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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 person pursues selfish ends and against all sound judgment starts quarrels. 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 Fools find no pleasure in understanding but delight in airing their 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 reproach. 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 the mouth are deep waters, but the fountain of wisdom is a rushing stream. 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 and so deprive the innocent of justice. GNT 6 When some fool starts an argument, he is asking for a beating. NIV 6 The lips of fools bring them strife, and their mouths invite a beating. GNT 7 When a fool speaks, he is ruining himself; he gets caught in the trap of his own words. NIV 7 The mouths of fools are their undoing, and their lips are a snare to their very lives. 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 the 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 fortified 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 a wall too high to scale. GNT 12 No one is respected unless he is humble; arrogant people are on the way to ruin. NIV 12 Before a downfall the heart is haughty, but humility comes before honor. GNT 13 Listen before you answer. If you don't, you are being stupid and insulting. NIV 13 To answer before listening— that is folly and 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 The human spirit can endure 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, for 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 and ushers the giver 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 In a lawsuit the first to speak seems right, until someone comes forward and cross-examines. 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 A brother wronged is more unyielding than a fortified city; 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 their mouth a person’s stomach is filled; with the harvest of their lips they are 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 The poor plead for mercy, but the rich answer harshly. GNT 24 Some friendships do not last, but some friends are more loyal than brothers. 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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