Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered outside the gate. Therefore, let us go forth to him outside the camp, bearing his reproach. For we have no continuing city here, but we seek one to come.
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¶1. The proverbs of Solomon ben-David, King of Israel.
2. To know wisdom and correction; to understand words of understanding;
3.to receive correction; to gain insight in righteousness, and judgment, and equity;
4.to give prudence to the simple-minded; to the young man, knowledge and discretion
5.– a wise man will hear and will increase learning, and a man of understanding will acquire good counsels –
6.to understand a proverb and a riddle, the sayings of wise men and their enigmas.
7. The fear of the
Lord is the beginning of knowledge. Fools despise wisdom and correction.
¶8. Hear, my son, the correction of your father, and do not forsake the law of your mother,
9.for they will be a wreath of grace for your head and pendants for your neck.
10. My son, if sinners entice you, do not consent.
11. If they say, “Come with us! Let us lie in wait for blood. Let us wait in secret for the innocent man without cause.
12.Let us swallow them up alive like Sheol, and whole, like those who go down to the Pit.
13.All precious substance will we find; we will fill our houses with spoil.
14.Cast in your lot among us! We will have one purse together.”
15. My son, do not walk in the way with them; withhold your foot from their pathway,
16.for their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed blood.
17. (Surely, in vain is the net spread in the sight of any bird.)
18. Yet, they lie in wait for their own blood. They wait in secret for their own souls.
19. Thus are the paths of all who get gain by violence; it takes away the soul of its owner.
¶20. True wisdom cries out in the street; in the marketplaces, she gives forth her voice.
21. She calls out at the head of bustling thoroughfares, at the openings of gates. In the city, she declares her words:
22.“How long, O you simple-minded, will you love simpleness, and scorners take pleasure in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge?
23.Turn at my reproof. Behold, I will pour out my Spirit to you; I will make my words known to you.
24.Because I called and you refused, because I stretched out my hand and no one regarded it,
25.because you disdained all my counsel and did not want my reproof,
26.I will also laugh at your calamity. I will mock when your terror comes,
27.when your terror comes like a devastating storm and your calamity strikes like a tornado, when distress and anguish come upon you.
28. Then they will call on me, but I will not answer. They will seek me early, but they will not find me,
29.forasmuch as they hated knowledge and did not choose the fear of the
30. They would not receive my counsel; they spurned all my reproof.
31. Therefore, they will eat of the fruit of their own way, and they will be glutted with their own devices,
32.for the apostasy of the simple-minded will kill them, and the prosperity of fools will destroy them.
33. But he who listens to me will dwell safely and be at peace, without dread of evil.
¶1. My son, if you will receive my words and treasure up my commandments with you,
2.inclining your ear to wisdom, applying your heart to understanding –
3.yea, if you cry out for discernment and lift up your voice for understanding,
4.if you look for her as for silver and search for her as for hidden treasures,
5.then you will understand the fear of the
Lord and find the knowledge of God.
6. For the
Lord gives wisdom; out of his mouth come knowledge and understanding.
7. He treasures up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a buckler to those who live blamelessly,
8.guarding the paths of judgment and keeping the way of His saints.
9. Then you will understand righteousness, and judgment, and equity – every good path –
10.for wisdom will enter into your heart, and knowledge will be a delight to your soul.
11. Discretion will keep you, understanding will guard you,
12.to deliver you from the evil way, from men who speak perverse things,
13.who forsake the paths of uprightness to walk in the ways of darkness,
14.who are glad to do evil (they rejoice in the perverse deeds of an evil man),
15.whose paths are twisted, and they are devious in their ways,
16.to deliver you from the strange woman, from the foreign woman who uses her smooth words,
17.who forsakes the husband of her youth and forgets the covenant of her God.
18. (Surely, her house goes down to death, and her ways, to the shades.
19. None who go in to her return; yea, they will not attain to the paths of life.)
20.They will keep you, that you might 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.
¶1. My son, do not forget my law, and let your heart keep my commandments,
2.for they will add to you length of days, yea, years of life and peace.
3. Let not mercy and truth forsake you. Bind them upon your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart,
4.and find favor and good success in the sight of God and man.
5. Trust in the
Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding.
6. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths.
7. Do not be wise in your own eyes. Fear the
Lord, and depart from evil.
8. It will be a healing for your flesh and a refreshing for your bones.
9. Honor the
Lord with your substance and with the firstfruits of all your increase,
10.and your storehouses will be filled with plenty, and your winepresses will burst forth with new wine.
11. My son, do not despise the chastening of the
Lord; neither be weary of His correction,
12.for whom the
Lord loves, He corrects, even as a father the son in whom he delights.
13. Happy is the man who finds wisdom, and the man who obtains understanding.
14. Indeed, her merchandise is better than merchandise bought with silver, and her fruit is better than gold.
15. It is more precious than rubies, and anything you desire cannot be compared to 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 those who hold her fast, and those who hold on to her will be happy.
Lord by wisdom laid the foundation of the earth; He established the heavens by understanding.
20. By His knowledge, depths were broken open and clouds drip dew.
21. My son, let them not leave your sight; keep sound wisdom and discretion,
22.and they will be life unto your soul and grace to your neck.
23. Then you will walk securely in your way, and your foot will not stumble.
24. When you lie down, you will not be in dread; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.
25. Do not be afraid of sudden disaster or the ruin of wicked men when it comes,
Lord will be your confidence, and He will keep your foot from a snare.
27. Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due when it is in the power of your hands to do it.
28. Do not say to your neighbor, “Leave, and come back, and tomorrow I will give it,” when it is there with you.
29. Do not devise evil against your friend, or one who dwells securely beside you.
30. Do not strive with a man without cause, when he has done you no harm.
31. Do not envy a violent man, and do not choose any of his ways.
32. For a devious man is an abomination to the
Lord, but His secret is with the upright.
33. The curse of the
Lord is in the house of a wicked man, but He blesses the habitation of righteous men.
34. Though He scorns the scorners, He grants grace to those who are lowly.
35. Wise men will inherit glory, but rebellious fools, dishonor.
¶1. Heed, children, a father’s discipline, and be attentive, that you may become acquainted with understanding,
2.for I give you good instruction. Do not forsake my law.
3. When I was my father’s tender son, and the only one in the sight of my mother,
4.he instructed me, and said to me, “Let your heart hold fast my words; keep my commandments and live.
5.Get wisdom! Get understanding! Do not forget, and do not turn away from the words of my mouth.
6.Do not forsake her, and she will protect you. Love her, and she will watch over you.
7.Wisdom is the principal thing; get wisdom! And with all your getting, get understanding!
8.Esteem her, and she will exalt you. She will bring you honor when you embrace her.
9.She will place a wreath of grace on your head; she will bestow upon you a glorious crown.
10.Listen, my son, and receive my words, and the years of your life will be many.
11.I have instructed you in the way of wisdom; I have led you in the paths of righteousness.
12.When you walk, your steps will not be hampered, and when you run, you will not stumble.
13.Lay hold upon instruction! Do not let go. Guard her, for she is your life.
14.Do not go on the path of wicked men, and do not walk in the way of evil men.
15.Leave it alone. Do not cross over it. Turn away from it, and pass on by.
16.For they cannot sleep unless they have done evil. Sleep is taken from them unless they cause someone to stumble,
17.for they eat the bread of wickedness and drink the wine of violence.
18.But the path of just men is like a bright light, continually shining unto the perfect day.
19.The way of the wicked is like darkness; they do not know at what they stumble.
¶20.“My son, attend to my words. To my sayings, incline your ears.
21.Do not let them depart from your sight. Keep them in the midst of your heart,
22.for they are life to those who find them and healing to all their flesh.
23.Above all else, guard your heart, for out of it are the issues of life.
24.Let perverse speech depart from you, and put crooked lips far away from you.
25. Let your eyes look straight ahead, and let your eyelids keep straight before you.
26.Consider the path of your foot, and all your ways will be established.
27.Do not turn to the right or left. Remove your foot from evil.
1. “My son, give heed to my wisdom; incline your ear to my understanding,
2.that you may maintain discretion and that your lips may preserve knowledge.
3.For the lips of a strange woman drip honey from the comb, and her mouth is smoother than oil,
4.but her end is bitter like wormwood, sharp like a two-edged sword.
5.Her feet go down to death; her steps lay hold on Sheol.
6.Lest you ponder the path of life, her ways are moveable so that you will not realize it.
7.So, listen to me now, children, and do not turn from the words of my mouth.
8.Keep your path far from her, and do not go near the door of her house,
9.lest you give your dignity to others, and your years to the cruel,
10.lest strangers be filled with your strength, and your labors enrich a foreigner’s house,
11.and you groan at your end, when your flesh and your body waste away,
12.and you say, ‘How I have hated correction, and how my heart has spurned reproof!
