1The one who isolates himself seeks his own desire; he quarrels with every piece of sound advice.
2A fool does not delight in understanding, but only in expressing his own mind.
3When a wicked person enters, contempt also enters, and with dishonor comes scorn.
4The words of a person’s mouth are deep waters, a flowing stream, a fountain of wisdom.
5It is not good to show favoritism toward a wicked person, nor to deprive a righteous person of justice.
6The lips of a fool bring strife, and his mouth calls for beatings.
7The mouth of a fool will bring destruction to him, and his lips are a snare to his soul.
8The words of a gossipa are like delicacies, and they go down into one’s innermost being.
9The one who shows himself to be lax in his work is a brother to the one who destroys.
10Yahweh’s name is a strong tower; the righteous person runs to it and is secure.
11A rich person’s wealth is his strong city, indeed, like a high wall in his imagination.
12Before disaster the heart of a person is puffed up, but humility goes before glory.
13The person who gives an answer before he listens— foolishness and disgrace belong to him.
14A person’s spirit can endure his sickness, but a broken spirit, who can bear that?
15The heart of one who understands gets knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.
16A person’s gift creates opportunity for him and leads him before great people.
17The first person to speak in his dispute appears righteous until a neighbor comes and questions him.
18Casting lots causes quarrels to cease and decides between mighty opponents.
19An offended brother is harder to win than a strong city, and contentions are like the barred gate of a castle.
20A person’s stomach will be satisfied from the fruit of his mouth; he will be satisfied from the revenue of his lips.
21Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat of its fruit.
22He who finds a wife finds a good thing, and he obtains favor from Yahweh.
23The poor person who speaks pleads for favor, but the rich person answers forcefully.
24A person has many friends to socialize with, but there is one who loves him who stays closer than a brother.