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Proverbs 18

GNT 1 People who do not get along with others are interested only in themselves; they will disagree with what everyone else knows is right. NIV 1 An unfriendly man pursues selfish ends; he defies all sound judgment. GNT 2 A fool does not care whether he understands a thing or not; all he wants to do is show how smart he is. NIV 2 A fool finds no pleasure in understanding but delights in airing his own opinions. GNT 3 Sin and shame go together. Lose your honor, and you will get scorn in its place. NIV 3 When wickedness comes, so does contempt, and with shame comes disgrace. GNT 4 A person's words can be a source of wisdom, deep as the ocean, fresh as a flowing stream. NIV 4 The words of a man's mouth are deep waters, but the fountain of wisdom is a bubbling brook. GNT 5 It is not right to favor the guilty and keep the innocent from receiving justice. NIV 5 It is not good to be partial to the wicked or to deprive the innocent of justice. GNT 6 When some fool starts an argument, he is asking for a beating. NIV 6 A fool's lips bring him strife, and his mouth invites a beating. GNT 7 When a fool speaks, he is ruining himself; he gets caught in the trap of his own words. NIV 7 A fool's mouth is his undoing, and his lips are a snare to his soul. GNT 8 Gossip is so tasty - how we love to swallow it! NIV 8 The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to a man's inmost parts. GNT 9 A lazy person is as bad as someone who is destructive. NIV 9 One who is slack in his work is brother to one who destroys. GNT 10 The Lord is like a strong tower, where the righteous can go and be safe. NIV 10 The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe. GNT 11 Rich people, however, imagine that their wealth protects them like high, strong walls around a city. NIV 11 The wealth of the rich is their fortified city; they imagine it an unscalable wall. GNT 12 No one is respected unless he is humble; arrogant people are on the way to ruin. NIV 12 Before his downfall a man's heart is proud, but humility comes before honor. GNT 13 Listen before you answer. If you don't, you are being stupid and insulting. NIV 13 He who answers before listening-- that is his folly and his shame. GNT 14 Your will to live can sustain you when you are sick, but if you lose it, your last hope is gone. NIV 14 A man's spirit sustains him in sickness, but a crushed spirit who can bear? GNT 15 Intelligent people are always eager and ready to learn. NIV 15 The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge; the ears of the wise seek it out. GNT 16 Do you want to meet an important person? Take a gift and it will be easy. NIV 16 A gift opens the way for the giver and ushers him into the presence of the great. GNT 17 The first person to speak in court always seems right until his opponent begins to question him. NIV 17 The first to present his case seems right, till another comes forward and questions him. GNT 18 If two powerful people are opposing each other in court, casting lots can settle the issue. NIV 18 Casting the lot settles disputes and keeps strong opponents apart. GNT 19 Help your relatives and they will protect you like a strong city wall, but if you quarrel with them, they will close their doors to you. NIV 19 An offended brother is more unyielding than a fortified city, and disputes are like the barred gates of a citadel. GNT 20 You will have to live with the consequences of everything you say. NIV 20 From the fruit of his mouth a man's stomach is filled; with the harvest from his lips he is satisfied. GNT 21 What you say can preserve life or destroy it; so you must accept the consequences of your words. NIV 21 The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit. GNT 22 Find a wife and you find a good thing; it shows that the Lord is good to you. NIV 22 He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the LORD. GNT 23 When the poor speak, they have to be polite, but when the rich answer, they are rude. NIV 23 A poor man pleads for mercy, but a rich man answers harshly. GNT 24 Some friendships do not last, but some friends are more loyal than brothers. NIV 24 A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.