13.Nor did I listen to the voice of my teachers, or incline my ear to my instructors!
14.I am almost in total ruin in the midst of the Assembly and congregation.’
15.Drink water from your own cistern and water from your own well.
16.Streams of water from your springs will flow abroad into the streets.
17.Let it be for you, for you alone, and not for strangers with you.
18.Let your fountain be blessed, and get pleasure from the wife of your youth.
19.A very loving hind and a lovely doe, let her breasts satisfy you at all times. Be intoxicated with her love continuously.
20.And why, my son, should you be intoxicated with a strange woman or embrace the bosom of a foreign woman?
21.For the ways of man are before the eyes of the
Lord, and He weighs out all his paths.
22.The wicked man’s iniquities will ensnare him, and by the cords of his own sin will he be held fast.
23.He dies for want of correction, and is intoxicated with his abundant foolishness.
¶1. “My son, if you have become guarantor for your friend, if you have shaken hands with a stranger,
2.you have been ensnared by the words of your mouth; you have been trapped by the words of your mouth.
3.Do this then, my son, and deliver yourself because you are in the power of your friend: go humble yourself and importune your friend!
4.Do not give sleep to your eyes or slumber to your eyelids!
5.Deliver yourself like a gazelle from his hand, and like a bird from the hand of the fowler.
¶6. “Go to the ant, you sluggard! Consider its ways and be wise.
7.Having no captain, officer, or ruler,
8.it prepares its food in the summer and gathers its provision in the harvest.
9.How long, O sluggard, will you sleep? When will you arise from your slumber?
10.A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest,
11.and your poverty will come in like a wanderer, and your need, like an armed man.
¶12. “A man of Belial, a wicked man, lives by perverse speech,
13.winking with his eyes, signaling with his feet, pointing with his fingers.
14.Perverse things are in his heart; he devises evil all the time; he spreads strife.
15.For this, his distress will come suddenly. He will be broken in an instant, without remedy.
¶16. “These six things does the
Lord hate. Yea, seven are abominations to His soul:
17.an exalted appearance; a lying tongue; and hands that shed innocent blood;
18.a heart devising wicked thoughts; feet that hurry to run to evil;
19.a false witness that breathes out lies; and he who sows discord among brothers.
¶20. “My son, keep the commandment of your father, and do not forsake the law of your mother.
21.Bind them upon your heart always; tie them around your neck.
22.When you walk about, it will guide you. When you sleep, it will watch over you, and when you wake up, it will talk with you.
23.For the commandment is a lamp, and the law is light, and reproofs of discipline are the way of life,
24.to keep you from the wicked woman, from the smooth tongue of the foreign woman.
25.Do not desire her beauty in your heart, and do not let her capture you with her eyelids.
26.When a woman is a whore, she is after a loaf of bread, but a man’s wife hunts for the precious life.
27.Can a man take fire into his bosom and his clothes not be burned?
28.Can a man walk on burning coals and his feet not be scorched?
29.So shall it be for the one who goes in to his neighbor’s wife; whoever touches her will not go unpunished.
30.Men do not despise a thief when he steals to satisfy himself when he is hungry,
31.but if he is found out, he will restore sevenfold; he will give all the substance of his house.
32.He who commits adultery with a woman lacks understanding. In doing it, he is destroying his own soul.
33.He will get a wound and dishonor, and his reproach will not be blotted out,
34.for jealousy is the fury of man, and he will not spare in the day of vengeance.
35.He will not accept any compensation; yea, he will not consent though you increase the gift.
¶1. “My son, keep my words, and treasure up my commandments with you.
2.Keep my commandments, and live, and my law as the apple of your eye.
3.Bind them on your fingers. Write them on the tablet of your heart.
4.Say to wisdom, ‘You are my sister’, and call understanding a kinsman,
5.that they may keep you from the strange woman, from the foreign woman who uses her smooth words.
6.While at the window of my house, I looked down through my lattice
7.and, seeing the naive, I discerned among the youths a young man who lacked understanding
8.passing along the street near her corner. And he took the road toward her house,
9.at the day’s evening twilight on a black and dark night.
10.And behold, a woman came up to him in the dress of a harlot, and she was wily of heart.
11.(She is boisterous and self-willed; her feet do not stay in her house.
12.Sometimes in the street, sometimes in the squares, at every corner, she lies in wait.)
13.Then she grabbed him and kissed him. Her face was shameless, and she said to him,
14.‘With peace offerings for myself, I have today fulfilled my vows!
15.This is why I came out, to meet you, to earnestly seek your face. And now I have found you!
16.I have spread my couch with coverings, dark-hued Egyptian linens.
17.I have sprinkled my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon.
18.Come, let us drink our fill of passions until the morning! Let us delight ourselves with great love!
19.For my husband isn’t home; he has gone on a long journey.
20.He took a bag of money with him. He will come home on the day of the full moon.’
21.She won him over with her great persuasiveness; with the seductiveness of her lips, she compelled him.
22.He walked after her at once. Like an ox, he went to the slaughter, and as in chains, he went to the chastisement of a fool
23.until an arrow cleaved open his liver. Like a bird hurrying to a trap, he also does not know that it is for his life.
¶24. “So, my sons, listen now to me, and give heed to the words of my mouth.
25.Let not your heart turn aside to her ways! Do not wander into her pathways!
26.She has certainly caused many to fall down slain, and all her slain were mighty men.
27.Her house is one of the ways to Sheol which descend to the chambers of death.
¶1.Does not wisdom call? And understanding give his voice?
2.At the top of high places, along the road, at the crossroads, he stands.
3.Beside the gates, at the entrance of the cities, at the doors, he cries out,
4.“Unto you, O men, I call, and my voice is to the children of Adam.
5.Understand subtlety, you simpletons! And you fools, be of an understanding heart!
6.Listen! For I speak of excellent things, and from the opening of my lips come right things.
7.My mouth will speak truth, and wickedness is an abomination to my lips.
8.All the words of my mouth are in righteousness; there is nothing twisted or crooked in them.
9.All of them are right to the one who understands, and upright to those who find knowledge.
10.Receive my reproof and not silver, and knowledge rather than choice gold,
11.for wisdom is better than rubies, and all that is desirable cannot compare with her.
12.I, wisdom, dwell with prudence; I uncover knowledge of cunning ways.
13.The fear of the
Lord is to hate evil. I hate pride, haughtiness, an evil manner, and a perverse mouth.
14.Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom. I am understanding. I have strength.
15.By me, kings rule, and rulers make righteous decrees.
16.By me, princes and nobles reign, and all who judge rightly.
17.I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently will find me.
18.Riches and honor are with me, enduring wealth and righteousness.
19.My fruit is better than gold, even pure gold, and my revenue better than choice silver.
20.I walk in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of justice,
21.to cause those who love me to inherit substance; I will fill their storehouses.
Lord created me the beginning of His way, the first of His works.
23.I was formed before eternity, before the beginning, before earth existed.
24.I was brought forth when there were no depths of the sea, when there were no springs abounding with water.
25.Before the mountains were settled, before the hills, I was brought forth.
26.When He had not made the earth, and the open fields, and the first elements of the world,
27.when He prepared the heavens, I was there. When He decreed a circle on the face of the deep,
28.when He established the thin clouds above, when He made strong the fountains of the sea,
29.when He made His decree for the sea, that the waters should not disobey His word, when He decreed the foundations of the earth,
30.I was at His side, like a master workman, daily His great delight, always laughing in His presence,
31.rejoicing in the world, His earth; and my delights were with the sons of men.
¶32. So, children, listen now to me, for those who keep my ways are blessed.
33. Hear instruction and be wise, and do not let it go!
34. Blessed is the man who listens to me, keeping watch at my gates every day, waiting at the posts of my doors.
35. For he who finds me finds life and obtains favor from the
36. He who fails to come to me damages his own soul; all they that hate me love death.
¶1. Wisdom has built her house; she has hewn out her seven pillars.
2. She has slaughtered her beasts; she has mixed her wine; and she has set her table.
3. She has sent forth her maidens; she cries out from the highest places of the city,
4.Whoever is unwise, let him turn in here. To him lacking understanding, she says,
5.“Come! Eat of my bread, and drink of the wine I have mixed.
6.Forsake the foolish, and live! And walk in the way of understanding!”
7. He who corrects a scorner gets for himself dishonor, and he who rebukes a wicked man gets himself a blemish.
8. Do not rebuke a scorner, lest he hate you. Rebuke a wise man, and he will love you.
9. Give correction to a wise man, and he will become wiser still; instruct a just man, and he will increase in learning.
10. The fear of the
Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy Ones is understanding.
