The Old Testament

Proverbs


1:1 The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel; 1:2 To

know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding;

1:3 To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and

equity; 1:4 To give subtilty to the simple, to the young man knowledge

and discretion.

 

1:5 A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of

understanding shall attain unto wise counsels: 1:6 To understand a

proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark

sayings.

 

1:7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools

despise wisdom and instruction.

 

1:8 My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the

law of thy mother: 1:9 For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy

head, and chains about thy neck.

 

1:10 My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not.

 

1:11 If they say, Come with us, let us lay wait for blood, let us lurk

privily for the innocent without cause: 1:12 Let us swallow them up

alive as the grave; and whole, as those that go down into the pit:

1:13 We shall find all precious substance, we shall fill our houses

with spoil: 1:14 Cast in thy lot among us; let us all have one purse:

1:15 My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from

their path: 1:16 For their feet run to evil, and make haste to shed

blood.

 

1:17 Surely in vain the net is spread in the sight of any bird.

 

1:18 And they lay wait for their own blood; they lurk privily for

their own lives.

 

1:19 So are the ways of every one that is greedy of gain; which taketh

away the life of the owners thereof.

 

1:20 Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets:

1:21 She crieth in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of

the gates: in the city she uttereth her words, saying, 1:22 How long,

ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in

their scorning, and fools hate knowledge?  1:23 Turn you at my

reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known

my words unto you.

 

1:24 Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my

hand, and no man regarded; 1:25 But ye have set at nought all my

counsel, and would none of my reproof: 1:26 I also will laugh at your

calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh; 1:27 When your fear

cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when

distress and anguish cometh upon you.

 

1:28 Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall

seek me early, but they shall not find me: 1:29 For that they hated

knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD: 1:30 They would

none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof.

 

1:31 Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be

filled with their own devices.

 

1:32 For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the

prosperity of fools shall destroy them.

 

1:33 But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be

quiet from fear of evil.

 

2:1 My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments

with thee; 2:2 So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply

thine heart to understanding; 2:3 Yea, if thou criest after knowledge,

and liftest up thy voice for understanding; 2:4 If thou seekest her as

silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; 2:5 Then shalt

thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.

 

2:6 For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and

understanding.

 

2:7 He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous: he is a buckler to

them that walk uprightly.

 

2:8 He keepeth the paths of judgment, and preserveth the way of his

saints.

 

2:9 Then shalt thou understand righteousness, and judgment, and

equity; yea, every good path.

 

2:10 When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant

unto thy soul; 2:11 Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding

shall keep thee: 2:12 To deliver thee from the way of the evil man,

from the man that speaketh froward things; 2:13 Who leave the paths of

uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness; 2:14 Who rejoice to do

evil, and delight in the frowardness of the wicked; 2:15 Whose ways

are crooked, and they froward in their paths: 2:16 To deliver thee

from the strange woman, even from the stranger which flattereth with

her words; 2:17 Which forsaketh the guide of her youth, and forgetteth

the covenant of her God.

 

2:18 For her house inclineth unto death, and her paths unto the dead.

 

2:19 None that go unto her return again, neither take they hold of the

paths of life.

 

2:20 That thou mayest walk in the way of good men, and keep the paths

of the righteous.

 

2:21 For the upright shall dwell in the land, and the perfect shall

remain in it.

 

2:22 But the wicked shall be cut off from the earth, and the

transgressors shall be rooted out of it.

 

3:1 My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my

commandments: 3:2 For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall

they add to thee.

 

3:3 Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck;

write them upon the table of thine heart: 3:4 So shalt thou find

favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man.

 

3:5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine

own understanding.

 

3:6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

 

3:7 Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from

evil.

 

3:8 It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.

 

3:9 Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of

all thine increase: 3:10 So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and

thy presses shall burst out with new wine.

 

3:11 My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD; neither be weary

of his correction: 3:12 For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; even

as a father the son in whom he delighteth.

 

3:13 Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth

understanding.

 

3:14 For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of

silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold.

 

3:15 She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst

desire are not to be compared unto her.

 

3:16 Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches

and honour.

 

3:17 Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.

 

3:18 She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy

is every one that retaineth her.

 

3:19 The LORD by wisdom hath founded the earth; by understanding hath

he established the heavens.

 

3:20 By his knowledge the depths are broken up, and the clouds drop

down the dew.

 

3:21 My son, let not them depart from thine eyes: keep sound wisdom

and discretion: 3:22 So shall they be life unto thy soul, and grace to

thy neck.

 

3:23 Then shalt thou walk in thy way safely, and thy foot shall not

stumble.

 

3:24 When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt

lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet.

 

3:25 Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the

wicked, when it cometh.

 

3:26 For the LORD shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot

from being taken.

 

3:27 Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the

power of thine hand to do it.

 

3:28 Say not unto thy neighbour, Go, and come again, and to morrow I

will give; when thou hast it by thee.

 

3:29 Devise not evil against thy neighbour, seeing he dwelleth

securely by thee.

 

3:30 Strive not with a man without cause, if he have done thee no

harm.

 

3:31 Envy thou not the oppressor, and choose none of his ways.

 

3:32 For the froward is abomination to the LORD: but his secret is

with the righteous.

 

3:33 The curse of the LORD is in the house of the wicked: but he

blesseth the habitation of the just.

 

3:34 Surely he scorneth the scorners: but he giveth grace unto the

lowly.

 

3:35 The wise shall inherit glory: but shame shall be the promotion of

fools.

 

4:1 Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know

understanding.

 

4:2 For I give you good doctrine, forsake ye not my law.

 

4:3 For I was my father's son, tender and only beloved in the sight of

my mother.

 

4:4 He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my

words: keep my commandments, and live.

 

4:5 Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from

the words of my mouth.

 

4:6 Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she

shall keep thee.

 

4:7 Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all

thy getting get understanding.

 

4:8 Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to

honour, when thou dost embrace her.

 

4:9 She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace: a crown of

glory shall she deliver to thee.

 

4:10 Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; and the years of thy life

shall be many.

 

4:11 I have taught thee in the way of wisdom; I have led thee in right

paths.

 

4:12 When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened; and when thou

runnest, thou shalt not stumble.

 

4:13 Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she

is thy life.

 

4:14 Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of

evil men.

 

4:15 Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away.

 

4:16 For they sleep not, except they have done mischief; and their

sleep is taken away, unless they cause some to fall.

 

4:17 For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of

violence.

 

4:18 But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth

more and more unto the perfect day.

 

4:19 The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they

stumble.

 

4:20 My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings.

 

4:21 Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of

thine heart.

 

4:22 For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all

their flesh.

 

4:23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues

of life.

 

4:24 Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far

from thee.

 

4:25 Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight

before thee.

 

4:26 Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established.

 

4:27 Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from

evil.

 

5:1 My son, attend unto my wisdom, and bow thine ear to my

understanding: 5:2 That thou mayest regard discretion, and that thy

lips may keep knowledge.

 

5:3 For the lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb, and her

mouth is smoother than oil: 5:4 But her end is bitter as wormwood,

sharp as a two-edged sword.

 

5:5 Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on hell.

 

5:6 Lest thou shouldest ponder the path of life, her ways are

moveable, that thou canst not know them.

 

5:7 Hear me now therefore, O ye children, and depart not from the

words of my mouth.

 

5:8 Remove thy way far from her, and come not nigh the door of her

house: 5:9 Lest thou give thine honour unto others, and thy years unto

the cruel: 5:10 Lest strangers be filled with thy wealth; and thy

labours be in the house of a stranger; 5:11 And thou mourn at the

last, when thy flesh and thy body are consumed, 5:12 And say, How have

I hated instruction, and my heart despised reproof; 5:13 And have not

obeyed the voice of my teachers, nor inclined mine ear to them that

instructed me!  5:14 I was almost in all evil in the midst of the

congregation and assembly.

 

5:15 Drink waters out of thine own cistern, and running waters out of

thine own well.

 

5:16 Let thy fountains be dispersed abroad, and rivers of waters in

the streets.

 

5:17 Let them be only thine own, and not strangers' with thee.

 

5:18 Let thy fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of thy

youth.

 

5:19 Let her be as the loving hind and pleasant roe; let her breasts

satisfy thee at all times; and be thou ravished always with her love.

 

5:20 And why wilt thou, my son, be ravished with a strange woman, and

embrace the bosom of a stranger?  5:21 For the ways of man are before

the eyes of the LORD, and he pondereth all his goings.

 

5:22 His own iniquities shall take the wicked himself, and he shall be

holden with the cords of his sins.

 

5:23 He shall die without instruction; and in the greatness of his

folly he shall go astray.

 

6:1 My son, if thou be surety for thy friend, if thou hast stricken

thy hand with a stranger, 6:2 Thou art snared with the words of thy

mouth, thou art taken with the words of thy mouth.

 

6:3 Do this now, my son, and deliver thyself, when thou art come into

the hand of thy friend; go, humble thyself, and make sure thy friend.

