Proverbs

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Copyright 1901 by Thomas Nelson & Sons
Copyright 1929 by the International Council of Religious Education

Chapter 1

[1]The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel: [2]To know wisdom and instruction; To discern the words of understanding; [3]To receive instruction in wise dealing, In righteousness and justice and equity; [4]To give prudence to the simple, To the young man knowledge and discretion: [5]That the wise man may hear, and increase in learning; And that the man of understanding may attain unto sound counsels: [6]To understand a proverb, and a figure, The words of the wise, and their dark sayings.

[7]The fear of Jehovah is the beginning of knowledge; [But] the foolish despise wisdom and instruction. [8]My son, hear the instruction of thy father, And forsake not the law of thy mother: [9]For they shall be a chaplet of grace unto thy head, And chains about thy neck. [10]My son, if sinners entice thee, Consent thou not. [11]If they say, Come with us, Let us lay wait for blood; Let us lurk privily for the innocent without cause; [12]Let us swallow them up alive as Sheol, And whole, as those that go down into the pit; [13]We shall find all precious substance; We shall fill our houses with spoil; [14]Thou shalt cast thy lot among us; We will all have one purse: [15]My son, walk not thou in the way with them; Refrain thy foot from their path: [16]For their feet run to evil, And they make haste to shed blood. [17]For in vain is the net spread In the sight of any bird: [18]And these lay wait for their own blood; They lurk privily for their own lives. [19]So are the ways of every one that is greedy of gain; It taketh away the life of the owners thereof.

[20]Wisdom crieth aloud in the street; She uttereth her voice in the broad places; [21]She crieth in the chief place of concourse; At the entrance of the gates, In the city, she uttereth her words: [22]How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? And scoffers delight them in scoffing, And fools hate knowledge? [23]Turn you at my reproof: Behold, I will pour out my spirit upon you; I will make known my words unto you. [24]Because I have called, and ye have refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man hath regarded; [25]But ye have set at nought all my counsel, And would none of my reproof: [26]I also will laugh in [the day of] your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh; [27]When your fear cometh as a storm, And your calamity cometh on as a whirlwind; When distress and anguish come upon you. [28]Then will they call upon me, but I will not answer; They will seek me diligently, but they shall not find me: [29]For that they hated knowledge, And did not choose the fear of Jehovah: [30]They would none of my counsel; They despised all my reproof. [31]Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, And be filled with their own devices. [32]For the backsliding of the simple shall slay them, And the careless ease of fools shall destroy them. [33]But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell securely, And shall be quiet without fear of evil.

Chapter 2

[1]My son, if thou wilt receive my words, And lay up my commandments with thee; [2]So as to incline thine ear unto wisdom, And apply thy heart to understanding; [3]Yea, if thou cry after discernment, And lift up thy voice for understanding; [4]If thou seek her as silver, And search for her as for hid treasures: [5]Then shalt thou understand the fear of Jehovah, And find the knowledge of God. [6]For Jehovah giveth wisdom; Out of his mouth [cometh] knowledge and understanding: [7]He layeth up sound wisdom for the upright; [He is] a shield to them that walk in integrity; [8]That he may guard the paths of justice, And preserve the way of his saints. [9]Then shalt thou understand righteousness and justice, And equity, [yea], every good path. [10]For wisdom shall enter into thy heart, And knowledge shall be pleasant unto thy soul; [11]Discretion shall watch over thee; Understanding shall keep thee: [12]To deliver thee from the way of evil, From the men that speak perverse things; [13]Who forsake the paths of uprightness, To walk in the ways of darkness; [14]Who rejoice to do evil, And delight in the perverseness of evil; [15]Who are crooked in their ways, And wayward in their paths: [16]To deliver thee from the strange woman, Even from the foreigner that flattereth with her words; [17]That forsaketh the friend of her youth, And forgetteth the covenant of her God: [18]For her house inclineth unto death, And her paths unto the dead; [19]None that go unto her return again, Neither do they attain unto the paths of life: [20]That thou mayest walk in the way of good men, And keep the paths of the righteous. [21]For the upright shall dwell in the land, And the perfect shall remain in it. [22]But the wicked shall be cut off from the land, And the treacherous shall be rooted out of it.

Chapter 3

[1]My son, forget not my law; But let thy heart keep my commandments: [2]For length of days, and years of life, And peace, will they add to thee. [3]Let not kindness and truth forsake thee: Bind them about thy neck; Write them upon the tablet of thy heart: [4]So shalt thou find favor and good understanding In the sight of God and man. [5]Trust in Jehovah with all thy heart, And lean not upon thine own understanding: [6]In all thy ways acknowledge him, And he will direct thy paths. [7]Be not wise in thine own eyes; Fear Jehovah, and depart from evil: [8]It will be health to thy navel, And marrow to thy bones. [9]Honor Jehovah with thy substance, And with the first-fruits of all thine increase: [10]So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, And thy vats shall overflow with new wine. [11]My son, despise not the chastening of Jehovah; Neither be weary of his reproof: [12]For whom Jehovah loveth he reproveth; Even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.

