Proverbs 18:15-24 NIV

15 The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge;1 the ears of the wise seek it out.

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16 A gift2 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 disputes3 and keeps strong opponents apart.

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19 An offended4 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.5

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21 The tongue has the power of life and death,6 and those who love it will eat its fruit.7

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22 He who finds a wife finds what is good8 and receives favor from the LORD.9

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23 A poor man pleads for mercy, but a rich man answers harshly.
24 A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.10

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