Parallel Bible results for Proverbs 18

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Proverbs 18

NCV 1 Unfriendly people are selfish and hate all good sense. NIV 1 An unfriendly man pursues selfish ends; he defies all sound judgment. NCV 2 Fools do not want to understand anything. They only want to tell others what they think. NIV 2 A fool finds no pleasure in understanding but delights in airing his own opinions. NCV 3 Do something evil, and people won't like you. Do something shameful, and they will make fun of you. NIV 3 When wickedness comes, so does contempt, and with shame comes disgrace. NCV 4 Spoken words can be like deep water, but wisdom is like a flowing stream. NIV 4 The words of a man's mouth are deep waters, but the fountain of wisdom is a bubbling brook. NCV 5 It is not good to honor the wicked or to be unfair to the innocent. NIV 5 It is not good to be partial to the wicked or to deprive the innocent of justice. NCV 6 The words of fools start quarrels. They make people want to beat them. NIV 6 A fool's lips bring him strife, and his mouth invites a beating. NCV 7 The words of fools will ruin them; their own words will trap them. NIV 7 A fool's mouth is his undoing, and his lips are a snare to his soul. NCV 8 The words of a gossip are like tasty bits of food. People like to gobble them up. NIV 8 The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to a man's inmost parts. NCV 9 A person who doesn't work hard is just like someone who destroys things. NIV 9 One who is slack in his work is brother to one who destroys. NCV 10 The Lord is like a strong tower; those who do right can run to him for safety. NIV 10 The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe. NCV 11 Rich people trust their wealth to protect them. They think it is like the high walls of a city. NIV 11 The wealth of the rich is their fortified city; they imagine it an unscalable wall. NCV 12 Proud people will be ruined, but the humble will be honored. NIV 12 Before his downfall a man's heart is proud, but humility comes before honor. NCV 13 Anyone who answers without listening is foolish and confused. NIV 13 He who answers before listening-- that is his folly and his shame. NCV 14 The will to live can get you through sickness, but no one can live with a broken spirit. NIV 14 A man's spirit sustains him in sickness, but a crushed spirit who can bear? NCV 15 The mind of a person with understanding gets knowledge; the wise person listens to learn more. NIV 15 The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge; the ears of the wise seek it out. NCV 16 Taking a gift to an important man will help get you in to see him. NIV 16 A gift opens the way for the giver and ushers him into the presence of the great. NCV 17 The person who tells one side of a story seems right, until someone else comes and asks questions. NIV 17 The first to present his case seems right, till another comes forward and questions him. NCV 18 Throwing lots can settle arguments and keep the two sides from fighting. NIV 18 Casting the lot settles disputes and keeps strong opponents apart. NCV 19 A brother who has been insulted is harder to win back than a walled city, and arguments separate people like the barred gates of a palace. NIV 19 An offended brother is more unyielding than a fortified city, and disputes are like the barred gates of a citadel. NCV 20 People will be rewarded for what they say; they will be rewarded by how they speak. NIV 20 From the fruit of his mouth a man's stomach is filled; with the harvest from his lips he is satisfied. NCV 21 What you say can mean life or death. Those who speak with care will be rewarded. NIV 21 The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit. NCV 22 When a man finds a wife, he finds something good. It shows that the Lord is pleased with him. NIV 22 He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the LORD. NCV 23 The poor beg for mercy, but the rich give rude answers. NIV 23 A poor man pleads for mercy, but a rich man answers harshly. NCV 24 Some friends may ruin you, but a real friend will be more loyal than a brother. NIV 24 A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.