 

6:4 Give not sleep to thine eyes, nor slumber to thine eyelids.

 

6:5 Deliver thyself as a roe from the hand of the hunter, and as a

bird from the hand of the fowler.

 

6:6 Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: 6:7

Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, 6:8 Provideth her meat in

the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest.

 

6:9 How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of

thy sleep?  6:10 Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little

folding of the hands to sleep: 6:11 So shall thy poverty come as one

that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man.

 

6:12 A naughty person, a wicked man, walketh with a froward mouth.

 

6:13 He winketh with his eyes, he speaketh with his feet, he teacheth

with his fingers; 6:14 Frowardness is in his heart, he deviseth

mischief continually; he soweth discord.

 

6:15 Therefore shall his calamity come suddenly; suddenly shall he be

broken without remedy.

 

6:16 These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an

abomination unto him: 6:17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands

that shed innocent blood, 6:18 An heart that deviseth wicked

imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, 6:19 A false

witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.

 

6:20 My son, keep thy father's commandment, and forsake not the law of

thy mother: 6:21 Bind them continually upon thine heart, and tie them

about thy neck.

 

6:22 When thou goest, it shall lead thee; when thou sleepest, it shall

keep thee; and when thou awakest, it shall talk with thee.

 

6:23 For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs

of instruction are the way of life: 6:24 To keep thee from the evil

woman, from the flattery of the tongue of a strange woman.

 

6:25 Lust not after her beauty in thine heart; neither let her take

thee with her eyelids.

 

6:26 For by means of a whorish woman a man is brought to a piece of

bread: and the adultress will hunt for the precious life.

 

6:27 Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned?

6:28 Can one go upon hot coals, and his feet not be burned?  6:29 So

he that goeth in to his neighbour's wife; whosoever toucheth her shall

not be innocent.

 

6:30 Men do not despise a thief, if he steal to satisfy his soul when

he is hungry; 6:31 But if he be found, he shall restore sevenfold; he

shall give all the substance of his house.

 

6:32 But whoso committeth adultery with a woman lacketh understanding:

he that doeth it destroyeth his own soul.

 

6:33 A wound and dishonour shall he get; and his reproach shall not be

wiped away.

 

6:34 For jealousy is the rage of a man: therefore he will not spare in

the day of vengeance.

 

6:35 He will not regard any ransom; neither will he rest content,

though thou givest many gifts.

 

7:1 My son, keep my words, and lay up my commandments with thee.

 

7:2 Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of thine

eye.

 

7:3 Bind them upon thy fingers, write them upon the table of thine

heart.

 

7:4 Say unto wisdom, Thou art my sister; and call understanding thy

kinswoman: 7:5 That they may keep thee from the strange woman, from

the stranger which flattereth with her words.

 

7:6 For at the window of my house I looked through my casement, 7:7

And beheld among the simple ones, I discerned among the youths, a

young man void of understanding, 7:8 Passing through the street near

her corner; and he went the way to her house, 7:9 In the twilight, in

the evening, in the black and dark night: 7:10 And, behold, there met

him a woman with the attire of an harlot, and subtil of heart.

 

7:11 (She is loud and stubborn; her feet abide not in her house: 7:12

Now is she without, now in the streets, and lieth in wait at every

corner.)  7:13 So she caught him, and kissed him, and with an impudent

face said unto him, 7:14 I have peace offerings with me; this day have

I payed my vows.

 

7:15 Therefore came I forth to meet thee, diligently to seek thy face,

and I have found thee.

 

7:16 I have decked my bed with coverings of tapestry, with carved

works, with fine linen of Egypt.

 

7:17 I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon.

 

7:18 Come, let us take our fill of love until the morning: let us

solace ourselves with loves.

 

7:19 For the goodman is not at home, he is gone a long journey: 7:20

He hath taken a bag of money with him, and will come home at the day

appointed.

 

7:21 With her much fair speech she caused him to yield, with the

flattering of her lips she forced him.

 

7:22 He goeth after her straightway, as an ox goeth to the slaughter,

or as a fool to the correction of the stocks; 7:23 Till a dart strike

through his liver; as a bird hasteth to the snare, and knoweth not

that it is for his life.

 

7:24 Hearken unto me now therefore, O ye children, and attend to the

words of my mouth.

 

7:25 Let not thine heart decline to her ways, go not astray in her

paths.

 

7:26 For she hath cast down many wounded: yea, many strong men have

been slain by her.

 

7:27 Her house is the way to hell, going down to the chambers of

death.

 

8:1 Doth not wisdom cry? and understanding put forth her voice?  8:2

She standeth in the top of high places, by the way in the places of

the paths.

 

8:3 She crieth at the gates, at the entry of the city, at the coming

in at the doors.

 

8:4 Unto you, O men, I call; and my voice is to the sons of man.

 

8:5 O ye simple, understand wisdom: and, ye fools, be ye of an

understanding heart.

 

8:6 Hear; for I will speak of excellent things; and the opening of my

lips shall be right things.

 

8:7 For my mouth shall speak truth; and wickedness is an abomination

to my lips.

 

8:8 All the words of my mouth are in righteousness; there is nothing

froward or perverse in them.

 

8:9 They are all plain to him that understandeth, and right to them

that find knowledge.

 

8:10 Receive my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather than

choice gold.

 

8:11 For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be

desired are not to be compared to it.

 

8:12 I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of witty

inventions.

 

8:13 The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and

the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.

 

8:14 Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom: I am understanding; I have

strength.

 

8:15 By me kings reign, and princes decree justice.

 

8:16 By me princes rule, and nobles, even all the judges of the earth.

 

8:17 I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find

me.

 

8:18 Riches and honour are with me; yea, durable riches and

righteousness.

 

8:19 My fruit is better than gold, yea, than fine gold; and my revenue

than choice silver.

 

8:20 I lead in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of

judgment: 8:21 That I may cause those that love me to inherit

substance; and I will fill their treasures.

 

8:22 The LORD possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his

works of old.

 

8:23 I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the

earth was.

 

8:24 When there were no depths, I was brought forth; when there were

no fountains abounding with water.

 

8:25 Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I brought

forth: 8:26 While as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields,

nor the highest part of the dust of the world.

 

8:27 When he prepared the heavens, I was there: when he set a compass

upon the face of the depth: 8:28 When he established the clouds above:

when he strengthened the fountains of the deep: 8:29 When he gave to

the sea his decree, that the waters should not pass his commandment:

when he appointed the foundations of the earth: 8:30 Then I was by

him, as one brought up with him: and I was daily his delight,

rejoicing always before him; 8:31 Rejoicing in the habitable part of

his earth; and my delights were with the sons of men.

 

8:32 Now therefore hearken unto me, O ye children: for blessed are

they that keep my ways.

 

8:33 Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not.

 

8:34 Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates,

waiting at the posts of my doors.

 

8:35 For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the

LORD.

 

8:36 But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they

that hate me love death.

 

9:1 Wisdom hath builded her house, she hath hewn out her seven

pillars: 9:2 She hath killed her beasts; she hath mingled her wine;

she hath also furnished her table.

 

9:3 She hath sent forth her maidens: she crieth upon the highest

places of the city, 9:4 Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither: as

for him that wanteth understanding, she saith to him, 9:5 Come, eat of

my bread, and drink of the wine which I have mingled.

 

9:6 Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding.

 

9:7 He that reproveth a scorner getteth to himself shame: and he that

rebuketh a wicked man getteth himself a blot.

 

9:8 Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and

he will love thee.

 

9:9 Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a

just man, and he will increase in learning.

 

9:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the

knowledge of the holy is understanding.

 

9:11 For by me thy days shall be multiplied, and the years of thy life

shall be increased.

 

9:12 If thou be wise, thou shalt be wise for thyself: but if thou

scornest, thou alone shalt bear it.

 

9:13 A foolish woman is clamorous: she is simple, and knoweth nothing.

 

9:14 For she sitteth at the door of her house, on a seat in the high

places of the city, 9:15 To call passengers who go right on their

ways: 9:16 Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither: and as for him

that wanteth understanding, she saith to him, 9:17 Stolen waters are

sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant.

 

9:18 But he knoweth not that the dead are there; and that her guests

are in the depths of hell.

 

10:1 The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son maketh a glad father: but a

foolish son is the heaviness of his mother.

 

10:2 Treasures of wickedness profit nothing: but righteousness

delivereth from death.

 

10:3 The LORD will not suffer the soul of the righteous to famish: but

he casteth away the substance of the wicked.

 

10:4 He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of

the diligent maketh rich.

 

10:5 He that gathereth in summer is a wise son: but he that sleepeth

in harvest is a son that causeth shame.

 

10:6 Blessings are upon the head of the just: but violence covereth

the mouth of the wicked.

 

10:7 The memory of the just is blessed: but the name of the wicked

shall rot.

 

10:8 The wise in heart will receive commandments: but a prating fool

shall fall.

