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Proverbs 18 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

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1 A recluse is self-indulgent, snarling at every sound principle of conduct. 1 An unfriendly man pursues selfish ends; he defies all sound judgment.
2 Fools have no interest in understanding; they only want to air their own opinions. 2 A fool finds no pleasure in understanding but delights in airing his own opinions.
3 When the wicked arrive, contempt, shame, and disgrace are sure to follow. 3 When wickedness comes, so does contempt, and with shame comes disgrace.
4 A person's words can be life-giving water; words of true wisdom are as refreshing as a bubbling brook. 4 The words of a man's mouth are deep waters, but the fountain of wisdom is a bubbling brook.
5 It is wrong for a judge to favor the guilty or condemn the innocent. 5 It is not good to be partial to the wicked or to deprive the innocent of justice.
6 Fools get into constant quarrels; they are asking for a beating. 6 A fool's lips bring him strife, and his mouth invites a beating.
7 The mouths of fools are their ruin; their lips get them into trouble. 7 A fool's mouth is his undoing, and his lips are a snare to his soul.
8 What dainty morsels rumors are -- but they sink deep into one's heart. 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 destroys things. 9 One who is slack in his work is brother to one who destroys.
10 The name of the LORD is a strong fortress; the godly run to him and are safe. 10 The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.
11 The rich think of their wealth as an impregnable defense; they imagine it is a high wall of safety. 11 The wealth of the rich is their fortified city; they imagine it an unscalable wall.
12 Haughtiness goes before destruction; humility precedes honor. 12 Before his downfall a man's heart is proud, but humility comes before honor.
13 What a shame, what folly, to give advice before listening to the facts! 13 He who answers before listening-- that is his folly and his shame.
14 The human spirit can endure a sick body, but who can bear it if the spirit is crushed? 14 A man's spirit sustains him in sickness, but a crushed spirit who can bear?
15 Intelligent people are always open to new ideas. In fact, they look for them. 15 The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge; the ears of the wise seek it out.
16 Giving a gift works wonders; it may bring you before important people! 16 A gift opens the way for the giver and ushers him into the presence of the great.
17 Any story sounds true until someone sets the record straight. 17 The first to present his case seems right, till another comes forward and questions him.
18 Casting lots can end arguments and settle disputes between powerful opponents. 18 Casting the lot settles disputes and keeps strong opponents apart.
19 It's harder to make amends with an offended friend than to capture a fortified city. Arguments separate friends like a gate locked with iron bars. 19 An offended brother is more unyielding than a fortified city, and disputes are like the barred gates of a citadel.
20 Words satisfy the soul as food satisfies the stomach; the right words on a person's lips bring satisfaction. 20 From the fruit of his mouth a man's stomach is filled; with the harvest from his lips he is satisfied.
21 Those who love to talk will experience the consequences, for the tongue can kill or nourish life. 21 The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.
22 The man who finds a wife finds a treasure and receives favor from the LORD. 22 He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the LORD.
23 The poor plead for mercy; the rich answer with insults. 23 A poor man pleads for mercy, but a rich man answers harshly.
24 There are "friends" who destroy each other, but a real friend 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.