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1One who isolates himself pursues selfish desires;
he rebels against all sound judgment.
2A fool does not delight in understanding,
but only wants to show off his opinions. # Lit to uncover his heart #Pr 12:23|NoBook| 13:16Ec 10:3
3When a wicked man comes, contempt also does,
and along with dishonor, disgrace.
4The words of a man’s mouth are deep waters, #Pr 20:5
a flowing river, a fountain of wisdom. # Or waters; a fountain of wisdom is a flowing river.
5It is not good to show partiality to the guilty #Lv 19:15Dt 1:17|NoBook| 24:17Ps 15:5|NoBook| 82:2Pr 24:23-24|NoBook| 28:21
by perverting the justice due the innocent. #Pr 17:15
6A fool’s lips lead to strife,
and his mouth provokes a beating. #Pr 19:29
7A fool’s mouth is his devastation,
and his lips are a trap for his life. #Ps 64:8|NoBook| 140:9Pr 10:14|NoBook| 12:13|NoBook| 13:3Ec 10:12
8A gossip’s words are like choice food
that goes down to one’s innermost being. # Lit to the chambers of the belly #Pr 26:22
9The one who is truly lazy in his work
is brother to a vandal. # Lit master of destruction #Pr 28:24
10The name of Yahweh is a strong tower; #Ps 18:2|NoBook| 61:3|NoBook| 91:2|NoBook| 144:2
the righteous run to it and are protected. # Lit raised high #Pr 29:25
11A rich man’s wealth is his fortified city;
in his imagination it is like a high wall. #Pr 10:15
12Before his downfall a man’s heart is proud, #Pr 16:18
but humility comes before honor. #Pr 11:2|NoBook| 15:33|NoBook| 29:23
13The one who gives an answer before he listens —
this is foolishness and disgrace for him. #Pr 15:28
14A man’s spirit can endure sickness,
but who can survive a broken spirit? #Pr 15:13|NoBook| 17:22
15The mind of the discerning acquires knowledge,
and the ear of the wise seeks it. #Pr 14:33|NoBook| 15:14
16A gift opens doors # Lit gift makes room for a man
and brings him before the great. #Gn 32:201Sm 25:27Pr 17:8|NoBook| 19:6|NoBook| 21:14
17The first to state his case seems right
until another comes and cross-examines him. #1Kg 3:16-28
18Casting the lot #Pr 16:33 ends quarrels
and separates powerful opponents.
19An offended brother is harder to reach # LXX, Syr, Tg, Vg read is stronger
than a fortified city,
and quarrels are like the bars of a fortress.
20From the fruit of his mouth a man’s stomach is satisfied;
he is filled with the product of his lips. #Pr 1:31|NoBook| 12:14|NoBook| 14:14
21Life and death are in the power of the tongue,
and those who love it will eat its fruit. #Pr 13:2Mt 12:37|NoBook| 15:11Jms 3:8
22A man who finds a wife finds a good thing #Pr 12:4|NoBook| 19:1431:10-31
and obtains favor from the Lord. #Pr 8:35
23The poor man pleads, #Pr 19:7
but the rich one answers roughly. #Jms 2:6
24A man with many friends may be harmed, # Some LXX mss, Syr, Tg, Vg read friends must be friendly
but there is a friend who stays closer than a brother. #Pr 17:17|NoBook| 27:10Jn 15:13

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