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Proverbs 18 GNT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 People who do not get along with others are interested only in themselves; they will disagree with what everyone else knows is right. 1 An unfriendly man pursues selfish ends; he defies all sound judgment.
2 A fool does not care whether he understands a thing or not; all he wants to do is show how smart he is. 2 A fool finds no pleasure in understanding but delights in airing his own opinions.
3 Sin and shame go together. Lose your honor, and you will get scorn in its place. 3 When wickedness comes, so does contempt, and with shame comes disgrace.
4 A person's words can be a source of wisdom, deep as the ocean, fresh as a flowing stream. 4 The words of a man's mouth are deep waters, but the fountain of wisdom is a bubbling brook.
5 It is not right to favor the guilty and keep the innocent from receiving justice. 5 It is not good to be partial to the wicked or to deprive the innocent of justice.
6 When some fool starts an argument, he is asking for a beating. 6 A fool's lips bring him strife, and his mouth invites a beating.
7 When a fool speaks, he is ruining himself; he gets caught in the trap of his own words. 7 A fool's mouth is his undoing, and his lips are a snare to his soul.
8 Gossip is so tasty - how we love to swallow it! 8 The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to a man's inmost parts.
9 A lazy person is as bad as someone who is destructive. 9 One who is slack in his work is brother to one who destroys.
10 The Lord is like a strong tower, where the righteous can go and be safe. 10 The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.
11 Rich people, however, imagine that their wealth protects them like high, strong walls around a city. 11 The wealth of the rich is their fortified city; they imagine it an unscalable wall.
12 No one is respected unless he is humble; arrogant people are on the way to ruin. 12 Before his downfall a man's heart is proud, but humility comes before honor.
13 Listen before you answer. If you don't, you are being stupid and insulting. 13 He who answers before listening-- that is his folly and his shame.
14 Your will to live can sustain you when you are sick, but if you lose it, your last hope is gone. 14 A man's spirit sustains him in sickness, but a crushed spirit who can bear?
15 Intelligent people are always eager and ready to learn. 15 The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge; the ears of the wise seek it out.
16 Do you want to meet an important person? Take a gift and it will be easy. 16 A gift opens the way for the giver and ushers him into the presence of the great.
17 The first person to speak in court always seems right until his opponent begins to question him. 17 The first to present his case seems right, till another comes forward and questions him.
18 If two powerful people are opposing each other in court, casting lots can settle the issue. 18 Casting the lot settles disputes and keeps strong opponents apart.
19 Help your relatives and they will protect you like a strong city wall, but if you quarrel with them, they will close their doors to you. 19 An offended brother is more unyielding than a fortified city, and disputes are like the barred gates of a citadel.
20 You will have to live with the consequences of everything you say. 20 From the fruit of his mouth a man's stomach is filled; with the harvest from his lips he is satisfied.
21 What you say can preserve life or destroy it; so you must accept the consequences of your words. 21 The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.
22 Find a wife and you find a good thing; it shows that the Lord is good to you. 22 He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the LORD.
23 When the poor speak, they have to be polite, but when the rich answer, they are rude. 23 A poor man pleads for mercy, but a rich man answers harshly.
24 Some friendships do not last, but some friends are more loyal than brothers. 24 A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.