Bible: Prov 18

18:1 One who has isolated himself 1  seeks his own desires; 2 

he rejects 3  all sound judgment.

18:2 A fool takes no pleasure 4  in understanding

but only in disclosing 5  what is on his mind. 6 

18:3 When a wicked person 7  arrives, contempt 8  shows up with him,

and with shame comes 9  a reproach.

18:4 The words of a person’s mouth are like 10  deep waters, 11 

and 12  the fountain of wisdom 13  is like 14  a flowing brook. 15 

18:5 It is terrible 16  to show partiality 17  to the wicked, 18 

by depriving 19  a righteous man of justice.

18:6 The lips of a fool 20  enter into strife, 21 

and his mouth invites 22  a flogging. 23 

18:7 The mouth of a fool is his ruin,

and his lips are a snare for his life. 24 

18:8 The words of a gossip 25  are like choice morsels; 26 

they go down into the person’s innermost being. 27 

18:9 The one who 28  is slack 29  in his work

is a brother 30  to one who destroys. 31 

18:10 The name of the Lord 32  is like 33  a strong tower; 34 

the righteous person runs 35  to it and is set safely on high. 36 

18:11 The wealth 37  of a rich person is like 38  a strong city, 39 

and it is like a high wall in his imagination. 40 

18:12 Before destruction the heart 41  of a person is proud,

but humility comes 42  before honor. 43 

18:13 The one who gives an answer 44  before he listens 45 

that is his folly and his shame. 46 

18:14 A person’s spirit 47  sustains him through sickness

but who can bear 48  a crushed spirit? 49 

18:15 The discerning person 50  acquires knowledge,

and the wise person 51  seeks 52  knowledge.

18:16 A person’s gift 53  makes room for him,

and leads him 54  before important people.

18:17 The first to state his case 55  seems 56  right,

until his opponent 57  begins to 58  cross-examine him. 59 

18:18 A toss of a coin 60  ends 61  disputes,

and settles the issue 62  between strong opponents. 63 

18:19 A relative 64  offended 65  is harder to reach than 66  a strong city,

and disputes are like the barred gates 67  of a fortified citadel. 68 

18:20 From the fruit of a person’s mouth 69  his stomach is satisfied, 70 

with the product of his lips is he satisfied.

18:21 Death and life are in the power 71  of the tongue, 72 

and those who love its use 73  will eat its fruit.

18:22 The one who finds 74  a wife finds what is enjoyable, 75 

and receives a pleasurable gift 76  from the Lord. 77 

18:23 A poor person makes supplications, 78 

but a rich man answers harshly. 79 

18:24 A person who has friends 80  may be harmed by them, 81 

but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

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