18 He that separateth himself seeketh his own desire, And rageth against all sound wisdom. 2 A fool hath no delight in understanding, But only that his heart may reveal itself. 3 When the wicked cometh, there cometh also contempt, And with ignominy cometh reproach. 4 The words of a man’s mouth are as deep waters; The wellspring of wisdom is as a flowing brook. 5 To respect the person of the wicked is not good, Nor to turn aside the righteous in judgment. 6 A fool’s lips enter into contention, And his mouth calleth for stripes. 7 A fool’s mouth is his destruction, And his lips are the snare of his soul. 8 The words of a whisperer are as dainty morsels, And they go down into the innermost parts. 9 He also that is slack in his work Is brother to him that is a destroyer. 10 The name of Jehovah 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 imagination. 12 Before destruction the heart of man is haughty; And before honor goeth humility. 13 He that giveth answer before he heareth, It is folly and shame unto him. 14 The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; But a broken 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 pleadeth his cause first seemeth just; But his neighbor cometh and searcheth him out. 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 such contentions are like the bars of a castle. 20 A man’s belly shall be filled with the fruit of his mouth; With the increase of his lips shall he be satisfied. 21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue; And they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. 22 Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, And obtaineth favor of Jehovah. 23 The poor useth entreaties; But the rich answereth roughly. 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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