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Geneva Bible (1599): Proverbs 18

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1 For the desire thereof hee will separate himselfe to seeke it, and occupie himselfe in all wisdome.

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2 A foole hath no delite in vnderstanding: but that his heart may be discouered.

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3 When the wicked commeth, then commeth contempt, and with the vile man reproch.

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4 The words of a mans mouth are like deepe waters, and the welspring of wisdome is like a flowing riuer.

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5 It is not good to accept the person of the wicked, to cause ye righteous to fall in iudgement.

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6 A fooles lips come with strife, and his mouth calleth for stripes.

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7 A fooles mouth is his owne destruction, and his lips are a snare for his soule.

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8 The wordes of a tale bearer are as flatterings, and they goe downe into the bowels of the belly.

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9 He also that is slouthfull in his worke, is euen the brother of him that is a great waster.

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10 The Name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runneth vnto it, and is exalted.

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11 The rich mans riches are his strong citie: and as an hie wall in his imagination.

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12 Before destruction the heart of a man is hautie, and before glory goeth lowlines.

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13 He that answereth a matter before hee heare it, it is folly and shame vnto him.

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14 The spirit of a man will susteine his infirmitie: but a wounded spirit who can beare it?

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15 A wise heart getteth knowledge, and the eare of the wise seeketh learning.

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16 A mans gift enlargeth him, and leadeth him before great men.

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17 He that is first in his owne cause, is iust: then commeth his neighbour, and maketh inquirie of him.

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18 The lot causeth contentions to cease, and maketh a partition among the mightie.

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19 A brother offended is harder to winne then a strong citie, and their contentions are like the barre of a palace.

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20 With the fruite of a mans mouth shall his belly be satisfied, and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled.

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21 Death and life are in the power of ye tongue, and they that loue it, shall eate the fruite thereof.

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22 He that findeth a wife, findeth a good thing, and receiueth fauour of the Lord.

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23 The poore speaketh with prayers: but the rich answereth roughly.

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24 A man that hath friends, ought to shew him selfe friendly: for a friend is neerer then a brother.

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