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The Holy Bible: King James Version. 2000.
The Proverbs

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 discover 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 judgement.
6  A fool's lips enter into contention,
and his mouth calleth 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  He also that is slothful in his work
is brother to 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 man's wealth is his strong city,
and as a high wall in his own conceit.
12  Before destruction the heart of man is haughty;
and before honor is humility.
13  He that answereth a matter before he heareth it,
it is folly and shame unto him.
14  The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity;
but a wounded spirit who can bear?
15  The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge;
and the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge.
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 neighbor 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  A man's belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth;
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 thereof.
22  Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing,
and obtaineth favor of the LORD.
23  The poor useth entreaties;
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.

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