The Bible in Its Traditions

Proverbs 18:1–24

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He that separateth himself seeketh his own desire, and snarlest against all sound wisdom.

A man who wishes to separate from friends seeks excuses; but at all times he will be liable to reproach.

WHEN a man is inactive he imagines lust and mocks at good instruction.

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A fool hath no delight in understanding, but only that his heart may lay itself bare.

A senseless man feels no need of wisdom, for he is rather led by folly.

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When the wicked cometh, there cometh also contempt, and with ignominy reproach.

When an ungodly man comes into a depth of evils, he despises them; but dishonour and reproach come upon him.

The impious, when he has arrived within the depths of sin, thinks little of it. But ill repute and disgrace follow him.

The words of a man's mouth are as deep waters; a flowing brook, a fountain of wisdom.

A word in the heart of a man is a deep water, and a river and fountain of life spring forth.

Words from the mouth of a man are deep waters. And the fountain of wisdom is a torrent overflowing.

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It is not good to respect the person of the wicked, so as to turn aside the righteous in judgment.

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A fool's lips enter into contention, and his mouth calleth for strokes.

The lips of a fool bring him into troubles, and his bold mouth calls for death.

The lips of the foolish meddle in disputes. And his mouth provokes conflicts.

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A fool's mouth is his ruin, and his lips are the snare of his soul.

The mouth of the foolish is his destruction, and his own lips are the ruin of his soul.

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The words of a whisperer are as dainty morsels, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.

Fear casts down the slothful; and the souls of the effeminate shall hunger.

The words of the double-tongued seem simple. And they reach even to the interior of the gut. Fear casts down the lazy, but the souls of the effeminate shall go hungry.

Even one that is slack in his work is brother to him that is a destroyer.

A man who helps not himself by his labour is brother of him that ruins himself.

Whoever is dissolute and slack in his work is the brother of him who wastes his own works.

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10  The name of YHWH is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is set up on high.

10  The name of the Lord is of great strength; and the righteous running to it are exalted.

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11  The rich man's wealth is his strong city, and as a high wall in his own conceit.

11  The wealth of a rich man is a strong city; and its glory casts a broad shadow.

11  The substance of the wealthy is the city of his strength, and it is like a strong wall encircling him.

12  Before destruction the heart of a man is haughty, and before honour goeth humility.

12  Before ruin a man’s heart is exalted, and before honour it is humble.

12  The heart of a man is exalted before it is crushed and humbled before it is glorified.

13  He that giveth answer before he heareth, it is folly and confusion unto him.

13  Whoso answers a word before he hears a cause, it is folly and reproach to him.

13  Whoever responds before he listens, demonstrates himself to be foolish and deserving of confusion.

14  The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a broken spirit who can bear?

14  A wise servant calms a man’s anger; but who can endure a faint-hearted man?

14  The spirit of a man sustains his weakness. Yet who can sustain a spirit that is easily angered?

15  The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge; and the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge.

15  The heart of the sensible man purchases discretion; and the ears of the wise seek understanding.

15  A prudent heart shall possess knowledge. And the ear of the wise seeks doctrine.

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16  A man's gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men.

16  A man’s gift enlarges him, and seats him among princes.

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17  He that pleadeth his cause first seemeth just; but his neighbour cometh and searcheth him out.

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18  The lot causeth strife to cease, and parteth asunder the contentious.

18  A silent man quells strifes, and determines between great powers.

18  Casting a lot suppresses contentions and passes judgment, even among the powerful.

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19  A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city; and their contentions are like the bars of a castle.

19  A brother helped by a brother is as a strong and high city; and is as strong as a well-founded palace.

19  A brother who is helped by a brother is like a reinforced city, and judgments are like the bars of cities.

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20  A man's belly shall be filled with the fruit of his mouth; with the increase of his lips shall he be satisfied.

20  From the fruit of a man’s mouth shall his belly be filled. And the harvest of his own lips shall satisfy him.

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21  Death and life are in the power of the tongue; and they that indulge it shall eat the fruit thereof.

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22  Whoso findeth a wife findeth a great good, and obtaineth favour of YHWH.

22  He that has found a good wife has found favours, and has received gladness from God. He that puts away a good wife, puts away a good thing, and he that keeps an adulteress is foolish and ungodly.

22  He who finds a good wife finds a good thing, and obtains favor from the LORD. And he who puts out a good wife, puts out good from his house.

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23  The poor useth entreaties; but the rich answereth impudently.

23  The poor will speak with supplications. And the rich will express themselves roughly.

23  The poor speak humbly; but the rich talk of great things.

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24  There are friends that one hath to his own hurt; but there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.

24  A man amiable to society shall be more friendly than a brother.