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Proverbs 18 CEB/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

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1 Unfriendly people look out for themselves; they bicker with sensible people. 1 An unfriendly man pursues selfish ends; he defies all sound judgment.
2 Fools find no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing their opinion. 2 A fool finds no pleasure in understanding but delights in airing his own opinions.
3 When the wicked arrive, so does contempt; with shame comes insult. 3 When wickedness comes, so does contempt, and with shame comes disgrace.
4 The words of a person's mouth are deep waters, a bubbling stream, a fountain of wisdom. 4 The words of a man's mouth are deep waters, but the fountain of wisdom is a bubbling brook.
5 Favoring the wicked isn't good; it denies justice to the righteous. 5 It is not good to be partial to the wicked or to deprive the innocent of justice.
6 The lips of fools make accusations; their mouths elicit beatings. 6 A fool's lips bring him strife, and his mouth invites a beating.
7 The mouth of fools is their ruin; their lips are a trap for their lives. 7 A fool's mouth is his undoing, and his lips are a snare to his soul.
8 The words of gossips are like choice snacks; they go down to the inmost parts. 8 The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to a man's inmost parts.
9 Those who are lazy in their work are brothers to thugs. 9 One who is slack in his work is brother to one who destroys.
10 The LORD's name is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and find refuge. 10 The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.
11 The riches of the wealthy are a strong city and like a high wall in their imagination. 11 The wealth of the rich is their fortified city; they imagine it an unscalable wall.
12 Pride comes before a disaster, but humility comes before respect. 12 Before his downfall a man's heart is proud, but humility comes before honor.
13 Those who answer before they listen are foolish and disgraceful. 13 He who answers before listening-- that is his folly and his shame.
14 The human spirit sustains a sick person, but who can bear a broken spirit? 14 A man's spirit sustains him in sickness, but a crushed spirit who can bear?
15 An understanding mind gains knowledge; the ear of the wise seeks knowledge. 15 The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge; the ears of the wise seek it out.
16 A gift opens the way for access to important people. 16 A gift opens the way for the giver and ushers him into the presence of the great.
17 The first person to testify seems innocent, until the other comes and cross-examines him. 17 The first to present his case seems right, till another comes forward and questions him.
18 The dice settle conflicts and keep strong opponents apart. 18 Casting the lot settles disputes and keeps strong opponents apart.
19 An offended ally is more formidable than a city; such quarreling is 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 The stomach is satisfied by the fruit of the mouth; one's lips can earn a satisfying income. 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; those who love it will eat its fruit. 21 The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.
22 He who finds a wife finds what is good, gaining favor from the LORD. 22 He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the LORD.
23 The poor plead for help, but the wealthy answer harshly. 23 A poor man pleads for mercy, but a rich man answers harshly.
24 There are persons for companionship, but then there are friends who are more loyal than family. 24 A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.