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Proverbs 18 YLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 For [an object of] desire he who is separated doth seek, With all wisdom he intermeddleth. 1 An unfriendly man pursues selfish ends; he defies all sound judgment.
2 A fool delighteth not in understanding, But -- in uncovering his heart. 2 A fool finds no pleasure in understanding but delights in airing his own opinions.
3 With the coming of the wicked come also hath contempt, And with shame -- reproach. 3 When wickedness comes, so does contempt, and with shame comes disgrace.
4 Deep waters [are] the words of a man's mouth, The fountain of wisdom [is] a flowing brook. 4 The words of a man's mouth are deep waters, but the fountain of wisdom is a bubbling brook.
5 Acceptance of the face of the wicked [is] not good, To turn aside the righteous in judgment. 5 It is not good to be partial to the wicked or to deprive the innocent of justice.
6 The lips of a fool enter into strife, And his mouth for stripes calleth. 6 A fool's lips bring him strife, and his mouth invites a beating.
7 The mouth of a fool [is] ruin to him, And his lips [are] the snare 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 tale-bearer [are] as self-inflicted wounds, And they have gone down [to] the inner parts of the heart. 8 The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to a man's inmost parts.
9 He also that is remiss in his work, A brother he [is] to a destroyer. 9 One who is slack in his work is brother to one who destroys.
10 A tower of strength [is] the name of Jehovah, Into it the righteous runneth, and is set on high. 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] the city of his strength, And as a wall set on high 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 high, And before honour [is] humility. 12 Before his downfall a man's heart is proud, but humility comes before honor.
13 Whoso is answering a matter before he heareth, Folly it is to him and shame. 13 He who answers before listening-- that is his folly and his shame.
14 The spirit of a man sustaineth his sickness, And a smitten spirit who doth bear? 14 A man's spirit sustains him in sickness, but a crushed spirit who can bear?
15 The heart of the intelligent getteth knowledge, And the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge. 15 The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge; the ears of the wise seek it out.
16 The gift of a man maketh room for him, And before the great it leadeth him. 16 A gift opens the way for the giver and ushers him into the presence of the great.
17 Righteous [is] the first in his own cause, His neighbour cometh and hath searched him. 17 The first to present his case seems right, till another comes forward and questions him.
18 The lot causeth contentions to cease, And between the mighty it separateth. 18 Casting the lot settles disputes and keeps strong opponents apart.
19 A brother transgressed against is as a strong city, And contentions as the bar of a palace. 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 a man's mouth is his belly satisfied, [From the] increase 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, And those loving it eat its fruit. 21 The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.
22 [Whoso] hath found a wife hath found good, And bringeth out good-will from Jehovah. 22 He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the LORD.
23 [With] supplications doth the poor speak, And the rich answereth fierce things. 23 A poor man pleads for mercy, but a rich man answers harshly.
24 A man with friends [is] to show himself friendly, And there is a lover adhering more than a brother! 24 A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.