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Proverbs 18

WYC 1 He that will go away from a friend, seeketh occasions, that is, feigneth causes, (or looketh for reasons); in all time he shall be despisable. NIV 1 An unfriendly person pursues selfish ends and against all sound judgment starts quarrels. WYC 2 A fool receiveth not the words of prudence; no but thou say those things, that be turned (over) in his heart. NIV 2 Fools find no pleasure in understanding but delight in airing their own opinions. WYC 3 A wicked man, when he cometh into (the) depth of sins, despiseth wholesome lore, (or discipline,) and commandment; but scandal and shame followeth him. NIV 3 When wickedness comes, so does contempt, and with shame comes reproach. WYC 4 Deep water is the words of the mouth of a man; and a strand floating over is the well of wisdom. (Words from a person's mouth can be like deep water/can be as deep as the water; and the well of wisdom is like a stream flowing over.) NIV 4 The words of the mouth are deep waters, but the fountain of wisdom is a rushing stream. WYC 5 It is not good to take the person of a wicked man in doom, that thou bow away from the truth of doom. (It is not good to favour a wicked person, so that thou turn away from the truth in judgement.) NIV 5 It is not good to be partial to the wicked and so deprive the innocent of justice. WYC 6 The lips of a fool meddle themselves with chidings; and his mouth stirreth strives. (A fool's lips mix, or mingle, themselves in with arguments; and his mouth stirreth up strife.) NIV 6 The lips of fools bring them strife, and their mouths invite a beating. WYC 7 The mouth of a fool is [the] defouling of him; and his lips be the falling of his soul. NIV 7 The mouths of fools are their undoing, and their lips are a snare to their very lives. WYC 8 The words of a double-tongued man be as simple; and they come unto the inner things of the womb. Dread casteth down a slow man; forsooth the souls of men turned into women's condition shall have hunger. (A gossip's words be tasty; and they go down into the innermost parts. Fear casteth down the lazy; and those who be timid shall have hunger.) NIV 8 The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to the inmost parts. WYC 9 He that is nesh, and dissolute, either unsteadfast, in his work, is the brother of a man destroying his works. NIV 9 One who is slack in his work is brother to one who destroys. WYC 10 A full strong tower is the name of the Lord; a just man runneth to him, and [he] shall be enhanced. (The Lord's name is a full strong tower; the righteous run to it, and they shall be safe.) NIV 10 The name of the LORD is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe. WYC 11 The chattel of a rich man is the city of his strength; and as a strong wall compassing him. (A rich person's possessions is the city of his strength; and they be like a strong wall surrounding him, or so he thinketh.) NIV 11 The wealth of the rich is their fortified city; they imagine it a wall too high to scale. WYC 12 The heart of man is enhanced, before that it be broken; and it is made meek, before that it be glorified. (A person's heart is raised up in pride, before that it is broken; and it is humbled, before that it is glorified.) NIV 12 Before a downfall the heart is haughty, but humility comes before honor. WYC 13 He that answereth before that he heareth, showeth himself to be a fool; and worthy of shame. NIV 13 To answer before listening— that is folly and shame. WYC 14 The spirit of a man sustaineth (him in) his feebleness; but who may sustain a spirit light to be wroth? (A person's spirit can sustain him in sickness; but who can endure with a broken spirit?) NIV 14 The human spirit can endure in sickness, but a crushed spirit who can bear? WYC 15 The heart of a prudent man shall hold steadfastly knowing; and the ear of wise men seeketh teaching. (The heart of a person with understanding shall steadfastly hold onto knowledge; and the ears of the wise seek out teaching, or instruction.) NIV 15 The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge, for the ears of the wise seek it out. WYC 16 The gift of a man alargeth his way; and maketh space to him before princes. (Giving a gift openeth, or smootheth, one's way; and maketh an opening for thee among the leaders, or among the powerful.) NIV 16 A gift opens the way and ushers the giver into the presence of the great. WYC 17 A just man is the first accuser of himself; his friend cometh, and shall search him. (He who is the first to speak for a cause seemeth right; but then his opponent shall come, and shall search him out.) NIV 17 In a lawsuit the first to speak seems right, until someone comes forward and cross-examines. WYC 18 Lot ceaseth against-sayings; and deemeth also among mighty men. (Casting lots ceaseth arguments; and also judgeth, or decideth, among the mighty.) NIV 18 Casting the lot settles disputes and keeps strong opponents apart. WYC 19 A brother that is helped of a brother, is as a steadfast city; and [the] dooms be as the bars of cities. (A brother helped by a brother, is like protection from the wall of a steadfast city; but arguments be like the bars of a city, preventing entry.) NIV 19 A brother wronged is more unyielding than a fortified city; disputes are like the barred gates of a citadel. WYC 20 A man's womb shall be [ful]filled of the fruit of his mouth (A man's belly shall be fulfilled, or satisfied, by the fruit of his mouth); and the seeds of his lips shall fill him. NIV 20 From the fruit of their mouth a person’s stomach is filled; with the harvest of their lips they are satisfied. WYC 21 Death and life be in the works of [the] tongue; they that love it, shall eat the fruits thereof (they who nurture it, shall eat its fruits). NIV 21 The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit. WYC 22 He that findeth a good woman, findeth a good thing; and of the Lord he shall draw up mirth (and he receiveth favour from the Lord). He that putteth away a good woman, putteth away a good thing; but he that holdeth (onto an) adulteress, is a fool and unwise. NIV 22 He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the LORD. WYC 23 A poor man shall speak with beseechings, (or with pleadings); and a rich man shall speak sternly. NIV 23 The poor plead for mercy, but the rich answer harshly. WYC 24 A man friendly to fellowship shall more be a friend, than a brother. (A man given to fellowship with thee, can be more of a friend, than even thy own brother.) NIV 24 One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

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