Proverbs 18

1Some people like to do things their own way. They get upset when people give them advice. 2A foolish person doesn’t want to learn from other people. That person only wants to tell his own ideas. 3People don’t like an evil person. People make fun of that foolish person. 4The words of a wise man are like water bubbling up from a deep well—the well of wisdom! 5˻You must be fair in judging people.˼ If you let guilty people go free then you are not being fair to good people. 6A foolish person causes himself trouble with the things he says. His words can start fights. 7When a foolish person talks, he ruins himself. His own words trap him. 8People always want to hear gossip—it is like good food going down into the stomach. 9A person that does sloppy work is almost as bad as a person that destroys things. 10There is much strength in the name of the Lord. It is like a strong tower. Good people can run to him and be safe. 11Rich people think that their wealth will protect them. They think that it is like a strong fort. 12A proud person will soon be ruined. But an humble person will be honored. 13You should let other people finish speaking before you try to answer them. That way you won’t be embarrassed and appear foolish. 14A good attitude gives a person support when he is ill, but no one can cheer up a person with a bad attitude. 15The wise person always wants to learn more. That person listens closely for more wisdom. 16If you want to meet an important person, give him a gift. Then you can easily get to meet him. 17The first person to speak always seems right until someone comes and questions him. 18If two powerful people are arguing, throwing lots may be the best way to decide the argument. 19If you insult your friend, then he will be harder to win back than a city with strong walls. And arguments separate people like palace gates with strong bars across them. 20The things you say affect your life. If you say good things, then good things will happen to you. But if you say bad things, then bad things will happen to you. 21The tongue can speak words that bring life or death. And people who love to talk must be ready to accept what it brings. 22If you find a wife, then you have found a good thing. She shows that the Lord is happy with you. 23A poor person will beg for help, but a rich person is rude when he answers. 24Some friends are fun to be with. But a close friend can be even better than a brother.

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