Proverbs 18:1
Contrast the Upright and the Wicked

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

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

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

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

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

6A fool’s lips bring strife,
         And his mouth calls for blows.

7A fool’s mouth is his ruin,
         And his lips are the snare of his soul.

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

9He also who is slack in his work
         Is brother to him who destroys.

10The name of the LORD is a strong tower;
         The righteous runs into it and is safe.

11A rich man’s wealth is his strong city,
         And like a high wall in his own imagination.

12Before destruction the heart of man is haughty,
         But humility goes before honor.

13He who gives an answer before he hears,
         It is folly and shame to him.

14The spirit of a man can endure his sickness,
         But as for a broken spirit who can bear it?

15The mind of the prudent acquires knowledge,
         And the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.

16A man’s gift makes room for him
         And brings him before great men.

17The first to plead his case seems right,
         Until another comes and examines him.

18The cast lot puts an end to strife
         And decides between the mighty ones.

19A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city,
         And contentions are like the bars of a citadel.

20With the fruit of a man’s mouth his stomach will be satisfied;
         He will be satisfied with the product of his lips.

21Death and life are in the power of the tongue,
         And those who love it will eat its fruit.

22He who finds a wife finds a good thing
         And obtains favor from the LORD.

23The poor man utters supplications,
         But the rich man answers roughly.

24A man of too many friends comes to ruin,
         But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

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Parallel Verses
American Standard Version
He that separateth himself seeketh his own desire, And rageth against all sound wisdom.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He that hath a mind to depart from a friend seeketh occasions: he shall ever be subject to reproach.

Darby Bible Translation
He that separateth himself seeketh his pleasure, he is vehement against all sound wisdom.

English Revised Version
He that separateth himself seeketh his own desire, and rageth against all sound wisdom.

Webster's Bible Translation
Through desire a man, having separated himself, seeketh and intermeddleth with all wisdom.

World English Bible
An unfriendly man pursues selfishness, and defies all sound judgment.

Young's Literal Translation
For an object of desire he who is separated doth seek, With all wisdom he intermeddleth.
Two Fortresses
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Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Our Stronghold
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C.H. Spurgeon—Sermons on Proverbs

Pride and Humility
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C.H. Spurgeon—Sermons on Proverbs

The Cause and Cure of a Wounded Spirit
A sermon (2494) intended for reading on Lord's Day, December 6th, 1896, delivered by C. H. Spurgeon at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington on Thursday Evening, April 16th, 1885. "The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear?"--Proverbs 18:14. Every man sooner or later has some kind of infirmity to bear. It may be that his constitution from the very first will be inclined to certain disease and pains, or possibly he may in passing through life suffer from accident
C.H. Spurgeon—Sermons on Proverbs

A Faithful Friend
A sermon (No. 120) delivered on Sabbath Morning, March 8, 1857, by C. H. Spurgeon at The Music Hall, Royal Surrey Gardens. "There is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother."--Proverbs 18:24. Cicero has well said, "Friendship is the only thing in the world concerning the usefulness of which all mankind are agreed." Friendship seems as necessary an element of a comfortable existence in this world as fire or water, or even air itself. A man may drag along a miserable existence in proud solitary
C.H. Spurgeon—Sermons on Proverbs

Pride and Humility
I. In the first place, we shall have something to say concerning the vice of PRIDE. "Before destruction the heart of man is haughty." Pride, what is it? Pride, where is its seat? The heart of man. And pride, what is its consequence? Destruction. 1. In the first place, I must try to describe pride to you. I might paint it as being the worst malformation of all the monstrous things in creation; it hath nothing lovely in it, nothing in proportion, but everything in disorder. It is altogether the very
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 2: 1856

A Faithful Friend
Friendship, however, though very pleasing and exceedingly blessed, has been the cause of the greatest misery to men when it has been unworthy and unfaithful; for just in proportion as a good friend is sweet, a false friend is full of bitterness. "A faithless friend is sharper than an adder's tooth." It is sweet to repose in some one; but O! how bitter to have that support snapped, and to receive a grievous fall as the effect of your confidence. Fidelity is an absolute necessary in a true friend;
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 3: 1857

Would that I were More Closely Bound
"There is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother." -- Proverbs 18:24. Would that I were more closely bound To my Beloved, who ever lives; Would that my soul were always found Abiding in the peace He gives; Would, that I might more clearly see His love an heritage for me More surely know, more meekly own, His bounteous grace my strength alone! And much I wish but I will pray For wisdom that the lowly find, -- And, O my Savior, every day, More of Thy meek and quiet mind. The comfort of a mind
Miss A. L. Waring—Hymns and Meditations

Epistle cxv. To Syagrius, Bishop of Augustodunum (Autun).
To Syagrius, Bishop of Augustodunum (Autun). Gregory to Syagrius, &c. If in secular affairs every man should have his right and his proper rank preserved to him, how much more in ecclesiastical arrangements ought no confusion to be let in; lest discord should find place there, whence the blessings of peace should proceed. And this will in this way be secured, if nothing is yielded to power but all to equity. Now it has been reported to us that our most beloved brother Ursicinus, bishop of the city
Saint Gregory the Great—the Epistles of Saint Gregory the Great

Have Read the Letter which You in Your Wisdom have Written Me. You Inveigh against Me
I have read the letter which you in your wisdom have written me. You inveigh against me, and, though you once praised me and called me true partner and brother, you now write books to summon me to reply to the charges with which you terrify me. I see that in you are fulfilled the words of Solomon: "In the mouth of the foolish is the rod of contumely," and "A fool receives not the words of prudence, unless you say what is passing in his heart;" and the words of Isaiah: "The fool will speak folly,
Various—Life and Works of Rufinus with Jerome's Apology Against Rufinus.

Messiah Unpitied, and Without a Comforter
Reproach [Rebuke] hath broken my heart; and I am full of heaviness: and I looked for some to take pity, but there was none; and for comforters, but I found none. T he greatness of suffering cannot be certainly estimated by the single consideration of the immediate, apparent cause; the impression it actually makes upon the mind of the sufferer, must likewise be taken into the account. That which is a heavy trial to one person, may be much lighter to another, and, perhaps, no trial at all. And a state
John Newton—Messiah Vol. 1

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