181 He who separates himself seeks his own desire , He quarrels against all sound wisdom .

2 A fool does not delight in understanding , But only in revealing his own mind .

3 When a wicked man comes , contempt also comes , And with dishonor comes scorn .

4 The words of a man's mouth are deep waters ; The fountain of wisdom is a bubbling brook .

5 To show partiality e to the wicked is not good , Nor to thrust aside the righteous in judgment .

6 A fool's lips bring strife , And his mouth calls for blows . 7 A fool's mouth is his ruin , And his lips are the snare of his soul .

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

9 He also who is slack in his work Is brother to him who destroys .

10 The name of the Lord is a strong tower ; The righteous runs into it and is safe .

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

12 Before destruction the heart of man is haughty , But humility goes before honor .

13 He who gives an answer before he hears , It is folly and shame to him.

14 The spirit of a man can endure his sickness , But as for a broken spirit who can bear it?

15 The mind of the prudent acquires knowledge , And the ear of the wise seeks knowledge .

16 A man's gift makes room for him And brings him before great men .

17 The first to plead his case seems right , Until another comes and examines him.

18 The cast lot puts an end to strife And decides between the mighty ones.

19 A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city , And contentions are like the bars of a citadel .

20 With the fruit of a man's mouth his stomach will be satisfied ; He will be satisfied with the product of his lips .

21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue , And those who love it will eat its fruit .

22 He who finds a wife finds a good thing And obtains favor from the Lord .

23 The poor man utters supplications , But the rich man answers roughly .

24 A man of too many friends comes to ruin , But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother .