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 a, and the wellspring of wisdom as a flowing brook.
5 It is not good to accept the a of the wicked, to overthrow the righteous in judgment.
6 A fool’s lips enter into a, and his mouth calleth for strokes.
7 A fool’s a is his b, and his lips are the snare of his soul.
8 The words of a a are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.
9 He also that is a in his work is brother to him that is a great b.
10 The name of the Lord is a strong a: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.
11 The a man’s b is his strong city, and as an high wall in his own conceit.
12 Before destruction the heart of man is a, and before honour is b.
13 He that a 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?
15 The heart of the a getteth b; and the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge.
16 A man’s gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men.
17 He that is a in his own cause seemeth just; but his neighbour cometh and searcheth him.
18 The a causeth contentions to cease, and parteth between the mighty.
19 A a b is harder to be won than a strong city: and their c are like the bars of a castle.
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 a: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.
22 a findeth a b findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the Lord.
23 The a useth b; but the rich answereth roughly.
24 A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a a that sticketh closer than a b.