1 He that separates himself seeks [his own] desire; he breaks out against all sound wisdom.
2 A fool has no delight in understanding, but only that his heart may lay itself bare.
3 When the wicked comes, scorn also comes, and with shame comes reproach.
4 The words of a man's mouth are like deep waters; the fountain of wisdom [is like] a flowing stream.
5 [It is] not good to favor the person of the wicked, [nor] to overthrow the righteous in judgment.
6 A fool's lips enter into argument, 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 [are] as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.
9 Also he who is slack in his work is brother to a great destroyer.
10 The name of the LORD [is] a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe.
11 The rich man's wealth [is] his strong city, and as a high wall in his own mind.
12 Before shattering, the heart of man is proud, and before honor [is] humility.
13 If one answers a matter before he hears, it [is] folly and shame to him.
14 The spirit of a man will nourish his sickness, but a wounded spirit who can bear?
15 The heart of the prudent gets knowledge, 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 first in his cause [seems] just, [but] his neighbor comes and searches him.
18 The lot causes arguments to cease, and divides between the mighty.
19 A brother offended [is like] a strong city; and [their] disagreements [are] like the bars of a fortress.
20 A man's belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; he shall be satisfied with the product of his lips.
21 Death and life [are] in the power of the tongue, and those who love it shall eat the fruit of it.
22 [Whoever] finds a wife finds good and gets favor from the LORD.
23 The poor speaks humble requests, but the rich answers roughly.
24 A man who has friends may be broken up, but there is a Lover who sticks closer than a brother.