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Proverbs 18 (Holman Christian Standard)

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1 One who isolates himself pursues [selfish] desires; he rebels against all sound judgment. 2 A fool does not delight in understanding, but only wants to show off his opinions.a 3 When a wicked man comes, shame does also, and along with dishonor, disgrace. 4 The words of a man's mouth are deep waters,b a flowing river, a fountain of wisdom. 5 It is not good to show partiality to the guilty by perverting the justice due the innocent.c 6 A fool's lips lead to strife, and his mouth provokes a beating. 7 A fool's mouth is his devastation, and his lips are a trap for his life.d 8 A gossip's words are like choice food that goes down to one's innermost being.e f 9 The one who is truly lazy in his work is brother to a vandal.g h 10 The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are protected.i j 11 A rich man's wealth is his fortified city; in his imagination it is like a high wall.k 12 Before his downfall a man's heart is proud, but before honor comes humility.l 13 The one who gives an answer before he listens- this is foolishness and disgrace for him.m 14 A man's spirit can endure sickness, but who can survive a broken spirit?n 15 The mind of the discerning acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks it.o 16 A gift opens doorsp for a man and brings him before the great.q 17 The first to state his case seems right until another comes and cross-examines him.r 18 [Casting] the lot ends quarrels and separates powerful opponents. 19 An offended brother is [harder to reach]s than a fortified city, and quarrels are like the bars of a fortress. 20 From the fruit of his mouth a man's stomach is satisfied; he is filled with the product of his lips.t 21 Life and death are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.u 22 A man who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the Lord.v 23 The poor man pleads, but the rich one answers roughly. 24 A man with many friends may be harmed,w but there is a friend who stays closer than a brother.x
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