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18 The one who lives alone is self-indulgent,

showing contempt for all who have sound judgment.a

2 A fool takes no pleasure in understanding,

but only in expressing personal opinion.

3 When wickedness comes, contempt comes also;

and with dishonor comes disgrace.

4 The words of the mouth are deep waters;

the fountain of wisdom is a gushing stream.

5 It is not right to be partial to the guilty,

or to subvert the innocent in judgment.

6 A fool’s lips bring strife,

and a fool’s mouth invites a flogging.

7 The mouths of fools are their ruin,

and their lips a snare to themselves.

8 The words of a whisperer are like delicious morsels;

they go down into the inner parts of the body.

9 One who is slack in work

is close kin to a vandal.

10 The name of the Lord is a strong tower;

the righteous run into it and are safe.

11 The wealth of the rich is their strong city;

in their imagination it is like a high wall.

12 Before destruction one’s heart is haughty,

but humility goes before honor.

13 If one gives answer before hearing,

it is folly and shame.

14 The human spirit will endure sickness;

but a broken spirit—who can bear?

15 An intelligent mind acquires knowledge,

and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.

16 A gift opens doors;

it gives access to the great.

17 The one who first states a case seems right,

until the other comes and cross-examines.

18 Casting the lot puts an end to disputes

and decides between powerful contenders.

19 An ally offended is stronger than a city;b

such quarreling is like the bars of a castle.

20 From the fruit of the mouth one’s stomach is satisfied;

the yield of the lips brings satisfaction.

21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue,

and those who love it will eat its fruits.

22 He who finds a wife finds a good thing,

and obtains favor from the Lord.

23 The poor use entreaties,

but the rich answer roughly.

24 Somec friends play at friendshipd

but a true friend sticks closer than one’s nearest kin.


About The New Revised Standard Version

The original Revised Standard Version served as a standard for nearly forty years. The New Revised Standard Version with Apocrypha maintains the traditions of the older version with fresh new vocabulary and modern English construction.


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