11. Truly, by me, your days will be multiplied, and years of life will be added to you.
12. If you become wise, you will be wise for yourself, and if you scorn, you will bear it by yourself.
13. A foolish woman is boisterous, simple-minded, and knows nothing.
14. She sits at the door of her house, on a seat at the high places of the city,
15.calling out to passers-by on the road, those who are making their paths straight,
16. “Whoever is simple-minded, turn in here!” As for him who lacks understanding, she says to him,
17. “Stolen waters are sweet, and bread eaten in secrecy is pleasant!”
18. But he does not know that the shades are there. Her guests are in the depths of Sheol.
¶1. A wise son makes for a happy father, but a foolish son is grief to his mother.
2. Treasures of wickedness are of no value, but righteousness delivers from death.
Lord will not make a righteous soul go hungry, but He will deny the desire of wicked men.
4. A negligent hand makes poor, but the hand of diligent people makes rich.
5. He who gathers in the summer is a prudent son; he who is fast asleep during harvest is a son who brings shame.
6. Blessings are meant for the head of a righteous man, but violence will cover the mouth of wicked men.
7. The memory of a righteous man is a blessing, but the name of wicked men will rot.
8. The wise of heart will receive commandments, but a talkative fool will be cast out.
9. He who walks in his integrity walks securely, but he who perverts his ways shall be known.
10. He who winks with the eye causes harm, but he who rebukes openly makes peace.
11. The mouth of a righteous man is a fountain of life, but the mouth of wicked men conceal violence.
12. Hatred stirs up conflicts, but love covers all transgressions.
13. Wisdom is found on the lips of an understanding man, but a rod is for the back of him who lacks sense.
14. Wise men treasure up knowledge, but destruction is near the mouth of a fool.
15. A rich man’s wealth is his strong city; the destruction of poor people is their poverty.
16. The earnings of a righteous man are for life; the gain of a wicked man is for sin.
17. Heeding correction is the path to life, but forsaking reproof leads astray.
18. He who hides hatred with lying lips and utters slander is a fool.
19. In a multitude of words, transgression is not lacking, but he who restrains his lips is prudent.
20. The tongue of a righteous man is like choice silver; the heart of wicked men is of little worth.
21. The lips of a righteous man feed multitudes, but fools die for lack of understanding.
22. The blessing of the
Lord, it makes rich, and He adds no sorrow with it.
23. It is like a game to a fool to do wickedness, but wisdom belongs to a man of understanding.
24. The fear of the wicked man will come upon him, but He shall grant the desire of righteous men.
25. Like a storm that has passed, the wicked one will be no more, but the righteous One is an eternal foundation.
26. Like vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes, so is the sluggard to those who send him.
27. The fear of the
Lord adds days, but the years of wicked men will be cut short.
28. The hope of righteous men will be joy, but the expectation of the wicked will perish.
29. The way of the
Lord is a refuge for the blameless man and destruction for those who work iniquity.
30. The righteous One is forever; he will not be overthrown. Therefore, wicked men will not inhabit the earth.
31. The mouth of the righteous One produces wisdom, but the tongue of perverse men will be cut out.
32. The righteous One’s lips know what is acceptable, but the mouth of wicked men produces perverse things.
1. Deceitful scales are an abomination to the
Lord, but a full weight pleases Him.
2. Insolence comes, then comes dishonor, but with humble men is wisdom.
3. The integrity of upright men will guide them, but the perverseness of those who deal treacherously will destroy them.
4. Riches will not profit in the day of wrath, but righteousness will deliver from death.
5. The righteousness of a blameless man will direct his way, but by his own wickedness will the wicked man fall.
6. The righteousness of the upright will deliver them, though they be caught up in the destruction of treacherous men.
7. At the death of a wicked man, hope perishes; yea, the expectation of rich men will perish.
8. A righteous man is delivered from distress, and the wicked man goes instead of him.
9. With his mouth, a profane man destroys his fellow, but by knowledge are righteous people delivered.
10. When it goes well for the righteous, a city rejoices, and when wicked men perish, there is a shout of joy.
11. A city is exalted by the blessing of the upright, but by the mouth of wicked men, it is overthrown.
12. He who shows contempt for his neighbor lacks understanding, but a man with understanding holds his peace.
13. He who goes about as a slanderer reveals something secret, but he who is faithful in spirit covers it.
14. When there is no counsel, people fall, but in much counsel is safety.
15. He will suffer harm who is surety for a stranger, but he who hates suretyship is secure.
16. A woman of grace lays hold upon honor, and fierce men lay hold upon riches.
17. A merciful man does good to his own soul, but a cruel man troubles his own flesh.
18. A wicked man earns a deceptive wage, but he who sows righteousness, a secure reward.
19. True righteousness leads to life, but pursuing evil leads to one’s own death.
20. Those who are perverse of heart are an abomination to the
Lord, but those who are blameless in the way are His delight.
21. Though hand join in hand, the wicked man shall not be unpunished, but the seed of righteous men shall be delivered.
22. A beautiful woman who departs from discretion is a gold ring in a pig’s snout.
23. The desire of the righteous is only what is good; the expectation of wicked men is wrath.
24. There is one who scatters, and yet increases all the more, but another keeps back what is right, only to want.
25. A generous soul will be made fat, and the one who waters will himself also be watered.
26. He who withholds grain, people will curse, but a blessing will be on the head of him who sells it.
27. He who earnestly seeks good is seeking favor, but he who seeks what is evil, it will come to him.
28. He who trusts in his riches will fall, but righteous men will flourish like a branch.
29. He who troubles his house will inherit the wind and servitude; he is a fool to the wise in heart.
30. The fruit of a righteous man is a tree of life, and a wise man wins souls.
31. Behold, a righteous man will be rewarded on the earth, but also the wicked man and sinner.
1. He who loves instruction loves knowledge, but he who hates reproof is brutish.
2. A good man obtains favor from the
Lord, but He condemns a man of wicked devices.
3. No man will be established by wickedness, but the root of righteous men will not be shaken.
4. A diligent woman is a crown to her husband, but she who causes shame is like rottenness in his bones.
5. The thoughts of the righteous are right. The counsels of the wicked are deceptive.
6. The words of wicked men are to lie in wait for blood, but the mouth of upright men will deliver them.
7. The wicked are overthrown, and they are not, but the house of righteous men shall stand.
8. A man will be commended for his prudence, but he who has a perverted heart will be despised.
9. A lightly esteemed man who has a slave is better off than a man who honors himself, but lacks bread.
10. A righteous man regards the life of his beast, but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.
11. He who works his land will be satisfied with bread, but he who follows vain pursuits lacks understanding.
12. A wicked man desires the net of evildoers, but the root of righteous men bears fruit.
13. An evil man is ensnared by the transgression of lips, but a righteous man will escape distress.
14. By the fruit of a man’s mouth will he be completely filled, and the recompense of a man’s hands will be rendered to him.
15. The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice.
16. A fool is known in the day of his wrath, but a prudent man covers over an insult.
17. He who utters truth publishes righteousness, but a false witness, deceit.
18. A rash talker is like the stabbings of a sword, but the tongue of the wise is healing.
19. Lips of truth will be established forever, but a lying tongue is only for a moment.
20. Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil, but joy belongs to those who counsel peace.
21. No evil will be sent against the righteous man, but wicked men are filled with evil.
22. Lying lips are an abomination to the
Lord, but those who deal faithfully are His delight.
23. A prudent man conceals knowledge, but the heart of fools proclaims foolishness.
24. The hand of diligent men will rule, but a slacker will be under tribute.
25. Anxiety in the heart of a man weighs it down, but a good word makes it rejoice.
26. A righteous man is a guide for his friend, but the way of wicked men causes them to go astray.
27. A slacker does not roast his game, but a diligent man’s substance is precious.
28. In the way of righteousness is life; yea, in that pathway, there is no death.
1.A wise son heeds correction from a father, but a scorner does not heed rebuke.
