Proverbs 18 CSB

1 One who isolates himself pursues [selfish] desires; he rebels against all sound judgment.
2 A fool does not delight in understanding, but only wants to show off his opinions.a

References for Proverbs 18:2

    • a 18:2 - Lit to uncover his heart
      3 When a wicked man comes, shame does also, and along with dishonor, disgrace.
      4 The words of a man's mouth are deep waters,b a flowing river, a fountain of wisdom.

      References for Proverbs 18:4

          5 It is not good to show partiality to the guilty by perverting the justice due the innocent.c

          References for Proverbs 18:5

            • c 18:5 - Pr 24:23-24; Lv 19:15; Dt 24:17; Ps 15:5
              6 A fool's lips lead to strife, and his mouth provokes a beating.
              7 A fool's mouth is his devastation, and his lips are a trap for his life.d

              References for Proverbs 18:7

                • d 18:7 - Pr 10:14; 12:13; 13:3
                  8 A gossip's words are like choice food that goes down to one's innermost being.e f

                  References for Proverbs 18:8

                    • e 18:8 - Lit to the chambers of the belly
                    • f 18:8 - Pr 26:22
                      9 The one who is truly lazy in his work is brother to a vandal.g h

                      References for Proverbs 18:9

                        • g 18:9 - Lit master of destruction
                        • h 18:9 - Pr 28:24
                          10 The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are protected.i j

                          References for Proverbs 18:10

                              11 A rich man's wealth is his fortified city; in his imagination it is like a high wall.k

                              References for Proverbs 18:11

                                  12 Before his downfall a man's heart is proud, but before honor comes humility.l

                                  References for Proverbs 18:12

                                    • l 18:12 - Pr 11:2; 16:18; 29:23
                                      13 The one who gives an answer before he listens- this is foolishness and disgrace for him.m

                                      References for Proverbs 18:13

                                          14 A man's spirit can endure sickness, but who can survive a broken spirit?n

                                          References for Proverbs 18:14

                                            • n 18:14 - Pr 15:13; 17:22
                                              15 The mind of the discerning acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks it.o

                                              References for Proverbs 18:15

                                                • o 18:15 - Pr 14:33; 15:14
                                                  16 A gift opens doorsp for a man and brings him before the great.q

                                                  References for Proverbs 18:16

                                                    • p 18:16 - Lit gift makes room
                                                    • q 18:16 - Pr 17:8; 19:6; 21:14
                                                      17 The first to state his case seems right until another comes and cross-examines him.r

                                                      References for Proverbs 18:17

                                                          18 [Casting] the lot ends quarrels and separates powerful opponents.
                                                          19 An offended brother is [harder to reach]s than a fortified city, and quarrels are like the bars of a fortress.

                                                          References for Proverbs 18:19

                                                            • s 18:19 - LXX, Syr, Tg, Vg read is stronger
                                                              20 From the fruit of his mouth a man's stomach is satisfied; he is filled with the product of his lips.t

                                                              References for Proverbs 18:20

                                                                • t 18:20 - Pr 1:31; 12:14; 14:14
                                                                  21 Life and death are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.u

                                                                  References for Proverbs 18:21

                                                                    • u 18:21 - Pr 13:2; Mt 15:11,18-20; Jms 3:8
                                                                      22 A man who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the Lord.v

                                                                      References for Proverbs 18:22

                                                                        • v 18:22 - Pr 19:14; 31:10
                                                                          23 The poor man pleads, but the rich one answers roughly.
                                                                          24 A man with many friends may be harmed,w but there is a friend who stays closer than a brother.x

                                                                          References for Proverbs 18:24

                                                                            • w 18:24 - Some LXX mss, Syr, Tg, Vg read friends must be friendly
                                                                            • x 18:24 - Pr 17:17; 27:10; Jn 15:13