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Proverbs 18 (Lexham English Bible)

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1 He who is selfish seeks a craving;a against all sound judgment he shows contempt. 2 A fool will not take pleasure in understanding, but in expressing his heart.b 3 With the coming of wickedness comes contempt also, and with dishonor, disgrace. 4 Deep waters [are] words of the mouth of a man; a gushing stream [is] a fountain of wisdom. 5 Being partial [to] faces of evil [is] not good, [nor] to subvert the righteous at the judgment. 6 The lips of a fool will bring strife, and his mouth calls out for a flogging. 7 The mouth of a fool [is] ruin to him, and his lips [are] a snare to his soul.c 8 The words of a whisper [are] like delicious morsels, and they themselves go down [to] inner parts of the body. 9 Even he who is slack in his work, he is brother to a masterd of destruction. 10 A tower of strength is the name of Yahweh; into hime the righteous will run and be safe. 11 The wealth of the rich [is] {his strong city},f and like a wall, it is high in his imagination. 12 In the presence of destruction, the heartg of a man will be haughty, but in the presence of honor, humble. 13 He who returns a word before he will hear, folly itself [belongs] to him as well ash shame. 14 The spirit of a man will endure his sickness, but a broken spirit, who may bear it? 15 An intelligent {mind}i will acquire knowledge, and the ear of the wise will seek knowledge. 16 The gift of a person will open doors for him, and before the great, it gives him access. 17 The first in his dispute is [deemed] righteous, [but] his neighbor will come and examine him. 18 The lot will put an end to disputes, and between powerful contenders it will decide. 19 A brother who is offended [is worse] than a city of strength, and quarrels [are] like the bars of a fortification. 20 From the fruit of a man's mouth, his stomach will be satisfied, as for the yield of his lips, it will satisfy. 21 Death and life [are] in the {power}j of the tongue, and those who love herk will eat of her fruit. 22 He who finds a wifel finds good, and he will obtain favor from Yahweh. 23 The poor may speak entreaties, but the rich will answer roughly. 24 A man of [many] friends will come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
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