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

7The fear of Jehovah is the beginning of knowledge; But the foolish despise wisdom and instruction. 8My son, hear the instruction of your father, And forsake not the law of your mother: 9For they shall be ornament of grace unto your head, And chains about your neck.

10My son, if sinners entice you, Consent not. 11If they say, Come with us, Let us lay in wait for blood; Let us lurk secretly for the innocent without cause; 12Let us swallow them up alive as Sheol, And whole, as those that go down into the pit; 13We shall find all precious substance; We shall fill our houses with spoil; 14You shall cast your lot among us; We will all have one purse: 15My son, walk not in the way with them; Refrain your foot from their path: 16For their feet run to evil, And they hurry to shed blood. 17For in vain is the net spread In the sight of any bird: 18And these lay in wait for their own blood; They lurk secretly for their own lives. 19So are the ways of every one that is greedy for gain; It takes away the life of the owners thereof.

20Wisdom cries aloud in the street; She utters her voice in the broad places; 21She cries in the chief place of concourse; At the entrance of the gates, In the city, she utters her words: 22How long, you simple ones, will you love simplicity? And the scoffers delight themselves in scoffing, And fools hate knowledge? 23Turn now at my reproof: Behold, I will pour out my spirit upon you; I will make known my words unto you. 24Because I have called, and you have refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man has regarded; 25But you have set at nothing all my counsel, And obey none of my reproof: 26I also will laugh in the day of your calamity; I will mock when your fear comes; 27When your fear comes as a storm, And your calamity comes on as a whirlwind; When distress and anguish come upon you. 28Then will they call upon me, but I will not answer; They will seek me diligently, but they shall not find me: 29Because they hated knowledge, And did not choose the fear of Jehovah: 30They obeyed none of my counsel; They despised all my reproof. 31Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, And be filled with their own devices. 32For the backsliding of the simple shall slay them, And the careless ease of fools shall destroy them. 33But whoever listens unto me shall dwell securely, And shall be quiet without fear of evil.


2 My son, if you will receive my words, And lay up my commandments with you; 2So as to incline your ear unto wisdom, And apply your heart to understanding; 3yous, if you cry after discernment, And lift up your voice for understanding; 4If you seek her as silver, And search for her as for hidden treasures: 5Then shall you understand the fear of Jehovah, And find the knowledge of God. 6For Jehovah gives wisdom; Out of his mouth comes knowledge and understanding: 7He lays up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to them that walk in integrity; 8That he may guard the paths of justice, And preserve the way of his saints. 9Then shall you understand righteousness and justice, And equity, yes, every good path.

10For wisdom shall enter into your heart, And knowledge shall be pleasant unto your soul; 11Discretion shall watch over you; Understanding shall keep you: 12To deliver you from the way of evil, From the men that speak perverse things; 13Who forsake the paths of uprightness, To walk in the ways of darkness; 14Who rejoice to do evil, And delight in the perverseness of evil; 15Who are crooked in their ways, And wayward in their paths: 16To deliver you from the strange woman, Even from the foreigner that flatters with her words; 17That forsakes the friend of her yeth, And forgets *** the covenant of her God: 18For her house inclines unto death, And her paths unto the dead; 19None that go unto her return again, Neither do they attain unto the paths of life: 20That you may walk in the way of good men, And keep the paths of the righteous. 21For the upright shall dwell in the land, And the perfect shall remain in it. 22But the wicked shall be cut off from the land, And the treacherous shall be rooted out of it.


3 My son, do not forget my law; But let your heart keep my commandments: 2For length of days, and years of life, And peace, will they add to you. 3Let not kindness and truth forsake you: Bind them about your neck; Write them upon the tablet of your heart: 4So shall you find favor and good understanding In the sight of God and man. 5Trust in Jehovah with all your heart, And lean not upon your own understanding: 6In all your ways acknowledge him, And he will direct your paths.

