King James VersionProverbs18


1 Through de­sire a man, hav­ing sep­a­rat­ed him­self, seeketh and in­ter­med­dleth with all wis­dom.
2 A fool hath no de­light in un­der­stand­ing, but that his heart may dis­cov­er it­self.
3 When the wicked cometh, then cometh also con­tempt, and with ig­nominy re­proach.
4 The words of a man's mouth are as deep wa­ters, and the well­spring of wis­dom as a flow­ing brook.
5 It is not good to ac­cept the per­son of the wicked, to over­throw the righ­teous in judg­ment.
6 A fool's lips en­ter into con­tention, and his mouth cal­leth for strokes.
7 A fool's mouth is his de­struc­tion, and his lips are the snare of his soul.
8 The words of a tale­bear­er are as wounds, and they go down into the in­ner­most parts of the bel­ly.
9 He also that is sloth­ful in his work is broth­er to him that is a great waster.
10 The name of the LORD is a strong tow­er: the righ­teous run­neth into it, and is safe.
11 The rich man's wealth is his strong city, and as an high wall in his own con­ceit.
12 Be­fore de­struc­tion the heart of man is haughty, and be­fore hon­our is hu­mil­i­ty.
13 He that an­swereth a mat­ter be­fore he heareth it, it is fol­ly and shame unto him.
14 The spir­it of a man will sus­tain his in­fir­mi­ty; but a wound­ed spir­it who can bear?
15 The heart of the pru­dent get­teth knowl­edge; and the ear of the wise seeketh knowl­edge.
16 A man's gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him be­fore great men.
17 He that is first in his own cause seemeth just; but his neigh­bour cometh and searcheth him.
18 The lot causeth con­tentions to cease, and parteth be­tween the mighty.
19 A broth­er of­fend­ed is hard­er to be won than a strong city: and their con­tentions are like the bars of a cas­tle.
20 A man's bel­ly shall be sat­is­fied with the fruit of his mouth; and with the in­crease of his lips shall he be filled.
21 Death and life are in the pow­er of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit there­of.
22 Whoso find­eth a wife find­eth a good thing, and ob­taineth favour of the LORD.
23 The poor useth in­treaties; but the rich an­swereth rough­ly.
24 A man that hath friends must shew him­self friend­ly: and there is a friend that stick­eth clos­er than a broth­er.