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Proverbs 18

Proverbs 18:1  
A man who isolates himself pursues selfishness, and defies all sound judgment.

Proverbs 18:2  
A fool has no delight in understanding, but only in revealing his own opinion.

Proverbs 18:3
When wickedness comes, contempt also comes, and with shame comes disgrace.

Proverbs 18:4  
The words of a man’s mouth are like deep waters. The fountain of wisdom is like a flowing brook.

Proverbs 18:5  
To be partial to the faces of the wicked is not good, nor to deprive the innocent of justice.

Proverbs 18:6  
A fool’s lips come into strife, and his mouth invites beatings.

Proverbs 18:7  
A fool’s mouth is his destruction, and his lips are a snare to his soul.

Proverbs 18:8  
The words of a gossip are like dainty morsels: they go down into a person’s innermost parts.

Proverbs 18:9  
One who is slack in his work is brother to him who is a master of destruction.

Proverbs 18:10  
Yahweh’s name is a strong tower: the righteous run to him, and are safe.

Proverbs 18:11  
The rich man’s wealth is his strong city, like an unscalable wall in his own imagination.

Proverbs 18:12  
Before destruction the heart of man is proud, but before honor is humility.

Proverbs 18:13  
He who answers before he hears, that is folly and shame to him.

Proverbs 18:14  
A man’s spirit will sustain him in sickness, but a crushed spirit, who can bear?

Proverbs 18:15  
The heart of the discerning gets knowledge. The ear of the wise seeks knowledge.

Proverbs 18:16  
A man’s gift makes room for him, and brings him before great men.

Proverbs 18:17  
He who pleads his cause first seems right— until another comes and questions him.

Proverbs 18:18  
The lot settles disputes, and keeps strong ones apart.

Proverbs 18:19  
A brother offended is more difficult than a fortified city. Disputes are like the bars of a fortress.

Proverbs 18:20  
A man’s stomach is filled with the fruit of his mouth. With the harvest of his lips he is satisfied.

Proverbs 18:21  
Death and life are in the power of the tongue; those who love it will eat its fruit.

Proverbs 18:22  
Whoever finds a wife finds a good thing, and obtains favor of Yahweh.

Proverbs 18:23  
The poor plead for mercy, but the rich answer harshly.

Proverbs 18:24  
A man of many companions may be ruined, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.


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