Provérbios 18

1 Whosoever goes astray seeks according to his own lust and shall meddle with every doctrine.

2 A fool has no delight in understanding, but in that which his own heart discovers.

3 When the wicked comes, then comes also contempt, and with him who dishonours, reproach.

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

5 To respect the person of the wicked so that the righteous loses that which is rightfully his is not good.

6 A fool's lips enter into contention, and his mouth calls for strokes.

7 A fool's mouth [is] his destruction, and his lips [are] the snare of his soul.

8 The words of a talebearer seem smooth, but they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.

9 He also that is negligent in his work is brother to him that is the great spendthrift.

10 The name of the LORD [is] a strong tower: the righteous shall run into it, and be raised up.

11 The rich man's wealth [is] his strong city and as a high wall in his imagination.

12 Before being broken, the heart of man is haughty, and before coming into honour, [comes] being brought to humility.

13 [For] him that answers a word before he hears, it [is] folly and reproach unto him.

14 The spirit of man will bear his infirmity, but a broken spirit who can bear?

15 The heart of the man of understanding acquires wisdom, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.

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

17 The [one who is] just is first in his cause, his adversary comes and seeks him out.

18 The lot causes contentions to cease and decides 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 A man's belly shall be filled with the fruit of his mouth, [and] with the product of his lips shall he be filled.

21 Death and life [are] in the power of the tongue, and those that love it shall eat its fruit.

22 [Whosoever] found a wife found a good [thing] and has attained the favour of the LORD.

23 The poor uses intreaties, but the rich answer roughly.

24 The man [that has] friends must show himself to be a friend, and there is a friend [that] sticks closer than a brother.: