Proverbs 18

1 He who is selfish seeks a craving; against all sound judgment he shows contempt.
2 A fool will not take pleasure in understanding, but in expressing his heart.
3 With the coming of wickedness comes contempt also, and with dishonor, disgrace.
4 Deep waters [are] words of the mouth of a man; a gushing stream [is] a fountain of wisdom.
5 Being partial [to] faces of evil [is] not good, [nor] to subvert the righteous at the judgment.
6 The lips of a fool will bring strife, and his mouth calls out for a flogging.
7 The mouth of a fool [is] ruin to him, and his lips [are] a snare to his soul.
8 The words of a whisper [are] like delicious morsels, and they themselves go down [to] inner parts of the body.
9 Even he who is slack in his work, he is brother to a master of destruction.
10 A tower of strength is the name of Yahweh; into him the righteous will run and be safe.
11 The wealth of the rich [is] {his strong city}, and like a wall, it is high in his imagination.
12 In the presence of destruction, the heart of a man will be haughty, but in the presence of honor, humble.
13 He who returns a word before he will hear, folly itself [belongs] to him as well as shame.
14 The spirit of a man will endure his sickness, but a broken spirit, who may bear it?
15 An intelligent {mind} will acquire knowledge, and the ear of the wise will seek knowledge.
16 The gift of a person will open doors for him, and before the great, it gives him access.
17 The first in his dispute is [deemed] righteous, [but] his neighbor will come and examine him.
18 The lot will put an end to disputes, and between powerful contenders it will decide.
19 A brother who is offended [is worse] than a city of strength, and quarrels [are] like the bars of a fortification.
20 From the fruit of a man's mouth, his stomach will be satisfied, as for the yield of his lips, it will satisfy.
21 Death and life [are] in the {power} of the tongue, and those who love her will eat of her fruit.
22 He who finds a wife finds good, and he will obtain favor from Yahweh.
23 The poor may speak entreaties, but the rich will answer roughly.
24 A man of [many] friends will come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.