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Proverbs 18 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

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Unchecked Copy BoxPro 18:1 - Unfriendly people care only about themselves;
they lash out at common sense.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 18:2 - Fools have no interest in understanding;
they only want to air their own opinions.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 18:3 - Doing wrong leads to disgrace,
and scandalous behavior brings contempt.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 18:4 - Wise words are like deep waters;
wisdom flows from the wise like a bubbling brook.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 18:5 - It is not right to acquit the guilty
or deny justice to the innocent.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 18:6 - Fools’ words get them into constant quarrels;
they are asking for a beating.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 18:7 - The mouths of fools are their ruin;
they trap themselves with their lips.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 18:8 - Rumors are dainty morsels
that sink deep into one’s heart.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 18:9 - A lazy person is as bad as
someone who destroys things.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 18:10 - The name of the LORD is a strong fortress;
the godly run to him and are safe.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 18:11 - The rich think of their wealth as a strong defense;
they imagine it to be a high wall of safety.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 18:12 - Haughtiness goes before destruction;
humility precedes honor.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 18:13 - Spouting off before listening to the facts
is both shameful and foolish.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 18:14 - The human spirit can endure a sick body,
but who can bear a crushed spirit?
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 18:15 - Intelligent people are always ready to learn.
Their ears are open for knowledge.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 18:16 - Giving a gift can open doors;
it gives access to important people!
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 18:17 - The first to speak in court sounds right—
until the cross-examination begins.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 18:18 - Flipping a coin[fn] can end arguments;
it settles disputes between powerful opponents.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 18:19 - An offended friend is harder to win back than a fortified city.
Arguments separate friends like a gate locked with bars.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 18:20 - Wise words satisfy like a good meal;
the right words bring satisfaction.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 18:21 - The tongue can bring death or life;
those who love to talk will reap the consequences.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 18:22 - The man who finds a wife finds a treasure,
and he receives favor from the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 18:23 - The poor plead for mercy;
the rich answer with insults.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 18:24 - There are “friends” who destroy each other,
but a real friend sticks closer than a brother.
NLT Footnotes
Hebrew Casting lots.

Holy Bible, New Living Translation copyright © 1996, 2004, 2007 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

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