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18 He who separates himself seeks his own desire,
He (A)breaks out in dispute against all sound wisdom.
A fool does not delight in discernment,
But only (B)in revealing his own heart.
When a wicked man comes, despising also comes,
And with disgrace comes reproach.
The words of a man’s mouth are (C)deep waters;
[a]The fountain of wisdom is a flowing brook.
To (D)show partiality to the wicked is not good,
Nor to (E)thrust aside the righteous in judgment.
A fool’s lips come with strife,
And his mouth calls for (F)beatings.
A (G)fool’s mouth is his ruin,
And his lips are the snare of his soul.
The words of a whisperer are like dainty morsels,
And they go down into the [b]innermost parts of the stomach.
He also who is (H)slack in his work
(I)Is brother to him who destroys.
10 The (J)name of Yahweh is a (K)strong tower;
The righteous runs into it and is (L)set securely on high.
11 A (M)rich man’s wealth is his strong city,
And like a high wall in his own delusion.
12 (N)Before destruction the heart of man is haughty,
But (O)humility goes before glory.
13 He who (P)responds with a word before he hears,
It is folly and shame to him.
14 The (Q)spirit of a man can endure his sickness,
But as for a (R)broken spirit, who can bear it?
15 The (S)heart of the understanding acquires knowledge,
And the (T)ear of the wise seeks knowledge.
16 A man’s (U)gift makes room for him
And leads him into the presence of great men.
17 The first [c]to plead his case seems right,
Until [d]another comes and examines him.
18 The cast (V)lot puts an end to contentions
And [e]decides between the mighty ones.
19 A brother offended is harder to win over than a strong city,
And contentions are like the bars of a citadel.
20 From the [f](W)fruit of a man’s mouth his stomach will be satisfied;
(X)With the produce of his lips he will be satisfied.
21 (Y)Death and life are in the [g]power of the tongue,
And those who love it will eat its (Z)fruit.
22 He who finds a (AA)wife finds a good thing
And (AB)obtains favor from Yahweh.
23 The (AC)poor man speaks supplications,
But the (AD)rich man (AE)answers with strong words.
24 A man of too many friends comes to [h]ruin,
But there is (AF)a [i]friend who sticks closer than a brother.


  1. Proverbs 18:4 Or A bubbling brook, a fountain of wisdom
  2. Proverbs 18:8 Lit chambers of the belly
  3. Proverbs 18:17 Lit in his plea
  4. Proverbs 18:17 Lit his neighbor
  5. Proverbs 18:18 Lit makes a division
  6. Proverbs 18:20 Speech
  7. Proverbs 18:21 Lit hand
  8. Proverbs 18:24 Lit be broken in pieces
  9. Proverbs 18:24 Or lover