EveryMans NLT Proverbs - Page 27



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Anyone who loves to quarrel loves sin;
anyone who trusts in high walls invites
disaster.
6
Fools’ words get them into constant
quarrels;
they are asking for a beating.
20
The crooked heart will not prosper;
the lying tongue tumbles into
trouble.
7
The mouths of fools are their ruin;
they trap themselves with their lips.
8
21
It is painful to be the parent of a fool;
there is no joy for the father of a rebel.
Rumors are dainty morsels
that sink deep into one’s heart.
9
22
A cheerful heart is good medicine,
but a broken spirit saps a person’s
strength.
A lazy person is as bad as
someone who destroys things.
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24
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The wicked take secret bribes
to pervert the course of justice.
Sensible people keep their eyes glued
on wisdom,
but a fool’s eyes wander to the ends
of the earth.
Foolish children* bring grief to their
father
and bitterness to the one who gave
them birth.
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
It is wrong to punish the godly for being
good
or to flog leaders for being honest.
The human spirit can endure a sick body,
but who can bear a crushed spirit?
15
A truly wise person uses few words;
a person with understanding is
even-tempered.
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.
Even fools are thought wise when they
keep silent;
with their mouths shut, they seem
intelligent.
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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.
17:25 Hebrew A foolish son.
18:18 Hebrew Casting lots.
18:12 When we are filled with pride, we cannot see our weaknesses. If we cannot admit our faults, they
will never be corrected, and we will suffer the consequences. On the other hand, humility allows us to
surrender to God, opening the way for him to correct us and redirect the course of our lives.





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