Proverbs 18 American Standard Version

18 1  He that separateth himself seeketh [his own] desire, And rageth against all sound wisdom.

2  A fool hath no delight in understanding, But only that his heart may reveal itself.

3  When the wicked cometh, there cometh also contempt, And with ignominy [cometh] reproach.

4  The words of a man's mouth are [as] deep waters; The wellspring of wisdom is [as] a flowing brook.

5  To respect the person of the wicked is not good, [Nor] to turn aside the righteous in judgment.

6  A fool's lips enter into contention, And his mouth calleth for stripes. 7  A fool's mouth is his destruction, And his lips are the snare of his soul.

8  The words of a whisperer are as dainty morsels, And they go down into the innermost parts.

9  He also that is slack in his work Is brother to him that is a destroyer.

10  The name of Jehovah is a strong tower; The righteous runneth into it, and is safe.

11  The rich man's wealth is his strong city, And as a high wall in his own imagination.

12  Before destruction the heart of man is haughty; And before honor [goeth] humility.

13  He that giveth answer before he heareth, It is folly and shame unto him.

14  The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; But a broken spirit who can bear?

15  The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge; And the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge.

16  A man's gift maketh room for him, And bringeth him before great men.

17  He that pleadeth his cause first [seemeth] just; But his neighbor cometh and searcheth him out.

18  The lot causeth contentions to cease, And parteth between the mighty.

19  A brother offended [is harder to be won] than a strong city; And [such] contentions are like the bars of a castle.

20  A man's belly shall be filled with the fruit of his mouth; With the increase of his lips shall he be satisfied.

21  Death and life are in the power of the tongue; And they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

22  Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, And obtaineth favor of Jehovah.

23  The poor useth entreaties; But the rich answereth roughly.

24  He that maketh many friends [doeth it] to his own destruction; But there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.

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