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Proverbs 18 World English Bible (WEB)

18 An unfriendly man pursues selfishness,
    and defies all sound judgment.
A fool has no delight in understanding,
    but only in revealing his own opinion.
When wickedness comes, contempt also comes,
    and with shame comes disgrace.
The words of a man’s mouth are like deep waters.
    The fountain of wisdom is like a flowing brook.
To be partial to the faces of the wicked is not good,
    nor to deprive the innocent of justice.
A fool’s lips come into strife,
    and his mouth invites beatings.
A fool’s mouth is his destruction,
    and his lips are a snare to his soul.
The words of a gossip are like dainty morsels:
    they go down into a person’s innermost parts.
One who is slack in his work
    is brother to him who is a master of destruction.
10 Yahweh’s name is a strong tower:
    the righteous run to him, and are safe.
11 The rich man’s wealth is his strong city,
    like an unscalable wall in his own imagination.
12 Before destruction the heart of man is proud,
    but before honor is humility.
13 He who gives answer before he hears,
    that is folly and shame to him.
14 A man’s spirit will sustain him in sickness,
    but a crushed spirit, who can bear?
15 The heart of the discerning gets knowledge.
    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 pleads his cause first seems right;
    until another comes and questions him.
18 The lot settles disputes,
    and keeps strong ones apart.
19 A brother offended is more difficult than a fortified city;
    and disputes are like the bars of a fortress.
20 A man’s stomach is filled with the fruit of his mouth.
    With the harvest of his lips he is satisfied.
21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue;
    those who love it will eat its fruit.
22 Whoever finds a wife finds a good thing,
    and obtains favor of Yahweh.
23 The poor plead for mercy,
    but the rich answer harshly.
24 A man of many companions may be ruined,
    but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

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Proverbs 18 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Contrast the Upright and the Wicked

18 He who separates himself seeks his own desire,
He [a]quarrels against all sound wisdom.
A fool does not delight in understanding,
But only in revealing his own [b]mind.
When a wicked man comes, contempt also comes,
And with dishonor comes scorn.
The words of a man’s mouth are deep waters;
[c]The fountain of wisdom is a bubbling brook.
To show partiality to the wicked is not good,
Nor to thrust aside the righteous in judgment.
A fool’s lips [d]bring strife,
And his mouth calls for blows.
A fool’s mouth is his ruin,
And his lips are the snare of his soul.
The words of a whisperer are like dainty morsels,
And they go down into the [e]innermost parts of the body.
He also who is slack in his work
Is brother to him who destroys.
10 The name of the Lord is a strong tower;
The righteous runs into it and is [f]safe.
11 A rich man’s wealth is his strong city,
And like a high wall in his own imagination.
12 Before destruction the heart of man is haughty,
But humility goes before honor.
13 He who gives an answer before he hears,
It is folly and shame to him.
14 The spirit of a man can endure his sickness,
But as for a broken spirit who can bear it?
15 The [g]mind of the prudent acquires 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 The first [h]to plead his case seems right,
Until [i]another comes and examines him.
18 The cast lot puts an end to strife
And [j]decides between the mighty ones.
19 A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city,
And contentions are like the bars of a citadel.
20 With the [k]fruit of a man’s mouth his stomach will be satisfied;
He will be satisfied with the product of his lips.
21 Death and life are in the [l]power of the tongue,
And those who love it will eat its fruit.
22 He who finds a wife finds a good thing
And obtains favor from the Lord.
23 The poor man utters supplications,
But the rich man answers roughly.
24 A man of too many friends comes to [m]ruin,
But there is a [n]friend who sticks closer than a brother.

Footnotes:

  1. Proverbs 18:1 Lit breaks out
  2. Proverbs 18:2 Lit heart
  3. Proverbs 18:4 Or A bubbling brook, a fountain of wisdom
  4. Proverbs 18:6 Lit come with
  5. Proverbs 18:8 Lit chambers of the belly
  6. Proverbs 18:10 Lit set on high
  7. Proverbs 18:15 Lit heart
  8. Proverbs 18:17 Lit in his plea
  9. Proverbs 18:17 Lit his neighbor
  10. Proverbs 18:18 Lit makes a division
  11. Proverbs 18:20 I.e. speech
  12. Proverbs 18:21 Lit hand
  13. Proverbs 18:24 Lit be broken in pieces
  14. Proverbs 18:24 Or lover
New American Standard Bible (NASB)

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