New International Reader's Version

Proverbs 18

1A person who isn’t friendly looks out only for themselves.
    They oppose all good sense by starting fights.

Foolish people don’t want to understand.
    They take delight in saying only what they think.

People hate it when evil comes.
    And they refuse to honor those who bring shame.

The words of a person’s mouth are like deep water.
    But the fountain of wisdom is like a flowing stream.

It isn’t good to favor those who do wrong.
    That would keep justice from those who aren’t guilty.

What foolish people say leads to arguing.
    They are just asking for a beating.

The words of foolish people drag them down.
    They are trapped by what they say.

The words of anyone who talks about others are like tasty bites of food.
    They go deep down inside you.

Anyone who doesn’t want to work
    is like someone who destroys.

10 The name of the Lord is like a strong tower.
    Godly people run to it and are safe.

11 The wealth of rich people is like a city that makes them feel safe.
    They think of it as a city with walls that can’t be climbed.

12 If a person’s heart is proud, they will be destroyed.
    So don’t be proud if you want to be honored.

13 To answer before listening
    is foolish and shameful.

14 A cheerful spirit gives strength even during sickness.
    But you can’t keep going if you have a broken spirit.

15 Those whose hearts understand what is right get knowledge.
    That’s because the ears of those who are wise listen for it.

16 A gift opens the door
    and helps the giver meet important people.

17 In court, the first one to speak seems right.
    Then someone else comes forward and questions him.

18 Casting lots will put a stop to arguing.
    It will keep the strongest enemies apart.

19 A broken friendship is harder to handle than a city with high walls around it.
    And arguing is like the locked gates of a mighty city.

20 Because of what they say a person can fill their stomach.
    What their words produce can satisfy them.

21 Your tongue has the power of life and death.
    Those who love to talk will eat the fruit of their words.

22 The one who finds a wife finds what is good.
    He receives favor from the Lord.

23 Poor people beg for mercy.
    But rich people answer in a mean way.

24 A person with unfaithful friends soon comes to ruin.
    But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

New American Standard Bible

Proverbs 18

Contrast the Upright and the Wicked

1He who separates himself seeks his own desire,
He [a]quarrels against all sound wisdom.
A fool does not delight in understanding,
But only in revealing his own [b]mind.
When a wicked man comes, contempt also comes,
And with dishonor comes scorn.
The words of a man’s mouth are deep waters;
[c]The fountain of wisdom is a bubbling brook.
To show partiality to the wicked is not good,
Nor to thrust aside the righteous in judgment.
A fool’s lips [d]bring strife,
And his mouth calls for blows.
A fool’s mouth is his ruin,
And his lips are the snare of his soul.
The words of a whisperer are like dainty morsels,
And they go down into the [e]innermost parts of the body.
He also who is slack in his work
Is brother to him who destroys.
10 The name of the Lord is a strong tower;
The righteous runs into it and is [f]safe.
11 A rich man’s wealth is his strong city,
And like a high wall in his own imagination.
12 Before destruction the heart of man is haughty,
But humility goes before honor.
13 He who gives an answer before he hears,
It is folly and shame to him.
14 The spirit of a man can endure his sickness,
But as for a broken spirit who can bear it?
15 The [g]mind of the prudent acquires knowledge,
And the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.
16 A man’s gift makes room for him
And brings him before great men.
17 The first [h]to plead his case seems right,
Until [i]another comes and examines him.
18 The cast lot puts an end to strife
And [j]decides between the mighty ones.
19 A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city,
And contentions are like the bars of a citadel.
20 With the [k]fruit of a man’s mouth his stomach will be satisfied;
He will be satisfied with the product of his lips.
21 Death and life are in the [l]power of the tongue,
And those who love it will eat its fruit.
22 He who finds a wife finds a good thing
And obtains favor from the Lord.
23 The poor man utters supplications,
But the rich man answers roughly.
24 A man of too many friends comes to [m]ruin,
But there is a [n]friend who sticks closer than a brother.

Notas al pie

  1. Proverbs 18:1 Lit breaks out
  2. Proverbs 18:2 Lit heart
  3. Proverbs 18:4 Or A bubbling brook, a fountain of wisdom
  4. Proverbs 18:6 Lit come with
  5. Proverbs 18:8 Lit chambers of the belly
  6. Proverbs 18:10 Lit set on high
  7. Proverbs 18:15 Lit heart
  8. Proverbs 18:17 Lit in his plea
  9. Proverbs 18:17 Lit his neighbor
  10. Proverbs 18:18 Lit makes a division
  11. Proverbs 18:20 I.e. speech
  12. Proverbs 18:21 Lit hand
  13. Proverbs 18:24 Lit be broken in pieces
  14. Proverbs 18:24 Or lover