 

10:9 He that walketh uprightly walketh surely: but he that perverteth

his ways shall be known.

 

10:10 He that winketh with the eye causeth sorrow: but a prating fool

shall fall.

 

10:11 The mouth of a righteous man is a well of life: but violence

covereth the mouth of the wicked.

 

10:12 Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins.

 

10:13 In the lips of him that hath understanding wisdom is found: but

a rod is for the back of him that is void of understanding.

 

10:14 Wise men lay up knowledge: but the mouth of the foolish is near

destruction.

 

10:15 The rich man's wealth is his strong city: the destruction of the

poor is their poverty.

 

10:16 The labour of the righteous tendeth to life: the fruit of the

wicked to sin.

 

10:17 He is in the way of life that keepeth instruction: but he that

refuseth reproof erreth.

 

10:18 He that hideth hatred with lying lips, and he that uttereth a

slander, is a fool.

 

10:19 In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that

refraineth his lips is wise.

 

10:20 The tongue of the just is as choice silver: the heart of the

wicked is little worth.

 

10:21 The lips of the righteous feed many: but fools die for want of

wisdom.

 

10:22 The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and he addeth no

sorrow with it.

 

10:23 It is as sport to a fool to do mischief: but a man of

understanding hath wisdom.

 

10:24 The fear of the wicked, it shall come upon him: but the desire

of the righteous shall be granted.

 

10:25 As the whirlwind passeth, so is the wicked no more: but the

righteous is an everlasting foundation.

 

10:26 As vinegar to the teeth, and as smoke to the eyes, so is the

sluggard to them that send him.

 

10:27 The fear of the LORD prolongeth days: but the years of the

wicked shall be shortened.

 

10:28 The hope of the righteous shall be gladness: but the expectation

of the wicked shall perish.

 

10:29 The way of the LORD is strength to the upright: but destruction

shall be to the workers of iniquity.

 

10:30 The righteous shall never be removed: but the wicked shall not

inhabit the earth.

 

10:31 The mouth of the just bringeth forth wisdom: but the froward

tongue shall be cut out.

 

10:32 The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable: but the mouth

of the wicked speaketh frowardness.

 

11:1 A false balance is abomination to the LORD: but a just weight is

his delight.

 

11:2 When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is

wisdom.

 

11:3 The integrity of the upright shall guide them: but the

perverseness of transgressors shall destroy them.

 

11:4 Riches profit not in the day of wrath: but righteousness

delivereth from death.

 

11:5 The righteousness of the perfect shall direct his way: but the

wicked shall fall by his own wickedness.

 

11:6 The righteousness of the upright shall deliver them: but

transgressors shall be taken in their own naughtiness.

 

11:7 When a wicked man dieth, his expectation shall perish: and the

hope of unjust men perisheth.

 

11:8 The righteous is delivered out of trouble, and the wicked cometh

in his stead.

 

11:9 An hypocrite with his mouth destroyeth his neighbour: but through

knowledge shall the just be delivered.

 

11:10 When it goeth well with the righteous, the city rejoiceth: and

when the wicked perish, there is shouting.

 

11:11 By the blessing of the upright the city is exalted: but it is

overthrown by the mouth of the wicked.

 

11:12 He that is void of wisdom despiseth his neighbour: but a man of

understanding holdeth his peace.

 

11:13 A talebearer revealeth secrets: but he that is of a faithful

spirit concealeth the matter.

 

11:14 Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of

counsellors there is safety.

 

11:15 He that is surety for a stranger shall smart for it: and he that

hateth suretiship is sure.

 

11:16 A gracious woman retaineth honour: and strong men retain riches.

 

11:17 The merciful man doeth good to his own soul: but he that is

cruel troubleth his own flesh.

 

11:18 The wicked worketh a deceitful work: but to him that soweth

righteousness shall be a sure reward.

 

11:19 As righteousness tendeth to life: so he that pursueth evil

pursueth it to his own death.

 

11:20 They that are of a froward heart are abomination to the LORD:

but such as are upright in their way are his delight.

 

11:21 Though hand join in hand, the wicked shall not be unpunished:

but the seed of the righteous shall be delivered.

 

11:22 As a jewel of gold in a swine's snout, so is a fair woman which

is without discretion.

 

11:23 The desire of the righteous is only good: but the expectation of

the wicked is wrath.

 

11:24 There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; and there is that

withholdeth more than is meet, but it tendeth to poverty.

 

11:25 The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall

be watered also himself.

 

11:26 He that withholdeth corn, the people shall curse him: but

blessing shall be upon the head of him that selleth it.

 

11:27 He that diligently seeketh good procureth favour: but he that

seeketh mischief, it shall come unto him.

 

11:28 He that trusteth in his riches shall fall; but the righteous

shall flourish as a branch.

 

11:29 He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind: and the

fool shall be servant to the wise of heart.

 

11:30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that

winneth souls is wise.

 

11:31 Behold, the righteous shall be recompensed in the earth: much

more the wicked and the sinner.

 

12:1 Whoso loveth instruction loveth knowledge: but he that hateth

reproof is brutish.

 

12:2 A good man obtaineth favour of the LORD: but a man of wicked

devices will he condemn.

 

12:3 A man shall not be established by wickedness: but the root of the

righteous shall not be moved.

 

12:4 A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband: but she that maketh

ashamed is as rottenness in his bones.

 

12:5 The thoughts of the righteous are right: but the counsels of the

wicked are deceit.

 

12:6 The words of the wicked are to lie in wait for blood: but the

mouth of the upright shall deliver them.

 

12:7 The wicked are overthrown, and are not: but the house of the

righteous shall stand.

 

12:8 A man shall be commended according to his wisdom: but he that is

of a perverse heart shall be despised.

 

12:9 He that is despised, and hath a servant, is better than he that

honoureth himself, and lacketh bread.

 

12:10 A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast: but the tender

mercies of the wicked are cruel.

 

12:11 He that tilleth his land shall be satisfied with bread: but he

that followeth vain persons is void of understanding.

 

12:12 The wicked desireth the net of evil men: but the root of the

righteous yieldeth fruit.

 

12:13 The wicked is snared by the transgression of his lips: but the

just shall come out of trouble.

 

12:14 A man shall be satisfied with good by the fruit of his mouth:

and the recompence of a man's hands shall be rendered unto him.

 

12:15 The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that

hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.

 

12:16 A fool's wrath is presently known: but a prudent man covereth

shame.

 

12:17 He that speaketh truth sheweth forth righteousness: but a false

witness deceit.

 

12:18 There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword: but the

tongue of the wise is health.

 

12:19 The lip of truth shall be established for ever: but a lying

tongue is but for a moment.

 

12:20 Deceit is in the heart of them that imagine evil: but to the

counsellors of peace is joy.

 

12:21 There shall no evil happen to the just: but the wicked shall be

filled with mischief.

 

12:22 Lying lips are abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly

are his delight.

 

12:23 A prudent man concealeth knowledge: but the heart of fools

proclaimeth foolishness.

 

12:24 The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall

be under tribute.

 

12:25 Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word

maketh it glad.

 

12:26 The righteous is more excellent than his neighbour: but the way

of the wicked seduceth them.

 

12:27 The slothful man roasteth not that which he took in hunting: but

the substance of a diligent man is precious.

 

12:28 In the way of righteousness is life: and in the pathway thereof

there is no death.

 

13:1 A wise son heareth his father's instruction: but a scorner

heareth not rebuke.

 

13:2 A man shall eat good by the fruit of his mouth: but the soul of

the transgressors shall eat violence.

 

13:3 He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: but he that openeth

wide his lips shall have destruction.

 

13:4 The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: but the soul

of the diligent shall be made fat.

 

13:5 A righteous man hateth lying: but a wicked man is loathsome, and

cometh to shame.

 

13:6 Righteousness keepeth him that is upright in the way: but

wickedness overthroweth the sinner.

 

13:7 There is that maketh himself rich, yet hath nothing: there is

that maketh himself poor, yet hath great riches.

 

13:8 The ransom of a man's life are his riches: but the poor heareth

not rebuke.

 

13:9 The light of the righteous rejoiceth: but the lamp of the wicked

shall be put out.

 

13:10 Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is

wisdom.

 

13:11 Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he that

gathereth by labour shall increase.

 

13:12 Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh,

it is a tree of life.

 

13:13 Whoso despiseth the word shall be destroyed: but he that feareth

the commandment shall be rewarded.

 

13:14 The law of the wise is a fountain of life, to depart from the

snares of death.

 

13:15 Good understanding giveth favour: but the way of transgressors

is hard.

 

13:16 Every prudent man dealeth with knowledge: but a fool layeth open

his folly.

 

13:17 A wicked messenger falleth into mischief: but a faithful

ambassador is health.

 

13:18 Poverty and shame shall be to him that refuseth instruction: but

he that regardeth reproof shall be honoured.

 

13:19 The desire accomplished is sweet to the soul: but it is

abomination to fools to depart from evil.

