Proverbs – Chapter 18

The Bible – Old Testament

Proverbs

Chapter 18

1

In estrangement one seeks pretexts: with all persistence he picks a quarrel.

2

The fool takes no delight in understanding, but rather in displaying what he thinks.

3

With wickedness comes contempt, and with disgrace comes scorn.

4

The words from a man’s mouth are deep waters, but the source of wisdom is a flowing brook.

5

It is not good to be partial to the guilty, and so to reject a rightful claim.

6

The fool’s lips lead him into strife, and his mouth provokes a beating.

7

The fool’s mouth is his ruin; his lips are a snare to his life.

8

The words of a talebearer are like dainty morsels that sink into one’s inmost being.

9

The man who is slack in his work is own brother to the man who is destructive.

10

1 The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the just man runs to it and is safe.

11

The rich man’s wealth is his strong city; he fancies it a high wall.

12

2 Before his downfall a man’s heart is haughty, but humility goes before honors.

13

3 He who answers before he hears –  his is the folly and the shame.

14

A man’s spirit sustains him in infirmity –  but a broken spirit who can bear?

15

The mind of the intelligent gains knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.

16

A man’s gift clears the way for him, and gains him access to great men.

17

The man who pleads his case first seems to be in the right; then his opponent comes and puts him to the test.

18

4 The lot puts an end to disputes, and is decisive in a controversy between the mighty.

19

A brother is a better defense than a strong city, and a friend is like the bars of a castle.

20

5 From the fruit of his mouth a man has his fill; with the yield of his lips he sates himself.

21

Death and life are in the power of the tongue; those who make it a friend shall eat its fruit.

22

He who finds a wife finds happiness; it is a favor he receives from the LORD.

23

The poor man implores, but the rich man answers harshly.

24

Some friends bring ruin on us, but a true friend is more loyal than a brother.

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1 [10-11] Religion is a strong support and sure refuge in the struggle of life. The rich foolishly rely on their wealth for such support.
2 [12] Compare the Savior’s words: “Whoever exalts himself shall be humbled, and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted” (⇒ Matthew 23:12).
3 [13] To speak without first listening is characteristic of a fool; cf ⇒ Proverb 10:14; ⇒ Sirach 11:8.
4 [18] See note on ⇒ Proverb 16:33.
5 [20-21] Everyone must accept the consequences, of benefit or harm to himself, which his words produce.

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