18:1 Through desire a man, having separated himself, seeketh
[and] intermeddleth with all wisdom.
18:2 A fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart
may reveal itself.
18:3 When the wicked cometh, [then] cometh also contempt, and
with ignominy reproach.
18:4 The words of a man's mouth [are as] deep waters, [and] the
well-spring of wisdom [as] a flowing brook.
18:5 [It is] not good to accept the person of the wicked, to
overthrow the righteous in judgment.
18:6 A fool's lips enter into contention, and his mouth calleth
18:7 A fool's mouth [is] his destruction, and his lips [are] the
snare of his soul.
18:8 The words of a tale-bearer [are] as wounds, and they go
down into the innermost parts of the belly.
18:9 He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that
is a great waster.
18:10 The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous
runneth into it, and is safe.
18:11 The rich man's wealth [is] his strong city, and as a high
wall in his own conceit.
18:12 Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before
honor [is] humility.
18:13 He that answereth a matter before he heareth [it], it [is]
folly and shame to him.
18:14 The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a
wounded spirit who can bear?
18:15 The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge; and the ear of
the wise seeketh knowledge.
18:16 A man's gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before
18:17 [He that is] first in his own cause [seemeth] just; but
his neighbor cometh and searcheth him.
18:18 The lot causeth contentions to cease, and parteth between
18:19 A brother offended [is harder to be won] than a strong
city: and [their] contentions [are] like the bars of a castle.
18:20 A man's belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his
mouth; [and] with the increase of his lips shall he be filled.
18:21 Death and life [are] in the power of the tongue: and they
that love it shall eat the fruit of it.
18:22 [Whoever] findeth a wife findeth a good [thing], and
obtaineth favor from the LORD.
18:23 The poor useth entreaties; but the rich answereth roughly.
18:24 A man [that hath] friends must show himself friendly: and
there is a friend [that] sticketh closer than a brother.