[13]Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, And the man that getteth understanding. [14]For the gaining of it is better than the gaining of silver, And the profit thereof than fine gold. [15]She is more precious than rubies: And none of the things thou canst desire are to be compared unto her. [16]Length of days is in her right hand; In her left hand are riches and honor. [17]Her ways are ways of pleasantness, And all her paths are peace. [18]She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: And happy is every one that retaineth her. [19]Jehovah by wisdom founded the earth; By understanding he established the heavens. [20]By his knowledge the depths were broken up, And the skies drop down the dew. [21]My son, let them not depart from thine eyes; Keep sound wisdom and discretion: [22]So shall they be life unto thy soul, And grace to thy neck. [23]Then shalt thou walk in thy way securely, And thy foot shall not stumble. [24]When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: Yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet. [25]Be not afraid of sudden fear, Neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh: [26]For Jehovah will be thy confidence, And will keep thy foot from being taken.

[27]Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, When it is in the power of thy hand to do it. [28]Say not unto thy neighbor, Go, and come again, And to-morrow I will give; When thou hast it by thee. [29]Devise not evil against thy neighbor, Seeing he dwelleth securely by thee. [30]Strive not with a man without cause, If he have done thee no harm. [31]Envy thou not the man of violence, And choose none of his ways. [32]For the perverse is an abomination to Jehovah; But his friendship is with the upright. [33]The curse of Jehovah is in the house of the wicked; But he blesseth the habitation of the righteous. [34]Surely he scoffeth at the scoffers; But he giveth grace unto the lowly. [35]The wise shall inherit glory; But shame shall be the promotion of fools.

Chapter 4

[1]Hear, [my] sons, the instruction of a father, And attend to know understanding: [2]For I give you good doctrine; Forsake ye not my law. [3]For I was a son unto my father, Tender and only beloved in the sight of my mother. [4]And he taught me, and said unto me: Let thy heart retain my words; Keep my commandments, and live; [5]Get wisdom, get understanding; Forget not, neither decline from the words of my mouth; [6]Forsake her not, and she will preserve thee; Love her, and she will keep thee. [7]Wisdom [is] the principal thing; [therefore] get wisdom; Yea, with all thy getting get understanding. [8]Exalt her, and she will promote thee; She will bring thee to honor, when thou dost embrace her. [9]She will give to thy head a chaplet of grace; A crown of beauty will she deliver to thee.

[10]Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; And the years of thy life shall be many. [11]I have taught thee in the way of wisdom; I have led thee in paths of uprightness. [12]When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened; And if thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble. [13]Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: Keep her; for she is thy life. [14]Enter not into the path of the wicked, And walk not in the way of evil men. [15]Avoid it, pass not by it; Turn from it, and pass on. [16]For they sleep not, except they do evil; And their sleep is taken away, unless they cause some to fall. [17]For they eat the bread of wickedness, And drink the wine of violence. [18]But the path of the righteous is as the dawning light, That shineth more and more unto the perfect day. [19]The way of the wicked is as darkness: They know not at what they stumble.

[20]My son, attend to my words; Incline thine ear unto my sayings. [21]Let them not depart from thine eyes; Keep them in the midst of thy heart. [22]For they are life unto those that find them, And health to all their flesh. [23]Keep thy heart with all diligence; For out of it are the issues of life. [24]Put away from thee a wayward mouth, And perverse lips put far from thee. [25]Let thine eyes look right on, And let thine eyelids look straight before thee. [26]Make level the path of thy feet, And let all thy ways be established. [27]Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: Remove thy foot from evil.

Chapter 5

[1]My son, attend unto my wisdom; Incline thine ear to my understanding: [2]That thou mayest preserve discretion, And that thy lips may keep knowledge. [3]For the lips of a strange woman drop honey, And her mouth is smoother than oil: [4]But in the end she is bitter as wormwood, Sharp as a two-edged sword. [5]Her feet go down to death; Her steps take hold on Sheol; [6]So that she findeth not the level path of life: Her ways are unstable, [and] she knoweth [it] not.

