Proverbs 18
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1He who is separated seeks [his own] desire, "" He interferes with all wisdom.

2A fool does not delight in understanding, "" But in uncovering his heart.

3Contempt has also come with the coming of the wicked, "" And with shame—reproach.

4The words of a man’s mouth [are] deep waters, "" The fountain of wisdom [is] a flowing brook.

5Favoring of the face of the wicked [is] not good, "" To turn aside the righteous in judgment.

6The lips of a fool enter into strife, "" And his mouth calls for stripes.

7The mouth of a fool [is] ruin to him, "" And his lips [are] the snare of his soul.

8The words of a tale-bearer [are] as self-inflicted wounds, "" And they have gone down [to] the inner parts of the heart.

9He also that is remiss in his work, "" He [is] a brother to a destroyer.

10The Name of YHWH [is] a tower of strength, "" The righteous runs into it, and is set on high.

11The wealth of the rich [is] the city of his strength, "" And as a wall set on high in his own imagination.

12The heart of man is high before destruction, "" And humility [is] before honor.

13Whoever is answering a matter before he hears, "" It is folly to him—and shame.

14The spirit of a man sustains his sickness, "" And who bears a struck spirit?

15The heart of the intelligent gets knowledge, "" And the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.

16The gift of a man makes room for him, "" And it leads him before the great.

17The first in his own cause [seems] righteous, "" [But] his neighbor comes and has searched him.

18The lot causes contentions to cease, "" And it separates between the mighty.

19A brother transgressed against is as a strong city, "" And contentions as the bar of a palace.

20From the fruit of a man’s mouth is his belly satisfied, "" [From the] increase of his lips he is satisfied.

21Death and life [are] in the power of the tongue, "" And those loving it eat its fruit.

22[Whoever] has found a wife has found good, "" And brings out goodwill from YHWH.

23The poor speaks [with] supplications, "" And the rich answers fierce things.

24A man with friends—to show himself friendly, "" And there is a lover adhering more than a brother!

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