Proverbs 18
Holman Christian Standard Bible

1One who isolates himself pursues selfish desires;

he rebels against all sound judgment.

2A fool does not delight in understanding,

but only wants to show off his opinions.a, b

3When a wicked man comes, contempt also does,

and along with dishonor, disgrace.

4The words of a man’s mouth are deep waters,c

a flowing river, a fountain of wisdom.d

5It is not good to show partiality to the guiltye

by perverting the justice due the innocent.f

6A fool’s lips lead to strife,

and his mouth provokes a beating.g

7A fool’s mouth is his devastation,

and his lips are a trap for his life.h

8A gossip’s words are like choice food

that goes down to one’s innermost being.i, j

9The one who is truly lazy in his work

is brother to a vandal.k, l

10The name of Yahweh is a strong tower;m

the righteous run to it and are protected.n, o

11A rich man’s wealth is his fortified city;

in his imagination it is like a high wall.p

12Before his downfall a man’s heart is proud,q

but humility comes before honor.r

13The one who gives an answer before he listens —

this is foolishness and disgrace for him.s

14A man’s spirit can endure sickness,

but who can survive a broken spirit?t

15The mind of the discerning acquires knowledge,

and the ear of the wise seeks it.u

16A gift opens doorsv for a man

and brings him before the great.w

17The first to state his case seems right

until another comes and cross-examines him.x

18Casting the loty ends quarrels

and separates powerful opponents.

19An offended brother is harder to reachz

than a fortified city,

and quarrels are like the bars of a fortress.

20From the fruit of his mouth a man’s stomach is satisfied;

he is filled with the product of his lips.aa

21Life and death are in the power of the tongue,

and those who love it will eat its fruit.ab

22A man who finds a wife finds a good thingac

and obtains favor from the LORD.ad

23The poor man pleads,ae

but the rich one answers roughly.af

24A man with many friends may be harmed,ag

but there is a friend who stays closer than a brother.ah


Footnotes:
a. 18:2 Lit to uncover his heart
b. 18:2 Pr 12:23; 13:16; Ec 10:3
c. 18:4 Pr 20:5
d. 18:4 Or waters; a fountain of wisdom is a flowing river.
e. 18:5 Lv 19:15; Dt 1:17; 24:17; Ps 15:5; 82:2; Pr 24:23-24; 28:21
f. 18:5 Pr 17:15
g. 18:6 Pr 19:29
h. 18:7 Ps 64:8; 140:9; Pr 10:14; 12:13; 13:3; Ec 10:12
i. 18:8 Lit to the chambers of the belly
j. 18:8 Pr 26:22
k. 18:9 Lit master of destruction
l. 18:9 Pr 28:24
m. 18:10 Ps 18:2; 61:3; 91:2; 144:2
n. 18:10 Lit raised high
o. 18:10 Pr 29:25
p. 18:11 Pr 10:15
q. 18:12 Pr 16:18
r. 18:12 Pr 11:2; 15:33; 29:23
s. 18:13 Pr 15:28
t. 18:14 Pr 15:13; 17:22
u. 18:15 Pr 14:33; 15:14
v. 18:16 Lit gift makes room
w. 18:16 Gn 32:20; 1Sm 25:27; Pr 17:8; 19:6; 21:14
x. 18:17 1Kg 3:16-28
y. 18:18 Pr 16:33
z. 18:19 LXX, Syr, Tg, Vg read is stronger
aa. 18:20 Pr 1:31; 12:14; 14:14
ab. 18:21 Pr 13:2; Mt 12:37; 15:11,18-20; Jms 3:8
ac. 18:22 Pr 12:4; 19:14; 31:10-31
ad. 18:22 Pr 8:35
ae. 18:23 Pr 19:7
af. 18:23 Jms 2:6
ag. 18:24 Some LXX mss, Syr, Tg, Vg read friends must be friendly
ah. 18:24 Pr 17:17; 27:10; Jn 15:13
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