Proverbs 18
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1An unfriendly person pursues selfish ends and against all sound judgment starts quarrels.1One who has isolated himself seeks his own desires; he rejects all sound judgment.
2Fools find no pleasure in understanding but delight in airing their own opinions.2A fool takes no pleasure in understanding but only in disclosing what is on his mind.
3When wickedness comes, so does contempt, and with shame comes reproach.3When a wicked person arrives, contempt shows up with him, and with shame comes a reproach.
4The words of the mouth are deep waters, but the fountain of wisdom is a rushing stream.4The words of a person's mouth are like deep waters, and the fountain of wisdom is like a flowing brook.
5It is not good to be partial to the wicked and so deprive the innocent of justice.5It is terrible to show partiality to the wicked, by depriving a righteous man of justice.
6The lips of fools bring them strife, and their mouths invite a beating.6The lips of a fool enter into strife, and his mouth invites a flogging.
7The mouths of fools are their undoing, and their lips are a snare to their very lives.7The mouth of a fool is his ruin, and his lips are a snare for his life.
8The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to the inmost parts.8The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down into the person's innermost being.
9One who is slack in his work is brother to one who destroys.9The one who is slack in his work is a brother to one who destroys.
10The name of the LORD is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.10The name of the LORD is like a strong tower; the righteous person runs to it and is set safely on high.
11The wealth of the rich is their fortified city; they imagine it a wall too high to scale.11The wealth of a rich person is like a strong city, and it is like a high wall in his imagination.
12Before a downfall the heart is haughty, but humility comes before honor.12Before destruction the heart of a person is proud, but humility comes before honor.
13To answer before listening-- that is folly and shame.13The one who gives an answer before he listens--that is his folly and his shame.
14The human spirit can endure in sickness, but a crushed spirit who can bear?14A person's spirit sustains him through sickness--but who can bear a crushed spirit?
15The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge, for the ears of the wise seek it out.15The discerning person acquires knowledge, and the wise person seeks knowledge.
16A gift opens the way and ushers the giver into the presence of the great.16A person's gift makes room for him, and leads him before important people.
17In a lawsuit the first to speak seems right, until someone comes forward and cross-examines.17The first to state his case seems right, until his opponent begins to cross-examine him.
18Casting the lot settles disputes and keeps strong opponents apart.18A toss of a coin ends disputes, and settles the issue between strong opponents.
19A brother wronged is more unyielding than a fortified city; disputes are like the barred gates of a citadel.19A relative offended is harder to reach than a strong city, and disputes are like the barred gates of a fortified citadel.
20From the fruit of their mouth a person's stomach is filled; with the harvest of their lips they are satisfied.20From the fruit of a person's mouth his stomach is satisfied, with the product of his lips is he satisfied.
21The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.21Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love its use will eat its fruit.
22He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the LORD.22The one who finds a wife finds what is enjoyable, and receives a pleasurable gift from the LORD.
23The poor plead for mercy, but the rich answer harshly.23A poor person makes supplications, but a rich man answers harshly.
24One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.24A person who has friends may be harmed by them, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
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