 

13:20 He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of

fools shall be destroyed.

 

13:21 Evil pursueth sinners: but to the righteous good shall be

repayed.

 

13:22 A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children's children:

and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just.

 

13:23 Much food is in the tillage of the poor: but there is that is

destroyed for want of judgment.

 

13:24 He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him

chasteneth him betimes.

 

13:25 The righteous eateth to the satisfying of his soul: but the

belly of the wicked shall want.

 

14:1 Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it

down with her hands.

 

14:2 He that walketh in his uprightness feareth the LORD: but he that

is perverse in his ways despiseth him.

 

14:3 In the mouth of the foolish is a rod of pride: but the lips of

the wise shall preserve them.

 

14:4 Where no oxen are, the crib is clean: but much increase is by the

strength of the ox.

 

14:5 A faithful witness will not lie: but a false witness will utter

lies.

 

14:6 A scorner seeketh wisdom, and findeth it not: but knowledge is

easy unto him that understandeth.

 

14:7 Go from the presence of a foolish man, when thou perceivest not

in him the lips of knowledge.

 

14:8 The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way: but the folly

of fools is deceit.

 

14:9 Fools make a mock at sin: but among the righteous there is

favour.

 

14:10 The heart knoweth his own bitterness; and a stranger doth not

intermeddle with his joy.

 

14:11 The house of the wicked shall be overthrown: but the tabernacle

of the upright shall flourish.

 

14:12 There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end

thereof are the ways of death.

 

14:13 Even in laughter the heart is sorrowful; and the end of that

mirth is heaviness.

 

14:14 The backslider in heart shall be filled with his own ways: and a

good man shall be satisfied from himself.

 

14:15 The simple believeth every word: but the prudent man looketh

well to his going.

 

14:16 A wise man feareth, and departeth from evil: but the fool

rageth, and is confident.

 

14:17 He that is soon angry dealeth foolishly: and a man of wicked

devices is hated.

 

14:18 The simple inherit folly: but the prudent are crowned with

knowledge.

 

14:19 The evil bow before the good; and the wicked at the gates of the

righteous.

 

14:20 The poor is hated even of his own neighbour: but the rich hath

many friends.

 

14:21 He that despiseth his neighbour sinneth: but he that hath mercy

on the poor, happy is he.

 

14:22 Do they not err that devise evil? but mercy and truth shall be

to them that devise good.

 

14:23 In all labour there is profit: but the talk of the lips tendeth

only to penury.

 

14:24 The crown of the wise is their riches: but the foolishness of

fools is folly.

 

14:25 A true witness delivereth souls: but a deceitful witness

speaketh lies.

 

14:26 In the fear of the LORD is strong confidence: and his children

shall have a place of refuge.

 

14:27 The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, to depart from the

snares of death.

 

14:28 In the multitude of people is the king's honour: but in the want

of people is the destruction of the prince.

 

14:29 He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding: but he that

is hasty of spirit exalteth folly.

 

14:30 A sound heart is the life of the flesh: but envy the rottenness

of the bones.

 

14:31 He that oppresseth the poor reproacheth his Maker: but he that

honoureth him hath mercy on the poor.

 

14:32 The wicked is driven away in his wickedness: but the righteous

hath hope in his death.

 

14:33 Wisdom resteth in the heart of him that hath understanding: but

that which is in the midst of fools is made known.

 

14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any

people.

 

14:35 The king's favour is toward a wise servant: but his wrath is

against him that causeth shame.

 

15:1 A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up

anger.

 

15:2 The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of

fools poureth out foolishness.

 

15:3 The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and

the good.

 

15:4 A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is

a breach in the spirit.

 

15:5 A fool despiseth his father's instruction: but he that regardeth

reproof is prudent.

 

15:6 In the house of the righteous is much treasure: but in the

revenues of the wicked is trouble.

 

15:7 The lips of the wise disperse knowledge: but the heart of the

foolish doeth not so.

 

15:8 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but

the prayer of the upright is his delight.

 

15:9 The way of the wicked is an abomination unto the LORD: but he

loveth him that followeth after righteousness.

 

15:10 Correction is grievous unto him that forsaketh the way: and he

that hateth reproof shall die.

 

15:11 Hell and destruction are before the LORD: how much more then the

hearts of the children of men?  15:12 A scorner loveth not one that

reproveth him: neither will he go unto the wise.

 

15:13 A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of

the heart the spirit is broken.

 

15:14 The heart of him that hath understanding seeketh knowledge: but

the mouth of fools feedeth on foolishness.

 

15:15 All the days of the afflicted are evil: but he that is of a

merry heart hath a continual feast.

 

15:16 Better is little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure

and trouble therewith.

 

15:17 Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and

hatred therewith.

 

15:18 A wrathful man stirreth up strife: but he that is slow to anger

appeaseth strife.

 

15:19 The way of the slothful man is as an hedge of thorns: but the

way of the righteous is made plain.

 

15:20 A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish man despiseth his

mother.

 

15:21 Folly is joy to him that is destitute of wisdom: but a man of

understanding walketh uprightly.

 

15:22 Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude

of counsellors they are established.

 

15:23 A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in

due season, how good is it!  15:24 The way of life is above to the

wise, that he may depart from hell beneath.

 

15:25 The LORD will destroy the house of the proud: but he will

establish the border of the widow.

 

15:26 The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the LORD: but

the words of the pure are pleasant words.

 

15:27 He that is greedy of gain troubleth his own house; but he that

hateth gifts shall live.

 

15:28 The heart of the righteous studieth to answer: but the mouth of

the wicked poureth out evil things.

 

15:29 The LORD is far from the wicked: but he heareth the prayer of

the righteous.

 

15:30 The light of the eyes rejoiceth the heart: and a good report

maketh the bones fat.

 

15:31 The ear that heareth the reproof of life abideth among the wise.

 

15:32 He that refuseth instruction despiseth his own soul: but he that

heareth reproof getteth understanding.

 

15:33 The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom; and before

honour is humility.

 

16:1 The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the

tongue, is from the LORD.

 

16:2 All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the LORD

weigheth the spirits.

 

16:3 Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be

established.

 

16:4 The LORD hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked

for the day of evil.

 

16:5 Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD:

though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished.

 

16:6 By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the

LORD men depart from evil.

 

16:7 When a man's ways please the LORD, he maketh even his enemies to

be at peace with him.

 

16:8 Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues without

right.

 

16:9 A man's heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.

 

16:10 A divine sentence is in the lips of the king: his mouth

transgresseth not in judgment.

 

16:11 A just weight and balance are the LORD's: all the weights of the

bag are his work.

 

16:12 It is an abomination to kings to commit wickedness: for the

throne is established by righteousness.

 

16:13 Righteous lips are the delight of kings; and they love him that

speaketh right.

 

16:14 The wrath of a king is as messengers of death: but a wise man

will pacify it.

 

16:15 In the light of the king's countenance is life; and his favour

is as a cloud of the latter rain.

 

16:16 How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! and to get

understanding rather to be chosen than silver!  16:17 The highway of

the upright is to depart from evil: he that keepeth his way preserveth

his soul.

 

16:18 Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a

fall.

 

16:19 Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to

divide the spoil with the proud.

 

16:20 He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good: and whoso

trusteth in the LORD, happy is he.

 

16:21 The wise in heart shall be called prudent: and the sweetness of

the lips increaseth learning.

 

16:22 Understanding is a wellspring of life unto him that hath it: but

the instruction of fools is folly.

 

16:23 The heart of the wise teacheth his mouth, and addeth learning to

his lips.

 

16:24 Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and

health to the bones.

 

16:25 There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end

thereof are the ways of death.

 

16:26 He that laboureth laboureth for himself; for his mouth craveth

it of him.

 

16:27 An ungodly man diggeth up evil: and in his lips there is as a

burning fire.

 

16:28 A froward man soweth strife: and a whisperer separateth chief

friends.

 

16:29 A violent man enticeth his neighbour, and leadeth him into the

way that is not good.

 

16:30 He shutteth his eyes to devise froward things: moving his lips

he bringeth evil to pass.

 

16:31 The hoary head is a crown of glory, if it be found in the way of

righteousness.

 

16:32 He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that

ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.

 

16:33 The lot is cast into the lap; but the whole disposing thereof is

of the LORD.

 

17:1 Better is a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, than an house

full of sacrifices with strife.

 

17:2 A wise servant shall have rule over a son that causeth shame, and

shall have part of the inheritance among the brethren.

 

17:3 The fining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold: but the

LORD trieth the hearts.

 

17:4 A wicked doer giveth heed to false lips; and a liar giveth ear to

a naughty tongue.

 

17:5 Whoso mocketh the poor reproacheth his Maker: and he that is glad

at calamities shall not be unpunished.

 

17:6 Children's children are the crown of old men; and the glory of

children are their fathers.

 

17:7 Excellent speech becometh not a fool: much less do lying lips a

prince.