[7]Now therefore, [my] sons, hearken unto me, And depart not from the words of my mouth. [8]Remove thy way far from her, And come not nigh the door of her house; [9]Lest thou give thine honor unto others, And thy years unto the cruel; [10]Lest strangers be filled with thy strength, And thy labors [be] in the house of an alien, [11]And thou mourn at thy latter end, When thy flesh and thy body are consumed, [12]And say, How have I hated instruction, And my heart despised reproof; [13]Neither have I obeyed the voice of my teachers, Nor inclined mine ear to them that instructed me! [14]I was well-nigh in all evil In the midst of the assembly and congregation.

[15]Drink waters out of thine own cistern, And running waters out of thine own well. [16]Should thy springs be dispersed abroad, And streams of water in the streets? [17]Let them be for thyself alone, And not for strangers with thee. [18]Let thy fountain be blessed; And rejoice in the wife of thy youth. [19][As] a loving hind and a pleasant doe, Let her breasts satisfy thee at all times; And be thou ravished always with her love. [20]For why shouldest thou, my son, be ravished with a strange woman, And embrace the bosom of a foreigner? [21]For the ways of man are before the eyes of Jehovah; And he maketh level all his paths. [22]His own iniquities shall take the wicked, And he shall be holden with the cords of his sin. [23]He shall die for lack of instruction; And in the greatness of his folly he shall go astray.

Chapter 6

[1]My son, if thou art become surety for thy neighbor, If thou hast stricken thy hands for a stranger; [2]Thou art snared with the words of thy mouth, Thou art taken with the words of thy mouth. [3]Do this now, my son, and deliver thyself, Seeing thou art come into the hand of thy neighbor: Go, humble thyself, and importune thy neighbor; [4]Give not sleep to thine eyes, Nor slumber to thine eyelids; [5]Deliver thyself as a roe from the hand [of the hunter], And as a bird from the hand of the fowler.

[6]Go to the ant, thou sluggard; Consider her ways, and be wise: [7]Which having no chief, Overseer, or ruler, [8]Provideth her bread in the summer, And gathereth her food in the harvest. [9]How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? When wilt thou arise out of thy sleep? [10][Yet] a little sleep, a little slumber, A little folding of the hands to sleep: [11]So shall thy poverty come as a robber, And thy want as an armed man. [12]A worthless person, a man of iniquity, Is he that walketh with a perverse mouth; [13]That winketh with his eyes, that speaketh with his feet, That maketh signs with his fingers; [14]In whose heart is perverseness, Who deviseth evil continually, Who soweth discord. [15]Therefore shall his calamity come suddenly; On a sudden shall he be broken, and that without remedy. [16]There are six things which Jehovah hateth; Yea, seven which are an abomination unto him: [17]Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, And hands that shed innocent blood; [18]A heart that deviseth wicked purposes, Feet that are swift in running to mischief, [19]A false witness that uttereth lies, And he that soweth discord among brethren.

[20]My son, keep the commandment of thy father, And forsake not the law of thy mother: [21]Bind them continually upon thy heart; Tie them about thy neck. [22]When thou walkest, it shall lead thee; When thou sleepest, it shall watch over thee; And when thou awakest, it shall talk with thee. [23]For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; And reproofs of instruction are the way of life: [24]To keep thee from the evil woman, From the flattery of the foreigner's tongue. [25]Lust not after her beauty in thy heart; Neither let her take thee with her eyelids. [26]For on account of a harlot [a man is brought] to a piece of bread; And the adulteress hunteth for the precious life. [27]Can a man take fire in his bosom, And his clothes not be burned? [28]Or can one walk upon hot coals, And his feet not be scorched? [29]So he that goeth in to his neighbor's wife; Whosoever toucheth her shall not be unpunished. [30]Men do not despise a thief, if he steal To satisfy himself when he is hungry: [31]But if he be found, he shall restore sevenfold; He shall give all the substance of his house. [32]He that committeth adultery with a woman is void of understanding: He doeth it who would destroy his own soul. [33]Wounds and dishonor shall he get; And his reproach shall not be wiped away. [34]For jealousy is the rage of a man; And he will not spare in the day of vengeance. [35]He will not regard any ransom; Neither will he rest content, though thou givest many gifts.

