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Chapter 18

1For [an object of] desire he who is separated doth seek, With all wisdom he intermeddleth. 2A fool delighteth not in understanding, But -- in uncovering his heart. 3With the coming of the wicked come also hath contempt, And with shame -- reproach. 4Deep waters [are] the words of a man`s mouth, The fountain of wisdom [is] a flowing brook. 5Acceptance of the face of the wicked [is] not good, To turn aside the righteous in judgment. 6The lips of a fool enter into strife, And his mouth for stripes calleth. 7The mouth of a fool [is] ruin to him, And his lips [are] the snare of his soul. 8The words of a tale-bearer [are] as self-inflicted wounds, And they have gone down [to] the inner parts of the heart. 9He also that is remiss in his work, A brother he [is] to a destroyer. 10A tower of strength [is] the name of Jehovah, Into it the righteous runneth, and is set on high. 11The wealth of the rich [is] the city of his strength, And as a wall set on high in his own imagination. 12Before destruction the heart of man is high, And before honour [is] humility. 13Whoso is answering a matter before he heareth, Folly it is to him and shame. 14The spirit of a man sustaineth his sickness, And a smitten spirit who doth bear? 15The heart of the intelligent getteth knowledge, And the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge. 16The gift of a man maketh room for him, And before the great it leadeth him. 17Righteous [is] the first in his own cause, His neighbour cometh and hath searched him. 18The lot causeth contentions to cease, And between the mighty it separateth. 19A brother transgressed against is as a strong city, And contentions as the bar of a palace. 20From the fruit of a man`s mouth is his belly satisfied, [From the] increase of his lips he is satisfied. 21Death and life [are] in the power of the tongue, And those loving it eat its fruit. 22[Whoso] hath found a wife hath found good, And bringeth out good-will from Jehovah. 23[With] supplications doth the poor speak, And the rich answereth fierce things. 24A man with friends [is] to show himself friendly, And there is a lover adhering more than a brother!

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