Proverbs 18
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1Whoever isolates himself pursues selfish ends; he resists all sound advice.1Whoever isolates himself seeks his own desire; he breaks out against all sound judgment.
2A fool finds no satisfaction in trying to understand, for he would rather express his own opinion.2A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion.
3When an evil person comes, contempt also comes, along with dishonor and disgrace.3When wickedness comes, contempt comes also, and with dishonor comes disgrace.
4The words a man says are as deep waters— a fountain of wisdom is an overflowing stream.4The words of a man’s mouth are deep waters; the fountain of wisdom is a bubbling brook.
5It's not good to be partial towards an evil person, thereby depriving the righteous of justice.5It is not good to be partial to the wicked or to deprive the righteous of justice.
6A fool's words bring strife, and his mouth invites fighting.6A fool’s lips walk into a fight, and his mouth invites a beating.
7A fool's mouth is his unraveling, and his lips entrap himself.7A fool’s mouth is his ruin, and his lips are a snare to his soul.
8The words of a gossip are like choice morsels as they descend to the innermost parts of the body.8The words of a whisperer are like delicious morsels; they go down into the inner parts of the body.
9Whoever is lazy regarding his work is also a brother to the master of destruction.9Whoever is slack in his work is a brother to him who destroys.
10The name of the LORD is a strong tower; a righteous person rushes to it and is lifted up above the danger. 10The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe.
11The wealth of a rich person is his fortified city; in his own imagination, it is like a high wall.11A rich man’s wealth is his strong city, and like a high wall in his imagination.
12Before a man's downfall, his mind is arrogant, but humility precedes honor.12Before destruction a man’s heart is haughty, but humility comes before honor.
13Whoever answers before listening is both foolish and shameful.13If one gives an answer before he hears, it is his folly and shame.
14A man's spirit can sustain him during his illness, but who can bear a crushed spirit?14A man’s spirit will endure sickness, but a crushed spirit who can bear?
15The mind of a discerning person gains knowledge, while the ears of wise people seek out knowledge.15An intelligent heart acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.
16A person's gift opens doors for him, bringing him access to important people.16A man’s gift makes room for him and brings him before the great.
17The first to put forth his case seems right, until someone else steps forward and cross-examines him.17The one who states his case first seems right, until the other comes and examines him.
18Casting dice settles a dispute, deciding between strong contenders.18The lot puts an end to quarrels and decides between powerful contenders.
19An offended brother is more unyielding than a fortified city, and his disputes are like the bars of a fortress.19A brother offended is more unyielding than a strong city, and quarreling is like the bars of a castle.
20The positive words that a man speaks fill his stomach; he will be satisfied with what his lips produce.20From the fruit of a man’s mouth his stomach is satisfied; he is satisfied by the yield of his lips.
21The power of the tongue is life and death— those who love to talk will eat what it produces.21Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.
22Whoever finds a wife finds what is good, and receives favor from the LORD.22He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the LORD.
23The poor person pleads for mercy, but the wealthy man responds harshly.23The poor use entreaties, but the rich answer roughly.
24A man with many friends can still be ruined, but a true friend sticks closer than a brother.24A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
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