In a lawsuit the first to speak seems right, until someone comes forward and cross-examines.
Casting the lot settles disputes1 and keeps strong opponents apart.
References for Proverbs 18:18
A brother wronged2 is more unyielding than a fortified city; disputes are like the barred gates of a citadel.
References for Proverbs 18:19
From the fruit of their mouths people's stomachs are filled; with the harvest of their lips they are 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
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.8
References for Proverbs 18:24