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Proverbs 18:3-5 American Standard Version (ASV)

When the wicked cometh, there cometh also contempt,
And with ignominy cometh reproach.
The words of a man’s mouth are as deep waters;
[a]The wellspring of wisdom is as a flowing brook.
To respect the person of the wicked is not good,
[b]Nor to turn aside the righteous in judgment.


  1. Proverbs 18:4 Or, A flowing brook, a wellspring of wisdom
  2. Proverbs 18:5 Or, So as to turn aside

Proverbs 18:3-5 New International Version (NIV)

When wickedness comes, so does contempt,
    and with shame comes reproach.

The words of the mouth are deep waters,
    but the fountain of wisdom is a rushing stream.

It is not good to be partial to the wicked
    and so deprive the innocent of justice.

New International Version (NIV)

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