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Chapter 18

18:1 For `an object of' desire he who is separated doth seek, With all wisdom he intermeddleth.

18:2 A fool delighteth not in understanding, But -- in uncovering his heart.

18:3 With the coming of the wicked come also hath contempt, And with shame -- reproach.

18:4 Deep waters `are' the words of a man's mouth, The fountain of wisdom `is' a flowing brook.

18:5 Acceptance of the face of the wicked `is' not good, To turn aside the righteous in judgment.

18:6 The lips of a fool enter into strife, And his mouth for stripes calleth.

18:7 The mouth of a fool `is' ruin to him, And his lips `are' the snare of his soul.

18:8 The words of a tale-bearer `are' as self-inflicted wounds, And they have gone down `to' the inner parts of the heart.

18:9 He also that is remiss in his work, A brother he `is' to a destroyer.

18:10 A tower of strength `is' the name of Jehovah, Into it the righteous runneth, and is set on high.

18:11 The wealth of the rich `is' the city of his strength, And as a wall set on high in his own imagination.

18:12 Before destruction the heart of man is high, And before honour `is' humility.

18:13 Whoso is answering a matter before he heareth, Folly it is to him and shame.

18:14 The spirit of a man sustaineth his sickness, And a smitten spirit who doth bear?

18:15 The heart of the intelligent getteth knowledge, And the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge.

18:16 The gift of a man maketh room for him, And before the great it leadeth him.

18:17 Righteous `is' the first in his own cause, His neighbour cometh and hath searched him.

18:18 The lot causeth contentions to cease, And between the mighty it separateth.

18:19 A brother transgressed against is as a strong city, And contentions as the bar of a palace.

18:20 From the fruit of a man's mouth is his belly satisfied, `From the' increase of his lips he is satisfied.

18:21 Death and life `are' in the power of the tongue, And those loving it eat its fruit.

18:22 `Whoso' hath found a wife hath found good, And bringeth out good-will from Jehovah.

18:23 `With' supplications doth the poor speak, And the rich answereth fierce things.

18:24 A man with friends `is' to show himself friendly, And there is a lover adhering more than a brother!

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