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.
- Proverbs 18:17 Lit in his plea
- Proverbs 18:17 Lit his neighbor
- Proverbs 18:18 Lit makes a division
- Proverbs 18:20 I.e. speech
- Proverbs 18:21 Lit hand
- Proverbs 18:24 Lit be broken in pieces
- Proverbs 18:24 Or lover