2. By the fruit of a man’s mouth will he eat what is good, but the soul of those who deal treacherously, violence.
3. He who guards his mouth guards his soul; keeping his lips wide open would be his destruction.
4. The soul of the sluggard wants but has not, but the soul of diligent men will be made fat.
5. A righteous man hates anything deceptive, but a wicked man stinks and causes shame.
6. Righteousness keeps him who is blameless in the way, but wickedness brings a sinner to ruin.
7. There is who makes himself rich but has nothing, and there is who makes himself poor but has great wealth.
8. The ransom for a man’s life are his riches, but a poor man will not heed reproof.
9. The light of righteous men rejoices, but the lamp of wicked men will be put out.
10. Strife comes only through pride, but with the well-advised is wisdom.
11. Wealth obtained by vanity will decrease, but he who gathers by labor will increase.
12. Deferred hope makes the heart sick, but desire fulfilled is a tree of life.
13. He who despises counsel will be destroyed because of it, but he who regards the commandment, he will be rewarded.
14. Instruction from a wise man is a fountain of life, turning away from the snares of death.
15. Good understanding procures favor; still, the way of treacherous men is unyielding.
16. Every prudent man conducts himself with knowledge, but a fool flaunts folly.
17. A wicked messenger will fall into trouble, but a faithful envoy is health.
18. Poverty and ignominy are for him who ignores correction, but he who heeds correction will be honored.
19. Desire fulfilled is sweet to the soul, but it is an abomination to fools to turn from evil.
20. He who walks with wise men will also be wise, but a companion of fools will become wicked.
21. Evil pursues sinners, but the righteous will be rewarded with good.
22. A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children, but a sinner’s wealth is stored up for the righteous man.
23. Much food is in the untilled ground of the poor, but it is snatched away by injustice.
24. He who spares his rod hates his son, but he who loves him chastens him early.
25. A righteous man eats to the satisfaction of his soul, but the belly of wicked men will lack.
¶1. Every wise woman builds her house, but a foolish woman tears it down with her hands.
2. He who walks in his uprightness fears the
Lord, but he who is crooked in his ways despises Him.
3. In a fool’s mouth is a rod of pride, but the lips of wise men will preserve them.
4. Where there are no cattle, the trough is clean, but great profits are in the strength of a bull.
5. A faithful witness will not tell a lie, but a false witness breathes lies.
6. A scorner seeks wisdom but does not find it, but knowledge comes easy for one who understands.
7. Go from the presence of a foolish man when you do not perceive in him the lips of knowledge!
8. The wisdom of a prudent man is to understand his way, but deceit is the folly of fools.
9. Fools scorn the guilt offering, but favor is among the upright.
10. The heart knows its own bitterness, and no stranger can share its joy.
11. The house of wicked men will be destroyed, but the tent of the upright will flourish.
12. There is a way that seems right to a man, but at its end are the ways of death.
13. Even in laughter, a heart may be in pain, but after that gladness is grief.
14. A backslider in heart is satisfied with his own ways, and a good man, with his.
15. He who is simple-minded believes everything, but a prudent man considers his way.
16. A wise man fears and turns from evil, but a fool is arrogant and confident.
17. He who is quick to anger does foolishly, and a man with wicked schemes will be hated.
18. Simple-minded men inherit folly, but prudent men will be crowned with knowledge.
19. Evil men bow before good men, and the wicked at the gates of the righteous.
20. A poor man is hated even by his neighbor, but a rich man has many friends.
21. He who despises his neighbor sins, but he who shows favor to the poor will be blessed.
22. Do not those who devise evil err? But mercy and truth are for those who devise good.
23. There is profit in all toil, but talk from the lips leads only to poverty.
24. The crown of wise men is their wealth; the folly of fools is folly.
25. A true witness delivers souls, but a deceitful man breathes out lies.
26. In the fear of the
Lord is strong confidence, for He is a shelter for His children.
27. The fear of the
Lord is a fountain of life, turning away from the snares of death.
28. A multitude of people is the glory of a king, and the lack of people is the ruin of a ruler.
29. One who is slow to anger has great understanding, but a hasty spirit exalts foolishness.
30. A healthy mind is life to the body, but envy is rottenness to the bones.
31. He who oppresses a poor man reproaches his Maker, but he honors Him who pities the needy.
32. A wicked man is thrust away in his wickedness, but the righteous finds a refuge at his death.
33. Wisdom rests in the heart of him who has understanding, and it will be revealed in the midst of fools.
34. Righteousness elevates a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.
35. The king’s favor is for a prudent servant, but his fury is for the one who causes shame.
¶1. A soft answer turns away wrath, but a hurtful word stirs up anger.
2. The tongue of wise men uses knowledge rightly, but the mouth of fools belches out foolishness.
3. The eyes of the
Lord are in every place, observing the evil and the good.
4. A tongue that heals is a tree of life, but perverseness in it causes a spiritual wound.
5. A fool spurns his father’s correction, but he who heeds reproof is prudent.
6. In the house of a righteous man is much wealth, but with the increase of a wicked man comes trouble.
7. The lips of wise men disperse knowledge, but not so the heart of fools.
8. The sacrifice of wicked men is an abomination to the
Lord, but the prayer of the upright is His delight.
9. The way of a wicked man is an abomination to the
Lord, but He loves him who pursues righteousness.
10. Correction seems malignant to him who forsakes the path. He who hates reproof will die.
11. Sheol and Abaddon are open before the
Lord, how much more the hearts of the sons of Adam.
12. A scorner does not love the one who reproves him; he will not go to wise men.
13. A joyful heart brings about a happy countenance, but with a wounded heart comes a stricken spirit.
14. The heart of him who understands seeks knowledge, but the mouths of fools feed on foolishness.
15. All the days of an afflicted man are adversity, but a joyful heart has a continuous feast.
16. Better is little with the fear of the
Lord than great wealth and turmoil with it.
17. Better is a meal of herbs where there is love than a fattened ox and hatred with it.
18. A hot-tempered man stirs up strife, but he who is slow to anger quietens contention.
19. The way of a sluggard is like a hedge of thorns, but the path of the upright is a highway.
20. A wise son makes his father rejoice, but a foolish man despises his mother.
21. Foolishness is joy to him who lacks wisdom, but a man of understanding walks uprightly.
22. Without counsel, purposes are frustrated, but by an abundance of advisors, they are established.
23. A man’s joy comes by the response of his mouth, and a word in its season, how good it is!
24. The path of life leads upward for the prudent, so that he turns away from Sheol below.
Lord will tear down the house of proud men, but He will establish the boundary of the widow.
26. The schemes of a wicked man are an abomination to the
Lord, but the pure have pleasant thoughts.
27. He who gets gain by violence troubles his house, and he who hates bribes will live.
28. The heart of a righteous man ponders to answer, but the mouth of wicked men spews out wicked things.
Lord is far from wicked men, but He hears the prayer of the righteous.
30. The light of the eyes makes the heart rejoice; a good report makes the bones fat.
31. The ear that heeds the reproof of life will abide among the wise.
32. He who ignores instruction despises his own soul, but he who heeds reproof gains wisdom.
33. The fear of the
Lord is the instruction of wisdom, and humility comes before honor.
¶1. The plans of the heart belong to man, but the response of the tongue is from the
2. All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, but the
Lord weighs spirits.
3. Commit your works to the
Lord, and they will direct your thoughts.
4. Jehovah created everything according to his response, yes, even the wicked one for the day of evil.
5. Every one who is haughty of heart is an abomination to the
Lord; though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished.
6. By mercy and truth is iniquity atoned for, and by the fear of the
Lord does a man turn from evil.
7. When a man’s ways please the
Lord, He makes even his enemies be at peace with him.
8. Better is little with righteousness than great profits without integrity.
9. The heart of man devises his way, but the
Lord directs his step.
10. A divine decision is on the king’s lips; his mouth does not betray justice.
11. A just weight and balance belong to the
Lord; all the weights of the bag are His handiwork.
12. It is an abomination for kings to do wickedness, for a throne is established by righteousness.
13. Righteous lips are a delight to kings, and they love him who speaks right things.
14. The wrath of a king is like angels of death, but a wise man will pacify it.
15. In the light of a king’s countenance is life, and his favor is like a cloud of the latter rain.
16. How much better it is to get wisdom than gold, and to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver!
17. The highway of upright men is to depart from evil; he who guards his way preserves his soul.
18. Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.
19. It is better to have a humble spirit among the needy than to divide the spoil with proud men.
20. He who handles a matter prudently will find good, and he who trusts in the
Lord will find His blessings.
21. The wise of heart will be called prudent, and sweetness of the lips increases learning.
22. Understanding is a fountain of life for its owners, but the discipline of fools is folly.
23. The heart of a wise man teaches his mouth prudence and adds learning to his lips.
24. Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and health to the body.
25. There is a way that seems right to a man, but at its end are the ways of death.
26. A person who works, works for himself, because his mouth demands it of him.
27. A man of Belial digs up evil, and it is like a burning fire on his lips.
28. A perverse man sows strife, and a slanderer divides close friends.
29. A violent man inveigles his neighbor and leads him on a way that is not good.
30. He shuts his eyes to devise perverse things; pursing his lips, he accomplishes evil.
31. A hoary head is a crown of glory if it is found in the way of righteousness.
32. He who is slow to anger is better than a mighty man, and he who governs his spirit, than he who takes a city.
33. The lot is cast into the lap, but its every judgment is of the
1. Better is a bit of dry bread and peace with it than a house full of sacrifices with strife.
2. A wise servant will rule over a son who causes shame, and he will share in the inheritance among the brothers.
3. A crucible for silver, and a smelting-pot for gold, but the
Lord tries hearts.
