Proverbs 18
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1An unfriendly person pursues selfish ends and against all sound judgment starts quarrels.1Unfriendly people care only about themselves; they lash out at common sense.
2Fools find no pleasure in understanding but delight in airing their own opinions.2Fools have no interest in understanding; they only want to air their own opinions.
3When wickedness comes, so does contempt, and with shame comes reproach.3Doing wrong leads to disgrace, and scandalous behavior brings contempt.
4The words of the mouth are deep waters, but the fountain of wisdom is a rushing stream.4Wise words are like deep waters; wisdom flows from the wise like a bubbling brook.
5It is not good to be partial to the wicked and so deprive the innocent of justice.5It is not right to acquit the guilty or deny justice to the innocent.
6The lips of fools bring them strife, and their mouths invite a beating.6Fools’ words get them into constant quarrels; they are asking for a beating.
7The mouths of fools are their undoing, and their lips are a snare to their very lives.7The mouths of fools are their ruin; they trap themselves with their lips.
8The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to the inmost parts.8Rumors are dainty morsels that sink deep into one’s heart.
9One who is slack in his work is brother to one who destroys.9A lazy person is as bad as someone who destroys things.
10The name of the LORD is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.10The name of the LORD is a strong fortress; the godly run to him and are safe.
11The wealth of the rich is their fortified city; they imagine it a wall too high to scale.11The rich think of their wealth as a strong defense; they imagine it to be a high wall of safety.
12Before a downfall the heart is haughty, but humility comes before honor.12Haughtiness goes before destruction; humility precedes honor.
13To answer before listening-- that is folly and shame.13Spouting off before listening to the facts is both shameful and foolish.
14The human spirit can endure in sickness, but a crushed spirit who can bear?14The human spirit can endure a sick body, but who can bear a crushed spirit?
15The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge, for the ears of the wise seek it out.15Intelligent people are always ready to learn. Their ears are open for knowledge.
16A gift opens the way and ushers the giver into the presence of the great.16Giving a gift can open doors; it gives access to important people!
17In a lawsuit the first to speak seems right, until someone comes forward and cross-examines.17The first to speak in court sounds right— until the cross-examination begins.
18Casting the lot settles disputes and keeps strong opponents apart.18Flipping a coin can end arguments; it settles disputes between powerful opponents.
19A brother wronged is more unyielding than a fortified city; disputes are like the barred gates of a citadel.19An offended friend is harder to win back than a fortified city. Arguments separate friends like a gate locked with bars.
20From the fruit of their mouth a person's stomach is filled; with the harvest of their lips they are satisfied.20Wise words satisfy like a good meal; the right words bring satisfaction.
21The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.21The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences.
22He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the LORD.22The man who finds a wife finds a treasure, and he receives favor from the LORD.
23The poor plead for mercy, but the rich answer harshly.23The poor plead for mercy; the rich answer with insults.
24One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.24There are “friends” who destroy each other, but a real friend sticks closer than a brother.
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