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Proverbs 18 NCV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

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1 Unfriendly people are selfish and hate all good sense. 1 An unfriendly man pursues selfish ends; he defies all sound judgment.
2 Fools do not want to understand anything. They only want to tell others what they think. 2 A fool finds no pleasure in understanding but delights in airing his own opinions.
3 Do something evil, and people won't like you. Do something shameful, and they will make fun of you. 3 When wickedness comes, so does contempt, and with shame comes disgrace.
4 Spoken words can be like deep water, but wisdom is like 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 good to honor the wicked or to be unfair to the innocent. 5 It is not good to be partial to the wicked or to deprive the innocent of justice.
6 The words of fools start quarrels. They make people want to beat them. 6 A fool's lips bring him strife, and his mouth invites a beating.
7 The words of fools will ruin them; their own words will trap them. 7 A fool's mouth is his undoing, and his lips are a snare to his soul.
8 The words of a gossip are like tasty bits of food. People like to gobble them up. 8 The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to a man's inmost parts.
9 A person who doesn't work hard is just like someone who destroys things. 9 One who is slack in his work is brother to one who destroys.
10 The Lord is like a strong tower; those who do right can run to him for safety. 10 The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.
11 Rich people trust their wealth to protect them. They think it is like the high walls of a city. 11 The wealth of the rich is their fortified city; they imagine it an unscalable wall.
12 Proud people will be ruined, but the humble will be honored. 12 Before his downfall a man's heart is proud, but humility comes before honor.
13 Anyone who answers without listening is foolish and confused. 13 He who answers before listening-- that is his folly and his shame.
14 The will to live can get you through sickness, but no one can live with 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 with understanding gets knowledge; the wise person listens to learn more. 15 The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge; the ears of the wise seek it out.
16 Taking a gift to an important man will help get you in to see him. 16 A gift opens the way for the giver and ushers him into the presence of the great.
17 The person who tells one side of a story seems right, until someone else comes and asks questions. 17 The first to present his case seems right, till another comes forward and questions him.
18 Throwing lots can settle arguments and keep the two sides from fighting. 18 Casting the lot settles disputes and keeps strong opponents apart.
19 A brother who has been insulted is harder to win back than a walled city, and arguments separate people like the barred gates of a palace. 19 An offended brother is more unyielding than a fortified city, and disputes are like the barred gates of a citadel.
20 People will be rewarded for what they say; they will be rewarded by how they speak. 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 mean life or death. Those who speak with care will be rewarded. 21 The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.
22 When a man finds a wife, he finds something good. It shows that the Lord is pleased with him. 22 He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the LORD.
23 The poor beg for mercy, but the rich give rude answers. 23 A poor man pleads for mercy, but a rich man answers harshly.
24 Some friends may ruin you, but a real friend will be more loyal than a brother. 24 A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.