4. An evildoer listens to wicked talk; a liar gives ear to a ruinous tongue.
5. He who mocks the poor man taunts his Maker; he who rejoices at calamity will not go unpunished.
6. Children’s children are the crown of old men, and the glory of children is their fathers.
7. Excellence of speech is unbefitting a fool; how much less deceitful talk, a prince.
8. A bribe is a charm in the eyes of its owner; every way he turns, it brings success.
9. He who covers over a transgression seeks love, but he who repeats a thing, separates close friends.
10. A rebuke goes deeper into a man with understanding than a hundred blows into a fool.
11. An evil man only seeks rebellion, but a cruel messenger will be sent against him.
12. Better for one to meet a bear robbed of her cubs than a fool in his folly.
13. As for him who returns evil for good, evil will not depart from his house.
14. The beginning of contention is like releasing water, so abandon strife before it bursts out.
15. He who justifies a wicked man and he who condemns a righteous man are both an abomination to the
16. Why is payment in the hand of a fool to purchase wisdom, seeing he has no heart for it?
17. A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.
18. A man who lacks understanding shakes hands, becoming surety in the presence of his neighbor.
19. He who loves transgression, loves strife. He who exalts his gate is seeking destruction.
20. He who is perverse of heart will not find good, and the one who is perverted by his tongue will fall into calamity.
21. One begets a fool to his own grief; indeed, the father of a fool has no joy.
22. A joyful heart does good like a medicine, but a wounded spirit dries up the bones.
23. A wicked man accepts a bribe from the bosom to pervert the ways of justice.
24. Wisdom is before him who has understanding, but the eyes of a fool are on the end of the earth.
25. A foolish son is a vexation to his father and bitterness to her who bore him.
26. It is not good to beat those who are noble nor to fine a righteous man for uprightness.
27. He who restrains his words has knowledge, and a man of understanding has a calm spirit.
28. Even a fool, when he keeps quiet, is considered wise; he who keeps his lips closed, a man of understanding.
¶1. He sets himself apart who seeks for something desired; he will break forth with all sound wisdom.
2. A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only that his mind may express itself.
3. When a wicked man comes, contempt also comes, and with dishonor, reproach.
4. Words of a man’s mouth are deep waters, a rushing wadi, a fountain of wisdom.
5. It is not good to be partial to a wicked man, thrusting aside a righteous man in judgment.
6. A fool’s lips enter into contention, and his mouth calls for blows.
7. A fool’s mouth is his destruction, and his lips are a snare to his soul.
8. The words of a slanderer are like tasty morsels, and they go down into the innermost parts.
9. Indeed, he who is slack in his work is brother to him who is a master at destruction.
10. The name of the
Lord is a mighty tower; a righteous man runs to Him and is set on high.
11. The substance of a rich man is his strong city, and it is like a high wall in his imagination.
12. Before a breach, a man’s heart is haughty, and before honor is humility.
13. He who responds to a matter before hearing it out, it is folly and shame to him.
14. A man’s spirit can endure his illness, but a wounded spirit, who can bear it?
15. The heart of a prudent man gets knowledge, and the ear of wise men seeks out knowledge.
16. A man’s gift makes room for him and brings him before distinguished men.
17. He who is first with his cause seems right, but his neighbor comes and searches him out.
18. The lot puts an end to disputes, and it divides among mighty men.
19. An offended brother is a strong city, with contentions like the bars of a castle.
20. By the fruit from a man’s mouth will his stomach be satisfied; he will be satisfied by the produce from his lips.
21. Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.
22. He who finds a wife finds a good thing, and obtains favor from the
23. He who is poor speaks with entreaties, but a rich man answers fiercely.
24. A man with friends may be torn apart, but there is a true friend who sticks closer than a brother.
¶1. Better is a poor man who walks in his integrity than he who is perverse in his speech, for he is a fool.
2. Surely, it is not good for a soul to be without knowledge, and he who hurries with his feet sins.
3. The foolishness of a man perverts his way, and his heart rages against the
4. Wealth adds many friends, but a poor man is separated from his friend.
5. A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who utters lies will not escape.
6. Many entreat the favor of a prince, and everyone is friend to a giver of gifts.
7. All the kinsmen of a poor man hate him. How much more then do his friends distance themselves from him? He pursues them with words, but they are gone.
8. He who gets wisdom loves his own soul; he who treasures understanding will find good.
9. A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who utters lies will perish.
¶10. Luxury is unbefitting a fool. How much less for a slave to rule over princes?
11. A man’s wisdom makes him slow to anger, and it is his glory to pass over a transgression.
12. A king’s rage is like the roaring of a lion, but his favor is like dew on the grass.
13. A foolish son is a calamity to his father, and the contentions of a woman are a continual dripping.
14. House and wealth are the heritage of fathers, but a prudent wife is from the
15. Laziness makes one fall into a deep sleep, and an idle body will be hungry.
16. He who keeps the commandment, keeps his soul; he who despises His ways will be put to death.
17. He lends to the
Lord who is generous to the poor, and He will repay him his due.
18. Chasten your son while there is hope! Do not spare yourself, and so, put him to death.
19. A man given to anger will bear punishment, for if you rescue him, you will have to do it again.
20. Listen to counsel and receive correction so that you will be wise at your end.
21. Many devices are in the heart of man, but the counsel of the
Lord, it will stand.
22. His mercy is a man’s desire, and better a poor man than a liar.
23. The fear of the
Lord leads to life, and he will rest, satisfied. He will not be visited by evil.
24. A sluggard buries his hand in his dish. He will not even return it to his mouth.
25. Strike a scorner, and a simpleton will become prudent, and reprove a man of understanding, and he will gain knowledge.
26. He who abuses father or drives mother away is a son who causes shame and reproach.
27. Stop listening, my son, to counsel that would cause you to go astray from my words of understanding!
28. An ungodly witness scorns judgment, and the mouth of wicked men swallows down iniquity.
29. Judgments are determined for the scorners, and blows for the back of fools.
¶1. Wine is an imitator, and strong drink is boisterous, and everyone who is led astray by it is unwise.
2. A king’s terror is like the roaring of a lion; he who enrages him forfeits his life.
3. It is an honor for a man to cease from strife, but every fool quarrels.
4. A sluggard will not plough after the fall harvest. He will look for the next harvest, but there will be nothing.
5. Counsel in the heart of a man is deep water, but a man of understanding will draw it out.
6. Every one calls the greatness of man his goodness, but who can find a truly faithful man?
7. A righteous man walks in his integrity. Blessed are his children after him!
8. A king sitting on the throne of judgment winnows out every evil thing with his eyes.
9. Who can say, “I have purified my own heart; I am cleansed from my sin”?
10. Differing weights and differing measures, they both are an abomination to the
11. Truly, a young man makes himself known by his deeds, whether his work is pure and upright.
12. The ear that hears and the eye that sees, the
Lord made them both.
13. Do not love sleep lest you come to poverty; open your eyes and be satisfied with food!
14. “Terrible, terrible!” says the buyer, but when he is gone from him, then he boasts.
15. There is gold and a multitude of rubies, but lips of knowledge are a precious tool.
16. Take one’s garment when it is surety for a stranger or for foreigners; take it as a pledge.
17. Bread of deceit is sweet to a man, but afterward, his mouth will be filled with gravel.
18. Plans are established by counsel, and with much advice make war.
19. He who goes about as a slanderer reveals a secret, so do not associate with one who opens wide his lips.
20. He who curses his father or his mother, his lamp shall be put out in deep darkness.
21. An inheritance may be gotten by greed at the beginning, but it will not be blessed at its end.
22. Do not say, “I will requite the evil!” Wait on the
Lord, and He will give you the victory.
23. Differing weights are an abomination to the
Lord, and false scales are not good.
24. The steps of a man are from the
Lord; then, how can a man understand his way?
25. It is a snare to the man who rashly utters a sacred vow, and after vows, to make inquiry.
26. A wise king winnows out evil men, and drives the wheel over them.
27. The spirit of man is the lamp of the
Lord, searching all the innermost parts.
28. Mercy and truth preserve the king; yea, his throne is upheld by mercy.
29. The glory of young men is their strength, and the glory of old men is a hoary head.
30. The bruising of a wound cleanses away evil, and stripes, the innermost parts.
¶1. A king’s heart is like channels of water in the hand of the
Lord; He turns it howsoever He pleases.
2. Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, but the
Lord weighs the heart.
