Proverbs 18 The Message Bible

18 1  Loners who care only for themselves spit on the common good.

2  Fools care nothing for thoughtful discourse; all they do is run off at the mouth.

3  When wickedness arrives, shame's not far behind; contempt for life is contemptible.

4  Many words rush along like rivers in flood, but deep wisdom flows up from artesian springs.

5  It's not right to go easy on the guilty, or come down hard on the innocent.

6  The words of a fool start fights; do him a favor and gag him. 7  Fools are undone by their big mouths; their souls are crushed by their words.

8  Listening to gossip is like eating cheap candy; do you really want junk like that in your belly?

9  Slack habits and sloppy work are as bad as vandalism.

10  God's name is a place of protection - good people can run there and be safe.

11  The rich think their wealth protects them; they imagine themselves safe behind it.

12  Pride first, then the crash, but humility is precursor to honor.

13  Answering before listening is both stupid and rude.

14  A healthy spirit conquers adversity, but what can you do when the spirit is crushed?

15  Wise men and women are always learning, always listening for fresh insights.

16  A gift gets attention; it buys the attention of eminent people.

17  The first speech in a court case is always convincing - until the cross-examination starts!

18  You may have to draw straws when faced with a tough decision.

19  Do a favor and win a friend forever; nothing can untie that bond.

20  Words satisfy the mind as much as fruit does the stomach; good talk is as gratifying as a good harvest.

21  Words kill, words give life; they're either poison or fruit - you choose.

22  Find a good spouse, you find a good life - and even more: the favor of God!

23  The poor speak in soft supplications; the rich bark out answers.

24  Friends come and friends go, but a true friend sticks by you like family.

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