Contrast the Upright and the Wicked

1 He who separates himself seeks his own desire, He 1quarrels against all sound wisdom.

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2 A fool does not delight in understanding, But only 2in revealing his own mind.

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3 When a wicked man comes, contempt also comes, And with dishonor comes scorn.
4 The words of a man's mouth are 3deep waters; The fountain of wisdom is a bubbling brook.

References for Proverbs 18:4

    • c 18:4 - Or "A bubbling brook, a fountain of wisdom"
      6 A fool's lips bring strife, And his mouth calls for 6blows.

      References for Proverbs 18:6

        • d 18:6 - Lit "come with"
          7 A 7fool's mouth is his ruin, And his lips are the snare of his soul.
          8 The words of a whisperer are like dainty morsels, And they go down into the innermost parts of the body.

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            • e 18:8 - Lit "chambers of the belly"
              9 He also who is 8slack in his work 9Is brother to him who destroys.

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              10 The 10name of the LORD is a 11strong tower; The righteous runs into it and 12is safe.

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              11 A 13rich man's wealth is his strong city, And like a high wall in his own imagination.

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              13 He who 16gives an answer before he hears, It is folly and shame to him.

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              14 The 17spirit of a man can endure his sickness, But as for a 18broken spirit who can bear it?

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              15 The 19mind of the prudent acquires knowledge, And the 20ear of the wise seeks knowledge.

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              16 A man's 21gift makes room for him And brings him before great men.

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              17 The first to plead his case seems right, Until another comes and examines him.

              References for Proverbs 18:17

                • h 18:17 - Lit "in his plea"
                • i 18:17 - Lit "his neighbor"
                  18 The cast 22lot puts an end to strife And decides between the mighty ones.

                  References for Proverbs 18:18

                    • j 18:18 - Lit "makes a division"
                      19 A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city, And contentions are like the bars of a citadel.
                      20 With the 23fruit of a man's mouth his stomach will be satisfied; 24He will be satisfied with the product of his lips.

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                      21 25Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its 26fruit.

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                      22 He who finds a 27wife finds a good thing And 28obtains favor from the LORD.
                      24 A man of too many friends comes to ruin, But there is 32a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

                      References for Proverbs 18:24

                        • m 18:24 - Lit "be broken in pieces"
                        • n 18:24 - Or "lover"