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Aramaic Bible in Plain English
In his idleness one meditates on lust and mocks at good instruction.
2A fool does not delight in wisdom because his heart meditates upon madness.
3And when an evil one comes to the depths of evils, madness, dishonor and reproach come upon him.
4The words of a man's mouth are deep waters and the fount of wisdom is a rushing torrent.
5To accept the persons of the evil is not good, neither to pray for judgment upon a righteous one.
6The lips of a fool bring into judgment and his mouth brings him to death.
7The mouth of the fool is ruin to his soul, and by his lips his soul is caught.
8The words of a lazy man cast him into evil, and they lower him to the inner chamber of Sheol.
9And he whose hands are slack in his work is brother of the man who is a destroyer.
10The name of Lord Jehovah Jehovah is a strong tower; the righteous will run to it and be strengthened.
11Honor and wealth are the city of his strength and his dwelling is strengthened by a city wall.
12Before ruin, the heart of a man will be lifted up, and before honor is humility.
13He that gives an answer before he hears is a fool, and is brought to shame.
14The spirit of a man endures his suffering, but who will endure a suffering spirit?
15An ordered heart possesses wisdom, and the ear of the wise listens to knowledge.
16A man's gifts give him room and stand him before the great.
17A man is innocent in his own judgment, and when his neighbor comes, he examines him.
18Lots resolve a dispute and divide between the strong.
19A brother is helped by his brother, like a city by its fortress, and they hold it like the bars of a fortress.
20A man's belly will be filled with the fruit of his mouth, and by the produce of his lips he will be satisfied.
21Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and he that loves it will eat from its fruit.
22He that finds a wife finds a good thing, and receives the will of Lord Jehovah, and he that puts away a good wife puts away good from his house.
23The poor man speaks humbly and the rich man speaks hard things.
24There are friends who are friends, and there is a friend that is closer than a brother.