3. To do righteousness and justice is more acceptable to the
Lord than sacrifice.
4. Haughty eyes and a proud heart – the beacon of wicked men – are sin.
5. The thoughts of a diligent man lead only to abundance, but of all who are hasty, only to poverty.
6. The getting of treasures with a lying tongue is a vanity tossed about by those who seek death.
7. The devastation of wicked men will drag them away, for they refuse to do what is right.
8. Crooked is the way of a guilty man, but as for the pure, his work is straightforward.
9. It is better to live on a corner of a roof than in a house shared with a quarrelsome woman.
10. The soul of a wicked man inclines to evil; his neighbor finds no favor in his eyes.
11. When a scorner is punished, the simple becomes wise, and when he pays attention to a wise man, he gains knowledge.
12. The Righteous One considers the house of the wicked; He overthrows wicked men because of their wickedness.
13. He who closes his ear to the cry of the lowly will also cry out, but he will not be answered.
14. A gift in secret pacifies anger, and a present in the bosom, fierce wrath.
15. Joy is for the righteous man who acts justly, but destruction is for workers of iniquity.
16. The man who wanders out of the way of understanding shall find rest in the congregation of the dead.
17. He who loves merriment will be a poor man; he who loves wine and oil will not become rich.
18. A wicked man will be ransom for the righteous man, and a treacherous man for the upright.
19. It is better to dwell in a barren land than with a quarrelsome and angry woman.
20. There is treasure to be desired and oil in the dwelling of a wise man, but a foolish man swallows it up.
21. He who pursues righteousness and mercy will find life, righteousness, and glory.
22. A wise man scales the city of mighty men and casts down its mighty confidence.
23. He who keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps his soul from troubles.
24. His name is Scorner who is proud and haughty, who acts with arrogant pride.
25. A sluggard’s desire will kill him, for his hands refuse to work.
26. Every day, he craves his desire, but a righteous man gives and does not keep for himself.
27. The sacrifice of wicked men is an abomination; how much more when he brings it with evil intent!
28. A false witness will perish, but one who listens will speak forever.
29. A wicked man hardens his face, but as for the upright, he makes his ways firm.
30. There is no wisdom, nor understanding, nor counsel against the
31. A horse is prepared for the day of battle, but victory is of the
¶1. A good name should be chosen rather than great riches, and good favor rather than silver and gold.
2. The rich man and the poor man will meet together; the
Lord is the Maker of them all.
3. A prudent man sees evil and hides himself, but the simple pass on and pay the penalty.
4. The reward of humility is fear of the
Lord, riches, and honor, and life.
5. Thorns and traps are in the path of a perverse man. He who guards his soul will keep far from them.
6. Train up a child according to his way, and even when he is old, he will not get away from it.
7. The rich man rules over poor men, and the borrower is slave to the lender.
8. He who sows injustice will reap trouble, and the rod of his arrogance will come to an end.
9. He who has a generous eye will be blessed, for he gives of his food to the poor man.
10. Drive out a scorner and contention will leave; yea, dispute and disgrace will cease.
11. He who loves purity of heart and gracious speech will have the King as his friend.
12. The eyes of the
Lord preserve knowledge, and He brings to ruin the counsels of a treacherous man.
13. A sluggard says, “A lion is outside! I’ll be slain in the streets!”
14. The mouth of strange women is a deep ditch; he who is cursed of the
Lord falls into it.
15. Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; the rod of discipline will drive it far from him.
16. He who oppresses a poor man to enrich himself and he who gives to a rich man will only come to poverty.
¶17. Incline your ear and listen to wise sayings, and apply your heart to my knowledge,
18.for they are delightful. When you treasure them up inside you, they will all, together, be established on your lips.
19. That your confidence might be in the
Lord, I have instructed you today. Yea, you!
20. Haven’t I written to you up until now with counsels and knowledge,
21. making known to you the bow of the words of truth, that you might return words of truth to those who send unto you?
¶22. Do not rob the poor man, because he is poor, and do not oppress the afflicted man in the gate,
Lord will plead their cause, and He will take away the soul of those who take from them.
24. Do not associate with a man given to anger, and do not go along with a wrathful man,
25.lest you learn his way and get a snare to your soul.
26. Do not be among those who shake hands, among those who become surety for debts.
27. If you are not able to pay, why should he take your bed out from under you?
28. Do not move the ancient landmark which your fathers set up.
29. You see a man who is diligent in his work? He will stand before kings; he will not stand before obscure men.
¶1. When you sit to eat with a ruler, consider carefully what is set before you,
2.and put a knife to your throat if you are given to appetite.
3. Do not desire his delicacies, for it is deceitful bread.
4. Do not labor to be rich; cease from your own understanding!
5. Do you light upon it with your eyes? But it does not last; yea, it makes for itself wings like an eagle and flies into the sky.
6. Do not eat the food of one with an evil eye, and do not desire his delicacies,
7.for he is like someone who is calculating in his soul. “Eat and drink!” he may say to you, but his heart is not with you.
8. The morsel you eat, you will vomit up, and waste your pleasant words.
9. Do not speak into the ears of a fool, for he will despise the wisdom of your words.
10. Do not move the ancient landmark, and do not go into the fields of orphans,
11.for their Redeemer is mighty; He Himself will plead their cause against you!
12. Let your heart draw near to correction, and your ears to words of knowledge.
13. Do not withhold correction from a child, for if you beat him with the rod, he will not perish.
14. You shall beat him with the rod and save his soul from Sheol.
15. My son, if your heart is wise, my heart will rejoice, even mine,
16.and my soul will exult when your lips speak right things.
17. Let not your heart be envious of sinners, but be in the fear of the
Lord all day long,
18.for there will certainly be an end, but your hope will not be cut off.
19. Listen, my son, and be wise, and guide your heart in the way.
20. Do not associate with winebibbers or with those who gluttonously eat meat,
21.for the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty, and drowsiness will clothe a man in rags.
22. Listen to your father, this man who begat you, and do not despise your mother when she is old.
23. Buy the truth, and do not sell wisdom, instruction, or understanding.
24. The father of a righteous son greatly rejoices; he who begets a wise son will certainly be glad because of him.
25. Your father and your mother will be glad, and she who gave birth to you will rejoice.
26. My son, give your heart to me, and let your eyes delight in my ways.
27. Truly, a harlot is a deep pit; yea, a foreign woman is a narrow pit.
28. Yea, she lies in wait like a robber, and she multiplies the unfaithful among men.
29. Who has woe? Who has pain? Who has contentions? Who has complaint? Who has bruises without reason? Who has redness of eyes?
30. Those who linger over their wine; those who go looking for mixed wine.
31. Do not gaze at wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup. It may go down smoothly,
32.but at the end of it, it will bite like a serpent and sting like a viper;
33.your eyes will look on strange women, and your heart will speak perverse things,
34.and you will become like one who lies down in the depth of the sea, or like one who lies down in the mast-head.
35. You will say, “They have beaten me; I was not sick. They have overcome me; I was unaware. When will I wake up? I will seek it yet again.”
¶1. Do not envy evil men, and do not long to be among them,
2.for their heart plots violence, and their lips talk of mischief.
3. A house is built by wisdom and established by understanding,
4.and by knowledge are the chambers filled with every precious and beautiful treasure.
5. Just so is a wise man filled with strength; yea, a man of understanding grows exceedingly strong.
6. Surely, with much counsel, you should make war, for in much counsel is safety.
7. True wisdom is too high for a fool; he should not open his mouth in the gate.
8. They will call him who schemes to do evil, “master of machinations”.
9. The devising of foolishness is sin, and a scorner is an abomination to man.
10. As for you who are slack, in the day of affliction your strength will be strained.
11. Rescue those who are delivered over to death, and who are staggering toward the slaughter should you refrain.
12. But you will say, “Behold, we didn’t know about that.” What about the One who weighs hearts? He knows. Yea, the One who keeps your soul understands, and He repays man according to his deeds.
13. My son, eat honey, for it is good, and honeycomb, which is sweet to your taste.
14. Likewise, take wisdom in to your soul! If you learn it, there will certainly be an end, but your hope will not be cut off.
¶15. Do not lie in wait like a wicked man against the home of a righteous man; do not assault his resting place!
16. Though a righteous man fall seven times, he rises again, but wicked men stumble into evil.
17. When your enemy falls, do not be glad, and when he stumbles, do not let your heart rejoice,
Lord see, and it is evil in His eyes, and He holds back His anger from him.
19. Do not fret yourself because of evildoers, nor be envious of wicked men,
20.for you are not the end for the evil man, but the lamp of wicked men will be put out.
