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Proverbs 18 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxPro 18:1 - Whoever isolates himself seeks his own desire;
he breaks out against all sound judgment.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 18:2 - A fool takes no pleasure in understanding,
but only in expressing his opinion.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 18:3 - When wickedness comes, contempt comes also,
and with dishonor comes disgrace.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 18:4 - The words of a man’s mouth are deep waters;
the fountain of wisdom is a bubbling brook.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 18:5 - It is not good to be partial to[fn] the wicked
or to deprive the righteous of justice.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 18:6 - A fool’s lips walk into a fight,
and his mouth invites a beating.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 18:7 - A fool’s mouth is his ruin,
and his lips are a snare to his soul.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 18:8 - The words of a whisperer are like delicious morsels;
they go down into the inner parts of the body.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 18:9 - Whoever is slack in his work
is a brother to him who destroys.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 18:10 - The name of the LORD is a strong tower;
the righteous man runs into it and is safe.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 18:11 - A rich man’s wealth is his strong city,
and like a high wall in his imagination.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 18:12 - Before destruction a man’s heart is haughty,
but humility comes before honor.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 18:13 - If one gives an answer before he hears,
it is his folly and shame.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 18:14 - A man’s spirit will endure sickness,
but a crushed spirit who can bear?
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 18:15 - An intelligent heart acquires knowledge,
and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 18:16 - A man’s gift makes room for him
and brings him before the great.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 18:17 - The one who states his case first seems right,
until the other comes and examines him.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 18:18 - The lot puts an end to quarrels
and decides between powerful contenders.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 18:19 - A brother offended is more unyielding than a strong city,
and quarreling is like the bars of a castle.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 18:20 - From the fruit of a man’s mouth his stomach is satisfied;
he is satisfied by the yield of his lips.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 18:21 - Death and life are in the power of the tongue,
and those who love it will eat its fruits.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 18:22 - He who finds a wife finds a good thing
and obtains favor from the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 18:23 - The poor use entreaties,
but the rich answer roughly.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 18:24 - A man of many companions may come to ruin,
but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
ESV Footnotes
Hebrew to lift the face of

The Holy Bible, English Standard Version copyright © 2001, 2007, 2011, 2016 by Crossway Books and Bibles, a Publishing Ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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For more information on this translation, see the ESV Preface.

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