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18 ¶ Whosoever goes astray seeks according to his own lust and shall meddle with every doctrine.

¶ A fool has no delight in understanding, but in that which his own heart discovers.

¶ When the wicked comes, then comes also contempt, and with him who dishonours, reproach.

¶ The words of a man’s mouth are as deep waters, and the wellspring of wisdom as a flowing brook.

¶ To respect the person of the wicked so that the righteous loses that which is rightfully his is not good.

¶ A fool’s lips enter into contention, and his mouth calls for strokes.

A fool’s mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul.

¶ The words of a talebearer seem smooth, but they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.

¶ He also that is negligent in his work is brother to him that is the great spendthrift.

10 ¶ The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous shall run into it, and be raised up.

11 ¶ The rich man’s wealth is his strong city and as a high wall in his imagination.

12 ¶ Before being broken, the heart of man is haughty, and before coming into honour, comes being brought to humility.

13 For him that answers a word before he hears, it is folly and reproach unto him.

14 ¶ The spirit of man will bear his infirmity, but a broken spirit who can bear?

15 ¶ The heart of the man of understanding acquires wisdom, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.

16 ¶ A man’s gift makes room for him and brings him before great men.

17 ¶ The one who is just is first in his cause, his adversary comes and seeks him out.

18 ¶ The lot causes contentions to cease and decides 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 filled with the fruit of his mouth, and with the product of his lips shall he be filled.

21 ¶ Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those that love it shall eat its fruit.

22 Whosoever found a wife found a good thing and has attained the favour of the LORD.

23 ¶ The poor uses intreaties, but the rich answer roughly.

24 ¶ The man that has friends must show himself to be a friend, and there is a friend that sticks closer than a brother.