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Proverbs 18 :: New American Standard Bible 2020 (NASB20)

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Contrast of the Upright and the Wicked

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 18:1 - One who separates himself seeks his own desire;
He [fn]quarrels against all sound wisdom.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 18:2 - A fool does not delight in understanding,
But in revealing his own [fn]mind.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 18:3 - When a wicked person comes, contempt also comes,
And with dishonor comes taunting.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 18:4 - The words of a person’s mouth are deep waters;
[fn]The fountain of wisdom is a bubbling brook.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 18:5 - To show partiality to the wicked is not good,
Nor to suppress the righteous in judgment.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 18:6 - A fool’s lips [fn]bring strife,
And his mouth invites beatings.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 18:7 - A fool’s mouth is his ruin,
And his lips are the snare of his soul.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 18:8 - The words of a gossiper are like dainty morsels,
And they go down into the [fn]innermost parts of the body.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 18:9 - He also who is lax 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 runs into it and is [fn]safe.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 18:11 - A rich person’s wealth is his strong city,
And like a high wall in his own imagination.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 18:12 - Before destruction the heart of a person is haughty,
But humility goes before honor.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 18:13 - One who gives an answer before he hears,
It is foolishness and shame to him.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 18:14 - The spirit of a person can endure his sickness,
But as for a broken spirit, who can endure it?
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 18:15 - The [fn]mind of the discerning acquires knowledge,
And the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 18:16 - A person’s gift makes room for him
And brings him before great people.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 18:17 - The first [fn]to plead his case seems right,
Until [fn]another comes and examines him.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 18:18 - The cast lot puts an end to quarrels,
And [fn]decides between the mighty ones.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 18:19 - A brother who is offended is harder to be won than a strong city,
And quarrels are like the bars of a citadel.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 18:20 - With the [fn]fruit of a person’s mouth his stomach will be satisfied;
He will be satisfied with the product of his lips.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 18:21 - Death and life are in the [fn]power of the tongue,
And those who love it will eat its fruit.
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 - A poor person utters pleadings,
But a rich person answers defiantly.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 18:24 - A person of too many friends comes to [fn]ruin,
But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
NASB20 Footnotes
Lit breaks out
Lit heart
Or A bubbling brook, a fountain of wisdom
Lit come with
Lit chambers of the belly
Lit set on high
Lit heart
Lit in his plea
Lit his neighbor
Lit makes a division
I.e., speech
Lit hand
Lit be broken in pieces

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