Proverbs 18 New Living Translation

18 1  Unfriendly people care only about themselves; they lash out at common sense.

2  Fools have no interest in understanding; they only want to air their own opinions.

3  Doing wrong leads to disgrace, and scandalous behavior brings contempt.

4  Wise words are like deep waters; wisdom flows from the wise like a bubbling brook.

5  It is not right to acquit the guilty or deny justice to the innocent.

6  Fools' words get them into constant quarrels; they are asking for a beating. 7  The mouths of fools are their ruin; they trap themselves with their lips.

8  Rumors are dainty morsels that sink deep into one's heart.

9  A lazy person is as bad as someone who destroys things.

10  The name of the Lord is a strong fortress; the godly run to him and are safe.

11  The rich think of their wealth as a strong defense; they imagine it to be a high wall of safety.

12  Haughtiness goes before destruction; humility precedes honor.

13  Spouting off before listening to the facts is both shameful and foolish.

14  The human spirit can endure a sick body, but who can bear a crushed spirit?

15  Intelligent people are always ready to learn. Their ears are open for knowledge.

16  Giving a gift can open doors; it gives access to important people!

17  The first to speak in court sounds right- until the cross-examination begins.

18  Flipping a coin can end arguments; it settles disputes between powerful opponents.

19  An offended friend is harder to win back than a fortified city. Arguments separate friends like a gate locked with bars.

20  Wise words satisfy like a good meal; the right words bring satisfaction.

21  The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences.

22  The man who finds a wife finds a treasure, and he receives favor from the Lord .

23  The poor plead for mercy; the rich answer with insults.

24  There are "friends" who destroy each other, but a real friend sticks closer than a brother.

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