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Proverbs 18 NAS/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 He who separates himself seeks his own desire, He quarrels against all sound wisdom. 1 An unfriendly man pursues selfish ends; he defies all sound judgment.
2 A fool does not delight in understanding, But only in revealing his own mind. 2 A fool finds no pleasure in understanding but delights in airing his own opinions.
3 When a wicked man comes, contempt also comes, And with dishonor comes scorn. 3 When wickedness comes, so does contempt, and with shame comes disgrace.
4 The words of a man's mouth are deep waters; The fountain of wisdom is a bubbling brook. 4 The words of a man's mouth are deep waters, but the fountain of wisdom is a bubbling brook.
5 To show partiality to the wicked is not good, Nor to thrust aside the righteous in judgment. 5 It is not good to be partial to the wicked or to deprive the innocent of justice.
6 A fool's lips bring strife, And his mouth calls for blows. 6 A fool's lips bring him strife, and his mouth invites a beating.
7 A fool's mouth is his ruin, And his lips are the snare of his soul. 7 A fool's mouth is his undoing, and his lips are a snare to his soul.
8 The words of a whisperer are like dainty morsels, And they go down into the innermost parts of the body. 8 The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to a man's inmost parts.
9 He also who is slack in his work Is brother to him who destroys. 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 runs into 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 man's wealth is his strong city, And 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 destruction the heart of man is haughty, But humility goes before honor. 12 Before his downfall a man's heart is proud, but humility comes before honor.
13 He who gives an answer before he hears, It is folly and shame to him. 13 He who answers before listening-- that is his folly and his shame.
14 The spirit of a man can endure his sickness, But as for a broken 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 the prudent acquires 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 man's gift makes room for him And brings him before great men. 16 A gift opens the way for the giver and ushers him into the presence of the great.
17 The first to plead his case seems right, Until another comes and examines him. 17 The first to present his case seems right, till another comes forward and questions him.
18 The cast lot puts an end to strife And decides between the mighty ones. 18 Casting the lot settles disputes and keeps strong opponents apart.
19 A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city, And contentions are like the bars of a citadel. 19 An offended brother is more unyielding than a fortified city, and disputes are like the barred gates of a citadel.
20 With the fruit of a man's mouth his stomach will be satisfied; He will be satisfied 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 Death and life 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 He 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 utters supplications, But the rich man answers roughly. 23 A poor man pleads for mercy, but a rich man answers harshly.
24 A man of too many friends comes to ruin, But there is a friend who 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.