Proverbs Chapter 18

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Proverbs 18

1 Through desire a man, having separated himself, seeketh and intermeddleth with all wisdom.

A fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself.

When the wicked cometh, then cometh also contempt, and with ignominy reproach.

The words of a man’s mouth are as deep waters, and the wellspring of wisdom as a flowing brook.

It is not good to accept the person of the wicked, to overthrow the righteous in judgment.

A fool’s lips enter into contention, and his mouth calleth for strokes.

A fool’s mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul.

The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.

He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster.

10 The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.

11 The rich man’s wealth is his strong city, and as an high wall in his own conceit.

12 Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honour is humility.

13 He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him.

14 The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear?

15 The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge; and the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge.

16 A man’s gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men.

17 He that is first in his own cause seemeth just; but his neighbour cometh and searcheth him.

18 The lot causeth contentions to cease, and parteth between the mighty.

19 A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city: and their contentions are like the bars of a castle.

20 A man’s belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled.

21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

22 Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the Lord.

23 The poor useth intreaties; but the rich answereth roughly.

24 A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.

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30 thoughts on “Proverbs Chapter 18

  1. Fools care nothing for thoughtful discourse; all they do is run off at the mouth. The words of a fool start fights; do him a favor and gag him. Fools are undone by their big mouths; their souls are crushed by their words. Words kill, words give life; they’re either poison or fruit—you choose. (Proverbs 18:2, 6, 7, 21 MSG)

  2. Proverbs 18:24 A man that had friends must show himself friendly.” a man of many companions comes to run.” a friend that sticketh closer than a brother. True friends do not turn away in tough times. it is better to have a true friend then many false friends.

  3. 9 He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is great waster.

    I was always taught that everything should be done in a way that will make Jesus feel proud to call us His child. We must in the same way teach our children the joy of working for & by God. A good work ethic will go very far in this world and for eternity.

  4. ILove to eat the Word

    The Unteachable

    2 Fools have no interest in understanding; they only want to air their own opinions. (Proverbs 18:2 )

    Everyone has met the unteachable person. They have an opinion for everything.

    You are never right, you can never do anything right, and you can never have the right of way.

    These people always have done what you have done (but better), been where you have been (but they had better cameras), and know more than you know.

    Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: (James 1:19 KJV)

  5. A wise man’s mouth…

    The wise has control over his speech.
    We can tear down a soul or lift someone up in prayer. I choose to lift up people and praise GOD during the prayer. He is so Awsome.
    Bells and timbrels go off in heaven everytime a sinner repents. my prayer is that I repent daily and that I choose soft words instead of hurt words.
    Focus on the lost instead of my bad mouth. Would be a blessing to the Lord.
    If I LOVE JESUS OBEY HIM AND HIS WORDS.
    Thank u Jesus. you AREmy true Savior.
    Please Lord heal my Words to be like You.

    Psalm 149:6

    Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two edged sword in their hand.

  6. 2 A fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself.

    15 The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge; and the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge.

    I choose to seek knowledge and try not to be a fool that has no delight in understanding.

  7. 21 Words kill, words give life; they’re either poison or fruit – you choose. MSG

    What words are you giving today? Are you giving poison or fruit? We can either lift someone up or tear someone down with our words. We all have been offended by someone but that don’t give us the right to tear them down we are too still lift them up and pray for them. It also goes back to Bro Tallant’s message last night on The Law of Forgiveness. Gotta forgive them that hurt and talk about us. So what are you doing today lifiting up or tearing down?

  8. This chapter illustrates cautioning. Sound advice is given. One is wise to heed what sayeth the Lord, and what sayeth the man of God; “The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge; and the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge”. What a mighty God we serve! May the good Lord Bless you all in Jesus name, Amen

  9. There has to be more to life!

    He who is loose and slack in his work is brother to him who is a destroyer and he who does not use his endeavors to heal himself is brother to him who commits suicide. (Proverbs 18:9 AMP)

    What a waste! This scripture tells us not to be lazy and reckless with our lives or neglect our duty . Laziness and recklessness absolutely destroys us. We have a few examples in the scriptures.

