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Proverbs 18:11-21 (Holman Christian Standard)

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11 A rich man's wealth is his fortified city; in his imagination it is like a high wall.a 12 Before his downfall a man's heart is proud, but before honor comes humility.b 13 The one who gives an answer before he listens- this is foolishness and disgrace for him.c 14 A man's spirit can endure sickness, but who can survive a broken spirit?d 15 The mind of the discerning acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks it.e 16 A gift opens doorsf for a man and brings him before the great.g 17 The first to state his case seems right until another comes and cross-examines him.h 18 [Casting] the lot ends quarrels and separates powerful opponents. 19 An offended brother is [harder to reach]i 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.j 21 Life and death are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.k
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