Holman Christian Standard Bible
18 One who isolates himself pursues selfish desires;
he rebels against all sound judgment.
3 When a wicked man comes, contempt also does,
and along with dishonor, disgrace.
6 A fool’s lips lead to strife,
and his mouth provokes a beating.(E)
7 A fool’s mouth is his devastation,
and his lips are a trap for his life.(F)
11 A rich man’s wealth is his fortified city;
in his imagination it is like a high wall.(K)
13 The one who gives an answer before he listens—
this is foolishness and disgrace for him.(N)
14 A man’s spirit can endure sickness,
but who can survive a broken spirit?(O)
15 The mind of the discerning acquires knowledge,
and the ear of the wise seeks it.(P)
17 The first to state his case seems right
until another comes and cross-examines him.(R)
18 Casting the lot(S) ends quarrels
and separates powerful opponents.
19 An offended brother is harder to reach[g]
than a fortified city,
and quarrels are like the bars of a fortress.
20 From the fruit of his mouth a man’s stomach is satisfied;
he is filled with the product of his lips.(T)
21 Life and death are in the power of the tongue,
and those who love it will eat its fruit.(U)
- Proverbs 18:2 Lit to uncover his heart
- Proverbs 18:4 Or waters; a fountain of wisdom is a flowing river.
- Proverbs 18:8 Lit to the chambers of the belly
- Proverbs 18:9 Lit master of destruction
- Proverbs 18:10 Lit raised high
- Proverbs 18:16 Lit gift makes room
- Proverbs 18:19 LXX, Syr, Tg, Vg read is stronger
- Proverbs 18:24 Some LXX mss, Syr, Tg, Vg read friends must be friendly