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and against all sound judgment starts quarrels.
but delight in airing their own opinions.x
and with shame comes reproach.
4 The words of the mouth are deep waters,y
but the fountain of wisdom is a rushing stream.
5 It is not good to be partial to the wickedz
and so deprive the innocent of justice.a
and their mouths invite a beating.b
they go down to the inmost parts.e
is brother to one who destroys.f
10 The name of the Lord is a fortified tower;g
the righteous run to it and are safe.h
11 The wealth of the rich is their fortified city;i
they imagine it a wall too high to scale.
but humility comes before honor.j
that is folly and shame.k
but a crushed spirit who can bear?l
15 The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge,m
for the ears of the wise seek it out.
16 A giftn opens the way
and ushers the giver into the presence of the great.
until someone comes forward and cross-examines.
18 Casting the lot settles disputeso
and keeps strong opponents apart.
19 A brother wrongedp is more unyielding than a fortified city;
disputes are like the barred gates of a citadel.
with the harvest of their lips they are satisfied.q
21 The tongue has the power of life and death,r
and those who love it will eat its fruit.s
22 He who finds a wife finds what is goodt
and receives favor from the Lord.u
but the rich answer harshly.
but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.v
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