NLT™ logo
home
live it now
bible study
spiritual journey
exploring christianity
discover the nlt
nlt intro
product spotlight
product categories
endorsements
text comparison
faqs
meet the scholars
scripture search
comparing translations
philosophy & methodology
favorite verses
tyndale bible lines
devotional sign-up
discover the nlt

Read FAQs, your favorite verses, preview the NLT bibles, and learn about the scholars.

discover the nlt
scripture search

Search the NLT by keyword or reference below.

verse finder
example
check this box to search for keywords only.
if you are searching for a verse, do not check this box.

* - denotes footnote

Proverbs 18

1 Unfriendly people care only about themselves;
  they lash out at common sense.

2 Fools have no interest in understanding;
  they only want to air their own opinions.

3 Doing wrong leads to disgrace,
  and scandalous behavior brings contempt.

4 Wise words are like deep waters;
  wisdom flows from the wise like a bubbling brook.

5 It is not right to acquit the guilty
  or deny justice to the innocent.

6 Fools' words get them into constant quarrels;
  they are asking for a beating.

7 The mouths of fools are their ruin;
  they trap themselves with their lips.

8 Rumors are dainty morsels
  that sink deep into one's heart.

9 A lazy person is as bad as
  someone who destroys things.

10 The name of the LORD is a strong fortress;
  the godly run to him and are safe.

11 The rich think of their wealth as a strong defense;
  they imagine it to be a high wall of safety.

12 Haughtiness goes before destruction;
  humility precedes honor.

13 Spouting off before listening to the facts
  is both shameful and foolish.

14 The human spirit can endure a sick body,
  but who can bear a crushed spirit?

15 Intelligent people are always ready to learn.
  Their ears are open for knowledge.

16 Giving a gift can open doors;
  it gives access to important people!

17 The first to speak in court sounds right—
  until the cross-examination begins.

18 Flipping a coin can end arguments;
  it settles disputes between powerful opponents.

19 An offended friend is harder to win back than a fortified city.
  Arguments separate friends like a gate locked with bars.

20 Wise words satisfy like a good meal;
  the right words bring satisfaction.

21 The tongue can bring death or life;
  those who love to talk will reap the consequences.

22 The man who finds a wife finds a treasure,
  and he receives favor from the LORD.

23 The poor plead for mercy;
  the rich answer with insults.

24 There are "friends" who destroy each other,
  but a real friend sticks closer than a brother.

previous |  next

Footnotes:

18:18 Hebrew Casting lots.
endorsements

“The second edition is fresh, dynamic and exciting to read. Whether a person is a new believer or a long-time follower, this translation will be a wonderful tool God’s Spirit will use to produce a harvest of kingdom fruit.”

Dr. Roger D. Haber
Central Baptist Church
Middleborough, Massachusetts

read more endorsements
poll
There are no polls at this time
visit tyndale.com
privacy policy trademarks contact information