    #1 And not many days after that, the younger son gathered up all that he had and journeyed into a distant country, and there he wasted his fortune in reckless and loose [from restraint] living. (Luke 15:13 AMP)

    #2 ALSO [Jesus] said to the disciples, There was a certain rich man who had a manager of his estate, and accusations [against this man] were brought to him, that he was squandering his [master’s] possessions. (Luke 16:1 AMP)

    #3 I went by the field of the lazy man, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding; And, behold, it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles were covering its face, and its stone wall was broken down. (Proverbs 24:30, 31 AMP)

    #4 Through indolence the rafters [of state affairs] decay and the roof sinks in, and through idleness of the hands the house leaks. (Ecclesiastes 10:18 AMP)

    #5 Indeed, we hear that some among you are disorderly [that they are passing their lives in idleness, neglectful of duty], being busy with other people’s affairs instead of their own and doing no work. (2 Thessalonians 3:11 AMP)

    ****The Lords remedy against laziness and recklessness

    In order that you may not grow disinterested and become [spiritual] sluggards, but imitators, behaving as do those who through faith (by their leaning of the entire personality on God in Christ in absolute trust and confidence in His power, wisdom, and goodness) and by practice of patient endurance and waiting are [now] inheriting the promises. (Hebrews 6:12 AMP)

    ****What’s the promise? Great question

    And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me. For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence. (Acts 1:4, 5 KJV)

    Suddenly, there was a sound from heaven like the roaring of a mighty windstorm, and it filled the house where they were sitting. Then, what looked like flames or tongues of fire appeared and settled on each of them. And everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in other languages, as the Holy Spirit gave them this ability. (Acts 2:2-4 NLT)

    Furthermore, because we are united with Christ, we have received an inheritance from God, for he chose us in advance, and he makes everything work out according to his plan. God’s purpose was that we Jews who were the first to trust in Christ would bring praise and glory to God. And now you Gentiles have also heard the truth, the Good News that God saves you. And when you believed in Christ, he identified you as his own by giving you the Holy Spirit, whom he promised long ago. The Spirit is God’s guarantee that he will give us the inheritance he promised and that he has purchased us to be his own people. He did this so we would praise and glorify him. (Ephesians 1:11-14 NLT)

    To open their eyes that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may thus receive forgiveness and release from their sins and a place and portion among those who are consecrated and purified by faith in Me. (Acts 26:18 AMP)

    The Lord is calling you to get out of sin and go into your promise. Give your life over the Christ. Allow Him to fill you with the Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking in a heavenly language. And be baptized in Jesus’ Name. Seek Him everyday with everything within you and Your life will never be the same. This is your promise!!! This is your gift!!!

    Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call. (Acts 2:38, 39 KJV)

  10. 1 Through desire a man, having separated himself, seeketh and intermeddleth with all wisdom.

    This is my prayer today that my desire for the knowledge and understanding of the Word of God and what He is speaking to me would cause me to separate myself from the noises of this world to hear Him with more clarity. Then I must take it a step further and not just be a hearer of the word, but I must be a doer of what He speaks to me as well.
    I must put to action the wisdom He teaches me.

  11. HALELUJAH!!! HALELUJAH!!! HALELUJAH!!!
    10 The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.
    JESUS YOU ARE MY STRONG TOWER, YOU ARE MY REFUGE, THERE IS NONE LIKE YOU!!! I LOVE YOU DADDY!!!
    HALELUJAH!!! HALELUJAH !!! HALELUJAH!!! GRACIAS PADRE!!! TE AMO, TE ADORO, DADDY YOU ARE MY FIRST LOVE!!! =D

  12. 4 The words of a man’s mouth are as deep waters, and the wellspring of wisdom as a flowing brook.

