An unfriendly man pursues selfish ends; he defies all sound judgment.
A fool finds no pleasure in understanding but delights in airing his own opinions.1
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When wickedness comes, so does contempt, and with shame comes disgrace.
The words of a man's mouth are deep waters,2 but the fountain of wisdom is a bubbling brook.
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It is not good to be partial to the wicked3 or to deprive the innocent of justice.4
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A fool's lips bring him strife, and his mouth invites a beating.5
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A fool's mouth is his undoing, and his lips are a snare6 to his soul.7
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The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to a man's inmost parts.8
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One who is slack in his work is brother to one who destroys.9
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The name of the LORD is a strong tower;10 the righteous run to it and are safe.11
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The wealth of the rich is their fortified city;12 they imagine it an unscalable wall.
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Before his downfall a man's heart is proud, but humility comes before honor.13
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He who answers before listening-- that is his folly and his shame.14
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A man's spirit sustains him in sickness, but a crushed spirit who can bear?15
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The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge;16 the ears of the wise seek it out.
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A gift17 opens the way for the giver and ushers him into the presence of the great.
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The first to present his case seems right, till another comes forward and questions him.
Casting the lot settles disputes18 and keeps strong opponents apart.
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An offended19 brother is more unyielding than a fortified city, and disputes are like the barred gates of a citadel.
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From the fruit of his mouth a man's stomach is filled; with the harvest from his lips he is satisfied.20
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The tongue has the power of life and death,21 and those who love it will eat its fruit.22
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He who finds a wife finds what is good23 and receives favor from the LORD.24
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A poor man pleads for mercy, but a rich man answers harshly.
A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.25
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