21. Fear the
Lord, my son, for a king should not associate with those given to change,
22.for their calamity will rise suddenly, and who would foresee the ruin of them both?
23. These things also belong to wise men. It is not good to have respect of persons in judgment.
24. He who says to the wicked man, “You are righteous”, peoples will curse him, and nations will denounce him,
25.but He delights in those who rebuke him, and a good blessing will come upon them.
26. He will kiss the lips of him who returns right decisions.
¶27. Prepare your work in the street, and make it ready for yourself in the field; afterward, then build your house.
¶28. Do not be a witness against your neighbor without cause. For, would you deceive with your lips?
29. Do not say, “I will do to him just as he has done to me. I will repay the man according to his work.”
30. I passed by the field of a lazy man, and by the vineyard of a man who lacks understanding,
31.and behold, it was all overgrown with thorns. Brambles covered its face, and its stone wall was broken down.
32. When I looked, I took it to heart. I saw, and I received instruction.
33. A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest,
34.and your poverty will come in like a prowler, and your want, like an armed man.
¶1. These are also proverbs of Solomon, which the men of Hezekiah, king of Judah, copied.
2. It is the glory of God to conceal a thing, and it is the honor of kings to search it out.
3. The heavens for height, and the earth for depth; just so, the heart of kings is unsearchable.
4. Remove impurities from silver, and it will come forth from the smith as a vessel.
5. Remove the wicked man from before the king, and his throne will be established in righteousness.
6. Do not honor yourself in the presence of the king, and do not stand in a place meant for great men,
7.for it is better if he says to you, “Come up here,” than to debase you in the presence of a prince whom your eyes have seen.
8. Do not go forth hastily to argue, for what will you do at the end of the matter when your neighbor puts you to shame?
9. Argue your case with your neighbor, but do not disclose the secret of another,
10. lest he who hears revile you, and the evil report about you will not go away.
11. A word spoken at the right moment is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.
12. A wise reprover to a listening ear is like a gold earring or an ornament of gold.
13. Like the cold of snow at harvest-time is a faithful messenger to those who send him; yea, he refreshes his masters’ soul.
¶14. A man who boasts of a false gift is like clouds and wind without rain.
15. By slowness of anger, a ruler may be persuaded, for a soft tongue can shatter bone.
16. When you find honey, eat only what is enough for you, lest you glut yourself on it and vomit it up.
17. Make your foot infrequent at the house of your neighbor, lest he be glutted with you and hate you.
18. A man who bears false witness against his neighbor is a club, and a sword, and a sharp arrow.
19. Confidence in an unfaithful man in a day of distress is like a broken tooth or a lame foot.
20. Singing songs to a heavy heart is like taking away a garment on a cold day or like vinegar on natron.
¶21. If someone who hates you is hungry, give him food to eat, and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink.
22. Thus will you heap burning coals on his head, and the
Lord will reward you.
23. A north wind produces rain, and an indignant face produces a backbiting tongue.
24. It is better to live on a corner of a roof than in a house shared with a quarrelsome woman.
25. Good news from a distant country is like cool water to a parched soul.
26. A righteous man wavering before a wicked man is like a befouled spring, and a polluted fountain.
27. Eating much honey is not good; so is glory for men searching for their own glory.
28. A man who has no control over his own spirit is like a breached city with no wall.
¶1. Like snow in the summer and like rain in the harvest, so honor is unbefitting a fool.
2. Like the sparrow wandering aimlessly and like the swallow flying around, so a curse without cause will not come near.
3. A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey, and a rod for the back of fools.
4. Do not answer a fool according to his folly, lest you be like him.
5. Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own eyes.
6. Sending messages by the hand of a fool is like chopping off your feet and drinking damage.
7. The legs of a lame man are unequal; so is a parable in the mouth of fools.
8. Giving honor to a fool is like placing a stone in a sling.
9. A parable in the mouth of fools is like a briar going into the hand of a drunkard.
10. One who hires a fool and hires transgressors is like an archer shooting everybody.
11. Like a dog returning to his vomit, a fool repeats his folly.
12. Behold the man who is wise in his own eyes; there is more hope for a fool than for him.
¶13. A sluggard says, “A lion’s in the way! A lion’s in the streets!”
14. The door turns on its hinge, and a sluggard, on his bed.
15. A sluggard buries his hand in his dish; he is too weary to bring it back to his mouth.
16. A sluggard is wiser in his own eyes than seven men who can respond sensibly.
17. One who meddles in a dispute that’s not his is grabbing the ears of a passing dog.
18. Like a madman who shoots flaming arrows and death,
19.just so is the man who deceives his neighbor and then says, “I was only joking!”
¶20. When there is no wood, a fire goes out, and when there is no slanderer, strife is quieted.
21. Coal is for burning and wood is for fire, and a contentious man is for kindling strife.
22. The words of a slanderer are like tasty morsels, and they go down into the innermost parts.
23. Burning lips and an evil heart are like an earthen vessel coated with silver dross.
24. He who hates disguises himself with his lips and lays up deceit within himself.
25. When his voice is gracious, put no trust in him, for there are seven abominations in his heart!
26. The hatred is covered over by dissimulation. His wickedness should be laid bare in the Assembly.
27. He who digs a pit will fall into it, and as for him who rolls a stone, it will come back on him.
28. A lying tongue hates those it crushes, for a flattering mouth causes stumbling.
¶1. Do not make your boast in tomorrow, for you do not know what a day will bring.
2. Let another praise you and not your own mouth, a stranger and not your own lips.
3. A stone is heavy, and sand is weighty, but a fool’s anger is heavier than them both.
4. The fierceness of fury, and the outburst of anger, but who can stand before envy?
5. Public reproof is better than secret love.
6. Wounds from one who loves you are dependable, but kisses from one who hates you are abundant.
7. A full soul refuses honeycomb, but to a hungry soul, everything bitter is sweet.
8. Like a sparrow that strays from her nest, just so is a man who strays from his place.
9. As oil and incense gladden the heart, so sweetness gladdens a man’s friend with counsel for his soul.
10. Do not neglect your friend or your father’s friend, and you will not have to enter your kinsman’s house in the day of your calamity; a near neighbor is better than a distant kinsman.
11. My son, be wise and make my heart glad, and make it so that I can turn him away who reproaches me with a word.
12. A prudent man sees evil and hides himself; the simple pass on and pay the penalty.
13. Take one’s garment when it is surety for a stranger or for a foreign woman; take it as a pledge.
14. He who greets his friend with a blessing in a loud voice in the morning, as he makes an early start, it is thought of as a curse by him.
15. A contentious woman is like continual dripping on a rainy day.
16. Those who store her away, store up the wind; let his right hand call out for help as with oil!
17. As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.
18. He who takes care of a fig tree should eat its fruit, and he who waits on his master will be honored.
19. Like the waters of a face belong to that face, just so, the heart of a man belongs to that man.
20. Sheol and Abaddon will not be sated, and the eyes of man will not be sated.
21. A crucible for silver, and a smelting-pot for gold, and a man by praise of him. (see Pr 17:3)
22. Though you pound a fool with a pestle in a mortar along with the grain, his folly will not depart from him.
23. Be sure to know the state of your flock; keep your mind on your herds,
24.for wealth does not last forever, and will the crown endure to every generation?
25. Grass dies off and new grass appears, and plants are gathered from the mountains.
26. Sheep are for your clothing, and goats are payment for a field.
27. And there will be plenty of goats’ milk as food for you, as food for your household, and as sustenance for your maidens.
¶1. The wicked flee when no one is pursuing, but the righteous have courage like a lion.
2. Because of the transgression of a country, its rulers are many, but He will prolong it by a man with understanding and knowledge.
3. A man who is poor and oppresses the needy is like the rain that beats down but there is no food.
4. Those who forsake the law praise wickedness, but those who keep the law contend with them.
5. Evil men do not understand justice, but those who seek after the
Lord understand everything.
6. Better is a poor man who conducts himself with his integrity than he who is rich but bends both ways.
7. A wise son keeps the law, but he who keeps company with worthless men brings shame to his father.
8. He that increases his wealth by usury and interest gathers it for him who is gracious to the needy.
9. He who turns his ear away from hearing the law, even his prayer is an abomination.
10. He who leads the upright astray onto an evil path will fall into his own pit, but the perfect will inherit good.
11. A rich man is wise in his own eyes, but a poor man with understanding examines himself thoroughly.
12. When righteous men rejoice, there is great glory, but when wicked men rise, a man is hidden.
13. He who conceals his transgressions shall not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes them shall have mercy.
14. Blessed is the man who has fear continually, but he who hardens his heart falls into wickedness.
15. A wicked ruler over poor people is like a roaring lion and a rushing bear;
16.he is a leader who has no understanding, but much oppression. But He will prolong the days of those who hate unjust gain.
