1 Through desire a man, having separated himself, seeketh and intermeddleth with all wisdom.
2 A fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself.
3 When the wicked cometh, then cometh also contempt, and with ignominy reproach.
4 The words of a man's mouth are as deep waters, and the wellspring of wisdom as a flowing brook.
5 It is not good to accept the person of the wicked, to overthrow the righteous in judgment.
7 A fool's mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul.
8 The words of a talebearera are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.

References for Proverbs 18:8

    • · 18:8 - talebearer: or, whisperer
      9 He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster.
      10 The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.b

      References for Proverbs 18:10

        • ¸ 18:10 - safe: Heb. set aloft
          11 The rich man's wealth is his strong city, and as an high wall in his own conceit.
          13 He that answerethc a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him.

          References for Proverbs 18:13

            • ¹ 18:13 - answereth...: Heb. returneth a word
              14 The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear?
              15 The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge; and the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge.
              16 A man's gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men.
              17 He that is first in his own cause seemeth just; but his neighbour cometh and searcheth him.
              18 The lot causeth contentions to cease, and parteth between the mighty.
              19 A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city: and their contentions* are like the bars of a castle.
              20 A man's belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled.
              21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.
              22 Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the LORD.
              24 A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.