NASB — Proverbs 18 — KJV

Contrast the Upright and the Wicked

  1 He who separates himself seeks [his own] desire,
  He Iaquarrels against all sound wisdom.
  2 A fool does not delight in understanding,
  But only ain revealing his own Imind.
  3 When a wicked man comes, contempt also comes,
  And with dishonor [comes] scorn.
  4 The words of a man’s mouth are adeep waters;
  IThe fountain of wisdom is a bubbling brook.
  5 To ashow partiality to the wicked is not good,
  [Nor] to bthrust aside the righteous in judgment.
  6 A fool’s lips Ibring strife,
  And his mouth calls for ablows.
  7 A afool’s mouth is his ruin,
  And his lips are the snare of his soul.
  8 The words of a whisperer are like dainty morsels,
  And they go down into the Iinnermost parts of the body.
  9 He also who is aslack in his work
  bIs brother to him who destroys.
  10 The aname of the LORD is a bstrong tower;
  The righteous runs into it and cis Isafe.
  11 A arich man’s wealth is his strong city,
  And like a high wall in his own imagination.
  12 aBefore destruction the heart of man is haughty,
  But bhumility [goes] before honor.
  13 He who agives an answer before he hears,
  It is folly and shame to him.
  14 The aspirit of a man can endure his sickness,
  But [as for] a bbroken spirit who can bear it?
  15 The Iamind of the prudent acquires knowledge,
  And the bear of the wise seeks knowledge.
  16 A man’s agift makes room for him
  And brings him before great men.
  17 The first Ito plead his case [seems] right,
  [Until] IIanother comes and examines him.
  18 The [cast] alot puts an end to strife
  And Idecides between the mighty ones.
  19 A brother offended [is harder to be won] than a strong city,
  And contentions are like the bars of a citadel.
  20 With the Iafruit of a man’s mouth his stomach will be satisfied;
  bHe will be satisfied [with] the product of his lips.
  21 aDeath and life are in the Ipower of the tongue,
  And those who love it will eat its bfruit.
  22 He who finds a awife finds a good thing
  And bobtains favor from the LORD.
  23 The apoor man utters supplications,
  But the brich man canswers roughly.
  24 A man of [too many] friends [comes] to Iruin,
  But there is aa IIfriend who sticks closer than a brother.

[1] ILit breaks out aPv 3:21; 8:14
[2] ILit heart aPv 12:23; 13:16; Ec 10:3
[4] IOr A bubbling brook, a fountain of wisdom aPv 20:5
[5] aLv 19:15; Dt 1:17; 16:19; Ps 82:2; Pv 17:15; 24:23; 28:21 bEx 23:2, 6; Pv 17:26; 31:5; Mi 3:9
[6] ILit come with aPv 19:29
[7] aPs 64:8; 140:9; Pv 10:14; 12:13; 13:3; Ec 10:12
[8] ILit chambers of the belly
[9] aPv 10:4 bPv 28:24
[10] ILit set on high aEx 3:15 b2S 22:2, 3, 33; Ps 18:2; 61:3; 91:2; 144:2 cPv 29:25
[11] aPv 10:15
[12] aPv 11:2; 16:18; 29:23 bPv 15:33
[13] aPv 20:25; Jn 7:51
[14] aPv 17:22 bPv 15:13
[15] ILit heart aPv 15:14; Ep 1:17 bPv 15:31
[16] aGn 32:20; 1S 25:27
[17] ILit in his plea IILit his neighbor
[18] ILit makes a division aPv 16:33
[20] II.e. speech aPv 12:14 bPv 14:14
[21] ILit hand aPv 12:13; 13:3; Mt 12:37 bPv 13:2; Is 3:10; Ho 10:13
[22] aGn 2:18; Pv 12:4; 19:14; 31:10-31 bPv 8:35
[23] aPv 19:7 bJm 2:3, 6 c1K 12:13; 2Ch 10:13
[24] ILit be broken in pieces IIOr lover aPv 17:17; Jn 15:14, 15


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Sundry observations of moral virtues, and their contrary vices (10-24).

1 ¶ Through desire a man, having separated himself, seeketh [and] intermeddleth with all wisdom. 2 A fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself. 3 When the wicked cometh, [then] cometh also contempt, and with ignominy reproach. 4 The words of a man's mouth [are as] deep waters, [and] the wellspring of wisdom [as] a flowing brook. 5 [It is] not good to accept the person of the wicked, to overthrow the righteous in judgment. 6 A fool's lips enter into contention, and his mouth calleth for strokes. 7 A fool's mouth [is] his destruction, and his lips [are] the snare of his soul. 8 The words of a talebearer [are] as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly. 9 He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster. 10 The name of the LORD [is] a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe. 11 The rich man's wealth [is] his strong city, and as an high wall in his own conceit. 12 Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honour [is] humility. 13 He that answereth a matter before he heareth [it], it [is] folly and shame unto him. 14 The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear? 15 The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge; and the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge. 16 A man's gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men. 17 [He that is] first in his own cause [seemeth] just; but his neighbour cometh and searcheth him. 18 The lot causeth contentions to cease, and parteth between the mighty. 19 A brother offended [is harder to be won] than a strong city: and [their] contentions [are] like the bars of a castle. 20 A man's belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; [and] with the increase of his lips shall he be filled. 21 Death and life [are] in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. 22 [Whoso] findeth a wife findeth a good [thing], and obtaineth favour of the LORD. 23 The poor useth intreaties; but the rich answereth roughly. 24 A man [that hath] friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend [that] sticketh closer than a brother.

