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Proverbs 18 HNV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 An unfriendly man pursues selfishness, And defies all sound judgment. 1 An unfriendly man pursues selfish ends; he defies all sound judgment.
2 A fool has no delight in understanding, But only in broadcasting his own opinion. 2 A fool finds no pleasure in understanding but delights in airing his own opinions.
3 When wickedness comes, contempt also comes, And with shame comes disgrace. 3 When wickedness comes, so does contempt, and with shame comes disgrace.
4 The words of a man's mouth are like deep waters. The fountain of wisdom is like a flowing brook. 4 The words of a man's mouth are deep waters, but the fountain of wisdom is a bubbling brook.
5 To be partial to the faces of the wicked is not good, Nor to deprive the innocent of justice. 5 It is not good to be partial to the wicked or to deprive the innocent of justice.
6 A fool's lips come into strife, And his mouth invites beatings. 6 A fool's lips bring him strife, and his mouth invites a beating.
7 A fool's mouth is his destruction, And his lips are a snare to his soul. 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 dainty morsels: They go down into a person's innermost 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 brother to him who is a master of destruction. 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 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 man's wealth is his strong city, Like an unscalable wall in his own imagination. 11 The wealth of the rich is their fortified city; they imagine it an unscalable wall.
12 Before destruction the heart of man is proud, But before honor is humility. 12 Before his downfall a man's heart is proud, but humility comes before honor.
13 He who gives answer before he hears, That is folly and shame to him. 13 He who answers before listening-- that is his folly and his shame.
14 A man's spirit will sustain him 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 gets knowledge. 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 man's gift makes room for him, And brings him before great men. 16 A gift opens the way for the giver and ushers him into the presence of the great.
17 He who pleads his cause first seems right; Until another comes and questions him. 17 The first to present his case seems right, till another comes forward and questions him.
18 The lot settles disputes, And keeps strong ones apart. 18 Casting the lot settles disputes and keeps strong opponents apart.
19 A brother offended is more difficult than a fortified city; And disputes are 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 A man's stomach is filled with the fruit of his mouth. With the harvest of his lips he is satisfied. 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; 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 Whoever finds a wife finds a good thing, And obtains favor of the LORD. 22 He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the LORD.
23 The poor pleads for mercy, But the rich answers harshly. 23 A poor man pleads for mercy, but a rich man answers harshly.
24 A man of many companions may be ruined, 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.