18 Whoever isolates himself pursues selfish ends; he resists all sound advice.
2 A fool finds no satisfaction in trying to understand, for he would rather express his own opinion.
3 When an evil person comes, contempt also comes, along with dishonor and disgrace.
4 The words a man says are as deep waters— a fountain of wisdom is an overflowing stream.
5 It’s not good to be partial towards an evil person, thereby depriving the righteous of justice.
6 A fool’s words[a] bring strife, and his mouth invites fighting. 7 A fool’s mouth is his unraveling, and his lips entrap himself. 8 The words of a gossip are like choice morsels as they descend to the innermost parts of the body.
Avoiding Fools and Their Foolishness
9 Whoever is lazy regarding his work is also a brother to the master of destruction.
10 The name of the Lord is a strong tower; a righteous person rushes to it and is lifted up above the danger.[b] 11 The wealth of a rich person is his fortified city; in his own imagination, it is like a high wall.
12 Before a man’s downfall, his mind[c] is arrogant, but humility precedes honor.
13 Whoever answers before listening is both foolish and shameful.
14 A man’s spirit can sustain him during his illness, but who can bear a crushed spirit?
15 The mind[d] of a discerning person gains knowledge, while the ears of wise people seek out knowledge.
16 A person’s gift opens doors for him, bringing him access to important people.
17 The first to put forth his case seems right, until someone else steps forward and cross-examines him.
18 Casting dice settles a dispute, deciding between strong contenders.
19 An offended brother is more unyielding than a fortified city, and his disputes are like the bars of a fortress.
20 The positive words that a man speaks[e] fill his stomach; he will be satisfied with what his lips produce. 21 The power of the tongue is life and death— those who love to talk[f] will eat what it produces.
22 Whoever finds a wife finds what is good, and receives favor from the Lord.
23 The poor person pleads for mercy, but the wealthy man responds harshly.
24 A man with many[g] friends can still be ruined, but one who keeps on loving sticks closer than a brother.
You'll get this book and many others when you join Bible Gateway Plus. Learn more
You must be logged in to view your newly purchased content. Please log in below or if you don't have an account, creating one is easy and only takes a few moments. After you log in your content will be available in your library.
Step 1 - Create an account or log in to start your free trial.
Starting your free trial of Bible Gateway Plus is easy. You’re already logged in with your Bible Gateway account. The next step is to enter your payment information. Your credit card won’t be charged until the trial period is over. You can cancel anytime during the trial period.
Click the button below to continue.
Step 1 - Create an account or log in to start your subscription.
You’ve already claimed your free trial of Bible Gateway Plus. To subscribe at our regular subscription rate of $3.99/month, click the button below.
Now that you've created a Bible Gateway account, upgrade to Bible Gateway Plus, the ultimate online Bible reading & study experience!
Bible Gateway Plus equips you to answer the toughest questions about faith, God, and the Bible. There's no software to install; it's all integrated seamlessly into your Bible Gateway experience. Try it free for 30 days!