(Prov 18:1 NASB) He who separates himself seeks his own desire, He quarrels against all sound wisdom.
Prov 18:1: This appears to be a warning against reclusive behavior.
(Prov 18:2 NASB) A fool does not delight in understanding, But only in revealing his own mind.
Prov 18:2: A fool is not interested in learning, only in giving his opinion.
(Prov 18:3 NASB) When a wicked man comes, contempt also comes, And with dishonor comes reproach.
Prov 18:3: Those that are wicked and dishonorable bring contempt and reproach.
(Prov 18:4 NASB) The words of a man’s mouth are deep waters; The fountain of wisdom is a bubbling brook.
Prov 18:4: Sometimes the meaning of a man’s words can be deep, obscure, and hidden. This is likely a reference to prophecy. But the fountain of wisdom (Torah) is very clear and accessible.
(Prov 18:5 NASB) To show partiality to the wicked is not good, Nor to thrust aside the righteous in judgment.
Prov 18:5: There must be no partiality in judgment under any circumstances (Lev. 19:15, Deut. 1:16-17, 16:19-20).
(Prov 18:6 NASB) A fool’s lips bring strife, And his mouth calls for blows.
(Prov 18:7 NASB) A fool’s mouth is his ruin, And his lips are the snare of his soul.
(Prov 18:8 NASB) The words of a whisperer are like dainty morsels, And they go down into the innermost parts of the body.
Prov 18:8: The words of a fool bring strife and are a ruin. The words of a whisperer are the words of a gossiper. When we gossip, it tends to run deep into our soul.
(Prov 18:9 NASB) He also who is slack in his work Is brother to him who destroys.
Prov 18:9: Solomon again warns against laziness.
(Prov 18:10 NASB) The name of the LORD is a strong tower; The righteous runs into it and is safe.
Prov 18:10: The name of the Father is strong and powerful (Jer. 23:6, Psalm 18:2-3).
(Prov 18:11 NASB) A rich man’s wealth is his strong city, And like a high wall in his own imagination.
Prov 18:11: While the name of the Father is righteousness and protection, the rich man only imagines that his wealth is a strong shelter for him (Psalm 2:5-7, 62:10-11).
(Prov 18:12 NASB) Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, But humility goes before honor.
Prov 18:12: The humble will be honored, but pride comes before destruction (Luke 14:11, 1 Peter 5:5).
(Prov 18:13 NASB) He who gives an answer before he hears, It is folly and shame to him.
Prov 18:13: Judgment is not to be made until a matter is thoroughly heard and investigated (Deut. 19:15-19, 13:14, John 7:50-51).
(Prov 18:14 NASB) The spirit of a man can endure his sickness, But a broken spirit who can bear?
Prov 18:14: In sickness, it is a man’s spirit that keeps him going. A broken spirit can endure nothing.
(Prov 18:15 NASB) The mind of the prudent acquires knowledge, And the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.
(Prov 18:16 NASB) A man’s gift makes room for him, And brings him before great men.
Prov 18:16: This is not speaking of a bribe, but of a courtesy. A favor can smooth the way for a person.
(Prov 18:17 NASB) The first to plead his case seems just, Until another comes and examines him.
Prov 18:17: This is in the case of a lawsuit or a debate. Both sides should be heard out before a judgment is made.
(Prov 18:18 NASB) The lot puts an end to contentions, And decides between the mighty.
Prov 18:18: Casting lots, if agreed upon, allows harmony between opponents.
(Prov 18:19 NASB) A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city, And contentions are like the bars of a castle.
Prov 18:19: We must be careful in our dealings with our brothers. Contentions can be almost impossible to mend.
(Prov 18:20 NASB) With the fruit of a man’s mouth his stomach will be satisfied; He will be satisfied with the product of his lips.
(Prov 18:21 NASB) Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.
Prov 18:21: The words out of a man’s mouth can bring satisfaction, like, or death. We must be careful with our words and how they are perceived.
(Prov 18:22 NASB) He who finds a wife finds a good thing, And obtains favor from the LORD.
Prov 18:22: Elohim wants us to have righteous spouses. They are a gift from Elohim (Ecc. 9:9, Prov. 5:18-19).
(Prov 18:23 NASB) The poor man utters supplications, But the rich man answers roughly.
Prov 18:23: This proverb is just reporting the truth in the worl.
(Prov 18:24 NASB) A man of many friends comes to ruin, But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
Prov 18:24: This is probably speaking of “too” many friends. But there is usually a friend that is closer than a brother.
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