Proverbs 18 TNIV

1 An unfriendly person pursues selfish ends and against all sound judgment starts quarrels.
2 Fools find no pleasure in understanding but delight in airing their own opinions.1

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3 When wickedness comes, so does contempt, and with shame comes reproach.
4 The words of the mouth are deep waters,2 but the fountain of wisdom is a rushing stream.

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5 It is not good to be partial to the wicked3 and so deprive the innocent of justice.4

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6 The lips of fools bring them strife, and their mouths invite a beating.5

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7 The mouths of fools are their undoing, and their lips are a snare6 to their very lives.7

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8 The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to the inmost parts.8

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9 One who is slack in his work is a close relative of one who destroys.9

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10 The name of the LORD is a fortified tower;10 the righteous run to it and are safe.11

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11 The wealth of the rich is their fortified city;12 they imagine it a wall too high to scale.

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12 Before a downfall the heart is haughty, but humility comes before honor.13

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13 To answer before listening-- that is folly and shame.14

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14 The human spirit can endure in sickness, but a crushed spirit who can bear?15

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15 The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge,16 for the ears of the wise seek it out.

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16 A gift17 opens the way and ushers the giver into the presence of the great.

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17 In a lawsuit the first to speak seems right, until someone comes forward and cross-examines.
18 Casting the lot settles disputes18 and keeps strong opponents apart.

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19 A brother wronged19 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 mouths people's stomachs are filled; with the harvest of their lips they are satisfied.20

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21 The tongue has the power of life and death,21 and those who love it will eat its fruit.22

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22 He who finds a wife finds what is good23 and receives favor from the LORD.24

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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.25

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