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Proverbs 18 The Passion Translation (TPT)

18 An unfriendly person isolates himself

and seems to care only about his own issues.
For his contempt of sound judgment makes him a recluse.[a]
Senseless people find no pleasure in acquiring true wisdom,
for all they want to do is impress you with what they know.
An ungodly man is always cloaked with disgrace,
as dishonor and shame are his companions.
Words of wisdom[b] are like a fresh, flowing brook—
like deep waters that spring forth from within,
bubbling up inside the one with understanding.
It is atrocious when judges show favor to the guilty
and deprive the innocent of justice.
A senseless man jumps headfirst into an argument;
he’s just asking for a beating for his reckless words.[c]
A fool has a big mouth that only gets him into trouble,
and he’ll pay the price for what he says.
The words of a gossip merely reveal the wounds of his own soul,[d]
and his slander penetrates into the innermost being.
The one who is too lazy to look for work
is the same one who wastes his life away.
10 The character of God is a tower of strength,[e]
for the lovers of God delight to run into his heart
and be exalted on high.
11 The rich, in their conceit, imagine that their wealth
is enough to protect them.
It becomes their confidence in a day of trouble.[f]
12 A man’s heart is the proudest when his downfall is nearest,
for he won’t see glory until the Lord sees humility.
13 Listen before you speak,
for to speak before you’ve heard the facts will bring humiliation.
14 The will to live sustains you when you’re sick,[g]
but depression crushes courage and leaves you unable to cope.
15 The spiritually hungry are always ready to learn more,
for their hearts are eager to discover new truths.
16 Would you like to meet a very important person?
Take a generous gift.
It will do wonders to gain entrance into his presence.
17 There are two sides to every story.
The first one to speak sounds true until you hear the other side
and they set the record straight.[h]
18 A coin toss[i] resolves a dispute
and can put an argument to rest
between formidable opponents.
19 It is easier to conquer a strong city
than to win back a friend whom you’ve offended.
Their walls go up, making it nearly impossible to win them back.[j]
20 Sharing words of wisdom is satisfying to your inner being.
It encourages you to know
that you’ve changed someone else’s life.[k]
21 Your words are so powerful
that they will kill or give life,
and the talkative person will reap the consequences.
22 When a man finds a wife,
he has found a treasure!
For she is the gift of God to bring him joy and pleasure.
But the one who divorces a good woman
loses what is good from his house.[l]
To choose an adulteress is both stupid and ungodly.[m]
23 The poor plead for help from the rich,
but all they get in return is a harsh response.
24 Some friendships don’t last for long,[n]
but there is one loving friend who is joined to your heart[o]
closer than any other!


  1. Proverbs 18:1 There are alternate possible translations of this verse in the Hebrew-Aramaic; for example, “An idle man meditates on his lusts and mocks wise instruction.”
  2. Proverbs 18:4 Or “words that touch the heart.”
  3. Proverbs 18:6 The Aramaic is “His rash words call for death.”
  4. Proverbs 18:8 Scholars are somewhat uncertain about an exact translation of this phrase. The Aramaic is “The words of a lazy man lead him to fear and evil.”
  5. Proverbs 18:10 The Hebrew word migdal, translated as “tower of strength,” is a homonym that can also be translated “bed of flowers.”
  6. Proverbs 18:11 The Aramaic is “The wealth of the rich is a strong city, and its glory casts a broad shadow.”
  7. Proverbs 18:14 The Septuagint is “A wise servant can calm a man’s anger.”
  8. Proverbs 18:17 The text implies that a legal testimony in a courtroom may seem to be correct until cross-examination begins.
  9. Proverbs 18:18 The Hebrew is “casting lots.”
  10. Proverbs 18:19 Or “A brother supported by a brother is like a high, strong city. They hold each other up like the bars of a fortress.”
  11. Proverbs 18:20 Or “A man’s belly is filled with the fruits of his mouth, and by the harvest of his lips he will be satisfied.”
  12. Proverbs 18:22 The reference to divorce is not found in the Hebrew text but is included in both the Aramaic and the Septuagint.
  13. Proverbs 18:22 This is not included in the Hebrew or Aramaic but is found in the Septuagint.
  14. Proverbs 18:24 Or “A man with too many friends may be broken to pieces.”
  15. Proverbs 18:24 The Hebrew word used here can be translated “joined together,” “stick close,” “to cleave,” “to pursue,” or “to overtake.”
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