1He who is estranged#18.1 Heb separated seeks pretexts#18.1 Gk Vg: Heb desire
to break out against all sound judgment.
2A fool takes no pleasure in understanding,
but only in expressing his opinion.
3When wickedness comes, contempt comes also;
and with dishonor comes disgrace.
4The words of a man's mouth are deep waters;
the fountain of wisdom is a gushing stream.
5It is not good to be partial to a wicked man,
or to deprive a righteous man of justice.
6A fool's lips bring strife,
and his mouth invites a flogging.
7A fool's mouth is his ruin,
and his lips are a snare to himself.
8The words of a whisperer are like delicious morsels;
they go down into the inner parts of the body.
9He who is slack in his work
is a brother to him who destroys.
10The name of the Lord is a strong tower;
the righteous man runs into it and is safe.
11A rich man's wealth is his strong city,
and like a high wall protecting him.#18.11 Or in his imagination
12Before destruction a man's heart is haughty,
but humility goes before honor.
13If one gives answer before he hears,
it is his folly and shame.
14A man's spirit will endure sickness;
but a broken spirit who can bear?
15An intelligent mind acquires knowledge,
and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.
16A man's gift makes room for him
and brings him before great men.
17He who states his case first seems right,
until the other comes and examines him.
18The lot puts an end to disputes
and decides between powerful contenders.
19A brother helped is like a strong city,#18.19 Gk Syr Vg Tg: The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain
but quarreling is like the bars of a castle.
20From the fruit of his mouth a man is satisfied;
he is satisfied by the yield of his lips.
21Death and life are in the power of the tongue,
and those who love it will eat its fruits.
22He who finds a wife finds a good thing,
and obtains favor from the Lord.
23The poor use entreaties,
but the rich answer roughly.
24There are#18.24 Syr Tg: Heb A man of friends who pretend to be friends,#18.24 Cn Compare Syr Vg Tg: Heb to be broken
but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.