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Proverbs 18:11-21 (New Revised Standard)

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11 The wealth of the rich is their strong city; in their imagination it is like a high wall. 12 Before destruction one's heart is haughty, but humility goes before honor. 13 If one gives answer before hearing, it is folly and shame. 14 The human spirit will endure sickness; but a broken spirit—who can bear? 15 An intelligent mind acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge. 16 A gift opens doors; it gives access to the great. 17 The one who first states a case seems right, until the other comes and cross-examines. 18 Casting the lot puts an end to disputes and decides between powerful contenders. 19 An ally offended is stronger than a city; a such quarreling is like the bars of a castle. 20 From the fruit of the mouth one's stomach is satisfied; the yield of the lips brings satisfaction. 21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.
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