Proverbs 18 1
Unfriendly people care only about themselves;
they lash out at common sense.
Fools have no interest in understanding; they only want to air their own opinions.
Doing wrong leads to disgrace,
and scandalous behavior brings contempt.
Wise words are like deep waters;
wisdom flows from the wise like a bubbling brook.
It is not right to acquit the guilty
or deny justice to the innocent.
Fools' words get them into constant quarrels;
they are asking for a beating.
The mouths of fools are their ruin;
they trap themselves with their lips.
Rumors are dainty morsels
that sink deep into one's heart.
A lazy person is as bad as
someone who destroys things.
The name of the LORD is a strong fortress; the godly run to him and are safe.
The rich think of their wealth as a strong defense;
they imagine it to be a high wall of safety.
Haughtiness goes before destruction;
humility precedes honor.
Spouting off before listening to the facts
is both shameful and foolish.
The human spirit can endure a sick body,
but who can bear a crushed spirit?
Intelligent people are always ready to learn.
Their ears are open for knowledge.
Giving a gift can open doors;
it gives access to important people!
The first to speak in court sounds right—
until the cross-examination begins.
Flipping a coin can end arguments;
it settles disputes between powerful opponents.
An offended friend is harder to win back than a fortified city.
Arguments separate friends like a gate locked with bars.
Wise words satisfy like a good meal;
the right words bring satisfaction.
The tongue can bring death or life;
those who love to talk will reap the consequences.
The man who finds a wife finds a treasure,
and he receives favor from the LORD.
The poor plead for mercy;
the rich answer with insults.
There are "friends" who destroy each other, but a real friend sticks closer than a brother.