King James Bible

Proverbs 18:1-24

Moral, ethical, and spiritual precepts

"1 Through desire a man, having separated himself, seeketh [and] intermeddleth with all wisdom.”

“2 A fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself.”

“3 When the wicked cometh, [then] cometh also contempt, and with ignominy reproach.”

“4 The words of a man’s mouth [are as] deep waters, [and] the wellspring of wisdom [as] a flowing brook.”

“5 [It is] not good to accept the person of the wicked, to overthrow the righteous in judgment.”

“6 A fool’s lips enter into contention, and his mouth calleth for strokes. 7 A fool’s mouth [is] his destruction, and his lips [are] the snare of his soul.”

“8 The words of a talebearer [are] as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.”

“9 He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster.”

“10 The name of the LORD [is] a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.”

“11 The rich man’s wealth [is] his strong city, and as an high wall in his own conceit.”

“12 Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honour [is] humility.”

“13 He that answereth a matter before he heareth [it], it [is] folly and shame unto him.”

“14 The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear?”

“15 The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge; and the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge.”

“16 A man’s gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men.”

“17 [He that is] first in his own cause [seemeth] just; but his neighbour cometh and searcheth him.”

“18 The lot causeth contentions to cease, and parteth between the mighty.”

“19 A brother offended [is harder to be won] than a strong city: and [their] contentions [are] like the bars of a castle.”

“20 A man’s belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; [and] with the increase of his lips shall he be filled.”

“21 Death and life [are] in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.”

“22 [Whoso] findeth a wife findeth a good [thing], and obtaineth favour of the LORD.”

“23 The poor useth intreaties; but the rich answereth roughly. 24 A man [that hath] friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend [that] sticketh closer than a brother.” (Proverbs 18:1-24 AV)

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