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Proverbs 17

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Chapter 18

1

 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. 

 


24

 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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