Chapter 7

[1]My son, keep my words, And lay up my commandments with thee. [2]Keep my commandments and live; And my law as the apple of thine eye. [3]Bind them upon thy fingers; Write them upon the tablet of thy heart. [4]Say unto wisdom, Thou art my sister; And call understanding [thy] kinswoman: [5]That they may keep thee from the strange woman, From the foreigner that flattereth with her words. [6]For at the window of my house I looked forth through my lattice; [7]And I beheld among the simple ones, I discerned among the youths, A young man void of understanding, [8]Passing through the street near her corner; And he went the way to her house, [9]In the twilight, in the evening of the day, In the middle of the night and in the darkness. [10]And, behold, there met him a woman With the attire of a harlot, and wily of heart. [11]She is clamorous and wilful; Her feet abide not in her house: [12]Now she is in the streets, now in the broad places, And lieth in wait at every corner. [13]So she caught him, and kissed him, [And] with an impudent face she said unto him: [14]Sacrifices of peace-offerings are with me; This day have I paid my vows. [15]Therefore came I forth to meet thee, Diligently to seek thy face, and I have found thee. [16]I have spread my couch with carpets of tapestry, With striped cloths of the yarn of Egypt. [17]I have perfumed my bed With myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon. [18]Come, let us take our fill of love until the morning; Let us solace ourselves with loves. [19]For the man is not at home; He is gone a long journey: [20]He hath taken a bag of money with him; He will come home at the full moon. [21]With her much fair speech she causeth him to yield; With the flattering of her lips she forceth him along. [22]He goeth after her straightway, As an ox goeth to the slaughter, Or as [one in] fetters to the correction of the fool; [23]Till an arrow strike through his liver; As a bird hasteth to the snare, And knoweth not that it is for his life. [24]Now therefore, [my] sons, hearken unto me, And attend to the words of my mouth. [25]Let not thy heart decline to her ways; Go not astray in her paths. [26]For she hath cast down many wounded: Yea, all her slain are a mighty host. [27]Her house is the way to Sheol, Going down to the chambers of death.

Chapter 8

[1]Doth not wisdom cry, And understanding put forth her voice? [2]On the top of high places by the way, Where the paths meet, she standeth; [3]Beside the gates, at the entry of the city, At the coming in at the doors, she crieth aloud: [4]Unto you, O men, I call; And my voice is to the sons of men. [5]O ye simple, understand prudence; And, ye fools, be of an understanding heart. [6]Hear, for I will speak excellent things; And the opening of my lips shall be right things. [7]For my mouth shall utter truth; And wickedness is an abomination to my lips. [8]All the words of my mouth are in righteousness; There is nothing crooked or perverse in them. [9]They are all plain to him that understandeth, And right to them that find knowledge. [10]Receive my instruction, and not silver; And knowledge rather than choice gold. [11]For wisdom is better than rubies; And all the things that may be desired are not to be compared unto it. [12]I wisdom have made prudence my dwelling, And find out knowledge [and] discretion. [13]The fear of Jehovah is to hate evil: Pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, And the perverse mouth, do I hate. [14]Counsel is mine, and sound knowledge: I am understanding; I have might. [15]By me kings reign, And princes decree justice. [16]By me princes rule, And nobles, [even] all the judges of the earth. [17]I love them that love me; And those that seek me diligently shall find me. [18]Riches and honor are with me; [Yea], durable wealth and righteousness. [19]My fruit is better than gold, yea, than fine gold; And my revenue than choice silver. [20]I walk in the way of righteousness, In the midst of the paths of justice; [21]That I may cause those that love me to inherit substance, And that I may fill their treasuries.

[22]Jehovah possessed me in the beginning of his way, Before his works of old. [23]I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, Before the earth was. [24]When there were no depths, I was brought forth, When there were no fountains abounding with water. [25]Before the mountains were settled, Before the hills was I brought forth; [26]While as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, Nor the beginning of the dust of the world. [27]When he established the heavens, I was there: When he set a circle upon the face of the deep, [28]When he made firm the skies above, When the fountains of the deep became strong, [29]When he gave to the sea its bound, That the waters should not transgress his commandment, When he marked out the foundations of the earth; [30]Then I was by him, [as] a master workman; And I was daily [his] delight, Rejoicing always before him, [31]Rejoicing in his habitable earth; And my delight was with the sons of men.

[32]Now therefore, [my] sons, hearken unto me; For blessed are they that keep my ways. [33]Hear instruction, and be wise, And refuse it not. [34]Blessed is the man that heareth me, Watching daily at my gates, Waiting at the posts of my doors. [35]For whoso findeth me findeth life, And shall obtain favor of Jehovah. [36]But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: All they that hate me love death.

Chapter 9

[1]Wisdom hath builded her house; She hath hewn out her seven pillars: [2]She hath killed her beasts; She hath mingled her wine; She hath also furnished her table: [3]She hath sent forth her maidens; She crieth upon the highest places of the city: [4]Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither: As for him that is void of understanding, she saith to him, [5]Come, eat ye of my bread, And drink of the wine which I have mingled. [6]Leave off, ye simple ones, and live; And walk in the way of understanding.

[7]He that correcteth a scoffer getteth to himself reviling; And he that reproveth a wicked man [getteth] himself a blot. [8]Reprove not a scoffer, lest he hate thee: Reprove a wise man, and he will love thee. [9]Give [instruction] to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: Teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning. [10]The fear of Jehovah is the beginning of wisdom; And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. [11]For by me thy days shall be multiplied, And the years of thy life shall be increased. [12]If thou art wise, thou art wise for thyself; And if thou scoffest, thou alone shalt bear it.

