Proverbs 18 ASV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 He that separateth himself seeketh [his own] desire, And rageth against all sound wisdom. 1 An unfriendly man pursues selfish ends; he defies all sound judgment.
2 A fool hath no delight in understanding, But only that his heart may reveal itself. 2 A fool finds no pleasure in understanding but delights in airing his own opinions.
3 When the wicked cometh, there cometh also contempt, And with ignominy [cometh] reproach. 3 When wickedness comes, so does contempt, and with shame comes disgrace.
4 The words of a man's mouth are [as] deep waters; The wellspring of wisdom is [as] a flowing brook. 4 The words of a man's mouth are deep waters, but the fountain of wisdom is a bubbling brook.
5 To respect the person of the wicked is not good, [Nor] to turn aside the righteous in judgment. 5 It is not good to be partial to the wicked or to deprive the innocent of justice.
6 A fool's lips enter into contention, And his mouth calleth for stripes. 6 A fool's lips bring him strife, and his mouth invites a beating.
7 A fool's mouth is his destruction, And his lips are the snare of his soul. 7 A fool's mouth is his undoing, and his lips are a snare to his soul.
8 The words of a whisperer are as dainty morsels, And they go down into the innermost parts. 8 The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to a man's inmost parts.
9 He also that is slack in his work Is brother to him that is a destroyer. 9 One who is slack in his work is brother to one who destroys.
10 The name of Jehovah is a strong tower; The righteous runneth into it, and is safe. 10 The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.
11 The rich man's wealth is his strong city, And as a high wall in his own imagination. 11 The wealth of the rich is their fortified city; they imagine it an unscalable wall.
12 Before destruction the heart of man is haughty; And before honor [goeth] humility. 12 Before his downfall a man's heart is proud, but humility comes before honor.
13 He that giveth answer before he heareth, It is folly and shame unto him. 13 He who answers before listening-- that is his folly and his shame.
14 The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; But a broken spirit who can bear? 14 A man's spirit sustains him in sickness, but a crushed spirit who can bear?
15 The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge; And the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge. 15 The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge; the ears of the wise seek it out.
16 A man's gift maketh room for him, And bringeth him before great men. 16 A gift opens the way for the giver and ushers him into the presence of the great.
17 He that pleadeth his cause first [seemeth] just; But his neighbor cometh and searcheth him out. 17 The first to present his case seems right, till another comes forward and questions him.
18 The lot causeth contentions to cease, And parteth between the mighty. 18 Casting the lot settles disputes and keeps strong opponents apart.
19 A brother offended [is harder to be won] than a strong city; And [such] contentions are like the bars of a castle. 19 An offended brother is more unyielding than a fortified city, and disputes are like the barred gates of a citadel.
20 A man's belly shall be filled with the fruit of his mouth; With the increase of his lips shall he be satisfied. 20 From the fruit of his mouth a man's stomach is filled; with the harvest from his lips he is satisfied.
21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue; And they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. 21 The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.
22 Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, And obtaineth favor of Jehovah. 22 He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the LORD.
23 The poor useth entreaties; But the rich answereth roughly. 23 A poor man pleads for mercy, but a rich man answers harshly.
24 He that maketh many friends [doeth it] to his own destruction; But there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother. 24 A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.