Proverbs 18:17-24 TNIV

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.

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19 A brother wronged2 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.3

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21 The tongue has the power of life and death,4 and those who love it will eat its fruit.5

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22 He who finds a wife finds what is good6 and receives favor from the LORD.7

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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.8

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