 

17:8 A gift is as a precious stone in the eyes of him that hath it:

whithersoever it turneth, it prospereth.

 

17:9 He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; but he that

repeateth a matter separateth very friends.

 

17:10 A reproof entereth more into a wise man than an hundred stripes

into a fool.

 

17:11 An evil man seeketh only rebellion: therefore a cruel messenger

shall be sent against him.

 

17:12 Let a bear robbed of her whelps meet a man, rather than a fool

in his folly.

 

17:13 Whoso rewardeth evil for good, evil shall not depart from his

house.

 

17:14 The beginning of strife is as when one letteth out water:

therefore leave off contention, before it be meddled with.

 

17:15 He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the just,

even they both are abomination to the LORD.

 

17:16 Wherefore is there a price in the hand of a fool to get wisdom,

seeing he hath no heart to it?  17:17 A friend loveth at all times,

and a brother is born for adversity.

 

17:18 A man void of understanding striketh hands, and becometh surety

in the presence of his friend.

 

17:19 He loveth transgression that loveth strife: and he that exalteth

his gate seeketh destruction.

 

17:20 He that hath a froward heart findeth no good: and he that hath a

perverse tongue falleth into mischief.

 

17:21 He that begetteth a fool doeth it to his sorrow: and the father

of a fool hath no joy.

 

17:22 A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit

drieth the bones.

 

17:23 A wicked man taketh a gift out of the bosom to pervert the ways

of judgment.

 

17:24 Wisdom is before him that hath understanding; but the eyes of a

fool are in the ends of the earth.

 

17:25 A foolish son is a grief to his father, and bitterness to her

that bare him.

 

17:26 Also to punish the just is not good, nor to strike princes for

equity.

 

17:27 He that hath knowledge spareth his words: and a man of

understanding is of an excellent spirit.

 

17:28 Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he

that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.

 

18:1 Through desire a man, having separated himself, seeketh and

intermeddleth with all wisdom.

 

18:2 A fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart may

discover itself.

 

18:3 When the wicked cometh, then cometh also contempt, and with

ignominy reproach.

 

18:4 The words of a man's mouth are as deep waters, and the wellspring

of wisdom as a flowing brook.

 

18:5 It is not good to accept the person of the wicked, to overthrow

the righteous in judgment.

 

18:6 A fool's lips enter into contention, and his mouth calleth for

strokes.

 

18:7 A fool's mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of

his soul.

 

18:8 The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into

the innermost parts of the belly.

 

18:9 He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a

great waster.

 

18:10 The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth

into it, and is safe.

 

18:11 The rich man's wealth is his strong city, and as an high wall in

his own conceit.

 

18:12 Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before

honour is humility.

 

18:13 He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and

shame unto him.

 

18:14 The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded

spirit who can bear?  18:15 The heart of the prudent getteth

knowledge; and the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge.

 

18:16 A man's gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great

men.

 

18:17 He that is first in his own cause seemeth just; but his

neighbour cometh and searcheth him.

 

18:18 The lot causeth contentions to cease, and parteth between the

mighty.

 

18:19 A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city: and

their contentions are like the bars of a castle.

 

18:20 A man's belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth;

and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled.

 

18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that

love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

 

18:22 Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour

of the LORD.

 

18:23 The poor useth intreaties; but the rich answereth roughly.

 

18:24 A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is

a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.

 

19:1 Better is the poor that walketh in his integrity, than he that is

perverse in his lips, and is a fool.

 

19:2 Also, that the soul be without knowledge, it is not good; and he

that hasteth with his feet sinneth.

 

19:3 The foolishness of man perverteth his way: and his heart fretteth

against the LORD.

 

19:4 Wealth maketh many friends; but the poor is separated from his

neighbour.

 

19:5 A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh

lies shall not escape.

 

19:6 Many will intreat the favour of the prince: and every man is a

friend to him that giveth gifts.

 

19:7 All the brethren of the poor do hate him: how much more do his

friends go far from him? he pursueth them with words, yet they are

wanting to him.

 

19:8 He that getteth wisdom loveth his own soul: he that keepeth

understanding shall find good.

 

19:9 A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh

lies shall perish.

 

19:10 Delight is not seemly for a fool; much less for a servant to

have rule over princes.

 

19:11 The discretion of a man deferreth his anger; and it is his glory

to pass over a transgression.

 

19:12 The king's wrath is as the roaring of a lion; but his favour is

as dew upon the grass.

 

19:13 A foolish son is the calamity of his father: and the contentions

of a wife are a continual dropping.

 

19:14 House and riches are the inheritance of fathers: and a prudent

wife is from the LORD.

 

19:15 Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep; and an idle soul shall

suffer hunger.

 

19:16 He that keepeth the commandment keepeth his own soul; but he

that despiseth his ways shall die.

 

19:17 He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and that

which he hath given will he pay him again.

 

19:18 Chasten thy son while there is hope, and let not thy soul spare

for his crying.

 

19:19 A man of great wrath shall suffer punishment: for if thou

deliver him, yet thou must do it again.

 

19:20 Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise

in thy latter end.

 

19:21 There are many devices in a man's heart; nevertheless the

counsel of the LORD, that shall stand.

 

19:22 The desire of a man is his kindness: and a poor man is better

than a liar.

 

19:23 The fear of the LORD tendeth to life: and he that hath it shall

abide satisfied; he shall not be visited with evil.

 

19:24 A slothful man hideth his hand in his bosom, and will not so

much as bring it to his mouth again.

 

19:25 Smite a scorner, and the simple will beware: and reprove one

that hath understanding, and he will understand knowledge.

 

19:26 He that wasteth his father, and chaseth away his mother, is a

son that causeth shame, and bringeth reproach.

 

19:27 Cease, my son, to hear the instruction that causeth to err from

the words of knowledge.

 

19:28 An ungodly witness scorneth judgment: and the mouth of the

wicked devoureth iniquity.

 

19:29 Judgments are prepared for scorners, and stripes for the back of

fools.

 

20:1 Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is

deceived thereby is not wise.

 

20:2 The fear of a king is as the roaring of a lion: whoso provoketh

him to anger sinneth against his own soul.

 

20:3 It is an honour for a man to cease from strife: but every fool

will be meddling.

 

20:4 The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore shall

he beg in harvest, and have nothing.

 

20:5 Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water; but a man of

understanding will draw it out.

 

20:6 Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful

man who can find?  20:7 The just man walketh in his integrity: his

children are blessed after him.

 

20:8 A king that sitteth in the throne of judgment scattereth away all

evil with his eyes.

 

20:9 Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin?

20:10 Divers weights, and divers measures, both of them are alike

abomination to the LORD.

 

20:11 Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work be pure,

and whether it be right.

 

20:12 The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the LORD hath made even

both of them.

 

20:13 Love not sleep, lest thou come to poverty; open thine eyes, and

thou shalt be satisfied with bread.

 

20:14 It is naught, it is naught, saith the buyer: but when he is gone

his way, then he boasteth.

 

20:15 There is gold, and a multitude of rubies: but the lips of

knowledge are a precious jewel.

 

20:16 Take his garment that is surety for a stranger: and take a

pledge of him for a strange woman.

 

20:17 Bread of deceit is sweet to a man; but afterwards his mouth

shall be filled with gravel.

 

20:18 Every purpose is established by counsel: and with good advice

make war.

 

20:19 He that goeth about as a talebearer revealeth secrets: therefore

meddle not with him that flattereth with his lips.

 

20:20 Whoso curseth his father or his mother, his lamp shall be put

out in obscure darkness.

 

20:21 An inheritance may be gotten hastily at the beginning; but the

end thereof shall not be blessed.

 

20:22 Say not thou, I will recompense evil; but wait on the LORD, and

he shall save thee.

 

20:23 Divers weights are an abomination unto the LORD; and a false

balance is not good.

 

20:24 Man's goings are of the LORD; how can a man then understand his

own way?  20:25 It is a snare to the man who devoureth that which is

holy, and after vows to make enquiry.

 

20:26 A wise king scattereth the wicked, and bringeth the wheel over

them.

 

20:27 The spirit of man is the candle of the LORD, searching all the

inward parts of the belly.

 

20:28 Mercy and truth preserve the king: and his throne is upholden by

mercy.

 

20:29 The glory of young men is their strength: and the beauty of old

men is the grey head.

 

20:30 The blueness of a wound cleanseth away evil: so do stripes the

inward parts of the belly.

 

21:1 The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of

water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.

 

21:2 Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the LORD

pondereth the hearts.

 

21:3 To do justice and judgment is more acceptable to the LORD than

sacrifice.

 

21:4 An high look, and a proud heart, and the plowing of the wicked,

is sin.

 

21:5 The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness; but of

every one that is hasty only to want.

 

21:6 The getting of treasures by a lying tongue is a vanity tossed to

and fro of them that seek death.

 

21:7 The robbery of the wicked shall destroy them; because they refuse

to do judgment.

