Poverbs 18

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<h2><strong>Proverbs 18</strong></h2>
<p style=”text-align: center;”><em>1
The one who lives alone is self-indulgent,
showing contempt for all who have sound judgement.</em>

</p><p style=”text-align: center;”><em>2
A fool takes no pleasure in understanding,
but only in expressing personal opinion.</em>

</p><p style=”text-align: center;”><em>3
When wickedness comes, contempt comes also;
and with dishonour comes disgrace.</em>

</p><p style=”text-align: center;”><em>4
The words of the mouth are deep waters;
the fountain of wisdom is a gushing stream.</em>

</p><p style=”text-align: center;”><em>5
It is not right to be partial to the guilty,
or to subvert the innocent in judgement.</em>

</p><p style=”text-align: center;”><em>6
A fool’s lips bring strife,
and a fool’s mouth invites a flogging.</em>

</p><p style=”text-align: center;”><em>7
The mouths of fools are their ruin,
and their lips a snare to themselves.</em>

</p><p style=”text-align: center;”><em>8
The words of a whisperer are like delicious morsels;
they go down into the inner parts of the body.</em>

</p><p style=”text-align: center;”><em>9
One who is slack in work
is close kin to a vandal.</em>

</p><p style=”text-align: center;”><em>10
The name of the Lord is a strong tower;
the righteous run into it and are safe.</em>

</p><p style=”text-align: center;”><em>11
The wealth of the rich is their strong city;
in their imagination it is like a high wall.</em>

</p><p style=”text-align: center;”><em>12
Before destruction one’s heart is haughty,
but humility goes before honour.</em>

</p><p style=”text-align: center;”><em>13
If one gives answer before hearing,
it is folly and shame.</em>

</p><p style=”text-align: center;”><em>14
The human spirit will endure sickness;
but a broken spirit—who can bear?</em>

</p><p style=”text-align: center;”><em>15
An intelligent mind acquires knowledge,
and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.</em>

</p><p style=”text-align: center;”><em>16
A gift opens doors;
it gives access to the great.</em>

</p><p style=”text-align: center;”><em>17
The one who first states a case seems right,
until the other comes and cross-examines.</em>

</p><p style=”text-align: center;”><em>18
Casting the lot puts an end to disputes
and decides between powerful contenders.</em>

</p><p style=”text-align: center;”><em>19
An ally offended is stronger than a city;
such quarrelling is like the bars of a castle.</em>

</p><p style=”text-align: center;”><em>20
From the fruit of the mouth one’s stomach is satisfied;
the yield of the lips brings satisfaction.</em>

</p><p style=”text-align: center;”><em>21
Death and life are in the power of the tongue,
and those who love it will eat its fruits.</em>

</p><p style=”text-align: center;”><em>22
He who finds a wife finds a good thing,
and obtains favour from the Lord.</em>

</p><p style=”text-align: center;”><em>23
The poor use entreaties,
but the rich answer roughly.</em>

</p><p style=”text-align: center;”><em>24
Some friends play at friendship
but a true friend sticks closer than one’s nearest kin.</em></p>

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