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Proverbs 18

 1  Unfriendly people care only about themselves;
  they lash out at common sense.

 2  Fools have no interest in understanding; they only want to air their own opinions.  3  Doing wrong leads to disgrace,
  and scandalous behavior brings contempt.

 4  Wise words are like deep waters;
  wisdom flows from the wise like a bubbling brook.

 5  It is not right to acquit the guilty
  or deny justice to the innocent.

 6  Fools' words get them into constant quarrels;
  they are asking for a beating.

 7  The mouths of fools are their ruin;
  they trap themselves with their lips.

 8  Rumors are dainty morsels
  that sink deep into one's heart.

 9  A lazy person is as bad as
  someone who destroys things.

 10  The name of the LORD is a strong fortress; the godly run to him and are safe.  11  The rich think of their wealth as a strong defense;
  they imagine it to be a high wall of safety.

 12  Haughtiness goes before destruction;
  humility precedes honor.

 13  Spouting off before listening to the facts
  is both shameful and foolish.

 14  The human spirit can endure a sick body,
  but who can bear a crushed spirit?

 15  Intelligent people are always ready to learn.
  Their ears are open for knowledge.

 16  Giving a gift can open doors;
  it gives access to important people!

 17  The first to speak in court sounds right—
  until the cross-examination begins.

 18  Flipping a coin can end arguments;
  it settles disputes between powerful opponents.

 19  An offended friend is harder to win back than a fortified city.
  Arguments separate friends like a gate locked with bars.

 20  Wise words satisfy like a good meal;
  the right words bring satisfaction.

 21  The tongue can bring death or life;
  those who love to talk will reap the consequences.

 22  The man who finds a wife finds a treasure,
  and he receives favor from the LORD.

 23  The poor plead for mercy;
  the rich answer with insults.

 24  There are "friends" who destroy each other, but a real friend sticks closer than a brother.
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