7Be not wise in your own eyes; Fear Jehovah, and depart from evil: 8It will be health to your navel, And marrow to your bones. 9Honor Jehovah with your substance, And with the first-fruits of all your increase: 10So shall your barns be filled with plenty, And your vats shall overflow with new wine. 11My son, despise not the chastening of Jehovah; Neither be weary of his reproof: 12For whom Jehovah loves he reproves; Even as a father reproves the son in whom he delights.

13Happy is the man that finds wisdom, And the man that gets understanding. 14For the gaining of it is better than the gaining of silver, And the profit thereof than fine gold. 15She is more precious than rubies: And none of the things you can desire are to be compared unto her. 16Length of days is in her right hand; In her left hand are riches and honor. 17Her ways are ways of pleasantness, And all her paths are peace. 18She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: And happy is every one that retains her. 19Jehovah by wisdom founded the earth; By understanding he established the heavens. 20By his knowledge the depths were broken up, And the skies drop down the dew.

21My son, let them not depart from your eyes; Keep sound wisdom and discretion: 22this shall they be life unto your soul, And grace to your neck. 23Then shall you walk in your way securely, And your foot shall not stumble. 24When you lay down, you shall not be afraid: yes, you shall lie down, and your sleep shall be sweet. 25Be not afraid of sudden fear, Neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it comes: 26For Jehovah will be your confidence, And will keep your foot from being taken.

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


4 Hear, my sons, the instruction of a father, And attend to know understanding: 2For I give you good doctrine; Forsake not my law. 3For I was a son unto my father, Tender and only beloved in the sight of my mother. 4And he taught me, and said unto me: Let your heart retain my words; Keep my commandments, and live; 5Get wisdom, get understanding; Forget not, neither decline from the words of my mouth; 6Forsake her not, and she will preserve you; Love her, and she will keep you. 7Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore get wisdom; yes, with all your attaining get understanding. 8Exalt her, and she will promote you; She will bring you to honor, when you do embrace her. 9She will give to your head an ornament of grace; A crown of beauty will she deliver to you. 10Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; And the years of your life shall be many. 11I have taught you in the way of wisdom; I have led you in paths of uprightness. 12When you go, your steps shall not be straitened; And if you run, you shall not stumble. 13Take hold fast of instruction; Do not let her go: Keep her; For she is your life.

14Enter not into the path of the wicked, And walk not in the way of evil men. 15Avoid it, pass not near it; Turn from it, and pass on. 16For they sleep not, except they do evil; And their sleep is taken away, unless they cause some to fall. 17For they eat the bread of wickedness, And drink the wine of violence. 18But the path of the righteous is as the dawning light, That shines more and more unto the perfect day. 19The way of the wicked is as darkness: They know not at what they stumble.

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


5 My son, attend unto my wisdom; Incline your ear to my understanding: 2That you may preserve discretion, And that your lips may keep knowledge. 3For the lips of a strange woman drop honey, And her mouth is smoother than oil: 4But in the end she is bitter as wormwood, Sharp as a two-edged sword. 5Her feet go down to death; Her steps take hold on Sheol; 6So that she finds not the level path of life: Her ways are unstable, and she knows it not. 7Now therefore, my sons, listen unto me, And do not depart from the words of my mouth. 8Remove your way far from her, And come not near to the door of her house; 9Lest you give your honor unto others, And your years unto the cruel; 10Lest strangers be filled with your strength, And your labors be in the house of an alien, 11And you mourn at your latter end, When your flesh and your body are consumed, 12And say, How have I hated instruction, And my heart despised reproof; 13Neither have I obeyed the voice of my teachers, Nor inclined my ear to them that instructed me! 14I was well-near in all evil In the midst of the assembly and congregation.

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


6 My son, if you are become surety for your neighbor, If you have stricken your hands for a stranger; 2You are snared with the words of your mouth, you are taken with the words of your mouth. 3Do this now, my son, and deliver yourself, Seeing you are come into the hand of your neighbor: Go, humble yourself, and entreat your neighbor; 4Give not sleep to your eyes, Nor slumber to your eyelids; 5Deliver yourself as a roe from the hand of the hunter, And as a bird from the hand of the fowler.

