Proverbs 18

1 – An unfriendly man pursues selfish ends;
he defies all sound judgment.

2 – A fool finds no pleasure in understanding
but delights in airing his own opinions.

3 – When wickedness comes, so does contempt,
and with shame comes disgrace.

4 – The words of a man’s mouth are deep waters,
but the fountain of wisdom is a bubbling brook.

5 – It is not good to be partial to the wicked
or to deprive the innocent of justice.

6 – A fool’s lips bring him strife,
and his mouth invites a beating.

7 – A fool’s mouth is his undoing,
and his lips are a snare to his soul.

8 – The words of a gossip are like choice morsels;
they go down to a man’s inmost parts.

9 – One who is slack in his work
is brother to one who destroys.

10 – The name of the LORD is a strong tower;
the righteous run to it and are safe.

11 – The wealth of the rich is their fortified city;
they imagine it an unscalable wall.

12 – Before his downfall a man’s heart is proud,
but humility comes before honor.

13 – He who answers before listening—
that is his folly and his shame.

14 – A man’s spirit sustains him in sickness,
but a crushed spirit who can bear?

15 – The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge;
the ears of the wise seek it out.

16 – A gift opens the way for the giver
and ushers him into the presence of the great.

17 – The first to present his case seems right,
till another comes forward and questions him.

18 – Casting the lot settles disputes
and keeps strong opponents apart.

19 – An offended brother is more unyielding than a fortified city,
and disputes are like the barred gates of a citadel.

20 – From the fruit of his mouth a man’s stomach is filled;
with the harvest from his lips he is satisfied.

21 – The tongue has the power of life and death,
and those who love it will eat its fruit.

22 – He who finds a wife finds what is good
and receives favor from the LORD.

23 – A poor man pleads for mercy,
but a rich man answers harshly.

24 – A man of many companions may come to ruin,
but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

Proverbs 18 (NIV)