Amplified Bible

Proverbs 18

Contrast the Upright and the Wicked

1He who [willfully] separates himself [from God and man] seeks his own desire,
He quarrels against all sound wisdom.

A [closed-minded] fool does not delight in understanding,
But only in revealing his personal opinions [unwittingly displaying his self-indulgence and his stupidity].

When the wicked man comes [to the depth of evil], contempt [of all that is pure and good] also comes,
And with inner baseness (dishonor) comes outer shame (scorn).

The words of a man’s mouth are like deep waters [copious and difficult to fathom];
The fountain of [mature, godly] wisdom is like a bubbling stream [sparkling, fresh, pure, and life-giving].

To show respect to the wicked person is not good,
Nor to push aside and deprive the righteous of justice.

A fool’s lips bring contention and strife,
And his mouth invites a beating.

A fool’s mouth is his ruin,
And his lips are the snare of his soul.

The words of a whisperer (gossip) are like dainty morsels [to be greedily eaten];
They go down into the innermost chambers of the body [to be remembered and mused upon].

He who is careless in his work
Is a brother to him who destroys.
10 
The name of the Lord is a strong tower;
The righteous runs to it and is safe and set on high [far above evil].
11 
The rich man’s wealth is his strong city,
And like a high wall [of protection] in his own imagination and conceit.
12 
Before disaster the heart of a man is haughty and filled with self-importance,
But humility comes before honor.
13 
He who answers before he hears [the facts]—
It is folly and shame to him.
14 
The spirit of a man sustains him in sickness,
But as for a broken spirit, who can bear it?
15 
The mind of the prudent [always] acquires knowledge,
And the ear of the wise [always] seeks knowledge.
16 
A man’s gift [given in love or courtesy] makes room for him
And brings him before great men.
17 
The first one to plead his case seems right,
Until another comes and cross-examines him.
18 
[a]To cast lots puts an end to quarrels
And decides between powerful contenders.
19 
A brother offended is harder to win over than a fortified city,
And contentions [separating families] are like the bars of a castle.
20 
A man’s stomach will be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth;
He will be satisfied with the consequence of his words.
21 
Death and life are in the power of the tongue,
And those who love it and indulge it will eat its fruit and bear the consequences of their words.
22 
He who finds a [[b]true and faithful] wife finds a good thing
And obtains favor and approval from the Lord.
23 
The poor man pleads,
But the rich man answers roughly.
24 
The man of too many friends [chosen indiscriminately] will be broken in pieces and come to ruin,
But there is a [true, loving] friend who [is reliable and] sticks closer than a brother.

Notas al pie

  1. Proverbs 18:18 See note 16:33.
  2. Proverbs 18:22 In Jewish tradition it is said that in Israel, they used to ask a man who had married, “Matsa or motse?” “Matsa” is the Hebrew for “finds” here, where a good wife is in view, and “motse” is the word for “found” (NASB “discovered”) in Eccl 7:26.

Japanese Living Bible

箴言 知恵の泉 18

1自分のことしか考えない者は、
あらゆる規則に盾をつき、
自分のやり方を押し通します。
神に背く者はただ大声で叫びたいだけで、
事実はどうでもよいのです。
悪いことをすれば必ず恥をかきます。
知恵のある人は、
深い流れのように味わいのあることを言います。
裁判官が悪者をかばい、
無実の者を罰するのはよくありません。
6-7 愚か者はすぐにけんかをします。
愚か者の口は破滅のもとで、
いつも危ない橋を渡ります。
陰口はよだれの出そうなごちそうのように、
大いに食欲をそそります。
怠け者は破壊する者の兄弟です。
10 主は絶対安全なとりで、
正しい人はその中に逃げ込みます。
11 金持ちは浅はかにも、
「富がすべて。富さえあれば絶対安全だ」と思っています。
12 高慢になると身を滅ぼし、
謙遜になると人から称賛されます。
13 よく聞かないで早合点すると、恥をかきます。
14 心がしっかりしていれば病気にも負けません。
しかし、心が失せたら望みはありません。
15 知識のある人はいつも、
新しいことを知ろうと努力します。
16 贈り物には不思議な力があります。
地位ある人の前に彼を導きます。
17 だれの話でも、他の人が裏を明かして、
全貌がわかるまではもっともらしく思えます。
18 いくら言い争っても解決しないときは、
くじで決めなさい。
そうすれば丸く収まります。
19 堅固な城を攻め落とすより、
けんかした友人と仲直りするほうが大変です。
怒った相手は、頑としてあなたを受けつけません。
20 忠告するのが上手な人は、
ごちそうをたらふく食べたときのような
満足感をいつも味わいます。
21 おしゃべり好きは、
おしゃべりの後始末をさせられます。
うっかり間違ったことを言って
死ぬ場合もあるのです。
22 良い妻を見つける人は幸せ者です。
良い妻は神からのすばらしい贈り物です。
23 貧しい人は拝むようにして頼み、
金持ちは相手を軽蔑しきって答えます。
24 友人のふりをする「友人」もいれば、
実の兄弟より親しい友人もいます。