Proverbs 18:7-16

The mouths of fools are their undoing,
    and their lips are a snare to their very lives.

The words of a gossip are like choice morsels;
    they go down to the inmost parts.

One who is slack in his work
    is brother to one who destroys.

The name of the Lord is a fortified tower;
    the righteous run to it and are safe.

The wealth of the rich is their fortified city;
    they imagine it a wall too high to scale.

Before a downfall the heart is haughty,
    but humility comes before honor.

To answer before listening—
    that is folly and shame.

The human spirit can endure in sickness,
    but a crushed spirit who can bear?

The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge,
    for the ears of the wise seek it out.

A gift opens the way
    and ushers the giver into the presence of the great.

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