1 He who separates himself seeks his own desire, He aquarrels against all sound wisdom. 2 A fool does not delight in understanding, But only ain revealing his own mind. 3 When a wicked man comes, contempt also comes, And with dishonor comes scorn. 4 The words of a man's mouth are adeep waters; The fountain of wisdom is a bubbling brook. 5 To ashow partiality to the wicked is not good, Nor to bthrust aside the righteous in judgment. 6 A fool's lips bring strife, And his mouth calls for ablows. 7 A afool's mouth is his ruin, And his lips are the snare of his soul. 8 The words of a whisperer are like dainty morsels, And they go down into the innermost parts of the body. 9 He also who is aslack in his work bIs brother to him who destroys. 10 The aname of the Lord is a bstrong tower; The righteous runs into it and cis safe. 11 A arich man's wealth is his strong city, And like a high wall in his own imagination. 12 aBefore destruction the heart of man is haughty, But bhumility goes before honor. 13 He who agives an answer before he hears, It is folly and shame to him. 14 The aspirit of a man can endure his sickness, But as for a bbroken spirit who can bear it? 15 The amind of the prudent acquires knowledge, And the bear of the wise seeks knowledge. 16 A man's agift makes room for him And brings him before great men. 17 The first to plead his case seems right, Until another comes and examines him. 18 The cast alot puts an end to strife And decides between the mighty ones. 19 A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city, And contentions are like the bars of a citadel. 20 With the afruit of a man's mouth his stomach will be satisfied; bHe will be satisfied with the product of his lips. 21 aDeath and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its bfruit. 22 He who finds a awife finds a good thing And bobtains favor from the Lord. 23 The apoor man utters supplications, But the brich man canswers roughly. 24 A man of too many friends comes to ruin, But there is aa friend who sticks closer than a brother.