 

21:8 The way of man is froward and strange: but as for the pure, his

work is right.

 

21:9 It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop, than with a

brawling woman in a wide house.

 

21:10 The soul of the wicked desireth evil: his neighbour findeth no

favour in his eyes.

 

21:11 When the scorner is punished, the simple is made wise: and when

the wise is instructed, he receiveth knowledge.

 

21:12 The righteous man wisely considereth the house of the wicked:

but God overthroweth the wicked for their wickedness.

 

21:13 Whoso stoppeth his ears at the cry of the poor, he also shall

cry himself, but shall not be heard.

 

21:14 A gift in secret pacifieth anger: and a reward in the bosom

strong wrath.

 

21:15 It is joy to the just to do judgment: but destruction shall be

to the workers of iniquity.

 

21:16 The man that wandereth out of the way of understanding shall

remain in the congregation of the dead.

 

21:17 He that loveth pleasure shall be a poor man: he that loveth wine

and oil shall not be rich.

 

21:18 The wicked shall be a ransom for the righteous, and the

transgressor for the upright.

 

21:19 It is better to dwell in the wilderness, than with a contentious

and an angry woman.

 

21:20 There is treasure to be desired and oil in the dwelling of the

wise; but a foolish man spendeth it up.

 

21:21 He that followeth after righteousness and mercy findeth life,

righteousness, and honour.

 

21:22 A wise man scaleth the city of the mighty, and casteth down the

strength of the confidence thereof.

 

21:23 Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from

troubles.

 

21:24 Proud and haughty scorner is his name, who dealeth in proud

wrath.

 

21:25 The desire of the slothful killeth him; for his hands refuse to

labour.

 

21:26 He coveteth greedily all the day long: but the righteous giveth

and spareth not.

 

21:27 The sacrifice of the wicked is abomination: how much more, when

he bringeth it with a wicked mind?  21:28 A false witness shall

perish: but the man that heareth speaketh constantly.

 

21:29 A wicked man hardeneth his face: but as for the upright, he

directeth his way.

 

21:30 There is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against the

LORD.

 

21:31 The horse is prepared against the day of battle: but safety is

of the LORD.

 

22:1 A GOOD name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving

favour rather than silver and gold.

 

22:2 The rich and poor meet together: the LORD is the maker of them

all.

 

22:3 A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the

simple pass on, and are punished.

 

22:4 By humility and the fear of the LORD are riches, and honour, and

life.

 

22:5 Thorns and snares are in the way of the froward: he that doth

keep his soul shall be far from them.

 

22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he

will not depart from it.

 

22:7 The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the

lender.

 

22:8 He that soweth iniquity shall reap vanity: and the rod of his

anger shall fail.

 

22:9 He that hath a bountiful eye shall be blessed; for he giveth of

his bread to the poor.

 

22:10 Cast out the scorner, and contention shall go out; yea, strife

and reproach shall cease.

 

22:11 He that loveth pureness of heart, for the grace of his lips the

king shall be his friend.

 

22:12 The eyes of the LORD preserve knowledge, and he overthroweth the

words of the transgressor.

 

22:13 The slothful man saith, There is a lion without, I shall be

slain in the streets.

 

22:14 The mouth of strange women is a deep pit: he that is abhorred of

the LORD shall fall therein.

 

22:15 Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of

correction shall drive it far from him.

 

22:16 He that oppresseth the poor to increase his riches, and he that

giveth to the rich, shall surely come to want.

 

22:17 Bow down thine ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply

thine heart unto my knowledge.

 

22:18 For it is a pleasant thing if thou keep them within thee; they

shall withal be fitted in thy lips.

 

22:19 That thy trust may be in the LORD, I have made known to thee

this day, even to thee.

 

22:20 Have not I written to thee excellent things in counsels and

knowledge, 22:21 That I might make thee know the certainty of the

words of truth; that thou mightest answer the words of truth to them

that send unto thee?  22:22 Rob not the poor, because he is poor:

neither oppress the afflicted in the gate: 22:23 For the LORD will

plead their cause, and spoil the soul of those that spoiled them.

 

22:24 Make no friendship with an angry man; and with a furious man

thou shalt not go: 22:25 Lest thou learn his ways, and get a snare to

thy soul.

 

22:26 Be not thou one of them that strike hands, or of them that are

sureties for debts.

 

22:27 If thou hast nothing to pay, why should he take away thy bed

from under thee?  22:28 Remove not the ancient landmark, which thy

fathers have set.

 

22:29 Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before

kings; he shall not stand before mean men.

 

23:1 When thou sittest to eat with a ruler, consider diligently what

is before thee: 23:2 And put a knife to thy throat, if thou be a man

given to appetite.

 

23:3 Be not desirous of his dainties: for they are deceitful meat.

 

23:4 Labour not to be rich: cease from thine own wisdom.

 

23:5 Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? for riches

certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward

heaven.

 

23:6 Eat thou not the bread of him that hath an evil eye, neither

desire thou his dainty meats: 23:7 For as he thinketh in his heart, so

is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with

thee.

 

23:8 The morsel which thou hast eaten shalt thou vomit up, and lose

thy sweet words.

 

23:9 Speak not in the ears of a fool: for he will despise the wisdom

of thy words.

 

23:10 Remove not the old landmark; and enter not into the fields of

the fatherless: 23:11 For their redeemer is mighty; he shall plead

their cause with thee.

 

23:12 Apply thine heart unto instruction, and thine ears to the words

of knowledge.

 

23:13 Withhold not correction from the child: for if thou beatest him

with the rod, he shall not die.

 

23:14 Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul

from hell.

 

23:15 My son, if thine heart be wise, my heart shall rejoice, even

mine.

 

23:16 Yea, my reins shall rejoice, when thy lips speak right things.

 

23:17 Let not thine heart envy sinners: but be thou in the fear of the

LORD all the day long.

 

23:18 For surely there is an end; and thine expectation shall not be

cut off.

 

23:19 Hear thou, my son, and be wise, and guide thine heart in the

way.

 

23:20 Be not among winebibbers; among riotous eaters of flesh: 23:21

For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness

shall clothe a man with rags.

 

23:22 Hearken unto thy father that begat thee, and despise not thy

mother when she is old.

 

23:23 Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction,

and understanding.

 

23:24 The father of the righteous shall greatly rejoice: and he that

begetteth a wise child shall have joy of him.

 

23:25 Thy father and thy mother shall be glad, and she that bare thee

shall rejoice.

 

23:26 My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways.

 

23:27 For a whore is a deep ditch; and a strange woman is a narrow

pit.

 

23:28 She also lieth in wait as for a prey, and increaseth the

transgressors among men.

 

23:29 Who hath woe? who hath sorrow? who hath contentions? who hath

babbling? who hath wounds without cause? who hath redness of eyes?

23:30 They that tarry long at the wine; they that go to seek mixed

wine.

 

23:31 Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his

colour in the cup, when it moveth itself aright.

 

23:32 At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an

adder.

 

23:33 Thine eyes shall behold strange women, and thine heart shall

utter perverse things.

 

23:34 Yea, thou shalt be as he that lieth down in the midst of the

sea, or as he that lieth upon the top of a mast.

 

23:35 They have stricken me, shalt thou say, and I was not sick; they

have beaten me, and I felt it not: when shall I awake? I will seek it

yet again.

 

24:1 Be not thou envious against evil men, neither desire to be with

them.

 

24:2 For their heart studieth destruction, and their lips talk of

mischief.

 

24:3 Through wisdom is an house builded; and by understanding it is

established: 24:4 And by knowledge shall the chambers be filled with

all precious and pleasant riches.

 

24:5 A wise man is strong; yea, a man of knowledge increaseth

strength.

 

24:6 For by wise counsel thou shalt make thy war: and in multitude of

counsellors there is safety.

 

24:7 Wisdom is too high for a fool: he openeth not his mouth in the

gate.

 

24:8 He that deviseth to do evil shall be called a mischievous person.

 

24:9 The thought of foolishness is sin: and the scorner is an

abomination to men.

 

24:10 If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small.

 

24:11 If thou forbear to deliver them that are drawn unto death, and

those that are ready to be slain; 24:12 If thou sayest, Behold, we

knew it not; doth not he that pondereth the heart consider it? and he

that keepeth thy soul, doth not he know it? and shall not he render to

every man according to his works?  24:13 My son, eat thou honey,

because it is good; and the honeycomb, which is sweet to thy taste:

24:14 So shall the knowledge of wisdom be unto thy soul: when thou

hast found it, then there shall be a reward, and thy expectation shall

not be cut off.

 

24:15 Lay not wait, O wicked man, against the dwelling of the

righteous; spoil not his resting place: 24:16 For a just man falleth

seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into

mischief.

 

24:17 Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be

glad when he stumbleth: 24:18 Lest the LORD see it, and it displease

him, and he turn away his wrath from him.

