Proverbs 18 (Complete Jewish Bible)

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1 He who separates himself indulges his desires and shows contempt for sound advice of any kind. 2 A fool takes no pleasure in trying to understand; he only wants to express his own opinion. 3 When a wicked person comes, contempt comes too, and with disdain, provocation. 4 The words of a man's mouth are deep water, a gushing torrent, a fountain of wisdom. 5 It is not good to be partial to the guilty and thus deprive the innocent of justice. 6 A fool's words get him into fights; yes, his mouth calls out for a beating. 7 A fool's mouth is his ruin; his words are a trap for him. 8 A slanderer's words are tasty morsels; they slide right down into the belly. 9 Whoever is lazy in doing his work is brother to the destroyer. 10 The name of ADONAI is a strong tower; a righteous person runs to it and is raised high [above danger]. 11 The wealth of the rich is his fortified city, like a high wall, in his own imagination. 12 Before being ruined, a person's heart is proud; before being honored, a person must be humble. 13 To answer someone before hearing him out is both stupid and embarrassing. 14 A person's spirit can sustain him when ill, but a crushed spirit - who can bear it? 15 The mind of a person with discernment gets knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge. 16 A person's gift clears his way and gives him access to the great. 17 The first to state his case seems right, till the other one comes and cross-examines. 18 Casting lots puts an end to strife and separates powerful disputants. 19 It is harder to win an offended brother than a strong city; their fights are like the bars of a fortress. 20 A person's belly will be filled with the fruit of his mouth; with what his lips produce he will be filled. 21 The tongue has power over life and death; those who indulge it must eat its fruit. 22 He who finds a wife finds a great good; he has won the favor of ADONAI. 23 The poor man speaks beseechingly, the rich man's answer is blunt. 24 Some "friends" pretend to be friends, but a true friend sticks closer than a brother.
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