    21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

    23 The poor useth intreaties; but the rich answereth roughly.

    Several verses in this chapter talk about the power of the spoken word. I am reminded of yesterday’s preaching in the morning. There is so much power in the spoken word. There is life and death..you build up or you tear down. You give faith, by speaking word of God, or you or hopelessness by speaking negative things. God wants us to know that we can speak to our situation. We can speak to our storm but first we must speak “Faith” into our hearts. When we”speak” to the situation with the word and promises of God in the name of Jesus, what we are doing is lifting Him up, speaking life, and diminishing the “storm/problem” letting it die that gives is the Faith we need for miracles to take place. Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Romans tells us that the same power that raises Jesus from the death is inside of us, the Holy Spirit, the same power that spoke the world into existence, but to be able to “speak” with power we need the Words that have power. One thing I learned is that when you use the word of God in your prayers the are more effective. We have the power and our words can use that power. Let the Word of God saturate your heart that what you speak will come to pass. Jesus defeated the devils temptation with “it is written..”
    All things are possible to him that believes. Speak faith into your life. Speak life

  13. THE FAVOR OF HONESTY

    4 The words of a man’s mouth are as deep waters, and the wellspring of wisdom as a flowing brook.

    6 A fool’s lips enter into contention, and his mouth calleth for strokes.
    7 A fool’s mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul.
    8 The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.

    Dishonesty is painful and discouraging. Revenge is the typical response of a wounded soul. We learn here the pain and curses that come along with dishonest.

    Honesty is favored by GOD.

    Righteousness requires honesty, righteousness receives covering and protection.

    10 The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.

    There is no greater place of safety than the name of the LORD (JESUS).

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  14. And Jesus Christ is that strong tower, and he is our refuge! Hide me Jesus, and like in baseball sliding in at the home plate “SAFE”………

    10 The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.
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    Wow, in this next verse can be expressed in many different ways. Such as; God’s Gift of Salvation, Individual Spiritual Gifts, or talents. Imagine yourself standing before Kings, Presidents, Judges, Dignataries, Statesmans, Nobles or other Great Men, and give an account for your faith in Christ Jesus, just like the Appostles before us. This would be a great honor, and the Lord Jesus would have to prepare each and everyone of us for this. We should definately be greatly for all the hard work the Disciples before us had accomplished. Or shall we say, what God had completed until this day…………

    16 A man’s gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men.
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    This next verse, should be remembered when trying to win someone who has an offense toward God, and we should never take it personal. It’s not us they are rejecting, it’s Jesus Christ they are rejecting. They don’t want to be accountable or they are afraid they would have to change. “But Try”……………..

    19 A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city: and their contentions are like the bars of a castle.
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    Watch what you say, “speak life”………hold your tongue when you find yourself facing hard situations. This isn’t always easy, but doable!

    21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.
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    “I’ve got mine…..I’ve got favour too”…….

    22 Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the Lord.
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    You want friends….this is how you do it! You know, who that friend is that sticketh closer than a brother. “Thus his name is above every name….Jesus Christ”

    24 A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.

  15. Holding on to the past.

    19 A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city: and their contentions are like the bars of a castle. 20 A man’s belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled. 21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

    I know a few backsliders that have been hurt, but in all actuallity all backsliders have been hurt by someone in the church. This is why we must be careful in understanding where we are at spiritually and where otheres are at too. If we are to be a hospital , we must learn how to treat those that have been hurt, where the simpliest word will hurt and even kill that which is trying to grow back. As in alot of cases in the hospital, people don’t know when they are sick until they have symptoms of sickness, yet when they go in they find out that they are in need of medical attention. We as the church, we must understand the process of taking care of the sick in spirit. THat means we will get dirty and bloody, but we must remember to keep ourselves clean through all that. Now, one of the greatiest trails in the hospital is therapy. In this there is pain and healing. But the rewards are great. If a brother is harder to win than a strong city, than what is that in hospital terms? I believe that we can use cancer in this manner. Now, I have lost an aunt to cancer and a few others in my family have had cancer. Cancer eats away at the tissue, and will attack living cells in the body. Cancer in the medical field term is one of the hardest things to fight. In retrospect we can see the “brother” in this vs. as someone who is hard to win back. They are eaten up with bitterness, and kill anyone that proclaims to be christian, but they are not impossible to win back. It takes time and much love to bring them back. God working inside us and through us can work in this city, He’s just looking for that willing vessel to be used. Just remember Death and Life are in the power of the tongue!

