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18 One who isolates himself pursues selfish desires;

he rebels against all sound judgment.

A fool does not delight in understanding,

but only wants to show off his opinions. y z

When a wicked man comes, contempt also does,

and along with dishonor, disgrace.

The words of a man’s mouth are deep waters, a

a flowing river, a fountain of wisdom. b

It is not good to show partiality to the * guilty c

by perverting the justice due the innocent. d

A fool’s lips lead to strife,

and his mouth provokes a beating. e

A fool’s mouth is his devastation,

and his lips are a trap for his life. f

A gossip’s words are like choice food

that goes down to one’s innermost being. g h

The one who is truly lazy in his work

is brother to a vandal. i j

10 The name of * Yahweh is a strong tower; k

the righteous run to it and are protected. l m

11 A rich man’s wealth is his fortified city;

in his imagination it is like a high wall. n

12 Before his downfall a man’s heart is proud, o

but humility comes before honor. p

13 The one who gives an answer before he listens—

this is foolishness and disgrace for him. q

14 A man’s spirit can endure sickness,

but who can survive a broken spirit? r

15 The mind of the discerning acquires knowledge,

and the ear of the wise seeks it. s

16 A gift opens doors t for a man

and brings him before the great. u

17 The first to state his case seems right

until another comes and cross-examines him. v

18 Casting the lot w ends quarrels

and separates powerful opponents.

19 An offended brother is harder to reach x

than a fortified city,

and quarrels are like the bars of a fortress.

20 From the fruit of his mouth a man’s stomach is satisfied;

he is filled with the product of his lips. y

21 Life and death are in the power of the tongue,

and those who love it will eat its fruit. z

22 A man who finds a wife finds a good thing a

and obtains favor from the Lord. b

23 The poor man pleads, c

but the rich one answers roughly. d

24 A man with many friends may be harmed, e

but there is a friend who stays closer than a brother. f


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The complete Holman Christian Standard Bible® is now available for the first time ever! More than fifteen years in the making, crafted by the shared expertise of nearly a hundred conservative scholars and English stylists, the Holman CSB® sets the standard in painstaking biblical accuracy and pure literary form.

Accurate, yet highly readable, it's a translation committed to leaving both the grace and gravity of the original languages intact while carefully creating a smooth flow of wording for the reader.

Stylistically, this inaugural edition contributes to the clarity of the written Word, arranging the poetic portions of the Scripture into complete lines of thought, and revering God's presence on each page by capitalizing all the pronouns that refer to Him.

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