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Proverbs 18:16-24 (New Revised Standard)

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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. 22 He who finds a wife finds a good thing, and obtains favor from the Lord. 23 The poor use entreaties, but the rich answer roughly. 24 Some b friends play at friendship c but a true friend sticks closer than one's nearest kin.
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