Book of Proverbs

The Douay-Rheims Bible


Chapter 18

1    He that hath a mind to depart from a friend seeketh occasions: he shall ever be subject to reproach.
2    A fool receiveth not the words of prudence: unless thou say those things which are in his heart.
3    The wicked man when he is come into the depth of sins, contemneth: but ignominy and reproach follow him.
4    Words from the mouth of a men are as deep water: and the fountain of wisdom as an overflowing stream.
5    It is not good to accept the person of the wicked, to decline from the truth of judgment.
6    The lips of a fool intermeddle with strife: and his mouth provoketh quarrels.
7    The mouth of a fool is his destruction: and his lips are the ruin of his soul.
8    The words of the double tongued are as if they were harmless: and they reach even to the inner parts of the bowels. Fear casteth down the slothful: and the souls of the effeminate shall be hungry.
9    He that is loose and slack in his work, is the brother of him that wasteth his own works.
10    The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the just runneth to it, and shall be exalted.
11    The substance of the rich man is the city of his strength, and as a strong wall compassing him about.
12    Before destruction, the heart of a man is exalted: and before he be glorified, it is humbled.
13    He that answereth before he heareth sheweth himself to be a fool, and worthy of confusion.
14    The spirit of a man upholdeth his infirmity: but a spirit that is easily angered, who can bear?
15    A wise heart shall acquire knowledge: and the ear of the wise seeketh instruction.
16    A man's gift enlargeth his may, and maketh him room before princes.
17    The just is first accuser of himself: his friend cometh, and shall search him.
18    The lot suppresseth contentions, and determineth even between the mighty.
19    A brother that is helped by his brother, is like a strong city: and judgments are like the bars of cities.
20    Of the fruit of a man's mouth shall his belly be satisfied: and the offspring of his lips shall fill him.
21    Death and life are in the power of the tongue: they that love it, shall eat the fruits thereof.
22    He that hath found a good wife, hath found a good thing, and shall receive a pleasure from the Lord. He that driveth away a good wife, driveth away a good thing: but he that keepeth an adulteress, is foolish and wicked.
23    The poor will speak with supplications, and the rich will speak roughly.
24    A man amiable in society, shall be more friendly than a brother.