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[1] He that hath a mind to depart from a friend seeketh occasions: he shall ever be subject to reproach. [2] A fool receiveth not the words of prudence: unless thou say those things which are in his heart. [3] The wicked man when he is come into the depth of sins, contemneth: but ignominy and reproach follow him. [4] Words from the mouth of a man are as deep water: and the fountain of wisdom as an overflowing stream. [5] It is not good to accept the person of the wicked, to decline from the truth of judgment.

[6] The lips of a fool intermeddle with strife: and his mouth provoketh quarrels. [7] The mouth of a fool is his destruction: and his lips are the ruin of his soul. [8] The words of the double tongued are as if they were harmless: and they reach even to the inner parts of the bowels. Fear casteth down the slothful: and the souls of the effeminate shall be hungry. [9] He that is loose and slack in his work, is the brother of him that wasteth his own works. [10] The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the just runneth to it, and shall be exalted.

[11] The substance of the rich man is the city of his strength, and as a strong wall compassing him about. [12] Before destruction, the heart of a man is exalted: and before he be glorified, it is humbled. [13] He that answereth before he heareth sheweth himself to be a fool, and worthy of confusion. [14] The spirit of a man upholdeth his infirmity: but a spirit that is easily angered, who can bear? [15] A wise heart shall acquire knowledge: and the ear of the wise seeketh instruction.

[16] A man's gift enlargeth his way, and maketh him room before princes. [17] The just is first accuser of himself: his friend cometh, and shall search him. [18] The lot suppresseth contentions, and determineth even between the mighty. [19] A brother that is helped by his brother, is like a strong city: and judgments are like the bars of cities. [20] Of the fruit of a man's mouth shall his belly be satisfied: and the offspring of his lips shall fill him.

[21] Death and life are in the power of the tongue: they that love it, shall eat the fruits thereof. [22] He that hath found a good wife, hath found a good thing, and shall receive a pleasure from the Lord. He that driveth away a good wife, driveth away a good thing: but he that keepeth an adulteress, is foolish and wicked. [23] The poor will speak with supplications, and the rich will speak roughly. [24] A man amiable in society, shall be more friendly than a brother.

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