Proverbs 18 WYC/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 He that will go away from a friend, seeketh occasions, that is, feigneth causes, (or looketh for reasons); in all time he shall be despisable. 1 An unfriendly man pursues selfish ends; he defies all sound judgment.
2 A fool receiveth not the words of prudence; no but thou say those things, that be turned (over) in his heart. 2 A fool finds no pleasure in understanding but delights in airing his own opinions.
3 A wicked man, when he cometh into (the) depth of sins, despiseth wholesome lore, (or discipline,) and commandment; but scandal and shame followeth him. 3 When wickedness comes, so does contempt, and with shame comes disgrace.
4 Deep water is the words of the mouth of a man; and a strand floating over is the well of wisdom. (Words from a person's mouth can be like deep water/can be as deep as the water; and the well of wisdom is like a stream flowing over.) 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 take the person of a wicked man in doom, that thou bow away from the truth of doom. (It is not good to favour a wicked person, so that thou turn away from the truth in judgement.) 5 It is not good to be partial to the wicked or to deprive the innocent of justice.
6 The lips of a fool meddle themselves with chidings; and his mouth stirreth strives. (A fool's lips mix, or mingle, themselves in with arguments; and his mouth stirreth up strife.) 6 A fool's lips bring him strife, and his mouth invites a beating.
7 The mouth of a fool is [the] defouling of him; and his lips be the falling 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 double-tongued man be as simple; and they come unto the inner things of the womb. Dread casteth down a slow man; forsooth the souls of men turned into women's condition shall have hunger. (A gossip's words be tasty; and they go down into the innermost parts. Fear casteth down the lazy; and those who be timid shall have hunger.) 8 The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to a man's inmost parts.
9 He that is nesh, and dissolute, either unsteadfast, in his work, is the brother of a man destroying his works. 9 One who is slack in his work is brother to one who destroys.
10 A full strong tower is the name of the Lord; a just man runneth to him, and [he] shall be enhanced. (The Lord's name is a full strong tower; the righteous run to it, and they shall be safe.) 10 The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.
11 The chattel of a rich man is the city of his strength; and as a strong wall compassing him. (A rich person's possessions is the city of his strength; and they be like a strong wall surrounding him, or so he thinketh.) 11 The wealth of the rich is their fortified city; they imagine it an unscalable wall.
12 The heart of man is enhanced, before that it be broken; and it is made meek, before that it be glorified. (A person's heart is raised up in pride, before that it is broken; and it is humbled, before that it is glorified.) 12 Before his downfall a man's heart is proud, but humility comes before honor.
13 He that answereth before that he heareth, showeth himself to be a fool; and worthy of shame. 13 He who answers before listening-- that is his folly and his shame.
14 The spirit of a man sustaineth (him in) his feebleness; but who may sustain a spirit light to be wroth? (A person's spirit can sustain him in sickness; but who can endure with a broken spirit?) 14 A man's spirit sustains him in sickness, but a crushed spirit who can bear?
15 The heart of a prudent man shall hold steadfastly knowing; and the ear of wise men seeketh teaching. (The heart of a person with understanding shall steadfastly hold onto knowledge; and the ears of the wise seek out teaching, or instruction.) 15 The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge; the ears of the wise seek it out.
16 The gift of a man alargeth his way; and maketh space to him before princes. (Giving a gift openeth, or smootheth, one's way; and maketh an opening for thee among the leaders, or among the powerful.) 16 A gift opens the way for the giver and ushers him into the presence of the great.
17 A just man is the first accuser of himself; his friend cometh, and shall search him. (He who is the first to speak for a cause seemeth right; but then his opponent shall come, and shall search him out.) 17 The first to present his case seems right, till another comes forward and questions him.
18 Lot ceaseth against-sayings; and deemeth also among mighty men. (Casting lots ceaseth arguments; and also judgeth, or decideth, among the mighty.) 18 Casting the lot settles disputes and keeps strong opponents apart.
19 A brother that is helped of a brother, is as a steadfast city; and [the] dooms be as the bars of cities. (A brother helped by a brother, is like protection from the wall of a steadfast city; but arguments be like the bars of a city, preventing entry.) 19 An offended brother is more unyielding than a fortified city, and disputes are like the barred gates of a citadel.
20 A man's womb shall be [ful]filled of the fruit of his mouth (A man's belly shall be fulfilled, or satisfied, by the fruit of his mouth); and the seeds of his lips shall fill him. 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 be in the works of [the] tongue; they that love it, shall eat the fruits thereof (they who nurture it, shall eat its fruits). 21 The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.
22 He that findeth a good woman, findeth a good thing; and of the Lord he shall draw up mirth (and he receiveth favour from the Lord). He that putteth away a good woman, putteth away a good thing; but he that holdeth (onto an) adulteress, is a fool and unwise. 22 He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the LORD.
23 A poor man shall speak with beseechings, (or with pleadings); and a rich man shall speak sternly. 23 A poor man pleads for mercy, but a rich man answers harshly.
24 A man friendly to fellowship shall more be a friend, than a brother. (A man given to fellowship with thee, can be more of a friend, than even thy own brother.) 24 A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.