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Proverbs 18:2-12 (Complete Jewish Bible)

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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.
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