Proverbs 18 CJB/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 He who separates himself indulges his desires and shows contempt for sound advice of any kind. 1 An unfriendly man pursues selfish ends; he defies all sound judgment.
2 A fool takes no pleasure in trying to understand; he only wants to express his own opinion. 2 A fool finds no pleasure in understanding but delights in airing his own opinions.
3 When a wicked person comes, contempt comes too, and with disdain, provocation. 3 When wickedness comes, so does contempt, and with shame comes disgrace.
4 The words of a man's mouth are deep water, a gushing torrent, 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 It is not good to be partial to the guilty and thus deprive the innocent of justice. 5 It is not good to be partial to the wicked or to deprive the innocent of justice.
6 A fool's words get him into fights; yes, his mouth calls out for a beating. 6 A fool's lips bring him strife, and his mouth invites a beating.
7 A fool's mouth is his ruin; his words are a trap for him. 7 A fool's mouth is his undoing, and his lips are a snare to his soul.
8 A slanderer's words are tasty morsels; they slide right down into the belly. 8 The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to a man's inmost parts.
9 Whoever is lazy in doing his work is brother to the destroyer. 9 One who is slack in his work is brother to one who destroys.
10 The name of ADONAI is a strong tower; a righteous person runs to it and is raised high [above danger]. 10 The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.
11 The wealth of the rich is his fortified city, like 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 being ruined, a person's heart is proud; before being honored, a person must be humble. 12 Before his downfall a man's heart is proud, but humility comes before honor.
13 To answer someone before hearing him out is both stupid and embarrassing. 13 He who answers before listening-- that is his folly and his shame.
14 A person's spirit can sustain him when ill, but a crushed spirit - who can bear it? 14 A man's spirit sustains him in sickness, but a crushed spirit who can bear?
15 The mind of a person with discernment gets knowledge, and 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 person's gift clears his way and gives him access to the great. 16 A gift opens the way for the giver and ushers him into the presence of the great.
17 The first to state his case seems right, till the other one comes and cross-examines. 17 The first to present his case seems right, till another comes forward and questions him.
18 Casting lots puts an end to strife and separates powerful disputants. 18 Casting the lot settles disputes and keeps strong opponents apart.
19 It is harder to win an offended brother than a strong city; their fights are like the bars of a fortress. 19 An offended brother is more unyielding than a fortified city, and disputes are like the barred gates of a citadel.
20 A person's belly will be filled with the fruit of his mouth; with what his lips produce he will be filled. 20 From the fruit of his mouth a man's stomach is filled; with the harvest from his lips he is satisfied.
21 The tongue has power over life and death; those who indulge it must 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 a great good; he has won the favor of ADONAI. 22 He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the LORD.
23 The poor man speaks beseechingly, the rich man's answer is blunt. 23 A poor man pleads for mercy, but a rich man answers harshly.
24 Some "friends" pretend to be friends, but a true friend sticks 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.