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Proverbs 18 World English Bible (WEB)

18 A man who isolates himself 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 answers 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.
    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 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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