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PROVERBS ยท Chapter 18

18:1 Through desire a man, having separated himself, seeks and intermeddles with all wisdom.
18:2 A fool has no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself.
18:3 When the wicked comes, then comes also contempt, and with dishonour reproach.
18:4 The words of a man's mouth are as deep waters, and the wellspring of wisdom as a flowing brook.
18:5 It is not good to accept the person of the wicked, to overthrow the righteous in judgment.
18:6 A fool's lips enter into contention, and his mouth calls for strokes.
18:7 A fool's mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul.
18:8 The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.
18:9 He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great destroyer.
18:10 The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runs into it, and is safe.
18:11 The rich man's wealth is his strong city, and as an high wall in his own conceit.
18:12 Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honour is humility.
18:13 He that answers a matter before he hears it, it is folly and shame unto him.
18:14 The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear?
18:15 The heart of the prudent gets knowledge; and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.
18:16 A man's gift makes room for him, and brings him before great men.
18:17 He that is first in his own cause seems just; but his neighbour comes and searches him.
18:18 The lot causes contentions to cease, and parts between the mighty.
18:19 A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city: and their contentions are like the bars of a castle.
18:20 A man's belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled.
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 finds a wife finds a good thing, and obtains favour of the LORD.
18:23 The poor uses entreaties; but the rich answers roughly.
18:24 A man that has friends must show himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticks closer than a brother.

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