17. He who extorts a man by someone’s blood will disappear into the pit; no one will help him up.
18. He who lives innocently will be saved, but he who is bent both ways will fall into one.
19. He who works his land will have plenty of food, but he who follows after vain men will have plenty of poverty.
20. A truly faithful man will end up with many blessings, but he who hurries to get rich will not be innocent.
21. It is not good to have respect of persons, for man will transgress over a bite of bread.
22. A man with an evil eye is anxious for wealth, but he does not know that poverty will come upon him.
23. He who reproves a man will afterwards find more favor than he who flatters with his tongue.
24. He who robs his father or his mother and says, “It’s not sin”, is a close companion of a man who plunders.
25. A man with a proud heart stirs up contention, but he who trusts in the
Lord will be made fat.
26. He who is confident in his own heart is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom will be delivered.
27. He who gives to the needy will have need of nothing, but he who hides his eyes will have many curses.
28. When wicked men rise up, men hide themselves, and when they perish, righteous men increase.
¶1. A man who, being reproved, hardens his neck will be destroyed suddenly and there will be no cure.
2. When righteous men gain power, the people rejoice, but when the wicked rule, people groan.
3. A man who loves wisdom causes his father to rejoice, but he who keeps company with harlots makes his wealth vanish.
4. A king establishes the land by justice, but a man who takes gifts overthrows it.
5. A man who flatters his neighbor spreads out a net for his feet.
6. A snare is in the transgression of an evil man, but a righteous man shouts for joy and is glad.
7. A righteous man considers the plea of the poor, but a wicked man does not understand that knowledge.
8. Scornful men inflame a city, but wise men turn away wrath.
9. A wise man enters into judgment with a fool, and he rages and laughs, and there is no restraint.
10. Men with blood-guiltiness hate an innocent man, and reputable men seek his life.
11. A fool uses up all his breath, but a wise man calms his breathing for later.
12. When a ruler gives heed to deceptive talk, all those who serve him become wicked.
13. A poor man and a lender will end up together; the
Lord enlightens the eyes of both of them. (cp Pr 23:2)
14. As for the king who judges the helpless by what is true, his throne will be established forever.
15. The rod and correction bestow wisdom, but an unrestrained child brings his mother shame.
16. When wicked men increase, sin increases, but righteous men will watch their fall.
17. Discipline your son, and he will bring you rest and give delight to your soul.
18. Where there is no vision, the people are unrestrained, but he who keeps the law is happy. (This one was already done)
19. A slave will not let himself be disciplined by words if he understands but gives no response.
20. Have you seen a man who is quick with his words? There is more hope for a fool than for him.
21. As for him who tenderly brings up his slave from a child, at his end, he will be treated like his offspring.
22. An angry man stirs up strife, and a wrathful master stirs up much transgression.
23. A man’s pride will lay him low, but he who is of a lowly spirit will lay hold on glory.
24. He who divides plunder with a thief hates his own soul; he hears an oath but will not make it known.
25. Fear of man lays out a snare, but he who puts his trust in the
Lord will be set on high.
26. Multitudes seek the favor of a ruler, but man’s judgment is by the
27. An unjust man is an abomination to the righteous, and he who is upright in the way is an abomination to him who is wicked.
¶1. The words of Agur ben-Jakeh, the burden uttered by the man: I am weary, O God. O God, I am weary and spent.
2. Truly, I am more brutish than any man, and I do not have the understanding of a man.
3. I have not learned wisdom, nor do I possess knowledge of the Holy Ones.
4. Who has ascended into heaven or descended? Who has gathered the wind in the hollow of His hands? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is His name? And what is His Son’s name? Surely you know!
5. Every saying of the
Lord is pure. He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him.
6. Do not add to His words, lest He rebuke you and you are shown to be a liar.
7. I ask two things of you that you do not deny of me before I die.
8. Take vanity and lying far from me! Give me neither poverty nor riches. Provide for me my necessary food,
9.lest I be full, and deny you, and think, “Who is the
Lord?” or lest I be impoverished and steal, and take the name of my God in vain.
10. Do not make a servant speak slander concerning his master lest he curse you and you be found guilty.
11. There is a generation that curses their father and does not bless their mother.
12. There is a generation that are clean in their own eyes, but they have not been washed from their filthiness.
13. There is a generation – oh, how haughty are their eyes, and lifted up, their eyelids!
14. There is a generation whose teeth are swords and whose incisors are knives, which they use to consume the lowly from the land and the meager from mankind.
15. Two daughters of a leech say, “Give! Give!” There are three things which will not be satisfied, yea, four which will not say, “That is enough”:
16. Sheol, and the barren womb, and land that is not satiated with water, and fire that will not say, “That is enough”.
17. Just so, the eye that mocks its father and despises submission to its mother; ravens from the valley will peck it out, and young eagles will eat it.
18. There are three things too wondrous for me, yea, four which I do not understand:
19.the way of the eagle in the sky, the way of a serpent on a rock, the way of a ship in the midst of the sea, and the way of a man with a young woman.
20. Just so, the way of a woman who commits adultery; she eats and wipes her mouth, then she says, “I have not done wickedly.”
21. A land trembles under three things, yea, under four it cannot endure:
22.under a servant who becomes ruler, and a fool when he is sated with food,
23.under a hateful woman when she is married, and a handmaiden when she is heir to her mistress.
24. There are four small things, but they are extremely skillful:
25.the ants are not fierce creatures, but they prepare their food in the summer;
26.rock badgers are not mighty creatures, but they make their home in the cliff;
27.the locusts have no king, but they go out dividing themselves into swarms;
28.a lizard holds on by its hands, and it stays in a king’s palaces
29. There are three things which take confident steps, yea, four which are confident in their going:
30.the lion is mightiest among the beasts, and he does not turn away from anyone;
31.a warhorse, and a he-goat, and a king whose people do not rise up.
32. If you have acted foolishly by exalting yourself, or if you have devised evil, put your hand over your mouth!
33. For as the churning of milk produces curds, and the wringing of the nose produces blood, so the pressing of anger produces strife.
¶1. The words of Lemuel, king of Massa. This is that which his mother admonished him:
2.“What, O my son? And what, O son of my womb? And what, O son of my vows?
3.Do not give your strength to women, or your ways to that which makes an end of kings.
4.It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings or rulers to drink wine or strong drink,
5.lest he drinks and forgets what is decreed, and change the judgment of any of those who are afflicted.
6.You give strong drink to him who is perishing, and wine to those bitter of soul.
7.He will drink and forget his poverty, and he will not think about his trouble again.
8.Open your mouth for him who is unable to speak in judgment, for all those who are fading away.
9.Open your mouth! Judge righteously and plead the cause of the afflicted and needy.”
¶10. Who can find a capable woman? Indeed, her value is far above rubies.
11. The heart of her husband trusts her, and he will not lack funds.
12. She will treat him well and not badly all the days of her life.
13. She seeks after wool and strands of flax, and she happily works with her hands.
14. She is like a merchant’s ships; she brings in her food from far off.
15. She also gets up while it is still night, and she sets out food for her household and a portion for her maidens.
16. She considers a field, and she buys it with the fruit of her hands; she plants a vineyard.
17. She girds her loins with strength and strengthens her arms.
18. She tastes that her merchandise is good. Her lamp does not go out at night.
19. She puts her hands to the distaff, and the palms of her hands hold the spindle.
20. She opens the palm of her hand to the afflicted, and she stretches out her hands to the needy.
21. She does not fear for her household because of snow, for all her household is clothed with scarlet.
22. She makes coverings for herself; her clothing is of fine linen and purple.
23. Her husband is well known in the gates when he sits with the elders of the land.
24. She makes linen coats and sells them, and she provides girdles to the trader.
25. Strength and honor are her clothing, and she will play at a future time.
26. With wisdom she opens her mouth, and the law of loving-kindness is on her tongue.
27. She looks after the goings-on of her household, and she does not eat the bread of laziness.
28. Her sons arise and call her blessed; her husband also praises her.
29. Many daughters do well, but you are exalted above them all.
30. Favor is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the
Lord, she will be praised.
31. Give her the fruit of her hands, and her own deeds will praise her in the gates.
 The Hebrew word for wisdom is feminine, and so, it is referred to as “she”. But since the Wisdom of God has now been revealed to be His pre-existent Son (1Cor. 1:24; see also in this chapter, vv. 22–36), it seems more appropriate to use a masculine pronoun.
 LXX reading. MSS: “. . . and a talkative fool will be cast out.”
 Or, “The guilt offering scorns fools”.
 Or, weak.
 Or, “The Great One, who brings forth all, repays the fool and repays transgressors.”