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FRAMEWORKS: Proverbs 18 (Further) Proverbs of Solomon


[Comment: Because of the random nature of the Proverbs we will NOT add any further comment or headings divisions but leave the reader to meditate on each verse as they will.]











Proverbs of Solomon



Words of the Wise



Further words of the wise



Proverbs of Solomon copied



Words of Agur



Words of Lemuel



Poem of the good wife



v.1  An unfriendly person pursues selfish ends
    and against all sound judgment starts quarrels.


v.2  Fools find no pleasure in understanding
    but delight in airing their own opinions.


v.3  When wickedness comes, so does contempt,
    and with shame comes reproach.


v.4  The words of the mouth are deep waters,
    but the fountain of wisdom is a rushing stream.


v.5  It is not good to be partial to the wicked
    and so deprive the innocent of justice.


v.6  The lips of fools bring them strife,
    and their mouths invite a beating.


v.7  The mouths of fools are their undoing,
    and their lips are a snare to their very lives.


v.8  The words of a gossip are like choice morsels;
    they go down to the inmost parts.


v.9  One who is slack in his work
    is brother to one who destroys.


v.10  The name of the Lord is a fortified tower;
    the righteous run to it and are safe.


v.11  The wealth of the rich is their fortified city;
    they imagine it a wall too high to scale.


v.12  Before a downfall the heart is haughty,
    but humility comes before honour.


v.13  To answer before listening 
    that is folly and shame.


v.14  The human spirit can endure in times of illness,
    but a crushed spirit who can bear?


v.15  The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge,
    for the ears of the wise seek it out.


v.16  A gift opens the way
    and ushers the giver into the presence of the great.


v.17  In a lawsuit the first to speak seems right,
    until someone comes forward and cross-examines.


v.18  Casting the lot settles disputes
    and keeps strong opponents apart.


v.19  A brother wronged is more unyielding than a fortified city;
    disputes are like the barred gates of a citadel.


v.20  From the fruit of their mouth a person's stomach is filled;
    with the harvest of their lips they are satisfied.


v.21  The tongue has the power of life and death,
    and those who love it will eat its fruit.


v.22  He who finds a wife finds what is good
    and receives favour from the Lord .


v.23  The poor plead for mercy,
    but the rich answer harshly.


v.24  One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin,
    but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.




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