1 For the desire thereof he will separate himself to seek it, and occupy himself in all wisdom.
2 A fool hath no delight in understanding: but that his heart may be discovered.
3 When the wicked cometh, then cometh contempt, and with the vile man reproach.
4 The words of a man’s mouth are like deep waters, and the wellspring of wisdom is like a flowing river.
5 It is not good to accept the person of the wicked, to cause ye righteous to fall in judgment.
6 A fool’s lips come with strife, and his mouth calleth for stripes.
7 A fool’s mouth is his own destruction, and his lips are a snare for his soul.
8 The words of a tale bearer are as flatterings, and they go down into the bowels of the belly.
9 He also that is slothful in his work, is even the brother of him that is a great waster.
10 The Name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runneth unto it, and is exalted.
11 The rich man’s riches are his strong city: and as an high wall in his imagination.
12 Before destruction the heart of a man is haughty, and before glory goeth lowliness.
13 He that answereth a matter before he hear it, it is folly and shame unto him.
14 The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity: but a wounded spirit who can bear it?
15 A wise heart getteth knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeketh learning.
16 A man’s gift enlargeth him, and leadeth him before great men.
17 He that is first in his own cause, is just: then cometh his neighbor, and maketh inquiry of him.
18 The lot causeth contentions to cease, and maketh a partition among the mighty.
19 A brother offended is harder to win than a strong city, and their contentions are like the bar of a palace.
20 With the fruit of a man’s mouth shall his belly be satisfied, and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled.
21 Death and life are in the power of ye tongue, and they that love it, shall eat the fruit thereof.
22 He that findeth a wife, findeth a good thing, and receiveth favor of the Lord.
23 The poor speaketh with prayers: but the rich answereth roughly.
24 A man that hath friends, ought to shew himself friendly: for a friend is nearer than a brother.
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