Holman Christian Standard Bible®
Proverbes 18, Proverbi 18, Proverbios 18, Provérbios 18, Spreuken 18, Sprüche 18, Книга Притчі 18, Книга притчей Соломоновых 18, سفر الأمثال 18, 箴言 18, 잠언 18, Ordspråksboken 18
1One who isolates himself pursues selfish desires;he rebels against all sound judgment.2A fool does not delight in understanding,but only wants to show off his opinions.[D]18:2 Lit to uncover his heart3When a wicked man comes, contempt also does,and along with dishonor, disgrace.4The words of a man’s mouth are deep waters,a flowing river, a fountain of wisdom.[E]18:4 Or waters; a fountain of wisdom is a flowing river.5It is not good to show partiality to the guiltyby perverting the justice due the innocent.6A fool’s lips lead to strife,and his mouth provokes a beating.7A fool’s mouth is his devastation,and his lips are a trap for his life.8A gossip’s words are like choice foodthat goes down to one’s innermost being.[F]18:8 Lit to the chambers of the belly9The one who is truly lazy in his workis brother to a vandal.[G]18:9 Lit master of destruction10The name of Yahweh is a strong tower;the righteous run to it and are protected.[H]18:10 Lit raised high11A rich man’s wealth is his fortified city;in his imagination it is like a high wall.12Before his downfall a man’s heart is proud,but humility comes before honor.13The one who gives an answer before he listens—this is foolishness and disgrace for him.14A man’s spirit can endure sickness,but who can survive a broken spirit?15The mind of the discerning acquires knowledge,and the ear of the wise seeks it.16A gift opens doors[I]18:16 Lit gift makes room for a manand brings him before the great.17The first to state his case seems rightuntil another comes and cross-examines him.18Casting the lot ends quarrelsand separates powerful opponents.19An offended brother is harder to reach[J]18:19 LXX, Syr, Tg, Vg read is strongerthan a fortified city,and quarrels are like the bars of a fortress.20From the fruit of his mouth a man’s stomach is satisfied;he is filled with the product of his lips.21Life and death are in the power of the tongue,and those who love it will eat its fruit.22A man who finds a wife finds a good thingand obtains favor from the Lord.23The poor man pleads,but the rich one answers roughly.24A man with many friends may be harmed,[K]18:24 Some LXX mss, Syr, Tg, Vg read friends must be friendlybut there is a friend who stays closer than a brother.