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Proverbs 17

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Chapter 18

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  He who keeps himself separate for his private purpose goes against all good sense.  

 

 


2


 

  A foolish man has no pleasure in good sense, but only to let what is in his heart come to light.  

 

 


3


 

  When the evil-doer comes, a low opinion comes with him, and with the loss of honour comes shame.  

 

 


4


 

  The words of a man's mouth are like deep waters: the fountain of wisdom is like a flowing stream.  

 

 


5


 

  To have respect for the person of the evil-doer is not good, or to give a wrong decision against the upright.  

 

 


6


 

  A foolish man's lips are a cause of fighting, and his mouth makes him open to blows.  

 

 


7


 

  The mouth of a foolish man is his destruction, and his lips are a net for his soul.  

 

 


8


 

  The words of one who says evil of his neighbour secretly are like sweet food, and go down into the inner parts of the stomach.  

 

 


9


 

  He who does not give his mind to his work is brother to him who makes destruction.  

 

 


10


 

  The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the upright man running into it is safe.  

 

 


11


 

  The property of a man of wealth is his strong town, and it is as a high wall in the thoughts of his heart.  

 

 


12


 

  Before destruction the heart of man is full of pride, and before honour goes a gentle spirit.  

 

 


13


 

  To give an answer before hearing is a foolish thing and a cause of shame.  

 

 


14


 

  The spirit of a man will be his support when he is ill; but how may a broken spirit be lifted up?  

 

 


15


 

  The heart of the man of good sense gets knowledge; the ear of the wise is searching for knowledge.  

 

 


16


 

  A man's offering makes room for him, letting him come before great men.  

 

 


17


 

  The man who first puts his cause before the judge seems to be in the right; but then his neighbour comes and puts his cause in its true light.  

 

 


18


 

  The decision of chance puts an end to argument, parting the strong.  

 

 


19


 

  A brother wounded is like a strong town, and violent acts are like a locked tower.  

 

 


20


 

  With the fruit of a man's mouth his stomach will be full; the produce of his lips will be his in full measure.  

 

 


21


 

  Death and life are in the power of the tongue; and those to whom it is dear will have its fruit for their food.  

 

 


22


 

  Whoever gets a wife gets a good thing, and has the approval of the Lord.  

 

 


23


 

  The poor man makes requests for grace, but the man of wealth gives a rough answer.  

 

 


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  There are friends who may be a man's destruction, but there is a lover who keeps nearer than a brother.  

 

 


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