Proverbs 18 (English Standard Version)

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1 Whoever 1isolates himself seeks his own desire; he breaks out against all sound judgment. 2 A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only 2in expressing his opinion. 3 When wickedness comes, contempt comes also, and with dishonor comes disgrace. 4 The words of a man's mouth are 3deep waters; the fountain of wisdom is a bubbling brook. 5 It is not good to 4be partial toa the wicked or to 5deprive the righteous of justice. 6 A fool's lips walk into a fight, and his mouth invites 6a beating. 7 7A fool's mouth is his ruin, and his lips are a snare to his soul. 8 8The words of a whisperer are like delicious morsels; they go down into 9the inner parts of the body. 9 Whoever is slack in his work is a 10brother to him who destroys. 10 11The name of the LORD is 12a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and 13is safe. 11 14A rich man's wealth is his strong city, and like a high wall in his imagination. 12 15Before destruction a man's heart is haughty, but 16humility comes before honor. 13 If one gives an answer 17before he hears, it is his folly and shame. 14 A man's spirit will endure sickness, but 18a crushed spirit who can bear? 15 An intelligent heart acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge. 16 A man's 19gift makes room for him and brings him before the great. 17 The one who states his case first seems right, until the other comes and examines him. 18 20The lot puts an end to quarrels and decides between powerful contenders. 19 A brother offended is more unyielding than a strong city, and quarreling is like the bars of a castle. 20 21From the fruit of a man's mouth his stomach is satisfied; he is satisfied by the yield of his lips. 21 22Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits. 22 He who finds 23a wife finds 24a good thing and 25obtains favor 26from the LORD. 23 The poor use entreaties, but 27the rich answer roughly. 24 A man of many companions may come to ruin, but 28there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
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