1A man who isolates himself seeks his own desire;
He rages against all wise judgment.
2A fool has no delight in understanding,
But in expressing his #Eccl. 10:3own heart.
3When the wicked comes, contempt comes also;
And with dishonor comes reproach.
4#Prov. 10:11The words of a man’s mouth are deep waters;
#(James 3:17)The wellspring of wisdom is a flowing brook.
5It is not good to show partiality to the wicked,
Or to overthrow the righteous in #Lev. 19:15; Deut. 1:17; 16:19; Ps. 82:2; Prov. 17:15judgment.
6A fool’s lips enter into contention,
And his mouth calls for blows.
7#Ps. 64:8; 140:9; Prov. 10:14A fool’s mouth is his destruction,
And his lips are the snare of his #Eccl. 10:12soul.
8#Prov. 12:18The words of a talebearer are like tasty trifles,
And they go down into the inmost body.
9He who is slothful in his work
Is a brother to him who is a great destroyer.
10The name of the Lord is a strong #2 Sam. 22:2, 3, 33; Ps. 18:2; 61:3; 91:2; 144:2tower;
The righteous run to it and are safe.
11The rich man’s wealth is his strong city,
And like a high wall in his own esteem.
12#Prov. 15:33; 16:18Before destruction the heart of a man is haughty,
And before honor is humility.
13He who answers a matter before he hears it,
It is folly and shame to him.
14The spirit of a man will sustain him in sickness,
But who can bear a broken spirit?
15The heart of the prudent acquires knowledge,
And the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.
16#Gen. 32:20, 21; 1 Sam. 25:27; Prov. 17:8; 21:14A man’s gift makes room for him,
And brings him before great men.
17The first one to plead his cause seems right,
Until his neighbor comes and examines him.
18Casting #(Prov. 16:33)lots causes contentions to cease,
And keeps the mighty apart.
19A brother offended is harder to win than a strong city,
And contentions are like the bars of a castle.
20#Prov. 12:14; 14:14A man’s stomach shall be satisfied from the fruit of his mouth;
From the produce of his lips he shall be filled.
21#Prov. 12:13; 13:3; Matt. 12:37Death and life are in the power of the tongue,
And those who love it will eat its fruit.
22#Gen. 2:18; (Prov. 12:4; 19:14)He who finds a wife finds a good thing,
And obtains favor from the Lord.
23The poor man uses entreaties,
But the rich answers #James 2:3, 6roughly.
24A man who has friends must himself be friendly,
#Prov. 17:17; (John 15:14, 15)But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.