Proverbs 18 New American Standard Bible

18 1  He who separates himself seeks his own desire , He quarrels against all sound wisdom .

2  A fool does not delight in understanding , But only in revealing his own mind .

3  When a wicked man comes , contempt also comes , And with dishonor comes scorn .

4  The words of a man's mouth are deep waters ; The fountain of wisdom is a bubbling brook .

5  To show partiality e to the wicked is not good , Nor to thrust aside the righteous in judgment .

6  A fool's lips bring strife , And his mouth calls for blows . 7  A fool's mouth is his ruin , And his lips are the snare of his soul .

8  The words of a whisperer are like dainty morsels , And they go down into the innermost parts of the body .

9  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 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 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 to plead his case seems right , Until another comes and examines him.

18  The cast lot puts an end to strife And 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 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 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 ruin , But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother .

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