Proverbs 18
Contemporary English Version

It's Wrong To Favor the Guilty

1It's selfish and stupid

to think only of yourself

and to sneer at people

who have sense.+

2Fools have no desire to learn,

instead they would rather

give their own opinion.

3Wrongdoing leads to shame

and disgrace.

4Words of wisdom

are a stream that flows

from a deep fountain.

5It's wrong to favor the guilty

and keep the innocent

from getting justice.

6Foolish talk will get you

into a lot of trouble.

7Saying foolish things

is like setting a trap

to destroy yourself.

8There's nothing so delicious

as the taste of gossip!

It melts in your mouth.

9Being lazy is no different

from being a troublemaker.

10The Lord is a mighty tower

where his people can run

for safety—

11the rich think their money

is a wall of protection.

12Pride leads to destruction;

humility leads to honor.

13 It's stupid and embarrassing

to give an answer

before you listen.

14Being cheerful helps

when you are sick,

but nothing helps

when you give up.

15Everyone with good sense

wants to learn.

16A gift will get you in

to see anyone.

17You may think you have won

your case in court,

until your opponent speaks.

18Drawing straws is one way

to settle a difficult case.

19Making up with a friend

you have offended+

is harder than breaking

through a city wall.

20Make your words good—

you will be glad you did.

21Words can bring death or life!

Talk too much, and you will eat

everything you say.

22 A man's greatest treasure

is his wife—

she is a gift from the Lord.

23The poor must beg for help,

but the rich can give

a harsh reply.

24Some friends don't help,+

but a true friend is closer

than your own family.


18.1 sense: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text of verse 1.
18.19 Making … offended: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
18.24 Some … help: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.

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