Proverbs 18:12-22 NIV

12 Before his downfall a man's heart is proud, but humility comes before honor.1

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13 He who answers before listening-- that is his folly and his shame.2

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14 A man's spirit sustains him in sickness, but a crushed spirit who can bear?3

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15 The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge;4 the ears of the wise seek it out.

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16 A gift5 opens the way for the giver and ushers him into the presence of the great.

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17 The first to present his case seems right, till another comes forward and questions him.
18 Casting the lot settles disputes6 and keeps strong opponents apart.

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19 An offended7 brother is more unyielding than a fortified city, and disputes are like the barred gates of a citadel.

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20 From the fruit of his mouth a man's stomach is filled; with the harvest from his lips he is satisfied.8

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21 The tongue has the power of life and death,9 and those who love it will eat its fruit.10

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22 He who finds a wife finds what is good11 and receives favor from the LORD.12

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