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