Summary: This is a look at Proverbs chapter eighteen.
Pearls From Proverbs – Chapter Eighteen
We will now look at Proverbs chapter eighteen:
Contrast the Upright and the Wicked
We were made to be social creators. There are times when we should seek isolation – but to only listen to your own advice is not wise. We can talk ourselves into most anything. The Bible tells us:
Each of us has an opinion but it is better to seek understanding than anything else.
Wicked people bring contempt with them. Those who practice evil bring on criticism and scorn.
The words of a person’s mouth reveal their soul. It is deep water. Wisdom is fresh water – like a babbling brook.
Two things are not good:
1. To side with the wicked
2. To stand against the righteous
The words of a fool bring on arguments.
We will be judged by what we say. For a fool it will be their ruin. The Bible says:
"But I tell you that every careless word that people speak, they shall give an accounting for it in the day of judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned." Matthew 12:36-37 (quickview)  (NASB)
It is as hard to refuse to listen to rumors and gossip as it is to turn down a delicious dessert. Taking just one morsel of either one creates a taste for more. You can resist rumors the same way a determined dieter resists candy—never even open the box. If you don't nibble on the first bite of gossip, you can't take the second and the third.
Believers ought to have a very strong work ethic. “An honest day’s work for an honest day’s wage” – ought to be our motto.
Our God is a strong tower. In Him alone can we find true security.
In imagining that their wealth is their strongest defense – rich people are sadly mistaken. Money cannot provide safety – there are too many ways for it to lose its power. The government may cease to back it; thieves may steal it; inflation may rob it of all value. But God never loses his power. He is always dependable. Where do you look for security and safety?