It's Wrong To Favor the Guilty 18 1It's selfish and stupid to think only of yourself and to sneer at people who have sense.[F] 2Fools have no desire to learn, instead they would rather give their own opinion. 3Wrongdoing leads to shame and disgrace. 4Words of wisdom are a stream that flows from a deep fountain. 5It's wrong to favor the guilty and keep the innocent from getting justice. 6Foolish talk will get you into a lot of trouble. 7Saying foolish things is like setting a trap to destroy yourself. 8There's nothing so delicious as the taste of gossip! It melts in your mouth. 9Being lazy is no different from being a troublemaker. 10The LORD is a mighty tower where his people can run for safety— 11the rich think their money is a wall of protection. 12Pride leads to destruction; humility leads to honor. 13 It's stupid and embarrassing to give an answer before you listen. 14Being cheerful helps when you are sick, but nothing helps when you give up. 15Everyone with good sense wants to learn. 16A gift will get you in to see anyone. 17You may think you have won your case in court, until your opponent speaks. 18Drawing straws is one way to settle a difficult case. 19Making up with a friend you have offended[G] is harder than breaking through a city wall. 20Make your words good— you will be glad you did. 21Words can bring death or life! Talk too much, and you will eat everything you say. 22 A man's greatest treasure is his wife— she is a gift from the LORD. 23The poor must beg for help, but the rich can give a harsh reply. 24Some friends don't help,[H] but a true friend is closer than your own family.
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