Modern English Version
18 He who separates himself seeks his own desire;
he seeks and quarrels against all wisdom.
2 A fool has no delight in understanding,
but in expressing his own heart.
3 When the wicked comes, then comes also contempt,
and with dishonor reproach.
4 The words of a man’s mouth are as deep waters,
and the wellspring of wisdom as a flowing brook.
5 It is not good to favor the wicked,
or to turn aside the righteous in judgment.
6 A fool’s lips enter into contention,
and his mouth calls for flogging.
7 A fool’s mouth is his destruction,
and his lips are the snare of his soul.
8 The words of a talebearer are as wounds,
and they go down into the innermost parts of the body.
9 He also who is slothful in his work
is brother to him who is a great waster.
10 The name of the Lord is a strong tower;
the righteous run into it and are safe.
11 The rich man’s wealth is his strong city,
and as a high wall in his own conceit.
12 Before destruction the heart of man is haughty,
and before honor is humility.
13 He who answers a matter before he hears it,
it is folly and shame to him.
14 The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity,
but a wounded spirit who can bear?
15 The heart of the prudent gets knowledge,
and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.
16 A man’s gift makes room for him,
and brings him before great men.
17 He who is first in his own cause seems just,
but his neighbor comes and searches him.
18 The lot causes contentions to cease,
and keeps the mighty ones apart.
19 A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city,
and their contentions are like the bars of a castle.
20 A man’s stomach will be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth;
and with the increase of his lips will he be filled.
21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue,
and those who love it will eat its fruit.
22 Whoever finds a wife finds a good thing,
and obtains favor of the Lord.
23 The poor man uses entreaties,
but the rich man answers roughly.
24 A man who has friends must show himself friendly,
and there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.