 

24:19 Fret not thyself because of evil men, neither be thou envious at

the wicked: 24:20 For there shall be no reward to the evil man; the

candle of the wicked shall be put out.

 

24:21 My son, fear thou the LORD and the king: and meddle not with

them that are given to change: 24:22 For their calamity shall rise

suddenly; and who knoweth the ruin of them both?  24:23 These things

also belong to the wise. It is not good to have respect of persons in

judgment.

 

24:24 He that saith unto the wicked, Thou are righteous; him shall the

people curse, nations shall abhor him: 24:25 But to them that rebuke

him shall be delight, and a good blessing shall come upon them.

 

24:26 Every man shall kiss his lips that giveth a right answer.

 

24:27 Prepare thy work without, and make it fit for thyself in the

field; and afterwards build thine house.

 

24:28 Be not a witness against thy neighbour without cause; and

deceive not with thy lips.

 

24:29 Say not, I will do so to him as he hath done to me: I will

render to the man according to his work.

 

24:30 I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the

man void of understanding; 24:31 And, lo, it was all grown over with

thorns, and nettles had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall

thereof was broken down.

 

24:32 Then I saw, and considered it well: I looked upon it, and

received instruction.

 

24:33 Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the

hands to sleep: 24:34 So shall thy poverty come as one that

travelleth; and thy want as an armed man.

 

25:1 These are also proverbs of Solomon, which the men of Hezekiah

king of Judah copied out.

 

25:2 It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of

kings is to search out a matter.

 

25:3 The heaven for height, and the earth for depth, and the heart of

kings is unsearchable.

 

25:4 Take away the dross from the silver, and there shall come forth a

vessel for the finer.

 

25:5 Take away the wicked from before the king, and his throne shall

be established in righteousness.

 

25:6 Put not forth thyself in the presence of the king, and stand not

in the place of great men: 25:7 For better it is that it be said unto

thee, Come up hither; than that thou shouldest be put lower in the

presence of the prince whom thine eyes have seen.

 

25:8 Go not forth hastily to strive, lest thou know not what to do in

the end thereof, when thy neighbour hath put thee to shame.

 

25:9 Debate thy cause with thy neighbour himself; and discover not a

secret to another: 25:10 Lest he that heareth it put thee to shame,

and thine infamy turn not away.

 

25:11 A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of

silver.

 

25:12 As an earring of gold, and an ornament of fine gold, so is a

wise reprover upon an obedient ear.

 

25:13 As the cold of snow in the time of harvest, so is a faithful

messenger to them that send him: for he refresheth the soul of his

masters.

 

25:14 Whoso boasteth himself of a false gift is like clouds and wind

without rain.

 

25:15 By long forbearing is a prince persuaded, and a soft tongue

breaketh the bone.

 

25:16 Hast thou found honey? eat so much as is sufficient for thee,

lest thou be filled therewith, and vomit it.

 

25:17 Withdraw thy foot from thy neighbour's house; lest he be weary

of thee, and so hate thee.

 

25:18 A man that beareth false witness against his neighbour is a

maul, and a sword, and a sharp arrow.

 

25:19 Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble is like a

broken tooth, and a foot out of joint.

 

25:20 As he that taketh away a garment in cold weather, and as vinegar

upon nitre, so is he that singeth songs to an heavy heart.

 

25:21 If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be

thirsty, give him water to drink: 25:22 For thou shalt heap coals of

fire upon his head, and the LORD shall reward thee.

 

25:23 The north wind driveth away rain: so doth an angry countenance a

backbiting tongue.

 

25:24 It is better to dwell in the corner of the housetop, than with a

brawling woman and in a wide house.

 

25:25 As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far

country.

 

25:26 A righteous man falling down before the wicked is as a troubled

fountain, and a corrupt spring.

 

25:27 It is not good to eat much honey: so for men to search their own

glory is not glory.

 

25:28 He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is

broken down, and without walls.

 

26:1 As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, so honour is not

seemly for a fool.

 

26:2 As the bird by wandering, as the swallow by flying, so the curse

causeless shall not come.

 

26:3 A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, and a rod for the

fool's back.

 

26:4 Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like

unto him.

 

26:5 Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own

conceit.

 

26:6 He that sendeth a message by the hand of a fool cutteth off the

feet, and drinketh damage.

 

26:7 The legs of the lame are not equal: so is a parable in the mouth

of fools.

 

26:8 As he that bindeth a stone in a sling, so is he that giveth

honour to a fool.

 

26:9 As a thorn goeth up into the hand of a drunkard, so is a parable

in the mouths of fools.

 

26:10 The great God that formed all things both rewardeth the fool,

and rewardeth transgressors.

 

26:11 As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his

folly.

 

26:12 Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope of

a fool than of him.

 

26:13 The slothful man saith, There is a lion in the way; a lion is in

the streets.

 

26:14 As the door turneth upon his hinges, so doth the slothful upon

his bed.

 

26:15 The slothful hideth his hand in his bosom; it grieveth him to

bring it again to his mouth.

 

26:16 The sluggard is wiser in his own conceit than seven men that can

render a reason.

 

26:17 He that passeth by, and meddleth with strife belonging not to

him, is like one that taketh a dog by the ears.

 

26:18 As a mad man who casteth firebrands, arrows, and death, 26:19 So

is the man that deceiveth his neighbour, and saith, Am not I in sport?

26:20 Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out: so where there is no

talebearer, the strife ceaseth.

 

26:21 As coals are to burning coals, and wood to fire; so is a

contentious man to kindle strife.

 

26:22 The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into

the innermost parts of the belly.

 

26:23 Burning lips and a wicked heart are like a potsherd covered with

silver dross.

 

26:24 He that hateth dissembleth with his lips, and layeth up deceit

within him; 26:25 When he speaketh fair, believe him not: for there

are seven abominations in his heart.

 

26:26 Whose hatred is covered by deceit, his wickedness shall be

shewed before the whole congregation.

 

26:27 Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein: and he that rolleth a

stone, it will return upon him.

 

26:28 A lying tongue hateth those that are afflicted by it; and a

flattering mouth worketh ruin.

 

27:1 Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day

may bring forth.

 

27:2 Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger,

and not thine own lips.

 

27:3 A stone is heavy, and the sand weighty; but a fool's wrath is

heavier than them both.

 

27:4 Wrath is cruel, and anger is outrageous; but who is able to stand

before envy?  27:5 Open rebuke is better than secret love.

 

27:6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy

are deceitful.

 

27:7 The full soul loatheth an honeycomb; but to the hungry soul every

bitter thing is sweet.

 

27:8 As a bird that wandereth from her nest, so is a man that

wandereth from his place.

 

27:9 Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart: so doth the sweetness of

a man's friend by hearty counsel.

 

27:10 Thine own friend, and thy father's friend, forsake not; neither

go into thy brother's house in the day of thy calamity: for better is

a neighbour that is near than a brother far off.

 

27:11 My son, be wise, and make my heart glad, that I may answer him

that reproacheth me.

 

27:12 A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself; but the

simple pass on, and are punished.

 

27:13 Take his garment that is surety for a stranger, and take a

pledge of him for a strange woman.

 

27:14 He that blesseth his friend with a loud voice, rising early in

the morning, it shall be counted a curse to him.

 

27:15 A continual dropping in a very rainy day and a contentious woman

are alike.

 

27:16 Whosoever hideth her hideth the wind, and the ointment of his

right hand, which bewrayeth itself.

 

27:17 Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his

friend.

 

27:18 Whoso keepeth the fig tree shall eat the fruit thereof: so he

that waiteth on his master shall be honoured.

 

27:19 As in water face answereth to face, so the heart of man to man.

 

27:20 Hell and destruction are never full; so the eyes of man are

never satisfied.

 

27:21 As the fining pot for silver, and the furnace for gold; so is a

man to his praise.

 

27:22 Though thou shouldest bray a fool in a mortar among wheat with a

pestle, yet will not his foolishness depart from him.

 

27:23 Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well

to thy herds.

 

27:24 For riches are not for ever: and doth the crown endure to every

generation?  27:25 The hay appeareth, and the tender grass sheweth

itself, and herbs of the mountains are gathered.

 

27:26 The lambs are for thy clothing, and the goats are the price of

the field.

 

27:27 And thou shalt have goats' milk enough for thy food, for the

food of thy household, and for the maintenance for thy maidens.

 

28:1 The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold

as a lion.

 

28:2 For the transgression of a land many are the princes thereof: but

by a man of understanding and knowledge the state thereof shall be

prolonged.

 

28:3 A poor man that oppresseth the poor is like a sweeping rain which

leaveth no food.

 

28:4 They that forsake the law praise the wicked: but such as keep the

law contend with them.

 

28:5 Evil men understand not judgment: but they that seek the LORD

understand all things.

 

28:6 Better is the poor that walketh in his uprightness, than he that

is perverse in his ways, though he be rich.

 

28:7 Whoso keepeth the law is a wise son: but he that is a companion

of riotous men shameth his father.

