1A fool's mouth is his ruin, and his lips are a snare to his soul.
2The words of a whisperer are like delicious morsels; they go down into 3the inner parts of the body.
Whoever is slack in his work is a 4brother to him who destroys.
5The name of the LORD is 6a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and 7is safe.
8A rich man's wealth is his strong city, and like a high wall in his imagination.
9Before destruction a man's heart is haughty, but 10humility comes before honor.
If one gives an answer 11before he hears, it is his folly and shame.
A man's spirit will endure sickness, but 12a crushed spirit who can bear?
An intelligent heart acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.
A man's 13gift makes room for him and brings him before the great.
The one who states his case first seems right, until the other comes and examines him.