Proverbs 18 ESV

1 Whoever 1isolates himself seeks his own desire; he breaks out against all sound judgment.

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2 A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only 2in expressing his opinion.

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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.

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5 It is not good to 4be partial toa the wicked or to 5deprive the righteous of justice.

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    • § 18:5 - Hebrew to lift the face of
      6 A fool's lips walk into a fight, and his mouth invites 6a beating.

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      7 7A fool's mouth is his ruin, and his lips are a snare to his soul.

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      8 8The words of a whisperer are like delicious morsels; they go down into 9the inner parts of the body.

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      9 Whoever is slack in his work is a 10brother to him who destroys.

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      10 11The name of the LORD is 12a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and 13is safe.

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      11 14A rich man's wealth is his strong city, and like a high wall in his imagination.

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      12 15Before destruction a man's heart is haughty, but 16humility comes before honor.

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      13 If one gives an answer 17before he hears, it is his folly and shame.

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      14 A man's spirit will endure sickness, but 18a crushed spirit who can bear?

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      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.

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      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.

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      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.

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      21 22Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.

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      22 He who finds 23a wife finds 24a good thing and 25obtains favor 26from the LORD.

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      23 The poor use entreaties, but 27the rich answer roughly.

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      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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