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 awaters, and the wellspring of wisdom as a flowing brook.
5 It is not good to accept the aperson of the wicked, to overthrow the righteous in judgment.
6 A fool’s lips enter into acontention, and his mouth calleth for strokes.
8 The words of a atalebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.
10 The name of the Lord is a strong atower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.
13 He that aanswereth 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?
16 A man’s gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men.
17 He that is afirst in his own cause seemeth just; but his neighbour cometh and searcheth him.
18 The alot causeth contentions to cease, and parteth between the mighty.
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 atongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.