Sundry observations of moral virtues, and their contrary vices (10-24).
Proverbs 18:1 He that separateth himself seeketh [his] pleasure, he is vehement against all sound wisdom. Proverbs 18:2 A fool hath no delight in understanding, but only that his heart may reveal itself. Proverbs 18:3 When the wicked cometh, there cometh also contempt, and with ignominy reproach. Proverbs 18:4 The words of a man's mouth are deep waters, [and] the fountain of wisdom is a gushing brook. Proverbs 18:5 It is not good to accept the person of the wicked, to wrong the righteous in judgment. Proverbs 18:6 A fool's lips enter into contention, and his mouth calleth for stripes. Proverbs 18:7 A fool's mouth is destruction to him, and his lips are a snare to his soul. Proverbs 18:8 The words of a talebearer are as dainty morsels, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly. Proverbs 18:9 He also who is indolent in his work is brother of the destroyer. Proverbs 18:10 The name of Jehovah is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe. Proverbs 18:11 The rich man's wealth is his strong city, and as a high wall in his own imagination. Proverbs 18:12 Before destruction the heart of man is haughty; and before honour [goeth] humility. Proverbs 18:13 He that giveth answer before he heareth, it is folly and shame unto him. Proverbs 18:14 The spirit of a man sustaineth his infirmity; but a broken spirit who can bear? Proverbs 18:15 The heart of an intelligent [man] getteth knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge. Proverbs 18:16 A man's gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men. Proverbs 18:17 He that is first in his own cause [seemeth] just; but his neighbour cometh and searcheth him. Proverbs 18:18 The lot causeth contentions to cease, and parteth between the mighty. Proverbs 18:19 A brother offended is [harder to be won] than a strong city; and contentions are as the bars of a palace. Proverbs 18:20 A man's belly is satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; with the increase of his lips is he satisfied. Proverbs 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. Proverbs 18:22 Whoso hath found a wife hath found a good thing, and hath obtained favour from Jehovah. Proverbs 18:23 He that is poor speaketh with supplications, but the rich answereth roughly. Proverbs 18:24 A man of [many] friends will come to ruin but there is a friend [that] sticketh closer than a brother.