Proverbs 18 1599 Geneva Bible (GNV)
18 1 For the desire thereof he will [a]separate himself to seek it, and occupy himself in all wisdom.
2 A fool hath no delight in understanding: but that his heart may be [b]discovered.
3 When the wicked cometh, then cometh [c]contempt, and with the vile man reproach.
4 The words of a man’s mouth are like deep [d]waters, and the wellspring of wisdom is like a flowing river.
5 It is not good to [e]accept the person of the wicked, to cause the righteous to fall in judgment.
6 A fool’s lips come with strife, and his mouth calleth for stripes.
7 A fool’s mouth is his own destruction, and his lips are a snare for his soul.
8 The words of a talebearer are as flatterings, and they go down into the [f]bowels of the belly.
9 He also that is slothful in his work, is even the brother of him that is a great waster.
10 The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runneth [g]unto it, and is exalted.
11 The rich man’s riches are his strong city: and as an high wall in his imagination.
12 Before destruction the heart of a man is haughty, and before glory goeth lowliness.
13 He that answereth a matter before he hear it, it is folly and shame unto him.
14 The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity: but [h]a wounded spirit, who can bear it?
15 A wise heart getteth knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeketh learning.
16 A man’s gift [i]enlargeth him, and leadeth him before great men.
17 [j]He that is first in his own cause, is just: then cometh his neighbor and maketh inquiry of him.
19 A brother offended is harder to win than a strong city, and their contentions are like the [m]bar of a palace.
20 With the fruit of a man’s mouth shall his belly be satisfied, and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled.
21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and they that [n]love it, shall eat the fruit thereof.
22 He that findeth a [o]wife, findeth a good thing, and receiveth favor of the Lord.
23 The poor speaketh with prayers: but the rich answereth roughly.
24 A man that hath friends, ought to show himself friendly: for a friend is nearer [p]than a brother.
Proverbs 18 New International Version (NIV)
18 An unfriendly person pursues selfish ends
2 Fools find no pleasure in understanding
3 When wickedness comes, so does contempt,
4 The words of the mouth are deep waters,
5 It is not good to be partial to the wicked
6 The lips of fools bring them strife,
7 The mouths of fools are their undoing,
8 The words of a gossip are like choice morsels;
9 One who is slack in his work
10 The name of the Lord is a fortified tower;
11 The wealth of the rich is their fortified city;
12 Before a downfall the heart is haughty,
13 To answer before listening—
14 The human spirit can endure in sickness,
15 The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge,
16 A gift opens the way
17 In a lawsuit the first to speak seems right,
18 Casting the lot settles disputes
19 A brother wronged is more unyielding than a fortified city;
20 From the fruit of their mouth a person’s stomach is filled;
21 The tongue has the power of life and death,
22 He who finds a wife finds what is good
23 The poor plead for mercy,
24 One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin,