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Proverbs 18 Names of God Bible (NOG)

18 A loner is out to get what he wants for himself.
    He opposes all sound reasoning.
A fool does not find joy in understanding
    but only in expressing his own opinion.

When wickedness comes, contempt also comes,
    and insult comes along with disgrace.
The words of a person’s mouth are like deep waters.
    The fountain of wisdom is an overflowing stream.
It is not good to be partial toward a wicked person,
    thereby depriving an innocent person of justice.

By talking, a fool gets into an argument,
    and his mouth invites a beating.
A fool’s mouth is his ruin.
    His lips are a trap to his soul.
The words of a gossip are swallowed greedily,
    and they go down into a person’s innermost being.

How to Avoid Fools and Foolishness

Whoever is lazy in his work is related to a vandal.
10 The name of Yahweh is Migdal-Oz.
    A righteous person runs to it and is safe.
11 A rich person’s wealth is his strong city
    and is like a high wall in his imagination.

12 Before destruction a person’s heart is arrogant,
    but humility comes before honor.
13 Whoever gives an answer before he listens is stupid and shameful.
14 A person’s spirit can endure sickness,
    but who can bear a broken spirit?
15 The mind of a person who has understanding acquires knowledge.
    The ears of wise people seek knowledge.
16 A gift opens doors for the one who gives it
    and brings him into the presence of great people.

17 The first to state his case seems right
    until his neighbor comes to cross-examine him.
18 Flipping a coin ends quarrels
    and settles issues between powerful people.
19 An offended brother is more resistant than a strong city,
    and disputes are like the locked gate of a castle tower.

20 A person’s speaking ability provides for his stomach.
    His talking provides him a living.
21 The tongue has the power of life and death,
    and those who love to talk will have to eat their own words.

22 Whoever finds a wife finds something good
    and has obtained favor from Yahweh.
23 A poor person is timid when begging,
    but a rich person is blunt when replying.
24 Friends can destroy one another,[a]
    but a loving friend can stick closer than family.

Footnotes:

  1. Proverbs 18:24 Or “A person has friends as companions.”
Names of God Bible (NOG)

The Names of God Bible (without notes) © 2011 by Baker Publishing Group.

Proverbs 18 New International Version (NIV)

18 An unfriendly person pursues selfish ends
    and against all sound judgment starts quarrels.

Fools find no pleasure in understanding
    but delight in airing their own opinions.

When wickedness comes, so does contempt,
    and with shame comes reproach.

The words of the mouth are deep waters,
    but the fountain of wisdom is a rushing stream.

It is not good to be partial to the wicked
    and so deprive the innocent of justice.

The lips of fools bring them strife,
    and their mouths invite a beating.

The mouths of fools are their undoing,
    and their lips are a snare to their very lives.

The words of a gossip are like choice morsels;
    they go down to the inmost parts.

One who is slack in his work
    is brother to one who destroys.

10 The name of the Lord is a fortified tower;
    the righteous run to it and are safe.

11 The wealth of the rich is their fortified city;
    they imagine it a wall too high to scale.

12 Before a downfall the heart is haughty,
    but humility comes before honor.

13 To answer before listening—
    that is folly and shame.

14 The human spirit can endure in sickness,
    but a crushed spirit who can bear?

15 The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge,
    for the ears of the wise seek it out.

16 A gift opens the way
    and ushers the giver into the presence of the great.

17 In a lawsuit the first to speak seems right,
    until someone comes forward and cross-examines.

18 Casting the lot settles disputes
    and keeps strong opponents apart.

19 A brother wronged is more unyielding than a fortified city;
    disputes are like the barred gates of a citadel.

20 From the fruit of their mouth a person’s stomach is filled;
    with the harvest of their lips they are satisfied.

21 The tongue has the power of life and death,
    and those who love it will eat its fruit.

22 He who finds a wife finds what is good
    and receives favor from the Lord.

23 The poor plead for mercy,
    but the rich answer harshly.

24 One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin,
    but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

New International Version (NIV)

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