The first to present his case seems right, till another comes forward and questions him.
Casting the lot settles disputes1 and keeps strong opponents apart.
References for Proverbs 18:18
An offended2 brother is more unyielding than a fortified city, and disputes are like the barred gates of a citadel.
References for Proverbs 18:19
From the fruit of his mouth a man's stomach is filled; with the harvest from his lips he is satisfied.3
References for Proverbs 18:20
The tongue has the power of life and death,4 and those who love it will eat its fruit.5
References for Proverbs 18:21
He who finds a wife finds what is good6 and receives favor from the LORD.7
References for Proverbs 18:22
A poor man pleads for mercy, but a rich man answers harshly.
A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.8
References for Proverbs 18:24