18 The one who lives alone is self-indulgent,
showing contempt for all who have sound judgment.a
but only in expressing personal opinion.
and with dishonor comes disgrace.
the fountain of wisdom is a gushing stream.
or to subvert the innocent in judgment.
and a fool’s mouth invites a flogging.
and their lips a snare to themselves.
they go down into the inner parts of the body.
is close kin to a vandal.
the righteous run into it and are safe.
in their imagination it is like a high wall.
but humility goes before honor.
it is folly and shame.
but a broken spirit—who can bear?
and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.
it gives access to the great.
until the other comes and cross-examines.
and decides between powerful contenders.
19 An ally offended is stronger than a city;b
such quarreling is like the bars of a castle.
the yield of the lips brings satisfaction.
and those who love it will eat its fruits.
and obtains favor from the Lord.
but the rich answer roughly.
but a true friend sticks closer than one’s nearest kin.
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