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Proverbs 18 CSB/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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Holman Christian Standard (CSB) New International Version (NIV)
1 One who isolates himself pursues [selfish] desires; he rebels against all sound judgment. 1 An unfriendly man pursues selfish ends; he defies all sound judgment.
2 A fool does not delight in understanding, but only wants to show off his opinions. 2 A fool finds no pleasure in understanding but delights in airing his own opinions.
3 When a wicked man comes, shame does also, and along with dishonor, disgrace. 3 When wickedness comes, so does contempt, and with shame comes disgrace.
4 The words of a man's mouth are deep waters, a flowing river, 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 show partiality to the guilty by perverting the justice due the innocent. 5 It is not good to be partial to the wicked or to deprive the innocent of justice.
6 A fool's lips lead to strife, and his mouth provokes a beating. 6 A fool's lips bring him strife, and his mouth invites a beating.
7 A fool's mouth is his devastation, and his lips are a trap for his life. 7 A fool's mouth is his undoing, and his lips are a snare to his soul.
8 A gossip's words are like choice food that goes down to one's innermost being. 8 The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to a man's inmost parts.
9 The one who is truly lazy in his work is brother to a vandal. 9 One who is slack in his work is brother to one who destroys.
10 The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are protected. 10 The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.
11 A rich man's wealth is his fortified city; in his imagination it is like a high wall. 11 The wealth of the rich is their fortified city; they imagine it an unscalable wall.
12 Before his downfall a man's heart is proud, but before honor comes humility. 12 Before his downfall a man's heart is proud, but humility comes before honor.
13 The one who gives an answer before he listens- this is foolishness and disgrace for him. 13 He who answers before listening-- that is his folly and his shame.
14 A man's spirit can endure sickness, but who can survive a broken spirit? 14 A man's spirit sustains him in sickness, but a crushed spirit who can bear?
15 The mind of the discerning acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks it. 15 The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge; the ears of the wise seek it out.
16 A gift opens doors for a man and brings him before 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 until another comes and cross-examines him. 17 The first to present his case seems right, till another comes forward and questions him.
18 [Casting] the lot ends quarrels and separates powerful opponents. 18 Casting the lot settles disputes and keeps strong opponents apart.
19 An offended brother is [harder to reach] than a fortified city, and quarrels 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 From the fruit of his mouth a man's stomach is satisfied; he is filled with the product of his lips. 20 From the fruit of his mouth a man's stomach is filled; with the harvest from his lips he is satisfied.
21 Life and death are in the power of the tongue, and 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 A man who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the Lord. 22 He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the LORD.
23 The poor man pleads, but the rich one answers roughly. 23 A poor man pleads for mercy, but a rich man answers harshly.
24 A man with many friends may be harmed, but there is a friend who stays 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.