Proverbs 18:17-24 RSV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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17 He who states his case first seems right, until the other comes and examines him. 17 The first to present his case seems right, till another comes forward and questions him.
18 The lot puts an end to disputes and decides between powerful contenders. 18 Casting the lot settles disputes and keeps strong opponents apart.
19 A brother helped is like a strong city, but 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 his mouth a man is satisfied; he is satisfied by the yield of his lips. 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 There are friends who pretend to be friends, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. 24 A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.