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Proverbs 18 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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The Name of the LORD Is a Strong Tower
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 18:1 - A man who isolates himself seeks his own desire;
He rages against all wise judgment.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 18:2 - A fool has no delight in understanding,
But in expressing his own heart.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 18:3 - When the wicked comes, contempt comes also;
And with dishonor comes reproach.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 18:4 - The words of a man’s mouth are deep waters;
The wellspring of wisdom is a flowing brook.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 18:5 - It is not good to show partiality to the wicked,
Or to overthrow the righteous in judgment.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 18:6 - A fool’s lips enter into contention,
And his mouth calls for blows.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 18:7 - A fool’s mouth is his destruction,
And his lips are the snare of his soul.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 18:8 - The words of a talebearer are like tasty trifles,[fn]
And they go down into the inmost body.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 18:9 - He who is slothful in his work
Is a brother to him who is a great destroyer.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 18:10 - The name of the LORD is a strong tower;
The righteous run to it and are safe.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 18:11 - The rich man’s wealth is his strong city,
And like a high wall in his own esteem.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 18:12 - Before destruction the heart of a man is haughty,
And before honor is humility.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 18:13 - He who answers a matter before he hears it,
It is folly and shame to him.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 18:14 - The spirit of a man will sustain him in sickness,
But who can bear a broken spirit?
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 18:15 - The heart of the prudent 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 great men.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 18:17 - The first one to plead his cause seems right,
Until his neighbor comes and examines him.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 18:18 - Casting lots causes contentions to cease,
And keeps the mighty apart.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 18:19 - A brother offended is harder to win than a strong city,
And contentions are like the bars of a castle.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 18:20 - A man’s stomach shall be satisfied from the fruit of his mouth;
From the produce of his lips he shall be filled.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 18:21 - Death and life are in the 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 - The poor man uses entreaties,
But the rich answers roughly.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 18:24 - A man who has friends must himself be friendly,[fn]
But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
NKJV Footnotes
A Jewish tradition reads wounds.
Following Greek manuscripts, Syriac, Targum, and Vulgate; Masoretic Text reads may come to ruin.

New King James Version, © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

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

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