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Proverbs 18:17-24 (Today's New International Version)

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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 disputes1 and keeps strong opponents apart. 19 A brother wronged2 is more unyielding than a fortified city; disputes are like the barred gates of a citadel. 20 From the fruit of their mouths people's stomachs are filled; with the harvest of their lips they are satisfied.3 21 The tongue has the power of life and death,4 and those who love it will eat its fruit.5 22 He who finds a wife finds what is good6 and receives favor from the LORD.7 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.8
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