[13]The foolish woman is clamorous; [She is] simple, and knoweth nothing. [14]And she sitteth at the door of her house, On a seat in the high places of the city, [15]To call to them that pass by, Who go right on their ways: [16]Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither; And as for him that is void of understanding, she saith to him, [17]Stolen waters are sweet, And bread [eaten] in secret is pleasant. [18]But he knoweth not that the dead are there; That her guests are in the depths of Sheol.

Chapter 10

[1]The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son maketh a glad father; But a foolish son is the heaviness of his mother. [2]Treasures of wickedness profit nothing; But righteousness delivereth from death. [3]Jehovah will not suffer the soul of the righteous to famish; But he thrusteth away the desire of the wicked. [4]He becometh poor that worketh with a slack hand; But the hand of the diligent maketh rich. [5]He that gathereth in summer is a wise son; [But] he that sleepeth in harvest is a son that causeth shame. [6]Blessings are upon the head of the righteous; But violence covereth the mouth of the wicked. [7]The memory of the righteous is blessed; But the name of the wicked shall rot. [8]The wise in heart will receive commandments; But a prating fool shall fall. [9]He that walketh uprightly walketh surely; But he that perverteth his ways shall be known. [10]He that winketh with the eye causeth sorrow; But a prating fool shall fall. [11]The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life; But violence covereth the mouth of the wicked. [12]Hatred stirreth up strifes; But love covereth all transgressions. [13]In the lips of him that hath discernment wisdom is found; But a rod is for the back of him that is void of understanding. [14]Wise men lay up knowledge; But the mouth of the foolish is a present destruction. [15]The rich man's wealth is his strong city: The destruction of the poor is their poverty. [16]The labor of the righteous [tendeth] to life; The increase of the wicked, to sin. [17]He is in the way of life that heedeth correction; But he that forsaketh reproof erreth. [18]He that hideth hatred is of lying lips; And he that uttereth a slander is a fool. [19]In the multitude of words there wanteth not transgression; But he that refraineth his lips doeth wisely. [20]The tongue of the righteous is [as] choice silver: The heart of the wicked is little worth. [21]The lips of the righteous feed many; But the foolish die for lack of understanding. [22]The blessing of Jehovah, it maketh rich; And he addeth no sorrow therewith. [23]It is as sport to a fool to do wickedness; And [so is] wisdom to a man of understanding. [24]The fear of the wicked, it shall come upon him; And the desire of the righteous shall be granted. [25]When the whirlwind passeth, the wicked is no more; But the righteous is an everlasting foundation. [26]As vinegar to the teeth, and as smoke to the eyes, So is the sluggard to them that send him. [27]The fear of Jehovah prolongeth days; But the years of the wicked shall be shortened. [28]The hope of the righteous [shall be] gladness; But the expectation of the wicked shall perish. [29]The way of Jehovah is a stronghold to the upright; But it is a destruction to the workers of iniquity. [30]The righteous shall never be removed; But the wicked shall not dwell in the land. [31]The mouth of the righteous bringeth forth wisdom; But the perverse tongue shall be cut off. [32]The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable; But the mouth of the wicked [speaketh] perverseness.

Chapter 11

[1]A false balance is an abomination to Jehovah; But a just weight is his delight. [2]When pride cometh, then cometh shame; But with the lowly is wisdom. [3]The integrity of the upright shall guide them; But the perverseness of the treacherous shall destroy them. [4]Riches profit not in the day of wrath; But righteousness delivereth from death. [5]The righteousness of the perfect shall direct his way; But the wicked shall fall by his own wickedness. [6]The righteousness of the upright shall deliver them; But the treacherous shall be taken in their own iniquity. [7]When a wicked man dieth, [his] expectation shall perish; And the hope of iniquity perisheth. [8]The righteous is delivered out of trouble, And the wicked cometh in his stead. [9]With his mouth the godless man destroyeth his neighbor; But through knowledge shall the righteous be delivered. [10]When it goeth well with the righteous, the city rejoiceth; And when the wicked perish, there is shouting. [11]By the blessing of the upright the city is exalted; But it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked. [12]He that despiseth his neighbor is void of wisdom; But a man of understanding holdeth his peace. [13]He that goeth about as a tale-bearer revealeth secrets; But he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth a matter. [14]Where no wise guidance is, the people falleth; But in the multitude of counsellors there is safety. [15]He that is surety for a stranger shall smart for it; But he that hateth suretyship is secure. [16]A gracious woman obtaineth honor; And violent men obtain riches. [17]The merciful man doeth good to his own soul; But he that is cruel troubleth his own flesh. [18]The wicked earneth deceitful wages; But he that soweth righteousness [hath] a sure reward. [19]He that is stedfast in righteousness [shall attain] unto life; And he that pursueth evil [doeth it] to his own death. [20]They that are perverse in heart are an abomination to Jehovah; But such as are perfect in [their] way are his delight. [21][Though] hand [join] in hand, the evil man shall not be unpunished; But the seed of the righteous shall be delivered. [22][As] a ring of gold in a swine's snout, [So is] a fair woman that is without discretion. [23]The desire of the righteous is only good; [But] the expectation of the wicked is wrath. [24]There is that scattereth, and increaseth yet more; And there is that withholdeth more than is meet, but [it tendeth] only to want. [25]The liberal soul shall be made fat; And he that watereth shall be watered also himself. [26]He that withholdeth grain, the people shall curse him; But blessing shall be upon the head of him that selleth it. [27]He that diligently seeketh good seeketh favor; But he that searcheth after evil, it shall come unto him. [28]He that trusteth in his riches shall fall; But the righteous shall flourish as the green leaf. [29]He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind; And the foolish shall be servant to the wise of heart. [30]The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; And he that is wise winneth souls. [31]Behold, the righteous shall be recompensed in the earth: How much more the wicked and the sinner!

