Proverbs 18:6
Good News Translation
When some fool starts an argument, he is asking for a beating.

New Revised Standard Version
A fool’s lips bring strife, and a fool’s mouth invites a flogging.

Contemporary English Version
Foolish talk will get you into a lot of trouble.

New American Bible
The lips of fools walk into a fight, and their mouths are asking for a beating.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The lips of a fool intermeddle with strife: and his mouth provoketh quarrels.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

The lips of a fool intermeddle with strife: and his mouth provoketh quarrels.


Proverbs 12:16 A fool immediately sheweth his anger: but he that dissembleth injuries is wise.

Proverbs 13:10 Among the proud there are always contentions: but they that do all things with counsel, are ruled by wisdom.

Proverbs 14:16 A wise man feareth, and declineth from evil: the fool leapeth over, and is confident.

Proverbs 16:27,28 The wicked man diggeth evil, and in his lips is a burning fire. . . .

Proverbs 17:14 The beginning of quarrels is as when one letteth out water: and before he suffereth reproach, he forsaketh judgment.

Proverbs 20:3 It is an honour for a man to separate himself from quarrels: but all fools are meddling with reproaches.

Proverbs 27:3 A stone is heavy, and sand weighty: but the anger of a fool is heavier than them both.


Proverbs 14:3 In the mouth of a fool is the rod of pride: but the lips of the wise preserve them.

Proverbs 19:19 He that is impatient, shall suffer damage: and when he shall take away, he shall add another thing.

Proverbs 22:24-25 Be not a friend to an angry man, and do not walk with a furious man: . . .

Proverbs 25:24 It is better to sit in a corner of the housetop: than with a brawling woman, and in a common house.

Proverbs 29:9 If a wise man contend with a fool, whether he be angry, or laugh, he shall find no rest.

The Selfishness of the Unfriendly
5It is not good to accept the person of the wicked, to decline from the truth of judgment. 6The lips of a fool intermeddle with strife: and his mouth provoketh quarrels.7The mouth of a fool is his destruction: and his lips are the ruin of his soul.…
Cross References
Proverbs 19:29
Judgments are prepared for scorners: and striking hammers for the bodies of fools.

Proverbs 22:10
Cast out the scoffer, and contention shall go out with him, and quarrels and reproaches shall cease.

Proverbs 18:5
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