The Holy Bible - The Proverbs, Chapter 18 (Latin)
1Through desire a man, having separated himself, seeketh and intermeddleth with all wisdom.
2A fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself.
3When the wicked cometh, then cometh also contempt, and with ignominy reproach.
4The words of a man's mouth are as deep waters, and the wellspring of wisdom as a flowing brook.
5It is not good to accept the person of the wicked, to overthrow the righteous in judgment.
6A fool's lips enter into contention, and his mouth calleth for strokes.
7A fool's mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul.
8The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.
9He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster.
10The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.
11The rich man's wealth is his strong city, and as an high wall in his own conceit.
12Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honour is humility.
13He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him.
14The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear?
15The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge; and the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge.
16A man's gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men.
17He that is first in his own cause seemeth just; but his neighbour cometh and searcheth him.
18The lot causeth contentions to cease, and parteth between the mighty.
19A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city: and their contentions are like the bars of a castle.
20A man's belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled.
21Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.
22Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the LORD.
23The poor useth intreaties; but the rich answereth roughly.
24A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.
1occasiones quaerit qui vult recedere ab amico omni tempore erit exprobrabilis
2non recipit stultus verba prudentiae nisi ea dixeris quae versantur in corde eius
3impius cum in profundum venerit peccatorum contemnit sed sequitur eum ignominia et obprobrium
4aqua profunda verba ex ore viri et torrens redundans fons sapientiae
5accipere personam impii non est bonum ut declines a veritate iudicii
6labia stulti inmiscunt se rixis et os eius iurgia provocat
7os stulti contritio eius et labia illius ruina animae eius
8verba bilinguis quasi simplicia et ipsa perveniunt usque ad interiora ventris
9qui mollis et dissolutus est in opere suo frater est sua opera dissipantis
10turris fortissima nomen Domini ad ipsum currit iustus et exaltabitur
11substantia divitis urbs roboris eius et quasi murus validus circumdans eum
12antequam conteratur exaltatur cor hominis et antequam glorificetur humiliatur
13qui prius respondit quam audiat stultum se esse demonstrat et confusione dignum
14spiritus viri sustentat inbecillitatem suam spiritum vero ad irascendum facilem quis poterit sustinere
15cor prudens possidebit scientiam et auris sapientium quaerit doctrinam
16donum hominis dilatat viam eius et ante principes spatium ei facit
17iustus prior est accusator sui venit amicus eius et investigavit eum
18contradictiones conprimit sors et inter potentes quoque diiudicat
19frater qui adiuvatur a fratre quasi civitas firma et iudicia quasi vectes urbium
20de fructu oris viri replebitur venter eius et genimina labiorum illius saturabunt eum
21mors et vita in manu linguae qui diligunt eam comedent fructus eius
22qui invenit mulierem invenit bonum et hauriet iucunditatem a Domino
23cum obsecrationibus loquetur pauper et dives effabitur rigide
24vir amicalis ad societatem magis amicus erit quam frater