Proverbs 18 NIV

1 An unfriendly man pursues selfish ends; he defies all sound judgment.
2 A fool finds no pleasure in understanding but delights in airing his own opinions.1

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3 When wickedness comes, so does contempt, and with shame comes disgrace.
4 The words of a man's mouth are deep waters,2 but the fountain of wisdom is a bubbling brook.

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5 It is not good to be partial to the wicked3 or to deprive the innocent of justice.4

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6 A fool's lips bring him strife, and his mouth invites a beating.5

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7 A fool's mouth is his undoing, and his lips are a snare6 to his soul.7

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8 The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to a man's inmost parts.8

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9 One who is slack in his work is brother to one who destroys.9

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10 The name of the LORD is a strong tower;10 the righteous run to it and are safe.11

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11 The wealth of the rich is their fortified city;12 they imagine it an unscalable wall.

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12 Before his downfall a man's heart is proud, but humility comes before honor.13

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13 He who answers before listening-- that is his folly and his shame.14

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14 A man's spirit sustains him in sickness, but a crushed spirit who can bear?15

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15 The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge;16 the ears of the wise seek it out.

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16 A gift17 opens the way for the giver and ushers him into the presence of the great.

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17 The first to present his case seems right, till another comes forward and questions him.
18 Casting the lot settles disputes18 and keeps strong opponents apart.

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19 An offended19 brother is more unyielding than a fortified city, and disputes are like the barred gates of a citadel.

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20 From the fruit of his mouth a man's stomach is filled; with the harvest from his lips he is satisfied.20

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21 The tongue has the power of life and death,21 and those who love it will eat its fruit.22

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22 He who finds a wife finds what is good23 and receives favor from the LORD.24

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23 A poor man pleads for mercy, but a rich man answers harshly.
24 A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.25

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