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
1:3 To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment,
1:4 To give subtilty to the simple, to the young man knowledge
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
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
1:26 I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your
1:27 When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction
cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon
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
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
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
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
2:14 Who rejoice to do evil, [and] delight in the frowardness of
2:15 Whose ways [are] crooked, and [they] froward in their
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
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
3:2 For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add
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
3:7 Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
4:27 Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot
5:1 My son, attend unto my wisdom, [and] bow thine ear to my
5:2 That thou mayest regard discretion, and [that] thy lips may
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 twoedged
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
5:9 Lest thou give thine honour unto others, and thy years unto
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
5:12 And say, How have I hated instruction, and my heart
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 adulteress will hunt for the precious
6:27 Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be
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
7:3 Bind them upon thy fingers, write them upon the table of
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
8:5 O ye simple, understand wisdom: and, ye fools, be ye of an
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
9:6 Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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]
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
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
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
13:22 A good [man] leaveth an inheritance to his children's
children: and the wealth of the sinner [is] laid up for the
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
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
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
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]
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
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
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
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
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
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
16:9 A man's heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his
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
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
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
17:14 The beginning of strife [is as] when one letteth out
water: therefore leave off contention, before it be meddled
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 gray 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
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]
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
21:24 Proud [and] haughty scorner [is] his name, who dealeth in
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
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
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
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
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
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
23:3 Be not desirous of his dainties: for they [are] deceitful
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
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,
23:16 Yea, my reins shall rejoice, when thy lips speak right
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
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
23:27 For a whore [is] a deep ditch; and a strange woman [is] a
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
23:30 They that tarry long at the wine; they that go to seek
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
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
24:2 For their heart studieth destruction, and their lips talk
24:3 Through wisdom is an house builded; and by understanding it
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
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
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]
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 [art] 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
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
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
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
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
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 mouth 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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]
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
30:28 The spider taketh hold with her hands, and is in kings'
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
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
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
31:13 She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her
31:14 She is like the merchants' ships; she bringeth her food
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
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
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
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.
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