Proverbs 18 GW/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 A loner is out to get what he wants for himself. He opposes all sound reasoning. 1 An unfriendly man pursues selfish ends; he defies all sound judgment.
2 A fool does not find joy in understanding but only in expressing his own opinion. 2 A fool finds no pleasure in understanding but delights in airing his own opinions.
3 When wickedness comes, contempt also comes, and insult comes along with disgrace. 3 When wickedness comes, so does contempt, and with shame comes disgrace.
4 The words of a person's mouth are like deep waters. The fountain of wisdom is an overflowing 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 good to be partial toward a wicked person, thereby depriving an innocent person of justice. 5 It is not good to be partial to the wicked or to deprive the innocent of justice.
6 By talking, a fool gets into an argument, and his mouth invites 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 lips are a trap to his soul. 7 A fool's mouth is his undoing, and his lips are a snare to his soul.
8 The words of a gossip are swallowed greedily, and they go down into a person's innermost being. 8 The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to a man's inmost parts.
9 Whoever is lazy in his work is related 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. A righteous person runs to it and is safe. 10 The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.
11 A rich person's wealth is his strong city and is like a high wall in his imagination. 11 The wealth of the rich is their fortified city; they imagine it an unscalable wall.
12 Before destruction a person's heart is arrogant, but humility comes before honor. 12 Before his downfall a man's heart is proud, but humility comes before honor.
13 Whoever gives an answer before he listens is stupid and shameful. 13 He who answers before listening-- that is his folly and his shame.
14 A person's spirit can endure sickness, but who can bear a broken spirit? 14 A man's spirit sustains him in sickness, but a crushed spirit who can bear?
15 The mind of a person who has understanding acquires knowledge. The ears of wise people seek knowledge. 15 The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge; the ears of the wise seek it out.
16 A gift opens doors for the one who gives it and brings him into the presence of great people. 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] his neighbor comes to cross-examine him. 17 The first to present his case seems right, till another comes forward and questions him.
18 Flipping a coin ends quarrels and settles [issues] between powerful people. 18 Casting the lot settles disputes and keeps strong opponents apart.
19 An offended brother is more [resistant] than a strong city, and disputes are like the locked gate of a castle tower. 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 speaking ability provides for his stomach. His talking provides him a living. 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 the power of life and death, and those who love to talk will have to eat their own words. 21 The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.
22 Whoever finds a wife finds something good and has obtained favor from the LORD. 22 He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the LORD.
23 A poor person is timid when begging, but a rich person is blunt when replying. 23 A poor man pleads for mercy, but a rich man answers harshly.
24 Friends can destroy one another, but a loving friend can stick closer than family. 24 A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.