Proverbs 18 TNIV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 An unfriendly person pursues selfish ends and against all sound judgment starts quarrels. 1 An unfriendly man pursues selfish ends; he defies all sound judgment.
2 Fools find no pleasure in understanding but delight in airing their own opinions. 2 A fool finds no pleasure in understanding but delights in airing his own opinions.
3 When wickedness comes, so does contempt, and with shame comes reproach. 3 When wickedness comes, so does contempt, and with shame comes disgrace.
4 The words of the mouth are deep waters, but the fountain of wisdom is a rushing 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 to the wicked and so deprive the innocent of justice. 5 It is not good to be partial to the wicked or to deprive the innocent of justice.
6 The lips of fools bring them strife, and their mouths invite a beating. 6 A fool's lips bring him strife, and his mouth invites a beating.
7 The mouths of fools are their undoing, and their lips are a snare to their very lives. 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 choice morsels; they go down to the inmost parts. 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 his work is a close relative of one who destroys. 9 One who is slack in his work is brother to one who destroys.
10 The name of the LORD is a fortified tower; the righteous run to 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 fortified city; they imagine it a wall too high to scale. 11 The wealth of the rich is their fortified city; they imagine it an unscalable wall.
12 Before a downfall the heart is haughty, but humility comes before honor. 12 Before his downfall a man's heart is proud, but humility comes before honor.
13 To answer before listening-- that is folly and shame. 13 He who answers before listening-- that is his folly and his shame.
14 The human spirit can endure in sickness, but a crushed spirit who can bear? 14 A man's spirit sustains him in sickness, but a crushed spirit who can bear?
15 The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge, for the ears of the wise seek it out. 15 The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge; the ears of the wise seek it out.
16 A gift opens the way and ushers the giver into the presence of the great. 16 A gift opens the way for the giver and ushers him into the presence of the great.
17 In a lawsuit the first to speak seems right, until someone comes forward and cross-examines. 17 The first to present his case seems right, till another comes forward and questions him.
18 Casting the lot settles disputes and keeps strong opponents apart. 18 Casting the lot settles disputes and keeps strong opponents apart.
19 A brother wronged is more unyielding than a fortified city; disputes are like the barred gates 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 From the fruit of their mouths people's stomachs are filled; with the harvest of their lips they are satisfied. 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 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 what is good 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, but the rich answer harshly. 23 A poor man pleads for mercy, but a rich man answers harshly.
24 One who has unreliable friends soon 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.