1 An unfriendly person pursues selfish ends ¶ and against all sound judgment starts quarrels.
2 Fools find no pleasure in understanding ¶ but delight in airing their own opinions.
3 When wickedness comes, so does contempt, ¶ and with shame comes reproach.
4 The words of the mouth are deep waters, ¶ but the fountain of wisdom is a rushing stream.
5 It is not good to be partial to the wicked ¶ and so deprive the innocent of justice.
6 The lips of fools bring them strife, ¶ and their mouths invite a beating.
7 The mouths of fools are their undoing, ¶ and their lips are a snare to their very lives.
8 The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; ¶ they go down to the inmost parts.
9 One who is slack in his work ¶ is brother to one who destroys.
10 The name of the LORD is a fortified tower; ¶ the righteous run to it and are safe.
11 The wealth of the rich is their fortified city; ¶ they imagine it a wall too high to scale.
12 Before a downfall the heart is haughty, ¶ but humility comes before honor.
13 To answer before listening — ¶ that is folly and shame.
14 The human spirit can endure in sickness, ¶ but a crushed spirit who can bear?
15 The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge, ¶ for the ears of the wise seek it out.
16 A gift opens the way ¶ and ushers the giver into the presence of the great.
17 In a lawsuit the first to speak seems right, ¶ until someone comes forward and cross-examines.
18 Casting the lot settles disputes ¶ and keeps strong opponents apart.
19 A brother wronged is more unyielding than a fortified city; ¶ disputes are like the barred gates of a citadel.
20 From the fruit of their mouth a person's stomach is filled; ¶ with the harvest of their lips they are satisfied.
21 The tongue has the power of life and death, ¶ and those who love it will eat its fruit.
22 He who finds a wife finds what is good ¶ and receives favor from the LORD.
23 The poor plead for mercy, ¶ but the rich answer harshly.
24 One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, ¶ but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.