Provérbios 18

1 Through desire a man, having separated himself, seeketh [and] intermeddleth with all wisdom.

2 A fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart may reveal itself.

3 When the wicked cometh, [then] cometh also contempt, and with ignominy reproach.

4 The words of a man's mouth [are as] deep waters, [and] the wellspring of wisdom [as] a flowing brook.

5 [It is] not good to accept the person of the wicked, to overthrow the righteous in judgment.

6 A fooles lips come with strife, & his mouth calleth for stripes.

7 A fooles mouth is his owne destruction, and his lips are a snare for his soule.

8 The words of a talebearer [are] as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.

9 He also that is slouthfull in his worke, is euen the brother of him that is a great waster.

10 The name of the LORD [is] a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.

11 The rich mans riches are his strong citie: and as an hie wall in his imagination.

12 Before destruction the heart of a man is hautie, and before glory goeth lowlines.

13 He that answereth a matter before hee heare it, it is folly and shame vnto him.

14 The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear?

15 A wise heart getteth knowledge, and the eare of the wise seeketh learning.

16 A man's gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men.

17 [He that is] first in his own cause [seemeth] just; but his neighbour cometh and searcheth him.

18 The lot causeth contentions to cease, and parteth between the mighty.

19 A brother offended [is harder to be won] than a strong city: and [their] contentions [are] like the bars of a castle.

20 With the fruite of a mans 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 the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit of it.

22 [Whoever] findeth a wife findeth a good [thing], and obtaineth favour from the LORD.

23 The poore speaketh with prayers: but the rich answereth roughly.

24 A man [that hath] friends must show himself friendly: and there is a friend [that] sticketh closer than a brother.