1 He that separateth himself seeketh [his] pleasure, he is vehement against all sound wisdom.
2 A fool hath no delight in understanding, but only that his heart may reveal itself.
3 When the wicked cometh, there cometh also contempt, and with ignominy reproach.
4 The words of a man's mouth are deep waters, [and] the fountain of wisdom is a gushing brook.

References for Proverbs 18:4

    • a 18:4 - As Ps. 19.2; 78.2; 119.171.
      5 It is not good to accept the person of the wicked, to wrong the righteous in judgment.
      6 A fool's lips enter into contention, and his mouth calleth for stripes.

      References for Proverbs 18:6

        • b 18:6 - Or 'bring.'
          7 A fool's mouth is destruction to him, and his lips are a snare to his soul.
          8 The words of a talebearer are as dainty morsels, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.

          References for Proverbs 18:8

            • c 18:8 - Or 'into the depths (lit. 'chambers') of the soul;' and so chs. 20.27,30; 26.22.
              9 He also who is indolent in his work is brother of the destroyer.
              10 The name of Jehovah is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.

              References for Proverbs 18:10

                • d 18:10 - Or 'unapproachable;' lit. 'set in a high retreat:' see Ps. 20.1.
                  11 The rich man's wealth is his strong city, and as a high wall in his own imagination.
                  12 Before destruction the heart of man is haughty; and before honour [goeth] humility.
                  13 He that giveth answer before he heareth, it is folly and shame unto him.
                  14 The spirit of a man sustaineth his infirmity; but a broken spirit who can bear?

                  References for Proverbs 18:14

                    • e 18:14 - Or 'can raise it up.'
                      15 The heart of an intelligent [man] getteth knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge.
                      16 A man's gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men.
                      17 He that is first in his own cause [seemeth] just; but his neighbour cometh and searcheth him.
                      18 The lot causeth contentions to cease, and parteth between the mighty.
                      19 A brother offended is [harder to be won] than a strong city; and contentions are as the bars of a palace.

                      References for Proverbs 18:19

                        • f 18:19 - Or 'injured.'
                          20 A man's belly is satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; with the increase of his lips is he satisfied.
                          21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.
                          22 Whoso hath found a wife hath found a good thing, and hath obtained favour from Jehovah.
                          23 He that is poor speaketh with supplications, but the rich answereth roughly.
                          24 A man of [many] friends will come to ruin but there is a friend [that] sticketh closer than a brother.

                          References for Proverbs 18:24

                            • g 18:24 - Or 'companions,' 'associates,' Ps. 38.11.
                            • h 18:24 - Lit. 'lover,' as Ps. 38.11: see ch. 14.20.