Chapter 12

[1]Whoso loveth correction loveth knowledge; But he that hateth reproof is brutish. [2]A good man shall obtain favor of Jehovah; But a man of wicked devices will he condemn. [3]A man shall not be established by wickedness; But the root of the righteous shall not be moved. [4]A worthy woman is the crown of her husband; But she that maketh ashamed is as rottenness in his bones. [5]The thoughts of the righteous are just; [But] the counsels of the wicked are deceit. [6]The words of the wicked are of lying in wait for blood; But the mouth of the upright shall deliver them. [7]The wicked are overthrown, and are not; But the house of the righteous shall stand. [8]A man shall be commended according to his wisdom; But he that is of a perverse heart shall be despised. [9]Better is he that is lightly esteemed, and hath a servant, Than he that honoreth himself, and lacketh bread. [10]A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast; But the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel. [11]He that tilleth his land shall have plenty of bread; But he that followeth after vain [persons] is void of understanding. [12]The wicked desireth the net of evil men; But the root of the righteous yieldeth [fruit]. [13]In the transgression of the lips is a snare to the evil man; But the righteous shall come out of trouble. [14]A man shall be satisfied with good by the fruit of his mouth; And the doings of a man's hands shall be rendered unto him. [15]The way of a fool is right in his own eyes; But he that is wise hearkeneth unto counsel. [16]A fool's vexation is presently known; But a prudent man concealeth shame. [17]He that uttereth truth showeth forth righteousness; But a false witness, deceit. [18]There is that speaketh rashly like the piercings of a sword; But the tongue of the wise is health. [19]The lip of truth shall be established for ever; But a lying tongue is but for a moment. [20]Deceit is in the heart of them that devise evil; But to the counsellors of peace is joy. [21]There shall no mischief happen to the righteous; But the wicked shall be filled with evil. [22]Lying lips are an abomination to Jehovah; But they that deal truly are his delight. [23]A prudent man concealeth knowledge; But the heart of fools proclaimeth foolishness. [24]The hand of the diligent shall bear rule; But the slothful shall be put under taskwork. [25]Heaviness in the heart of a man maketh it stoop; But a good word maketh it glad. [26]The righteous is a guide to his neighbor; But the way of the wicked causeth them to err. [27]The slothful man roasteth not that which he took in hunting; But the precious substance of men [is to] the diligent. [28]In the way of righteousness is life; And in the pathway thereof there is no death.

