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Proverbs 18 NIRV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

New International Reader's Version (NIRV) New International Version (NIV)
1 A person who isn't friendly looks out only for himself. He opposes all good sense. 1 An unfriendly man pursues selfish ends; he defies all sound judgment.
2 A foolish person doesn't want to understand. He takes delight in saying only what he thinks. 2 A fool finds no pleasure in understanding but delights in airing his own opinions.
3 People hate it when evil comes. And they refuse to honor those who bring shame. 3 When wickedness comes, so does contempt, and with shame comes disgrace.
4 The words of a person's mouth are like deep water. But the fountain of wisdom is like a flowing stream. 4 The words of a man's mouth are deep waters, but the fountain of wisdom is a bubbling brook.
5 It isn't good to favor those who do wrong. And it isn't good to hold back what is fair from those who aren't guilty. 5 It is not good to be partial to the wicked or to deprive the innocent of justice.
6 What a foolish person says leads to arguing. He is just asking for a beating. 6 A fool's lips bring him strife, and his mouth invites a beating.
7 The words of a foolish person drag him down. He is trapped by what he says. 7 A fool's mouth is his undoing, and his lips are a snare to his soul.
8 The words of anyone who talks about others are like tasty bites of food. They go deep down inside you. 8 The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to a man's inmost parts.
9 Anyone who doesn't want to work is like someone who destroys. 9 One who is slack in his work is brother to one who destroys.
10 The name of the LORD is like a strong tower. Godly people 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 rich people is like a city that makes them feel safe. They think of it as a city with walls that can't be climbed. 11 The wealth of the rich is their fortified city; they imagine it an unscalable wall.
12 If a man's heart is proud, he will be destroyed. So don't be proud if you want to be honored. 12 Before his downfall a man's heart is proud, but humility comes before honor.
13 To answer before listening is foolish and shameful. 13 He who answers before listening-- that is his folly and his shame.
14 A man's cheerful heart gives him strength when he is sick. You can't keep going if you have a broken spirit. 14 A man's spirit sustains him in sickness, but a crushed spirit who can bear?
15 Those whose hearts understand what is right get knowledge. The ears of those who are wise listen for it. 15 The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge; the ears of the wise seek it out.
16 A gift opens the way for the one who gives it. It helps him meet important people. 16 A gift opens the way for the giver and ushers him into the presence of the great.
17 The first one to tell his case seems right. Then someone else comes forward and questions him. 17 The first to present his case seems right, till another comes forward and questions him.
18 Casting lots will put a stop to arguing. It will keep the strongest enemies apart. 18 Casting the lot settles disputes and keeps strong opponents apart.
19 A broken friendship is harder to deal with than a city that has high walls around it. And arguing is like the locked gates of a mighty city. 19 An offended brother is more unyielding than a fortified city, and disputes are like the barred gates of a citadel.
20 A man can fill his stomach with what he says. The words from his lips can satisfy him. 20 From the fruit of his mouth a man's stomach is filled; with the harvest from his lips he is satisfied.
21 Your tongue has the power of life and death. Those who love to talk will eat the fruit of their words. 21 The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.
22 The one who finds a wife finds what is good. He receives favor from the Lord. 22 He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the LORD.
23 Poor people beg for mercy. But rich people answer in a mean way. 23 A poor man pleads for mercy, but a rich man answers harshly.
24 Even a man who has many companions can be destroyed. 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.