Proverbs 18 New King James Version (NKJV)
The Name of the Lord Is a Strong Tower
18 A man who isolates himself seeks his own desire;
2 A fool has no delight in understanding,
3 When the wicked comes, contempt comes also;
4 The words of a man’s mouth are deep waters;
5 It is not good to show partiality to the wicked,
6 A fool’s lips enter into contention,
9 He who is slothful in his work
10 The name of the Lord is a strong tower;
12 Before destruction the heart of a man is haughty,
13 He who answers a matter before he hears it,
14 The spirit of a man will sustain him in sickness,
15 The heart of the prudent acquires knowledge,
16 A man’s gift makes room for him,
17 The first one to plead his cause seems right,
18 Casting lots causes contentions to cease,
19 A brother offended is harder to win than a strong city,
20 A man’s stomach shall be satisfied from the fruit of his mouth;
21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue,
22 He who finds a wife finds a good thing,
23 The poor man uses entreaties,
24 A man who has friends [f]must himself be friendly,
Proverbs 18 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Contrast of the Upright and the Wicked
18 One who separates himself seeks his own desire;
Proverbs 18 New International Version (NIV)
18 An unfriendly person pursues selfish ends
2 Fools find no pleasure in understanding
3 When wickedness comes, so does contempt,
4 The words of the mouth are deep waters,
5 It is not good to be partial to the wicked
6 The lips of fools bring them strife,
7 The mouths of fools are their undoing,
8 The words of a gossip are like choice morsels;
9 One who is slack in his work
10 The name of the Lord is a fortified tower;
11 The wealth of the rich is their fortified city;
12 Before a downfall the heart is haughty,
13 To answer before listening—
14 The human spirit can endure in sickness,
15 The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge,
16 A gift opens the way
17 In a lawsuit the first to speak seems right,
18 Casting the lot settles disputes
19 A brother wronged is more unyielding than a fortified city;
20 From the fruit of their mouth a person’s stomach is filled;
21 The tongue has the power of life and death,
22 He who finds a wife finds what is good
23 The poor plead for mercy,
24 One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin,
Proverbs 18 King James Version (KJV)
18 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.