Proverbs 18:17-24 (New Living Translation)

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17 Any story sounds true until someone sets the record straight. 18 Casting lots can end arguments and settle disputes between powerful opponents. 19 It's harder to make amends with an offended friend than to capture a fortified city. Arguments separate friends like a gate locked with iron bars. 20 Words satisfy the soul as food satisfies the stomach; the right words on a person's lips bring satisfaction. 21 Those who love to talk will experience the consequences, for the tongue can kill or nourish life. 22 The man who finds a wife finds a treasure and receives favor from the LORD. 23 The poor plead for mercy; the rich answer with insults. 24 There are "friends" who destroy each other, but a real friend sticks closer than a brother.
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