  16. Verse 22 MSG “Find a good spouse, you find a good life—and even more: the favor of God!” What a fitting word on our 24th wedding anniversary, thank you Lord.

  17. 16 A man’s gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men.

    For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance. -Romans 11:29

    God has given each us gifts, talents and abilities. Be patient and know that God will use us.

    If your time has not yet come maybe there is no room or no great men.

    Think about it. Wait on The Lord!

  18. 10 The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the [consistently] righteous man [upright and in right standing with God] runs into it and is safe, high [above evil] and strong. (AMP)

  19. Take care of one another

    19 A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city: and their contentions are like the bars of a castle.

    We have a decision that comes daily….
    Do we kill our brother or let him live?

    21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

    We have the power to offend or let loose headings with our tongues.

    24 A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.

    No one wants to be around someone that is negative all the time and brings them down. People want to be around positivity an hope.

    Let us take care of our brothers and sisters. Speak good things so life is given and be a friend.

  20. Trust

    23 The poor useth intreaties; but the rich answereth roughly.

    10 The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.

    11 The rich man’s wealth is his strong city, and as an high wall in his own conceit.

    12 Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honour is humility.

    If our trust is in riches, then we will be caught up in destructive pride when they increase, and be enslaved to shame when they decrease. We cannot serve both God and this world; we cannot trust both God and this world. Somewhere along the line we have to choose where we will put our trust.

    Matthew 6:21
    For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

    What we treasure is what we esteem, and esteem is linked closely with trust. What we treasure has a way of being what we trust. Is our safe place of this world, or is it Jesus?

    Isaiah 33:5-7
    5 The Lord is exalted; for he dwelleth on high: he hath filled Zion with judgment and righteousness. 6 And wisdom and knowledge shall be the stability of thy times, and strength of salvation: the fear of the Lord is his treasure.

    The benefits of trusting God are not difficult to find, but persuading our hearts to do so can be difficult.

    Matthew 6:19-21
    19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:

    20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:

    21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

    Matthew 16:25
    For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.

    We have this promise, that just as Jesus *chose* to lay down His life regardless of the feelings of the flesh, so can we *choose* to trust God and follow after His way and not be a slave to what we feel to do. We may feel intimidated, unsure, out of control, but that doesn’t mean we can’t *choose* to put our trust in Him. If we don’t choose Him, we will find a substitute. Maybe it won’t be money but perhaps self (trusting personality, looks, abilities) or another person or a job or a lifestyle, etc.

    Joshua 24:15
    And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.

    NOW Trust

  21. Step one

    12 Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honour is humility.

    Humility is not only a key, but the foundation to living an overcoming life. Humility says “not my will but thine be done”. Humility says “prefer your brother above yourself.” Humility says “I die daily.”

    Pride goes before destruction. Humility goes before construction. Pride goes before a fall. Humility goes before elevation.

    Matthew 20:26-27
    But it shall not be so among you:but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant:

    Matthew 23:12
    And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.

  22. Trust

    23 The poor useth intreaties; but the rich answereth roughly.

    10 The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.

    11 The rich man’s wealth is his strong city, and as an high wall in his own conceit.

    12 Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honour is humility.

    If our trust is in riches, then we will be caught up in destructive pride when they increase, and be enslaved to shame when they decrease. We cannot serve both God and this world; we cannot trust both God and this world. Somewhere along the line we have to choose where we will put our trust.

