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Proverbs 18 NRS/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

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1 The one who lives alone is self-indulgent, showing contempt for all who have sound judgment. 1 An unfriendly man pursues selfish ends; he defies all sound judgment.
2 A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing personal opinion. 2 A fool finds no pleasure in understanding but delights in airing his own opinions.
3 When wickedness comes, contempt comes also; and with dishonor comes disgrace. 3 When wickedness comes, so does contempt, and with shame comes disgrace.
4 The words of the mouth are deep waters; the fountain of wisdom is a gushing 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 be partial to the guilty, or to subvert the innocent 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 a fool's mouth invites a flogging. 6 A fool's lips bring him strife, and his mouth invites a beating.
7 The mouths of fools are their ruin, and their lips a snare to themselves. 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 delicious morsels; they go down into the inner parts of the body. 8 The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to a man's inmost parts.
9 One who is slack in work is close kin 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; the righteous run into it and are safe. 10 The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.
11 The wealth of the rich is their strong city; in their imagination it is like a high wall. 11 The wealth of the rich is their fortified city; they imagine it an unscalable wall.
12 Before destruction one's heart is haughty, but humility goes before honor. 12 Before his downfall a man's heart is proud, but humility comes before honor.
13 If one gives answer before hearing, it is folly and shame. 13 He who answers before listening-- that is his folly and his shame.
14 The human spirit will endure sickness; but a broken spirit—who can bear? 14 A man's spirit sustains him in sickness, but a crushed spirit who can bear?
15 An intelligent mind 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 gift opens doors; it gives access to the great. 16 A gift opens the way for the giver and ushers him into the presence of the great.
17 The one who first states a case seems right, until the other comes and cross-examines. 17 The first to present his case seems right, till another comes forward and questions him.
18 Casting the lot puts an end to disputes and decides between powerful contenders. 18 Casting the lot settles disputes and keeps strong opponents apart.
19 An ally offended is stronger than a city; such quarreling is like the bars of a castle. 19 An offended brother is more unyielding than a fortified city, and disputes are like the barred gates of a citadel.
20 From the fruit of the mouth one's stomach is satisfied; the yield of the lips brings satisfaction. 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 fruits. 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 use entreaties, but the rich answer roughly. 23 A poor man pleads for mercy, but a rich man answers harshly.
24 Some friends play at friendship but a true friend sticks closer than one's nearest kin. 24 A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.