Proverbs 18:17-24 NIV

17 In a lawsuit the first to speak seems right, until someone comes forward and cross-examines.
18 Casting the lot settles disputes and keeps strong opponents apart.

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19 A brother wronged is more unyielding than a fortified city; disputes are like the barred gates of a citadel.

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20 From the fruit of their mouth a person’s stomach is filled; with the harvest of their lips they are satisfied.

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

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

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23 The poor plead for mercy, but the rich answer harshly.
24 One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

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