Proverbs 18

Some more wisdom from the book of Proverbs (the Message Bible translation): 

Vs.4. Many words rush along like rivers in flood, but deep wisdom flows up from artesian springs.

Take time to draw out wisdom from those you converse with today. 

Vs.8. Listening to gossip is like eating cheap candy; do you really want junk like that in your belly.

Don't let your ears be a rubbish dump for unprofitable information.

Vs.10. God 's name is a place of protection – good people can run there and be safe.

Jesus is here – call out to him.

Vs.12. Pride first, then the crash, but humility is precursor to honor.

Humility is not thinking less of yourself but rather thinking of yourself less. Don't think more highly of yourself than you should. Recognise God's grace and the help of other people in all of your achievements. 

Vs.13. Answering before listening is both stupid and rude.

God has given us two ears and one mouth, so we should listen twice as much as we talk. 

Vs.15. Wise men and women are always learning, always listening for fresh insights.

Be a learner today. Don't act like a know it all. 

Vs.17. The first speech in a court case is always convincing – until the cross–examination starts.

Don't believe everything you first hear. Check it out. Hear all sides of an argument.

Vs.21. Words kill, words give life; they're either poison or fruit – you choose.

Oh, the power of our tongue! Engage brain before opening mouth.

Vs.24. Friends come and friends go, but a true friend sticks by you like family.

Take time to thank someone for being a true friend today. Their worth is above silver.