Proverbs 18
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The Unfriendly Pursue Selfishness

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1An unfriendly person pursues selfish ends and against all sound judgment starts quarrels.1Whoever isolates himself seeks his own desire; he breaks out against all sound judgment.1He who separates himself seeks his own desire, He quarrels against all sound wisdom.1Through desire a man, having separated himself, seeketh and intermeddleth with all wisdom.1One who isolates himself pursues selfish desires; he rebels against all sound judgment.
2Fools find no pleasure in understanding but delight in airing their own opinions.2A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion.2A fool does not delight in understanding, But only in revealing his own mind.2A fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself.2A fool does not delight in understanding, but only wants to show off his opinions.
3When wickedness comes, so does contempt, and with shame comes reproach.3When wickedness comes, contempt comes also, and with dishonor comes disgrace.3When a wicked man comes, contempt also comes, And with dishonor comes scorn.3When the wicked cometh, then cometh also contempt, and with ignominy reproach.3When a wicked man comes, contempt also does, and along with dishonor, disgrace.
4The words of the mouth are deep waters, but the fountain of wisdom is a rushing stream.4The words of a man’s mouth are deep waters; the fountain of wisdom is a bubbling brook.4The words of a man's mouth are deep waters; The fountain of wisdom is a bubbling brook.4The words of a man's mouth are as deep waters, and the wellspring of wisdom as a flowing brook.4The words of a man's mouth are deep waters, a flowing river, a fountain of wisdom.
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5It is not good to be partial to the wicked and so deprive the innocent of justice.5It is not good to be partial to the wicked or to deprive the righteous of justice.5To show partiality to the wicked is not good, Nor to thrust aside the righteous in judgment.5It is not good to accept the person of the wicked, to overthrow the righteous in judgment.5It is not good to show partiality to the guilty by perverting the justice due the innocent.
6The lips of fools bring them strife, and their mouths invite a beating.6A fool’s lips walk into a fight, and his mouth invites a beating.6A fool's lips bring strife, And his mouth calls for blows.6A fool's lips enter into contention, and his mouth calleth for strokes.6A fool's lips lead to strife, and his mouth provokes a beating.
7The mouths of fools are their undoing, and their lips are a snare to their very lives.7A fool’s mouth is his ruin, and his lips are a snare to his soul.7A fool's mouth is his ruin, And his lips are the snare of his soul.7A fool's mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul.7A fool's mouth is his devastation, and his lips are a trap for his life.
8The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to the inmost parts.8The words of a whisperer are like delicious morsels; they go down into the inner parts of the body.8The words of a whisperer are like dainty morsels, And they go down into the innermost parts of the body.8The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.8A gossip's words are like choice food that goes down to one's innermost being.
9One who is slack in his work is brother to one who destroys.9Whoever is slack in his work is a brother to him who destroys.9He also who is slack in his work Is brother to him who destroys.9He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster.9The one who is truly lazy in his work is brother to a vandal.
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10The name of the LORD is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.10The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe.10The name of the LORD is a strong tower; The righteous runs into it and is safe.10The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.10The name of Yahweh is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are protected.
11The wealth of the rich is their fortified city; they imagine it a wall too high to scale.11A rich man’s wealth is his strong city, and like a high wall in his imagination.11A rich man's wealth is his strong city, And like a high wall in his own imagination.11The rich man's wealth is his strong city, and as an high wall in his own conceit.11A rich man's wealth is his fortified city; in his imagination it is like a high wall.
12Before a downfall the heart is haughty, but humility comes before honor.12Before destruction a man’s heart is haughty, but humility comes before honor.12Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, But humility goes before honor.12Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honour is humility.12Before his downfall a man's heart is proud, but humility comes before honor.
13To answer before listening-- that is folly and shame.13If one gives an answer before he hears, it is his folly and shame.13He who gives an answer before he hears, It is folly and shame to him.13He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him.13The one who gives an answer before he listens-- this is foolishness and disgrace for him.
14The human spirit can endure in sickness, but a crushed spirit who can bear?14A man’s spirit will endure sickness, but a crushed spirit who can bear?14The spirit of a man can endure his sickness, But as for a broken spirit who can bear it?14The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear?14A man's spirit can endure sickness, but who can survive a broken spirit?
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15The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge, for the ears of the wise seek it out.15An intelligent heart acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.15The mind of the prudent acquires knowledge, And the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.15The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge; and the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge.15The mind of the discerning acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks it.
16A gift opens the way and ushers the giver into the presence of the great.16A man’s gift makes room for him and brings him before the great.16A man's gift makes room for him And brings him before great men.16A man's gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men.16A gift opens doors for a man and brings him before the great.
17In a lawsuit the first to speak seems right, until someone comes forward and cross-examines.17The one who states his case first seems right, until the other comes and examines him.17The first to plead his case seems right, Until another comes and examines him.17He that is first in his own cause seemeth just; but his neighbour cometh and searcheth him.17The first to state his case seems right until another comes and cross-examines him.
18Casting the lot settles disputes and keeps strong opponents apart.18The lot puts an end to quarrels and decides between powerful contenders.18The cast lot puts an end to strife And decides between the mighty ones.18The lot causeth contentions to cease, and parteth between the mighty.18Casting the lot ends quarrels and separates powerful opponents.
19A brother wronged is more unyielding than a fortified city; disputes are like the barred gates of a citadel.19A brother offended is more unyielding than a strong city, and quarreling is like the bars of a castle.19A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city, And contentions are like the bars of a citadel.19A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city: and their contentions are like the bars of a castle.19An offended brother is harder to reach than a fortified city, and quarrels are like the bars of a fortress.
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20From the fruit of their mouth a person's stomach is filled; with the harvest of their lips they are satisfied.20From the fruit of a man’s mouth his stomach is satisfied; he is satisfied by the yield of his lips.20With the fruit of a man's mouth his stomach will be satisfied; He will be satisfied with the product of his lips.20A man's belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled.20From the fruit of his mouth a man's stomach is satisfied; he is filled with the product of his lips.
21The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.21Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.21Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.21Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.21Life and death are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.
22He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the LORD.22He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the LORD.22He who finds a wife finds a good thing And obtains favor from the LORD.22Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the LORD.22A man who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the LORD.
23The poor plead for mercy, but the rich answer harshly.23The poor use entreaties, but the rich answer roughly.23The poor man utters supplications, But the rich man answers roughly.23The poor useth intreaties; but the rich answereth roughly.23The poor man pleads, but the rich one answers roughly.
24One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.24A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.24A man of too many friends comes to ruin, But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.24A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.24A man with many friends may be harmed, but there is a friend who stays closer than a brother.



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