Proverbs 18:13-23 NIV

13 He who answers before listening-- that is his folly and his shame.1

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14 A man's spirit sustains him in sickness, but a crushed spirit who can bear?2

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15 The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge;3 the ears of the wise seek it out.

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16 A gift4 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 disputes5 and keeps strong opponents apart.

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19 An offended6 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.7

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21 The tongue has the power of life and death,8 and those who love it will eat its fruit.9

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22 He who finds a wife finds what is good10 and receives favor from the LORD.11

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23 A poor man pleads for mercy, but a rich man answers harshly.