in judgment. 18:6 A fool's lips enter into contention, And his mouth calleth for stripes. 18:7 A fool's mouth is his destruction, And his lips are the snare of his soul. 18:8 The words of a whisperer are as dainty morsels, And they go down into the innermost parts. 18:9 He also that is slack in his work Is brother to him that is a destroyer. 18:10 The name of Jehovah is a strong tower; The righteous runneth into it, and is safe. 18:11 The rich man's wealth is his strong city, And as a high wall in his own imagination. 18:12 Before destruction the heart of man is haughty; And before honor [goeth] humility. 18:13 He that giveth answer before he heareth, It is folly and shame unto him. 18:14 The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; But a broken spirit who can bear 18:15 The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge; And the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge. 18:16 A man's gift maketh room for him, And bringeth him before great men. 18:17 He that pleadeth his cause first [seemeth] just; But his neighbor cometh and searcheth him out. 18:18 The lot causeth contentions to cease, And parteth between the mighty. 18:19 A brother offended [is harder to be won] than a strong city; And [such] contentions are like the bars of a castle. 18:20 A man's belly shall be filled with the fruit of his mouth; With the increase of his lips shall he be satisfied. 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue; And they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. 18:22 Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, And obtaineth favor of Jehovah. 18:23 The poor useth entreaties; But the rich answereth roughly. 18:24 He that maketh many friends [doeth it] to his own destruction; But there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.

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