    Matthew 6:21
    For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

    What we treasure is what we esteem, and esteem is linked closely with trust. What we treasure has a way of being what we trust. Is our safe place of this world, or is it Jesus?

    Isaiah 33:5-7
    5 The Lord is exalted; for he dwelleth on high: he hath filled Zion with judgment and righteousness. 6 And wisdom and knowledge shall be the stability of thy times, and strength of salvation: the fear of the Lord is his treasure.

    The benefits of trusting God are not difficult to find, but persuading our hearts to do so can be difficult.

    Matthew 6:19-21
    19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:

    20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:

    21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

    Matthew 16:25
    For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.

    We have this promise, that just as Jesus *chose* to lay down His life regardless of the feelings of the flesh, so can we *choose* to trust God and follow after His way and not be a slave to what we feel to do. We may feel intimidated, unsure, out of control, but that doesn’t mean we can’t *choose* to put our trust in Him. If we don’t choose Him, we will find a substitute. Maybe it won’t be money but perhaps self (trusting personality, looks, abilities) or another person or a job or a lifestyle, etc.

    Joshua 24:15
    And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.

    NOW Trust Jesus

  23. 23 The poor useth intreaties; but the rich answereth roughly.

    God favors the poor, and punishes the wished. Lord you know all and see all. Deliver me and my family from all evil. Use me to do your Holy will.

  24. Choices

    19 A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city: and their contentions are like the bars of a castle.

    As men and women of God every choice we make will have an outcome. It’s by our decisions whether it be good or bad. We need to realize in every situation, conversation and scenario we are representing God. We are his people. We need to choose wisely. For all you know the choices you make today will effect a persons outlook on God and His church.
    Think before you do, think before you say

  25. What the speck?

    19 A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city: and their contentions are like the bars of a castle.

    We often take of fences that should not be our own. These things makeus think, I can’t believe that BLANK did that to her/him/me/them. We then show that of fence to others as we are walking out our Christ like lives. When we go about our day and spread the word we will have a hard time reaching as we’ll as letting others reach for us.

    And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? (Matthew 7:3 KJV)

    We need to check ourselves to make sure we don’t have any offences before we try persue those who we know are offended. Then we need to get the beam out f our eye before we can go for our offended friend.

  26. 2 A fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself.
    3 When the wicked cometh, then cometh also contempt, and with ignominy reproach.

    Food For Thought

    As we grow weare expected to be able to put to use the knowledge that we are privilaged to gain. We should be able to help not only ourselves but also others too.

    In the parable of the talents, many times we focus on the being able to turn $5 into $10, or the one who burried his talent. What we so often fail to see though, is that the ones who grew their talents, had to be able to do something with the first talents that they were given. If they had only focused on not using their talents to help someone else, but just themselves, they would have never grown their talents. The only who burried his talent, whether he stuck it in a hole, or he refused to help someone else, hoping to make money in return, either way, he hid the talent that God had given him, so that only he would know the joy from his talent. In the end he suffered a great reproach as he lost everything because of it..

  27. Godly Wives

    22 Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the Lord.

    This promise is nearly identical to the one in Proverbs 8:35, where God’s favor is connected with finding the ultimate prize of wisdom. Here is one more example of how highly God views women- and godly wives in particular. A good wife is not happen chance, nor is she a man’s due; but rather she is a gift from God (Ge 2:21-24; Pr 19:14). The apostle Paul calls the spiritual union between husband and wife a profound mystery, comparing it to Jesus’ relationship with the church (Eph 5:31-32). Clearly, the husband-wife relationship is a holy thing- a mystery blessed by God that transcends cultural mores and ever-changing roles.

  28. 10 The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.

    My God is the safest place to be at…no matter what’s going on…

    21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

    What you say can affect a person even if its something small….and you seem like your joking…others can take it the wrong way. So encourage and lift up people.

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