Chapter 13

[1]A wise son [heareth] his father's instruction; But a scoffer heareth not rebuke. [2]A man shall eat good by the fruit of his mouth; But the soul of the treacherous [shall eat] violence. [3]He that guardeth his mouth keepeth his life; [But] he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction. [4]The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing; But the soul of the diligent shall be made fat. [5]A righteous man hateth lying; But a wicked man is loathsome, and cometh to shame. [6]Righteousness guardeth him that is upright in the way; But wickedness overthroweth the sinner. [7]There is that maketh himself rich, yet hath nothing: There is that maketh himself poor, yet hath great wealth. [8]The ransom of a man's life is his riches; But the poor heareth no threatening. [9]The light of the righteous rejoiceth; But the lamp of the wicked shall be put out. [10]By pride cometh only contention; But with the well-advised is wisdom. [11]Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished; But he that gathereth by labor shall have increase. [12]Hope deferred maketh the heart sick; But when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life. [13]Whoso despiseth the word bringeth destruction on himself; But he that feareth the commandment shall be rewarded. [14]The law of the wise is a fountain of life, That one may depart from the snares of death. [15]Good understanding giveth favor; But the way of the transgressor is hard. [16]Every prudent man worketh with knowledge; But a fool flaunteth [his] folly. [17]A wicked messenger falleth into evil; But a faithful ambassador is health. [18]Poverty and shame [shall be to] him that refuseth correction; But he that regardeth reproof shall be honored. [19]The desire accomplished is sweet to the soul; But it is an abomination to fools to depart from evil. [20]Walk with wise men, and thou shalt be wise; But the companion of fools shall smart for it. [21]Evil pursueth sinners; But the righteous shall be recompensed with good. [22]A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children's children; And the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the righteous. [23]Much food [is in] the tillage of the poor; But there is that is destroyed by reason of injustice. [24]He that spareth his rod hateth his son; But he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes. [25]The righteous eateth to the satisfying of his soul; But the belly of the wicked shall want.

Chapter 14

[1]Every wise woman buildeth her house; But the foolish plucketh it down with her own hands. [2]He that walketh in his uprightness feareth Jehovah; But he that is perverse in his ways despiseth him. [3]In the mouth of the foolish is a rod for [his] pride; But the lips of the wise shall preserve them. [4]Where no oxen are, the crib is clean; But much increase is by the strength of the ox. [5]A faithful witness will not lie; But a false witness uttereth lies. [6]A scoffer seeketh wisdom, and [findeth it] not; But knowledge is easy unto him that hath understanding. [7]Go into the presence of a foolish man, And thou shalt not perceive [in him] the lips of knowledge. [8]The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way; But the folly of fools is deceit. [9]A trespass-offering mocketh fools; But among the upright there is good will. [10]The heart knoweth its own bitterness; And a stranger doth not intermeddle with its joy. [11]The house of the wicked shall be overthrown; But the tent of the upright shall flourish. [12]There is a way which seemeth right unto a man; But the end thereof are the ways of death. [13]Even in laughter the heart is sorrowful; And the end of mirth is heaviness. [14]The backslider in heart shall be filled with his own ways; And a good man [shall be satisfied] from himself. [15]The simple believeth every word; But the prudent man looketh well to his going. [16]A wise man feareth, and departeth from evil; But the fool beareth himself insolently, and is confident. [17]He that is soon angry will deal foolishly; And a man of wicked devices is hated. [18]The simple inherit folly; But the prudent are crowned with knowledge. [19]The evil bow down before the good; And the wicked, at the gates of the righteous. [20]The poor is hated even of his own neighbor; But the rich hath many friends. [21]He that despiseth his neighbor sinneth; But he that hath pity on the poor, happy is he. [22]Do they not err that devise evil? But mercy and truth [shall be to] them that devise good. [23]In all labor there is profit; But the talk of the lips [tendeth] only to penury. [24]The crown of the wise is their riches; [But] the folly of fools is [only] folly. [25]A true witness delivereth souls; But he that uttereth lies [causeth] deceit. [26]In the fear of Jehovah is strong confidence; And his children shall have a place of refuge. [27]The fear of Jehovah is a fountain of life, That one may depart from the snares of death. [28]In the multitude of people is the king's glory; But in the want of people is the destruction of the prince. [29]He that is slow to anger is of great understanding; But he that is hasty of spirit exalteth folly. [30]A tranquil heart is the life of the flesh; But envy is the rottenness of the bones. [31]He that oppresseth the poor reproacheth his Maker; But he that hath mercy on the needy honoreth him. [32]The wicked is thrust down in his evil-doing; But the righteous hath a refuge in his death. [33]Wisdom resteth in the heart of him that hath understanding; But [that which is] in the inward part of fools is made known. [34]Righteousness exalteth a nation; But sin is a reproach to any people. [35]The king's favor is toward a servant that dealeth wisely; But his wrath will be [against] him that causeth shame.

