Proverbs 18:1-24 TPT

Proverbs 18:1-24 TPT [1] An unfriendly person isolates himself and seems to care only about his own issues. For his contempt of sound judgment makes him a recluse. [2] Senseless people find no pleasure in acquiring true wisdom, for all they want to do is impress you with what they know. [3] An ungodly man is always cloaked with disgrace, as dishonor and shame are his companions. [4] Words of wisdom are like a fresh, flowing brook—like deep waters that spring forth from within, bubbling up inside the one with understanding. [5] It is atrocious when judges show favor to the guilty and deprive the innocent of justice. [6] A senseless man jumps headfirst into an argument; he’s just asking for a beating for his reckless words. [7] A fool has a big mouth that only gets him into trouble, and he’ll pay the price for what he says. [8] The words of a gossip merely reveal the wounds of his own soul, and his slander penetrates into the innermost being. [9] The one who is too lazy to look for work is the same one who wastes his life away. [10] The character of God is a tower of strength, for the lovers of God delight to run into his heart and be exalted on high. [11] The rich, in their conceit, imagine that their wealth is enough to protect them. It becomes their confidence in a day of trouble. [12] A man’s heart is the proudest when his downfall is nearest, for he won’t see glory until the Lord sees humility. [13] Listen before you speak, for to speak before you’ve heard the facts will bring humiliation. [14] The will to live sustains you when you’re sick, but depression crushes courage and leaves you unable to cope. [15] The spiritually hungry are always ready to learn more, for their hearts are eager to discover new truths. [16] Would you like to meet a very important person? Take a generous gift. It will do wonders to gain entrance into his presence. [17] There are two sides to every story. The first one to speak sounds true until you hear the other side and they set the record straight. [18] A coin toss resolves a dispute and can put an argument to rest between formidable opponents. [19] It is easier to conquer a strong city than to win back a friend whom you’ve offended. Their walls go up, making it nearly impossible to win them back. [20] Sharing words of wisdom is satisfying to your inner being. It encourages you to know that you’ve changed someone else’s life. [21] Your words are so powerful that they will kill or give life, and the talkative person will reap the consequences. [22] When a man finds a wife, he has found a treasure! For she is the gift of God to bring him joy and pleasure. But the one who divorces a good woman loses what is good from his house. To choose an adulteress is both stupid and ungodly. [23] The poor plead for help from the rich, but all they get in return is a harsh response. [24] Some friendships don’t last for long, but there is one loving friend who is joined to your heart closer than any other!

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