Proverbs 18:17-24

The first [a]to plead his case seems right,
Until [b]another comes and examines him.
The cast lot puts an end to strife
And [c]decides between the mighty ones.
A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city,
And contentions are like the bars of a citadel.
With the [d]fruit of a man’s mouth his stomach will be satisfied;
He will be satisfied with the product of his lips.
Death and life are in the [e]power of the tongue,
And those who love it will eat its fruit.
He who finds a wife finds a good thing
And obtains favor from the Lord.
The poor man utters supplications,
But the rich man answers roughly.
A man of too many friends comes to [f]ruin,
But there is a [g]friend who sticks closer than a brother.

  1. Proverbs 18:17 Lit in his plea
  2. Proverbs 18:17 Lit his neighbor
  3. Proverbs 18:18 Lit makes a division
  4. Proverbs 18:20 I.e. speech
  5. Proverbs 18:21 Lit hand
  6. Proverbs 18:24 Lit be broken in pieces
  7. Proverbs 18:24 Or lover

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Proverbs 19:1-2

On Life and Conduct

Better is a poor man who walks in his integrity
Than he who is perverse in [a]speech and is a fool.
Also it is not good for a person to be without knowledge,
And he who hurries [b]his footsteps [c]errs.

  1. Proverbs 19:1 Lit his lips
  2. Proverbs 19:2 Lit with his feet
  3. Proverbs 19:2 Lit sins

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