 

28:8 He that by usury and unjust gain increaseth his substance, he

shall gather it for him that will pity the poor.

 

28:9 He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his

prayer shall be abomination.

 

28:10 Whoso causeth the righteous to go astray in an evil way, he

shall fall himself into his own pit: but the upright shall have good

things in possession.

 

28:11 The rich man is wise in his own conceit; but the poor that hath

understanding searcheth him out.

 

28:12 When righteous men do rejoice, there is great glory: but when

the wicked rise, a man is hidden.

 

28:13 He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso

confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.

 

28:14 Happy is the man that feareth alway: but he that hardeneth his

heart shall fall into mischief.

 

28:15 As a roaring lion, and a ranging bear; so is a wicked ruler over

the poor people.

 

28:16 The prince that wanteth understanding is also a great oppressor:

but he that hateth covetousness shall prolong his days.

 

28:17 A man that doeth violence to the blood of any person shall flee

to the pit; let no man stay him.

 

28:18 Whoso walketh uprightly shall be saved: but he that is perverse

in his ways shall fall at once.

 

28:19 He that tilleth his land shall have plenty of bread: but he that

followeth after vain persons shall have poverty enough.

 

28:20 A faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he that maketh

haste to be rich shall not be innocent.

 

28:21 To have respect of persons is not good: for for a piece of bread

that man will transgress.

 

28:22 He that hasteth to be rich hath an evil eye, and considereth not

that poverty shall come upon him.

 

28:23 He that rebuketh a man afterwards shall find more favour than he

that flattereth with the tongue.

 

28:24 Whoso robbeth his father or his mother, and saith, It is no

transgression; the same is the companion of a destroyer.

 

28:25 He that is of a proud heart stirreth up strife: but he that

putteth his trust in the LORD shall be made fat.

 

28:26 He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh

wisely, he shall be delivered.

 

28:27 He that giveth unto the poor shall not lack: but he that hideth

his eyes shall have many a curse.

 

28:28 When the wicked rise, men hide themselves: but when they perish,

the righteous increase.

 

29:1 He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly

be destroyed, and that without remedy.

 

29:2 When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when

the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.

 

29:3 Whoso loveth wisdom rejoiceth his father: but he that keepeth

company with harlots spendeth his substance.

 

29:4 The king by judgment establisheth the land: but he that receiveth

gifts overthroweth it.

 

29:5 A man that flattereth his neighbour spreadeth a net for his feet.

 

29:6 In the transgression of an evil man there is a snare: but the

righteous doth sing and rejoice.

 

29:7 The righteous considereth the cause of the poor: but the wicked

regardeth not to know it.

 

29:8 Scornful men bring a city into a snare: but wise men turn away

wrath.

 

29:9 If a wise man contendeth with a foolish man, whether he rage or

laugh, there is no rest.

 

29:10 The bloodthirsty hate the upright: but the just seek his soul.

 

29:11 A fool uttereth all his mind: but a wise man keepeth it in till

afterwards.

 

29:12 If a ruler hearken to lies, all his servants are wicked.

 

29:13 The poor and the deceitful man meet together: the LORD

lighteneth both their eyes.

 

29:14 The king that faithfully judgeth the poor, his throne shall be

established for ever.

 

29:15 The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself

bringeth his mother to shame.

 

29:16 When the wicked are multiplied, transgression increaseth: but

the righteous shall see their fall.

 

29:17 Correct thy son, and he shall give thee rest; yea, he shall give

delight unto thy soul.

 

29:18 Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth

the law, happy is he.

 

29:19 A servant will not be corrected by words: for though he

understand he will not answer.

 

29:20 Seest thou a man that is hasty in his words? there is more hope

of a fool than of him.

 

29:21 He that delicately bringeth up his servant from a child shall

have him become his son at the length.

 

29:22 An angry man stirreth up strife, and a furious man aboundeth in

transgression.

 

29:23 A man's pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the

humble in spirit.

 

29:24 Whoso is partner with a thief hateth his own soul: he heareth

cursing, and bewrayeth it not.

 

29:25 The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in

the LORD shall be safe.

 

29:26 Many seek the ruler's favour; but every man's judgment cometh

from the LORD.

 

29:27 An unjust man is an abomination to the just: and he that is

upright in the way is abomination to the wicked.

 

30:1 The words of Agur the son of Jakeh, even the prophecy: the man

spake unto Ithiel, even unto Ithiel and Ucal, 30:2 Surely I am more

brutish than any man, and have not the understanding of a man.

 

30:3 I neither learned wisdom, nor have the knowledge of the holy.

 

30:4 Who hath ascended up into heaven, or descended? who hath gathered

the wind in his fists? who hath bound the waters in a garment? who

hath established all the ends of the earth? what is his name, and what

is his son's name, if thou canst tell?  30:5 Every word of God is

pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.

 

30:6 Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be

found a liar.

 

30:7 Two things have I required of thee; deny me them not before I

die: 30:8 Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty

nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me: 30:9 Lest I be full,

and deny thee, and say, Who is the LORD? or lest I be poor, and steal,

and take the name of my God in vain.

 

30:10 Accuse not a servant unto his master, lest he curse thee, and

thou be found guilty.

 

30:11 There is a generation that curseth their father, and doth not

bless their mother.

 

30:12 There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes, and yet

is not washed from their filthiness.

 

30:13 There is a generation, O how lofty are their eyes! and their

eyelids are lifted up.

 

30:14 There is a generation, whose teeth are as swords, and their jaw

teeth as knives, to devour the poor from off the earth, and the needy

from among men.

 

30:15 The horseleach hath two daughters, crying, Give, give. There are

three things that are never satisfied, yea, four things say not, It is

enough: 30:16 The grave; and the barren womb; the earth that is not

filled with water; and the fire that saith not, It is enough.

 

30:17 The eye that mocketh at his father, and despiseth to obey his

mother, the ravens of the valley shall pick it out, and the young

eagles shall eat it.

 

30:18 There be three things which are too wonderful for me, yea, four

which I know not: 30:19 The way of an eagle in the air; the way of a

serpent upon a rock; the way of a ship in the midst of the sea; and

the way of a man with a maid.

 

30:20 Such is the way of an adulterous woman; she eateth, and wipeth

her mouth, and saith, I have done no wickedness.

 

30:21 For three things the earth is disquieted, and for four which it

cannot bear: 30:22 For a servant when he reigneth; and a fool when he

is filled with meat; 30:23 For an odious woman when she is married;

and an handmaid that is heir to her mistress.

 

30:24 There be four things which are little upon the earth, but they

are exceeding wise: 30:25 The ants are a people not strong, yet they

prepare their meat in the summer; 30:26 The conies are but a feeble

folk, yet make they their houses in the rocks; 30:27 The locusts have

no king, yet go they forth all of them by bands; 30:28 The spider

taketh hold with her hands, and is in kings' palaces.

 

30:29 There be three things which go well, yea, four are comely in

going: 30:30 A lion which is strongest among beasts, and turneth not

away for any; 30:31 A greyhound; an he goat also; and a king, against

whom there is no rising up.

 

30:32 If thou hast done foolishly in lifting up thyself, or if thou

hast thought evil, lay thine hand upon thy mouth.

 

30:33 Surely the churning of milk bringeth forth butter, and the

wringing of the nose bringeth forth blood: so the forcing of wrath

bringeth forth strife.

 

31:1 The words of king Lemuel, the prophecy that his mother taught

him.

 

31:2 What, my son? and what, the son of my womb? and what, the son of

my vows?  31:3 Give not thy strength unto women, nor thy ways to that

which destroyeth kings.

 

31:4 It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine;

nor for princes strong drink: 31:5 Lest they drink, and forget the

law, and pervert the judgment of any of the afflicted.

 

31:6 Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, and wine unto

those that be of heavy hearts.

 

31:7 Let him drink, and forget his poverty, and remember his misery no

more.

 

31:8 Open thy mouth for the dumb in the cause of all such as are

appointed to destruction.

 

31:9 Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the

poor and needy.

 

31:10 Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above

rubies.

 

31:11 The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he

shall have no need of spoil.

 

31:12 She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.

 

31:13 She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her

hands.

 

31:14 She is like the merchants' ships; she bringeth her food from

afar.

 

31:15 She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her

household, and a portion to her maidens.

 

31:16 She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her

hands she planteth a vineyard.

 

31:17 She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.

 

31:18 She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth

not out by night.

 

31:19 She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the

distaff.

 

31:20 She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth

her hands to the needy.

 

31:21 She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her

household are clothed with scarlet.

 

31:22 She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk

and purple.

 

31:23 Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the

elders of the land.

 

31:24 She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles

unto the merchant.

 

31:25 Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in

time to come.

 

31:26 She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law

of kindness.

 

31:27 She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not

the bread of idleness.

 

31:28 Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also,

and he praiseth her.

 

31:29 Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them

all.

 

31:30 Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that

feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.

 

31:31 Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise

her in the gates.