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  chapter 18
  

PROVERBS OF PERSONAL VIRTUE IN SOCIAL LIFE (18:1-24)

¤Concerning fools and the wicked

Proverbs 18:4 1
A man who isolates himself seeks his own desire; He rages against all wise judgment. 2 A fool has no delight in understanding, But in expressing his own heart. 3 When the wicked comes, contempt comes also; And with dishonor comes reproach. 4 The words of a man's mouth are deep waters; The wellspring of wisdom is a flowing brook. 5 It is not good to show partiality to the wicked, Or to overthrow the righteous in judgment. 6 A fool's lips enter into contention, And his mouth calls for blows. 7 A fool's mouth is his destruction, And his lips are the snare of his soul.
Proverbs 18:8

¤Talebearers and the lazy

8 The words of
a talebearer are like tasty trifles , And they go down into the inmost body. 9 He who is slothful in his work Is a brother to him who is a great destroyer.

¤True and false refuge

10
The name of the LORD is a strong tower ; The righteous run to it and are safe.

¤Two indisputable facts

11
The rich man's wealth is his strong city, And like a high wall in his own esteem. 12 Before destruction the heart of a man is haughty, And before honor is humility.

¤Common error

13 He who answers a matter before he hears it, It is
folly and shame to him.

¤Value of a strong spirit

14 The spirit of a man will sustain him in sickness, But who can bear
a broken spirit?

¤How to get knowledge

15 The heart of the prudent acquires knowledge, And the ear of the wise seeks
knowledge.

¤How to climb socially

16
A man's gift makes room for him, And brings him before great men.

¤How to fall socially

17
The first one to plead his cause seems right, Until his neighbor comes and examines him.

¤Casting lots

18 Casting lots
causes contentions to cease, And keeps the mighty apart.

¤A hard job

19
A brother offended is harder to win than a strong city, And contentions are like the bars of a castle.

¤A must for all men

20 A man's stomach shall be satisfied
from the fruit of his mouth, From the produce of his lips he shall be filled.

¤Source of death and life

21 Death and life are in the power of
the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.

¤Twofold blessing

22
He who finds a wife finds a good thing, And obtains favor from the LORD.

¤Power of money

23 The poor man uses
entreaties, But the rich answers roughly.

¤How to win friends

24 A man who has friends must himself be
friendly, But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

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