Summary: Verse upon verse teaching from Proverbs. Chapter 18 of the book of Proverbs. As you read the verses it is in the NKJ translation; however, when breaking each verse down you will find many translations to help you teach.
Advice that Will Change Your Life Text: Proverbs 18:1-24
A man who isolates himself seeks his own desire; He rages against all wise judgment. 2 A fool has no delight in understanding, But in expressing his own heart. 3 When the wicked comes, contempt comes also; And with dishonor comes reproach. 4 The words of a man’s mouth are deep waters;The wellspring of wisdom is a flowing brook. 5 It is not good to show partiality to the wicked,Or to overthrow the righteous in judgment. 6 A fool’s lips enter into contention, And his mouth calls for blows. 7 A fool’s mouth is his destruction, And his lips are the snare of his soul. 8 The words of a talebearer are like tasty trifles, And they go down into the inmost body. 9 He who is slothful in his work Is a brother to him who is a great destroyer. 10 The name of the LORD is a strong tower; The righteous run to it and are safe. 11 The rich man’s wealth is his strong city, And like a high wall in his own esteem. 12 Before destruction the heart of a man is haughty, And before honor is humility. 13 He who answers a matter before he hears it, It is folly and shame to him. 14 The spirit of a man will sustain him in sickness, But who can bear a broken spirit? 15 The heart of the prudent acquires knowledge, And the ear of the wise seeks knowledge. 16 A man’s gift makes room for him, And brings him before great men. 17 The first one to plead his cause seems right, Until his neighbor comes and examines him. 18 Casting lots causes contentions to cease, And keeps the mighty apart. 19 A brother offended is harder to win than a strong city, And contentions are like the bars of a castle. 20 A man’s stomach shall be satisfied from the fruit of his mouth; From the produce of his lips he shall be filled. 21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit. 22 He who finds a wife finds a good thing, And obtains favor from the LORD. 23 The poor man uses entreaties, But the rich answers roughly. 24 A man who has friends must himself be friendly, But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
Proverbs 18:1NLTUnfriendly people care only about themselves; they lash out at common sense.
One who seeks his own desire. They are quarrelsome and hot-tempered.
Gal. 5: 20 NLT Part of the works of the flesh, 20). idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division,
Proverbs 18:2NLT Fools have no interest in understanding; they only want to air their own opinions.
A fools only interest is to reveal their own mind.
Eccl. 10:3NKJ Even when a fool walks along the way, He lacks wisdom, And he shows everyone that he is a fool.
Proverbs 18:3NLT Doing wrong leads to disgrace, and scandalous behavior brings contempt.
Contempt, dishonor and scorn.
Psalm 31:17NLT Don’t let me be disgraced, O Lord, for I call out to you for help. Let the wicked be disgraced; let them lie silent in the grave.
Proverbs 18:4NLT Wise words are like deep waters;wisdom flows from the wise like a bubbling brook.
A wise man’s words are refreshing and a source of life. People gather around a truly wise person.
Proverbs 18:5NLT It is not right to acquit the guilty or deny justice to the innocent.
We should never show partiality or favoritism of any kind to the wicked.
Malachi 3:5-6 NLT “At that time I will put you on trial. I am eager to witness against all sorcerers and adulterers and liars. I will speak against those who cheat employees of their wages, who oppress widows and orphans, or who deprive the foreigners living among you of justice, for these people do not fear me,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. 6 “I am the Lord, and I do not change. That is why you descendants of Jacob are not already destroyed.
Proverbs 18:6-7NLT Fools’ words get them into constant quarrels; they are asking for a beating. 7 The mouths of fools are their ruin; they trap themselves with their lips.
A fool is quick to quarrel; their mouths trap them every time.
Proverbs 18:8NLT Rumors are dainty morsels that sink deep into one’s heart.
Rumors promote dissension. Rumors can destroy good characters. Rumors maybe delicious to hear and to repeat but they are deadly.
Mike Murdock, tells the story of a rumor of a minister with marriage problems. (It wasn’t true, but every time Rev. Murdock, sees this minister, he thinks about this man’s marriage.
The opposite, Proverbs 16:21NLT The wise are known for their understanding, and pleasant words are persuasive.