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WHEN a man is inactive he imagines lust and mocks at good instruction.
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¶ A fool has no delight in wisdom, because his mind devises folly.
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When the wicked reaches the depths of evil, then folly comes upon him, iniquity, disgrace, and shame.
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¶ The words of a man’s mouth are like deep waters;
and the fountain of wisdom is like a flowing brook.
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¶ It is not good to respect the person of the wicked, nor to pervert justice against the righteous.
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¶ A fool’s lips enter into contention, and his mouth brings him to death,
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A fool’s mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul.
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¶ The words of a slothful man bring evil to him, and they cause him to go down into the inner chambers of Sheol.
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¶ He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him who is a destroyer.
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¶ The name of the LORD is a strong tower;
the righteous and the mighty run into it.
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¶ The rich man’s wealth is his strong city;
and his dwelling place is fenced by a strong wall.
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Before destruction the heart of a man is haughty;
and before honor is humility.
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¶ He who gives answer before he hears is a fool and a reviler.
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¶ The spirit of a man will endure his suffering;
but a distressing spirit, who can bear?
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¶ The heart of the prudent acquires wisdom;
and the ear of the wise listens to knowledge.
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¶ A man’s gifts make room for him and bring him before great men.
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¶ A man is deemed innocent in his lawsuit;
but when his neighbor comes he examines him.
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Casting lots causes contentions to cease and decides between mighty men.
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¶ A brother helped by a brother is like a city helped by its fortifications;
and his helpers are like the bars of a castle.
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¶ A man’s belly shall be satisfied with the fruits of his mouth;
and with the fruits of his lips shall he be filled.
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Death and life are in the power of the tongue;
and those who love it shall eat the fruits thereof.
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¶ He who finds a good wife finds a good thing, and obtains favor from the LORD.
And he who puts out a good wife, puts out good from his house.
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¶ The poor speak humbly;
but the rich talk of great things.
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There are friends who are merely friends;
and there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.