Proverbs 18: Wise Sayings

What is the difference between an introvert and an extrovert? Which is best? Why?

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Proverbs 18:1 Those who lack social skills, preferring to be alone, are missing out on life, lacking common sense.
King James
Proverbs 18:1 Through desire a man, having separated himself, seeketh and intermeddleth with all wisdom.

How do people benefit from discussion? Why is discussion a problem for some?

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Proverbs 18:2 Fools don’t enjoy discussion but only want to tell what they think.
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Proverbs 18:2 A fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself.

What are the root causes for shame and disgrace? How might those causes be overcome?

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Proverbs 18:3 Contempt for life follows wickedness, and then comes shame and disgrace.
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Proverbs 18:3 When the wicked cometh, then cometh also contempt, and with ignominy reproach.

Where can words of wisdom be found?

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Proverbs 18:4 Words of wisdom are like a deep fountain that feeds a life-giving stream.
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Proverbs 18:4 The words of a man’s mouth are as deep waters, and the wellspring of wisdom as a flowing brook.

Why is partiality given to the wicked?

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Proverbs 18:5 Showing partiality to the wicked deprives the righteous of justice, which is not good.
King James
Proverbs 18:5 It is not good to accept the person of the wicked, to overthrow the righteous in judgment.

With what does foolish talk contend? Why?

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Proverbs 18:6–7 Foolish talk creates contention that leads to blow-by-blow fighting.
Saying foolish things will work to your destruction. What you say can be a trap that will threaten your own wellbeing.
King James
Proverbs 18:6–7 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.

Why might gossip taste good but be upsetting?

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Proverbs 18:8 Words of gossip are like tasty desserts that will upset our stomach when they are eaten.
King James
Proverbs 18:8 The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.

What are lazy people wasting?

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Proverbs 18:9 Lazy people are family members of wastefulness.
King James
Proverbs 18:9 He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster.

How do we run to the Lord and find safety?

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Proverbs 18:10–12 The Lord is like a strong tower that the enemy cannot conquer. The righteous run to it and are safe.
Rich people trust their wealth to guarantee their wellbeing, which is like thinking a high wall will protect a strong city from attack.
Thinking they are doing so well, prideful people may soon face a crushing defeat, but humble recognition of where they really are will lead to abundance in life.
King James
Proverbs 18:10–12 The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe. The rich man’s wealth is his strong city, and as an high wall in his own conceit. Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honour is humility.

Why do talkative people sometimes have difficulty listening?

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Proverbs 18:13 Answering before listening is foolish and shameful.
King James
Proverbs 18:13 He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him.

How does a cheerful spirit help us cope with life?

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Proverbs 18:14 A cheerful spirit helps people endure hard times, but a crushed spirit has little hope for life.
King James
Proverbs 18:14 The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear?

How long will it take to close the gap between where we are and where God wants us to be? Why?

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Proverbs 18:15 Discerning people keep learning. The wise are eager to hear and know more.
King James
Proverbs 18:15 The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge; and the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge.

What are the differences between wages, gifts, and bribes?

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Proverbs 18:16 A gift can open doors that allow access to important people.
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Proverbs 18:16 A man’s gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men.

What will expose a lie?

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Proverbs 18:17 The first testimony in court seems right until another eyewitness comes forward with a different story.
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Proverbs 18:17 He that is first in his own cause seemeth just; but his neighbour cometh and searcheth him.

How can flipping a coin settle an argument?

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Proverbs 18:18 Flipping a coin can settle a dispute without strong opponents having to fight it out.
King James
Proverbs 18:18 The lot causeth contentions to cease, and parteth between the mighty.

Why is an offended person difficult to win over?

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Proverbs 18:19 An offended person is harder to win over than conquering a city.
Disputes raise barriers like the barred entrance to a palace.
King James
Proverbs 18:19 A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city: and their contentions are like the bars of a castle.

How important are our words? Under what conditions might they be overlooked or ignored?

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Proverbs 18:20–21 People are rewarded for what they say. They reap a harvest and their stomachs are filled with the fruit of their lips, good or bad.
Our words can be life-giving or lead to death. Those who love what we say will feast upon every word.
King James
Proverbs 18:20–21 A man’s belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled. Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

What are the qualities of a “good” wife?

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Proverbs 18:22 A man who finds a good wife has added treasure to his life, a wonderful gift from the Lord.
King James
Proverbs 18:22 Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the Lord.

Why might the rich choose to ignore the poor?

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Proverbs 18:23 When the poor beg for help, the rich often seem to be penniless, having nothing to offer but insults.
King James
Proverbs 18:23 The poor useth intreaties; but the rich answereth roughly.

What qualifies a person as a “best friend forever”?

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Proverbs 18:24 A true friend eagerly answers the first call for help, one who shows more concern than a close member of the family.
King James
Proverbs 18:24 A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.