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Proverbs 18

  1. Unfriendly people care only about themselves; they lash out at common sense.
  2. Fools have no interest in understanding; they only want to air their own opinions.
  3. Doing wrong leads to disgrace, and scandalous behavior brings contempt.
  4. Wise words are like deep waters; wisdom flows from the wise like a bubbling brook.
  5. It is not right to acquit the guilty or deny justice to the innocent.
  6. Fools' words get them into constant quarrels; they are asking for a beating.
  7. The mouths of fools are their ruin; they trap themselves with their lips.
  8. Rumors are dainty morsels that sink deep into one's heart.
  9. A lazy person is as bad as someone who destroys things.
  10. The name of the Lord is a strong fortress; the godly run to him and are safe.
  11. The rich think of their wealth as a strong defense; they imagine it to be a high wall of safety.
  12. Haughtiness goes before destruction; humility precedes honor.
  13. Spouting off before listening to the facts is both shameful and foolish.
  14. The human spirit can endure a sick body, but who can bear a crushed spirit?
  15. Intelligent people are always ready to learn. Their ears are open for knowledge.
  16. Giving a gift can open doors; it gives access to important people!
  17. The first to speak in court sounds right— until the cross-examination begins.
  18. Flipping a coin[1] can end arguments; it settles disputes between powerful opponents.
  19. An offended friend is harder to win back than a fortified city. Arguments separate friends like a gate locked with bars.
  20. Wise words satisfy like a good meal; the right words bring satisfaction.
  21. The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences.
  22. The man who finds a wife finds a treasure, and he receives favor from the Lord.
  23. The poor plead for mercy; the rich answer with insults.
  24. There are "friends" who destroy each other, but a real friend sticks closer than a brother.
  1. Hebrew 'Casting lots.'


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