Proverbs 18

18:1 One who has isolated himself1 seeks his own desires;2

he rejects3 all sound judgment.

18:2 A fool takes no pleasure4 in understanding

but only in disclosing5 what is on his mind.6

18:3 When a wicked person7 arrives, contempt8 shows up with him,

and with shame comes9 a reproach.

18:4 The words of a person’s mouth are like10 deep waters,11

and12 the fountain of wisdom13 is like14 a flowing brook.15

18:5 It is terrible16 to show partiality17 to the wicked,18

by depriving19 a righteous man of justice.

18:6 The lips of a fool20 enter into strife,21

and his mouth invites22 a flogging.23

18:7 The mouth of a fool is his ruin,

and his lips are a snare for his life.24

18:8 The words of a gossip25 are like choice morsels;26

they go down into the person’s innermost being.27

18:9 The one who28 is slack29 in his work

is a brother30 to one who destroys.31

18:10 The name of the Lord32 is like33 a strong tower;34

the righteous person runs35 to it and is set safely on high.36

18:11 The wealth37 of a rich person is like38 a strong city,39

and it is like a high wall in his imagination.40

18:12 Before destruction the heart41 of a person is proud,

but humility comes42 before honor.43

18:13 The one who gives an answer44 before he listens45

that is his folly and his shame.46

18:14 A person’s spirit47 sustains him through sickness –

but who can bear48 a crushed spirit?49

18:15 The discerning person50 acquires knowledge,

and the wise person51 seeks52 knowledge.

18:16 A person’s gift53 makes room for him,

and leads him54 before important people.

18:17 The first to state his case55 seems56 right,

until his opponent57 begins to58 cross-examine him.59

18:18 A toss of a coin60 ends61 disputes,

and settles the issue62 between strong opponents.63

18:19 A relative64 offended65 is harder to reach than66 a strong city,

and disputes are like the barred gates67 of a fortified citadel.68

18:20 From the fruit of a person’s mouth69 his stomach is satisfied,70

with the product of his lips is he satisfied.

18:21 Death and life are in the power71 of the tongue,72

and those who love its use73 will eat its fruit.

18:22 The one who finds74 a wife finds what is enjoyable,75

and receives a pleasurable gift76 from the Lord.77

18:23 A poor person makes supplications,78

but a rich man answers harshly.79

18:24 A person who has friends80 may be harmed by them,81

but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

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