Proverbs 18
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1One who has isolated himself seeks his own desires; he rejects all sound judgment. 1Whoever isolates himself pursues selfish ends; he resists all sound advice.
2A fool takes no pleasure in understanding but only in disclosing what is on his mind. 2A fool finds no satisfaction in trying to understand, for he would rather express his own opinion.
3When a wicked person arrives, contempt shows up with him, and with shame comes a reproach. 3When an evil person comes, contempt also comes, along with dishonor and disgrace.
4The words of a person's mouth are like deep waters, and the fountain of wisdom is like a flowing brook. 4The words a man says are as deep waters— a fountain of wisdom is an overflowing stream.
5It is terrible to show partiality to the wicked, by depriving a righteous man of justice. 5It's not good to be partial towards an evil person, thereby depriving the righteous of justice.
6The lips of a fool enter into strife, and his mouth invites a flogging. 6A fool's words bring strife, and his mouth invites fighting.
7The mouth of a fool is his ruin, and his lips are a snare for his life. 7A fool's mouth is his unraveling, and his lips entrap himself.
8The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down into the person's innermost being. 8The words of a gossip are like choice morsels as they descend to the innermost parts of the body.
9The one who is slack in his work is a brother to one who destroys. 9Whoever is lazy regarding his work is also a brother to the master of destruction.
10The name of the LORD is like a strong tower; the righteous person runs to it and is set safely on high. 10The name of the LORD is a strong tower; a righteous person rushes to it and is lifted up above the danger.
11The wealth of a rich person is like a strong city, and it is like a high wall in his imagination. 11The wealth of a rich person is his fortified city; in his own imagination, it is like a high wall.
12Before destruction the heart of a person is proud, but humility comes before honor. 12Before a man's downfall, his mind is arrogant, but humility precedes honor.
13The one who gives an answer before he listens--that is his folly and his shame. 13Whoever answers before listening is both foolish and shameful.
14A person's spirit sustains him through sickness--but who can bear a crushed spirit? 14A man's spirit can sustain him during his illness, but who can bear a crushed spirit?
15The discerning person acquires knowledge, and the wise person seeks knowledge. 15The mind of a discerning person gains knowledge, while the ears of wise people seek out knowledge.
16A person's gift makes room for him, and leads him before important people. 16A person's gift opens doors for him, bringing him access to important people.
17The first to state his case seems right, until his opponent begins to cross-examine him. 17The first to put forth his case seems right, until someone else steps forward and cross-examines him.
18A toss of a coin ends disputes, and settles the issue between strong opponents. 18Casting dice settles a dispute, deciding between strong contenders.
19A relative offended is harder to reach than a strong city, and disputes are like the barred gates of a fortified citadel. 19An offended brother is more unyielding than a fortified city, and his disputes are like the bars of a fortress.
20From the fruit of a person's mouth his stomach is satisfied, with the product of his lips is he satisfied. 20The positive words that a man speaks fill his stomach; he will be satisfied with what his lips produce.
21Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love its use will eat its fruit. 21The power of the tongue is life and death— those who love to talk will eat what it produces.
22The one who finds a wife finds what is enjoyable, and receives a pleasurable gift from the LORD. 22Whoever finds a wife finds what is good, and receives favor from the LORD.
23A poor person makes supplications, but a rich man answers harshly. 23The poor person pleads for mercy, but the wealthy man responds harshly.
24A person who has friends may be harmed by them, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. 24A man with many friends can still be ruined, but a true friend sticks closer than a brother.
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