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Proverbs 18 Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

18 One who isolates himself pursues selfish desires;
he rebels against all sound wisdom.

A fool does not delight in understanding,
but only wants to show off his opinions.[a]

When a wicked person comes, contempt also comes,
and along with dishonor, derision.

The words of a person’s mouth are deep waters,
a flowing river, a fountain of wisdom.[b]

It is not good to show partiality to the guilty,
denying an innocent person justice.

A fool’s lips lead to strife,
and his mouth provokes a beating.

A fool’s mouth is his devastation,
and his lips are a trap for his life.

A gossip’s words are like choice food
that goes down to one’s innermost being.[c]

The one who is lazy in his work
is brother to a vandal.[d]

10 The name of the Lord is a strong tower;
the righteous run to it and are protected.[e]

11 The wealth of the rich is his fortified city;
in his imagination it is like a high wall.

12 Before his downfall a person’s heart is proud,
but humility comes before honor.

13 The one who gives an answer before he listens—
this is foolishness and disgrace for him.

14 A person’s spirit can endure sickness,
but who can survive a broken spirit?

15 The mind of the discerning acquires knowledge,
and the ear of the wise seeks it.

16 A person’s gift opens doors[f] for him
and brings him before the great.

17 The first to state his case seems right
until another comes and cross-examines him.

18 Casting the lot 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 a person’s mouth his stomach is satisfied;
he is filled with the product of his lips.

21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue,
and those who love it will eat its fruit.

22 A man who finds a wife finds a good thing
and obtains favor from the Lord.

23 The poor person pleads,
but the rich one answers roughly.

24 One with many friends may be harmed,[h]
but there is a friend who stays closer than a brother.

Footnotes:

  1. 18:2 Lit to uncover his heart
  2. 18:4 Or waters; a fountain of wisdom is a flowing river
  3. 18:8 Lit to the chambers of the belly
  4. 18:9 Lit master of destruction
  5. 18:10 Lit raised high
  6. 18:16 Lit gift makes room
  7. 18:19 LXX, Syr, Tg, Vg read is stronger
  8. 18:24 Some LXX mss, Syr, Tg, Vg read friends must be friendly
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Proverbs 18 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

18 The one who lives alone is self-indulgent,
    showing contempt for all who have sound judgment.[a]
A fool takes no pleasure in understanding,
    but only in expressing personal opinion.
When wickedness comes, contempt comes also;
    and with dishonor comes disgrace.
The words of the mouth are deep waters;
    the fountain of wisdom is a gushing stream.
It is not right to be partial to the guilty,
    or to subvert the innocent in judgment.
A fool’s lips bring strife,
    and a fool’s mouth invites a flogging.
The mouths of fools are their ruin,
    and their lips a snare to themselves.
The words of a whisperer are like delicious morsels;
    they go down into the inner parts of the body.
One who is slack in work
    is close kin to a vandal.
10 The name of the Lord is a strong tower;
    the righteous run into it and are safe.
11 The wealth of the rich is their strong city;
    in their imagination it is like a high wall.
12 Before destruction one’s heart is haughty,
    but humility goes before honor.
13 If one gives answer before hearing,
    it is folly and shame.
14 The human spirit will endure sickness;
    but a broken spirit—who can bear?
15 An intelligent mind acquires knowledge,
    and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.
16 A gift opens doors;
    it gives access to the great.
17 The one who first states a case seems right,
    until the other comes and cross-examines.
18 Casting the lot puts an end to disputes
    and decides between powerful contenders.
19 An ally offended is stronger than a city;[b]
    such quarreling is like the bars of a castle.
20 From the fruit of the mouth one’s stomach is satisfied;
    the yield of the lips brings satisfaction.
21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue,
    and those who love it will eat its fruits.
22 He who finds a wife finds a good thing,
    and obtains favor from the Lord.
23 The poor use entreaties,
    but the rich answer roughly.
24 Some[c] friends play at friendship[d]
    but a true friend sticks closer than one’s nearest kin.

Footnotes:

  1. Proverbs 18:1 Meaning of Heb uncertain
  2. Proverbs 18:19 Gk Syr Vg Tg: Meaning of Heb uncertain
  3. Proverbs 18:24 Syr Tg: Heb A man of
  4. Proverbs 18:24 Cn Compare Syr Vg Tg: Meaning of Heb uncertain
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

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