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Proverbs 18:8-18 (New International Version)

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8 The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to a man's inmost parts.1 9 One who is slack in his work is brother to one who destroys.2 10 The name of the LORD is a strong tower;3 the righteous run to it and are safe.4 11 The wealth of the rich is their fortified city;5 they imagine it an unscalable wall. 12 Before his downfall a man's heart is proud, but humility comes before honor.6 13 He who answers before listening-- that is his folly and his shame.7 14 A man's spirit sustains him in sickness, but a crushed spirit who can bear?8 15 The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge;9 the ears of the wise seek it out. 16 A gift10 opens the way for the giver and ushers him into the presence of the great. 17 The first to present his case seems right, till another comes forward and questions him. 18 Casting the lot settles disputes11 and keeps strong opponents apart.
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