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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. 19:15Deut. 1:17De 16:19Ps. 82:2Prov. 17:15judgment.
6A fool’s lips enter into contention,
And his mouth calls for blows.
7#Ps. 64:8Ps 140:9Prov. 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. 22:2Ps. 18:2Ps 61:3Ps 91:2Ps 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. 15:33Pr 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. 32:20211 Sam. 25:27Prov. 17:8Pr 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. 12:14Pr 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. 12:13Pr 13:3Matt. 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. 12:4Ge 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 2:36roughly.
24A man who has friends must himself be friendly,
#Prov. 17:17(John 15:1415)But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
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