Proverbs 18:16-24 RSV

16 A man's gift makes room for him and brings him before great men.
17 He who states his case first seems right, until the other comes and examines him.
18 The lot puts an end to disputes and decides between powerful contenders.
19 A brother helped is like a strong city, but quarreling is like the bars of a castle.
20 From the fruit of his mouth a man is satisfied; he is satisfied by the yield of his lips.
21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.
22 He who finds a wife finds a good thing, and obtains favor from the LORD.
23 The poor use entreaties, but the rich answer roughly.
24 There are friends who pretend to be friends, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.