18:1 He that separateth himself seeketh `his own' desire, And rageth against all sound wisdom.
18:2 A fool hath no delight in understanding, But only that his heart may reveal itself.
18:3 When the wicked cometh, there cometh also contempt, And with ignominy `cometh' reproach.
18:4 The words of a man's mouth are `as' deep waters; The wellspring of wisdom is `as' a flowing brook.
18:5 To respect the person of the wicked is not good, `Nor' to turn aside the righteous in judgment.
18:6 A fool's lips enter into contention, And his mouth calleth for stripes.
18:7 A fool's mouth is his destruction, And his lips are the snare of his soul.
18:8 The words of a whisperer are as dainty morsels, And they go down into the innermost parts.
18:9 He also that is slack in his work Is brother to him that is a destroyer.
18:10 The name of Jehovah is a strong tower; The righteous runneth into it, and is safe.
18:11 The rich man's wealth is his strong city, And as a high wall in his own imagination.
18:12 Before destruction the heart of man is haughty; And before honor `goeth' humility.
18:13 He that giveth answer before he heareth, It is folly and shame unto him.
18:14 The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; But a broken spirit who can bear?
18:15 The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge; And the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge.
18:16 A man's gift maketh room for him, And bringeth him before great men.
18:17 He that pleadeth his cause first `seemeth' just; But his neighbor cometh and searcheth him out.
18:18 The lot causeth contentions to cease, And parteth between the mighty.
18:19 A brother offended `is harder to be won' than a strong city; And `such' contentions are like the bars of a castle.
18:20 A man's belly shall be filled with the fruit of his mouth; With the increase of his lips shall he be satisfied.
18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue; And they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.
18:22 Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, And obtaineth favor of Jehovah.
18:23 The poor useth entreaties; But the rich answereth roughly.
18:24 He that maketh many friends `doeth it' to his own destruction; But there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.