18 It’s selfish and stupid to think only of yourself and to sneer at people who have sense.[a] 2 Fools have no desire to learn; they would much rather give their own opinion. 3 Wrongdoing leads to shame and disgrace. 4 Words of wisdom are a stream that flows from a deep fountain. 5 It’s wrong to favor the guilty and keep the innocent from getting justice.
6 Foolish talk will get you into a lot of trouble. 7 Saying foolish things is like setting a trap to destroy yourself. 8 There’s nothing so delicious as the taste of gossip! It melts in your mouth. 9 Being lazy is no different from being a troublemaker.
10 The Lord is a mighty tower where his people can run for safety— 11 the rich think their money is a wall of protection.
12 Pride leads to destruction; humility leads to honor. 13 It’s stupid and embarrassing to give an answer before you listen. 14 Being cheerful helps when we are sick, but nothing helps when we give up. 15 Everyone with good sense wants to learn. 16 A gift will get you in to see anyone. 17 You may think you have won your case in court, until your opponent speaks. 18 Drawing straws is one way to settle a difficult case. 19 Making up with a friend you have offended[b] is harder than breaking through a city wall.
20 Make your words good— you will be glad you did. 21 Words can bring death or life! Talk too much, and you will eat everything you say. 22 A man’s greatest treasure is his wife— she is a gift from the Lord. 23 The poor must beg for help, but the rich can give a harsh reply. 24 Some friends don’t help,[c] but a true friend is closer than your own family.
18.1sense: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text of verse 1.
18.19Making. . . offended: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
18.24Some. . . help: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
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