[1] Ex 33:16; Pv 2:1; 14:10; 17:14; 20:3, 19; 24:21; 26:17; Is 26:8; Jr 15:17; Zc 7:3; Mt 13:11, 44; Mk 1:35; 4:11; Ro 1:1; 2Co 6:17; Ep 5:15; Jde 1:19.
[2] Nu 24:15; Ps 1:1; Pv 1:7, 22; 17:16; Mt 8:34; 1Co 8:1; 14:12; Php 1:15; 2P 2:15.
[3] 1S 20:30; Ne 4:4; Ps 69:9, 20; 123:3; Pv 11:2; 22:10; 29:16; Mt 27:39; 1P 4:4, 14.
[4] Ps 78:2; Pv 10:11; 13:14; 16:22; 20:5; Mt 12:34; Jn 4:14; 7:38; Col 3:16; 4:6.
[5] Lv 19:15; Dt 1:16; 16:19; 1K 21:9; Jb 13:7; 34:19; Pv 24:23; 28:21; Is 5:23; 59:14; Mi 7:3; Mt 22:16.
[6] Pv 12:16; 13:10; 14:3, 16; 16:27; 17:14; 19:19; 20:3; 22:24; 25:24; 27:3; 29:9.
[7] Jg 11:35; 1S 14:24; Pv 6:2; 10:8, 14; 12:13; 13:3; Ec 10:11; Mk 6:23; Ac 23:14.
[8] Lv 19:16; Ps 52:2; 64:3; Pv 12:18; 16:28; 26:20.
[9] Jb 30:29; Pv 10:4; 23:20; 24:30; 28:24; Mt 25:26; Lk 15:13; 16:1; Ro 12:11; He 6:12.
[10] Gn 17:1; 32:11, 28; Ex 3:13; 6:3; 34:5; 1S 30:6; 2S 22:3, 45, 51; Ps 18:2; 27:1; 56:3; 61:3; 91:2, 14; 144:2; Is 9:6; 26:4; 57:15; Jr 23:6; Hab 3:19; Mt 1:23; Rv 1:8.
[11] Dt 32:31; Jb 31:24; Ps 49:6; 52:5; 62:10; Pv 10:15; 11:4; Ec 7:12; Lk 12:19.
[12] Jb 42:6; Pv 11:2; 15:33; 16:18; 29:23; Is 6:5; Ezk 16:49; 28:2, 9; Dn 5:23; 9:20, 23; Lk 14:11; Ac 12:21; 1P 5:5.
[13] Dt 13:14; 2S 16:4; 19:24; Es 3:10; 8:5; Jb 29:16; Dn 6:9, 14; Jn 7:51.
[14] Jb 1:20; 2:7; 6:4; 7:14; 10:15; Ps 30:9; 32:3; 38:2; 42:10; 55:3, 5; 77:2; 88:14; 109:22; 147:3; Pv 17:22; Mk 14:33; Ro 5:3; 8:35; 2Co 1:12; 2:7; 12:9; Jm 1:2; 1P 1:6.
[15] 1K 3:9; Ps 119:97; Pv 1:5; 4:5, 7; 9:9; 10:14; 15:14; 23:23; Lk 8:8; 10:39; 2Ti 3:15; Jm 1:5.
[16] Gn 32:20; 33:10; 43:11; 1S 25:27; Pv 17:8; 19:6; 21:14.
[17] 2S 16:1; 19:24; Pv 18:13; Ac 24:5, 12.
[18] Jsh 14:2; 1S 10:21; 14:42; 1Ch 6:63; 24:31; Ne 11:1; Pv 16:33.
[19] Gn 4:5; 27:41; 32:6; 37:3, 11, 18; 2S 13:22, 28; 1K 2:23; 12:16; 2Ch 13:17; Pv 6:19; 16:32; Ac 15:39.
[20] Pv 12:13; 13:2; 22:18, 21; 25:11.
[21] Pv 10:19, 20, 31; 11:30; 18:4; Ec 10:12; Is 57:19; Mt 12:35; Ro 10:14; 2Co 2:16; 11:15; Ep 4:29; Col 4:6; Tit 1:10; Jm 3:6; 2P 2:18.
[22] Gn 24:67; 29:20, 28; Pv 3:4; 5:15; 8:35; 12:4; 19:14; 31:10; Ec 9:9; Ho 12:12; 1Co 7:2.
[23] Gn 42:7, 30; Ex 5:2; Ru 2:7; 1S 2:36; 25:10, 17; 2K 4:1; Is 66:2; Mt 5:3; Jm 1:9; 2:3.
[24] 1S 19:4; 30:26; 2S 1:26; 9:1; 16:17; 17:27; 19:30; 21:7; 1Ch 12:38; Pv 17:17; 27:9; Mt 26:49; Jn 15:14.


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