Proverbs 18:1-22:16New Living Translation (NLT)
18 Unfriendly people care only about themselves;
2 Fools have no interest in understanding;
3 Doing wrong leads to disgrace,
4 Wise words are like deep waters;
5 It is not right to acquit the guilty
6 Fools’ words get them into constant quarrels;
7 The mouths of fools are their ruin;
8 Rumors are dainty morsels
9 A lazy person is as bad as
10 The name of the Lord is a strong fortress;
11 The rich think of their wealth as a strong defense;
12 Haughtiness goes before destruction;
13 Spouting off before listening to the facts
14 The human spirit can endure a sick body,
15 Intelligent people are always ready to learn.
16 Giving a gift can open doors;
17 The first to speak in court sounds right—
18 Flipping a coin[a] can end arguments;
19 An offended friend is harder to win back than a fortified city.
20 Wise words satisfy like a good meal;
21 The tongue can bring death or life;
22 The man who finds a wife finds a treasure,
23 The poor plead for mercy;
24 There are “friends” who destroy each other,
19 Better to be poor and honest
2 Enthusiasm without knowledge is no good;
3 People ruin their lives by their own foolishness
4 Wealth makes many “friends”;
5 A false witness will not go unpunished,
6 Many seek favors from a ruler;
7 The relatives of the poor despise them;
8 To acquire wisdom is to love yourself;
9 A false witness will not go unpunished,
10 It isn’t right for a fool to live in luxury
11 Sensible people control their temper;
12 The king’s anger is like a lion’s roar,
13 A foolish child[b] is a calamity to a father;
14 Fathers can give their sons an inheritance of houses and wealth,
15 Lazy people sleep soundly,
16 Keep the commandments and keep your life;
17 If you help the poor, you are lending to the Lord—
18 Discipline your children while there is hope.
19 Hot-tempered people must pay the penalty.
20 Get all the advice and instruction you can,
21 You can make many plans,
22 Loyalty makes a person attractive.
23 Fear of the Lord leads to life,
24 Lazy people take food in their hand
25 If you punish a mocker, the simpleminded will learn a lesson;
26 Children who mistreat their father or chase away their mother
27 If you stop listening to instruction, my child,
28 A corrupt witness makes a mockery of justice;
29 Punishment is made for mockers,
20 Wine produces mockers; alcohol leads to brawls.
2 The king’s fury is like a lion’s roar;
3 Avoiding a fight is a mark of honor;
4 Those too lazy to plow in the right season
5 Though good advice lies deep within the heart,
6 Many will say they are loyal friends,
7 The godly walk with integrity;
8 When a king sits in judgment, he weighs all the evidence,
9 Who can say, “I have cleansed my heart;
10 False weights and unequal measures[c]—
11 Even children are known by the way they act,
12 Ears to hear and eyes to see—
13 If you love sleep, you will end in poverty.
14 The buyer haggles over the price, saying, “It’s worthless,”
15 Wise words are more valuable
16 Get security from someone who guarantees a stranger’s debt.
17 Stolen bread tastes sweet,
18 Plans succeed through good counsel;
19 A gossip goes around telling secrets,
20 If you insult your father or mother,
21 An inheritance obtained too early in life
22 Don’t say, “I will get even for this wrong.”
23 The Lord detests double standards;
24 The Lord directs our steps,
25 Don’t trap yourself by making a rash promise to God
26 A wise king scatters the wicked like wheat,
27 The Lord’s light penetrates the human spirit,[e]
28 Unfailing love and faithfulness protect the king;
29 The glory of the young is their strength;
30 Physical punishment cleanses away evil;[f]
21 The king’s heart is like a stream of water directed by the Lord;
2 People may be right in their own eyes,
3 The Lord is more pleased when we do what is right and just
4 Haughty eyes, a proud heart,
5 Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity,
6 Wealth created by a lying tongue
7 The violence of the wicked sweeps them away,
8 The guilty walk a crooked path;
9 It’s better to live alone in the corner of an attic
10 Evil people desire evil;
11 If you punish a mocker, the simpleminded become wise;
12 The Righteous One[h] knows what is going on in the homes of the wicked;
13 Those who shut their ears to the cries of the poor
14 A secret gift calms anger;
15 Justice is a joy to the godly,
16 The person who strays from common sense
17 Those who love pleasure become poor;
18 The wicked are punished in place of the godly,
19 It’s better to live alone in the desert
20 The wise have wealth and luxury,
21 Whoever pursues righteousness and unfailing love
22 The wise conquer the city of the strong
23 Watch your tongue and keep your mouth shut,
24 Mockers are proud and haughty;
25 Despite their desires, the lazy will come to ruin,
26 Some people are always greedy for more,
27 The sacrifice of an evil person is detestable,
28 A false witness will be cut off,
29 The wicked bluff their way through,
30 No human wisdom or understanding or plan
31 The horse is prepared for the day of battle,
22 Choose a good reputation over great riches;
2 The rich and poor have this in common:
3 A prudent person foresees danger and takes precautions.
4 True humility and fear of the Lord
5 Corrupt people walk a thorny, treacherous road;
6 Direct your children onto the right path,
7 Just as the rich rule the poor,
8 Those who plant injustice will harvest disaster,
9 Blessed are those who are generous,
10 Throw out the mocker, and fighting goes, too.
11 Whoever loves a pure heart and gracious speech
12 The Lord preserves those with knowledge,
13 The lazy person claims, “There’s a lion out there!
14 The mouth of an immoral woman is a dangerous trap;
15 A youngster’s heart is filled with foolishness,
16 A person who gets ahead by oppressing the poor
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