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Proverbs 18

Chapter 18

  1. Through desire a man, having separated himself, seeketh [and] intermeddleth with all wisdom.

  2. A fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself.

  3. When the wicked cometh, [then] cometh also contempt, and with ignominy reproach.

  4. The words of a man's mouth [are as] deep waters, [and] the wellspring of wisdom [as] a flowing brook.

  5. [It is] not good to accept the person of the wicked, to overthrow the righteous in judgment.

  6. A fool's lips enter into contention, and his mouth calleth for strokes.

  7. A fool's mouth [is] his destruction, and his lips [are] the snare of his soul.

  8. The words of a talebearer [are] as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.

  9. He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster.

  10. The name of the LORD [is] a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.

  11. The rich man's wealth [is] his strong city, and as an high wall in his own conceit.

  12. Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honour [is] humility.

  13. He that answereth a matter before he heareth [it], it [is] folly and shame unto him.

  14. The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear?

  15. The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge; and the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge.

  16. A man's gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men.

  17. [He that is] first in his own cause [seemeth] just; but his neighbour cometh and searcheth him.

  18. The lot causeth contentions to cease, and parteth between the mighty.

  19. A brother offended [is harder to be won] than a strong city: and [their] contentions [are] like the bars of a castle.

  20. A man's belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; [and] with the increase of his lips shall he be filled.

  21. Death and life [are] in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

  22. [Whoso] findeth a wife findeth a good [thing], and obtaineth favour of the LORD.

  23. The poor useth intreaties; but the rich answereth roughly.

  24. A man [that hath] friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend [that] sticketh closer than a brother.

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