An unfriendly person pursues selfish ends and against all sound judgment starts quarrels.
Fools find no pleasure in understanding but delight in airing their own opinions.1
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When wickedness comes, so does contempt, and with shame comes reproach.
The words of the mouth are deep waters,2 but the fountain of wisdom is a rushing stream.
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It is not good to be partial to the wicked3 and so deprive the innocent of justice.4
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The lips of fools bring them strife, and their mouths invite a beating.5
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The mouths of fools are their undoing, and their lips are a snare6 to their very lives.7
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The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to the inmost parts.8
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One who is slack in his work is a close relative of one who destroys.9
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The name of the LORD is a fortified tower;10 the righteous run to it and are safe.11
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The wealth of the rich is their fortified city;12 they imagine it a wall too high to scale.
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Before a downfall the heart is haughty, but humility comes before honor.13
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To answer before listening-- that is folly and shame.14
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The human spirit can endure in sickness, but a crushed spirit who can bear?15
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The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge,16 for the ears of the wise seek it out.
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A gift17 opens the way and ushers the giver into the presence of the great.
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In a lawsuit the first to speak seems right, until someone comes forward and cross-examines.
Casting the lot settles disputes18 and keeps strong opponents apart.
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A brother wronged19 is more unyielding than a fortified city; disputes are like the barred gates of a citadel.
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From the fruit of their mouths people's stomachs are filled; with the harvest of their lips they are satisfied.20
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The tongue has the power of life and death,21 and those who love it will eat its fruit.22
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He who finds a wife finds what is good23 and receives favor from the LORD.24
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The poor plead for mercy, but the rich answer harshly.
One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.25
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