Proverbs 18:1 – 9 (NKJV)

1 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.

The  chapter begins with a statement concerning the isolation the fool desires.  When one thinks that all the answers are bound up in his or her desires, that individual rages against all other wisdom.  The next passage addresses the foolish individualism that prevents one from seeing the value of any other thought but his own.  Then verses six through eight discuss the many indiscretions of the fool and how they can lead to fights, disfavor, and disappointment.

The only positive found in this section of Proverbs 18 is that wisdom can flow like a brook from the mouth of a wise man.  Let that statement guide you.  Let the other statements warn you of the plight of the foolish.  Cling to and live by wisdom, and do not let isolation, individualism, or discretion wreck your life!

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