Proverbs 18 ©
In solitude to search after wisdom, v. 1. Whereunto a fool has no desire, 2. Wise speeches, 4. The office and duty of a judge, 5. Foolish speeches, 6, 7. Whispering, 8. Slothfulness in working, 9. Confidence in God, 10. In riches, 11. Of pride and humility, 12. Indiscreet answer, 13. Courage and dejectedness, 14. Increasing in knowledge, 15. Gifts,16. Lawsuits, 17. The lot, 18. Disputes between brethren, 19. Fruits of the tongue, 20, 21. Good woman, 22. Words of the poor and rich, 23. Friends, 24.
THROUGH1 desire a man, having 2separated himself, seeketh and intermeddleth 3with all wisdom.
A fool hath no delight in understanding, but 4that his heart may discover 5itself.
When the wicked cometh, then cometh also 6contempt, and 7with ignominy reproach.
The words of 8a man’s mouth are as 9deep waters, and the wellspring of wisdom as a 10flowing brook.
11Ita is not good to accept 12the person of the wicked, to overthrow 13the righteous in judgment.
14A fool’s lips enter into contention, and his mouth 15calleth for strokes.
A fool's mouth isb16his destruction, and his lips are thec17snare of his soul.
Thed words of a talebearer are 18as wounds, and they go down 19into the innermost parts of the 20belly.
He also 21that is slothful in his work is 22brother to him that is 23a great waster.
24The name of the LORD ise25a strong tower: the righteous runneth 26into it, and is safe.
27Thef rich man’s wealth is his strong city, and as an high wall 28in his own conceit.g
Beforeh29destruction the heart of man is haughty, andi before honour is humility.
He that 30answereth a matter before he heareth it, it 31is folly and shame unto him.
The 32spirit of a man will sustain 33his infirmity; but a 34wounded spirit 35who can 36bear?
The heart of the 37prudent getteth knowledge; and the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge.
A man’s gift 38maketh room for him, and bringeth him before 39great men.
40He that is first in his own cause seemeth 41just; butj42his neighbor 43cometh and 44searcheth 45him.
The 46lot causeth contentions to cease, and parteth between the 47mighty.
A brother 48offended is harder to be won than a 49strong city: and their 50contentions 51are like the bars of a castle.
A man’s 52belly shall be satisfied with thek53fruit of his mouth; and with the increase of his lips shall he be 54filled.
Death and life are in 55the power of the tongue:l and they that 56love 57it shall 58eat the 59fruit thereof.
Whosom findeth a 60wife findeth a good thing, and 61obtaineth favour of the LORD.
The poor useth intreaties; but the rich answereth roughly.
62A man that hath friends must shew himself 63friendly: and there is a friend that 64sticketh closer than a brother.