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Proverbs 18:16-24 NRS/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

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16 A gift opens doors; it gives access to the great. 16 A gift opens the way for the giver and ushers him into the presence of the great.
17 The one who first states a case seems right, until the other comes and cross-examines. 17 The first to present his case seems right, till another comes forward and questions him.
18 Casting the lot puts an end to disputes and decides between powerful contenders. 18 Casting the lot settles disputes and keeps strong opponents apart.
19 An ally offended is stronger than a city; such quarreling is like the bars of a castle. 19 An offended brother is more unyielding than a fortified city, and disputes are like the barred gates of a citadel.
20 From the fruit of the mouth one's stomach is satisfied; the yield of the lips brings satisfaction. 20 From the fruit of his mouth a man's stomach is filled; with the harvest from his lips he is satisfied.
21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits. 21 The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.
22 He who finds a wife finds a good thing, and obtains favor from the Lord. 22 He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the LORD.
23 The poor use entreaties, but the rich answer roughly. 23 A poor man pleads for mercy, but a rich man answers harshly.
24 Some friends play at friendship but a true friend sticks closer than one's nearest kin. 24 A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.