Chapter 15

[1]A soft answer turneth away wrath; But a grievous word stirreth up anger. [2]The tongue of the wise uttereth knowledge aright; But the mouth of fools poureth out folly. [3]The eyes of Jehovah are in every place, Keeping watch upon the evil and the good. [4]A gentle tongue is a tree of life; But perverseness therein is a breaking of the spirit. [5]A fool despiseth his father's correction; But he that regardeth reproof getteth prudence. [6]In the house of the righteous is much treasure; But in the revenues of the wicked is trouble. [7]The lips of the wise disperse knowledge; But the heart of the foolish [doeth] not so. [8]The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to Jehovah; But the prayer of the upright is his delight. [9]The way of the wicked is an abomination to Jehovah; But he loveth him that followeth after righteousness. [10]There is grievous correction for him that forsaketh the way; [And] he that hateth reproof shall die. [11]Sheol and Abaddon are before Jehovah: How much more then the hearts of the children of men! [12]A scoffer loveth not to be reproved; He will not go unto the wise. [13]A glad heart maketh a cheerful countenance; But by sorrow of heart the spirit is broken. [14]The heart of him that hath understanding seeketh knowledge; But the mouth of fools feedeth on folly. [15]All the days of the afflicted are evil; But he that is of a cheerful heart [hath] a continual feast. [16]Better is little, with the fear of Jehovah, Than great treasure and trouble therewith. [17]Better is a dinner of herbs, where love is, Than a stalled ox and hatred therewith. [18]A wrathful man stirreth up contention; But he that is slow to anger appeaseth strife. [19]The way of the sluggard is as a hedge of thorns; But the path of the upright is made a highway. [20]A wise son maketh a glad father; But a foolish man despiseth his mother. [21]Folly is joy to him that is void of wisdom; But a man of understanding maketh straight his going. [22]Where there is no counsel, purposes are disappointed; But in the multitude of counsellors they are established. [23]A man hath joy in the answer of his mouth; And a word in due season, how good is it! [24]To the wise the way of life [goeth] upward, That he may depart from Sheol beneath. [25]Jehovah will root up the house of the proud; But he will establish the border of the widow. [26]Evil devices are an abomination to Jehovah; But pleasant words [are] pure. [27]He that is greedy of gain troubleth his own house; But he that hateth bribes shall live. [28]The heart of the righteous studieth to answer; But the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things. [29]Jehovah is far from the wicked; But he heareth the prayer of the righteous. [30]The light of the eyes rejoiceth the heart; [And] good tidings make the bones fat. [31]The ear that hearkeneth to the reproof of life Shall abide among the wise. [32]He that refuseth correction despiseth his own soul; But he that hearkeneth to reproof getteth understanding. [33]The fear of Jehovah is the instruction of wisdom; And before honor [goeth] humility.

Chapter 16

[1]The plans of the heart belong to man; But the answer of the tongue is from Jehovah. [2]All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; But Jehovah weigheth the spirits. [3]Commit thy works unto Jehovah, And thy purposes shall be established. [4]Jehovah hath made everything for its own end; Yea, even the wicked for the day of evil. [5]Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to Jehovah: [Though] hand [join] in hand, he shall not be unpunished. [6]By mercy and truth iniquity is atoned for; And by the fear of Jehovah men depart from evil. [7]When a man's ways please Jehovah, He maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him. [8]Better is a little, with righteousness, Than great revenues with injustice. [9]A man's heart deviseth his way; But Jehovah directeth his steps. [10]A divine sentence is in the lips of the king; His mouth shall not transgress in judgment. [11]A just balance and scales are Jehovah's; All the weights of the bag are his work. [12]It is an abomination to kings to commit wickedness; For the throne is established by righteousness. [13]Righteous lips are the delight of kings; And they love him that speaketh right. [14]The wrath of a king is [as] messengers of death; But a wise man will pacify it. [15]In the light of the king's countenance is life; And his favor is as a cloud of the latter rain. [16]How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! Yea, to get understanding is rather to be chosen than silver. [17]The highway of the upright is to depart from evil: He that keepeth his way preserveth his soul. [18]Pride [goeth] before destruction, And a haughty spirit before a fall. [19]Better it is to be of a lowly spirit with the poor, Than to divide the spoil with the proud. [20]He that giveth heed unto the word shall find good; And whoso trusteth in Jehovah, happy is he. [21]The wise in heart shall be called prudent; And the sweetness of the lips increaseth learning. [22]Understanding is a well-spring of life unto him that hath it; But the correction of fools is [their] folly. [23]The heart of the wise instructeth his mouth, And addeth learning to his lips. [24]Pleasant words are [as] a honeycomb, Sweet to the soul, and health to the bones. [25]There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, But the end thereof are the ways of death. [26]The appetite of the laboring man laboreth for him; For his mouth urgeth him [thereto]. [27]A worthless man deviseth mischief; And in his lips there is as a scorching fire. [28]A perverse man scattereth abroad strife; And a whisperer separateth chief friends. [29]A man of violence enticeth his neighbor, And leadeth him in a way that is not good. [30]He that shutteth his eyes, [it is] to devise perverse things: He that compresseth his lips bringeth evil to pass. [31]The hoary head is a crown of glory; It shall be found in the way of righteousness. [32]He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; And he that ruleth his spirit, than he that taketh a city. [33]The lot is cast into the lap; But the whole disposing thereof is of Jehovah.