Proverbs 18 (ESV)
Whoever isolates himself seeks his own desire;
he breaks out against all sound judgment.
2 A fool takes no pleasure in understanding,
but only in expressing his opinion.
Proverbs 18:4–5 (ESV)
4 The words of a man’s mouth are deep waters;
the fountain of wisdom is a bubbling brook.
5 It is not good to be partial to the wicked
or to deprive the righteous of justice.
Proverbs 18:8 (ESV)
8 The words of a whisperer are like delicious morsels;
they go down into the inner parts of the body.
Proverbs 18:10 (ESV)
10 The name of the Lord is a strong tower;
the righteous man runs into it and is safe.
Proverbs 18:13 (ESV)
13 If one gives an answer before he hears,
it is his folly and shame.
Proverbs 18:14–16 (ESV)
14 A man’s spirit will endure sickness,
but a crushed spirit who can bear?
15 An intelligent heart acquires knowledge,
and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.
16 A man’s gift makes room for him
and brings him before the great.
Proverbs 18:19 (ESV)
19 A brother offended is more unyielding than a strong city,
and quarreling is like the bars of a castle.
Proverbs 18:24 (ESV)
24 A man of many companions may come to ruin,
but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.