they lash out at common sense.
they only want to air their own opinions.
and scandalous behavior brings contempt.
wisdom flows from the wise like a bubbling brook.
or deny justice to the innocent.
they are asking for a beating.
they trap themselves with their lips.
that sink deep into one’s heart.
someone who destroys things.
the godly run to him and are safe.
they imagine it to be a high wall of safety.
humility precedes honor.
is both shameful and foolish.
but who can bear a crushed spirit?
Their ears are open for knowledge.
it gives access to important people!
until the cross-examination begins.
18 Flipping a coin* can end arguments;
it settles disputes between powerful opponents.
Arguments separate friends like a gate locked with bars.
the right words bring satisfaction.
those who love to talk will reap the consequences.
and he receives favor from the Lord.
the rich answer with insults.
but a real friend sticks closer than a brother.
18:18 Hebrew Casting lots.