6Go to the ant, you slothful; Consider her ways, and be wise: 7Which having no chief, Overseer, or ruler, 8Provides her bread in the summer, And gathers her food in the harvest. 9How long will you sleep, O slothful? When will you arise out of your sleep? 10yet a little sleep, a little slumber, A little folding of the hands to sleep: 11So shall your poverty come as a robber, And your want as an armed man.

12A worthless person, a man of iniquity, Is he that walks with a perverse mouth; 13That winks with his eyes, that speaks with his feet, That makes signs with his fingers; 14In whose heart is perverseness, Who devises evil continually, Who sows discord. 15Therefore shall his calamity come suddenly; And suddenly he shall be broken, and that without remedy. 16There are six things which Jehovah hates; yes, seven which are an abomination unto him: 17Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, And hands that shed innocent blood; 18A heart that devises wicked purposes, Feet that are swift in running to mischief, 19A false witness that utters lies, And he that sows discord among brethren.

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


7 My son, keep my words, And lay up my commandments with you. 2Keep my commandments and live; And my law as the apple of your eye. 3Bind them upon your fingers; Write them upon the tablet of your heart. 4Say unto wisdom, you are my sister; And call understanding your kinswoman: 5That they may keep you from the strange woman, From he foreigner that flatters with her words.

6For at the window of my house I looked forth through my lattice; 7And among the simple ones, I discerned among the youths, A young man void of understanding, 8Passing through the street near her corner; And he went the way to her house, 9In the twilight, in the evening of the day, In the middle of the night and in the darkness. 10And, behold, there met him a woman With the attire of a harlot, and wily of heart. 11She is clamorous and willful; Her feet abide not in her house: 12Now she is in the streets, now in the broad places, And lies in wait at every corner. 13So she caught him, and kissed him, And with an impudent face she said unto him: 14Sacrifices of peace-offerings are with me; This day have I paid my vows. 15Therefore I came forth to meet you, Diligently to seek your face, and I have found you. 16I have spread my couch with carpets of tapestry, With striped cloths of the yarn of Egypt. 17I have perfumed my bed With myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon. 18Come, let us take our fill of love until the morning; Let us delight ourselves with loves. 19For the man is not at home; He is gone on a long journey: 20He has taken a bag of money with him; He will come home at the full moon. 21With her fair speech she cause him to yield; With the flattering of her lips she forces him along. 22He go after her straightway, As an ox goes to the slaughter, Or as one in fetters to the correction of the fool; 23Till an arrow strike through his liver; As a bird hurries to the snare, And knows not that it is for his life.

24Now therefore, my sons, listen unto me, And attend to the words of my mouth. 25Let not your heart decline to her ways; Go not astray in her paths. 26For she has cast down many wounded: yes, all her slain are a mighty host. 27Her house is the way to Sheol, Going down to the chambers of death.


8 Does not wisdom cry, And understanding put forth her voice? 2On the top of high places by the way, Where the paths meet, she stands; 3Beside the gates, at the entry of the city, At the coming in at the doors, she cries aloud: 4Unto you, O men, I call; And my voice is to the sons of men. 5O you simple, understand prudence; And, you fools, be of an understanding heart. 6Hear, for I will speak excellent things; And from the opening of my lips shall come right things. 7For my mouth shall utter truth; And wickedness is an abomination to my lips. 8All the words of my mouth are in righteousness; There is nothing crooked or perverse in them. 9They are all plain to him that understands, And right to them that find knowledge. 10Receive my instruction, and not silver; And knowledge rather than choice gold. 11For wisdom is better than rubies; And all the things that may be desired are not to be compared unto it.

12I wisdom have made prudence my dwelling, And I find out knowledge and discretion. 13The fear of Jehovah is to hate evil: Pride, and arrogance, and the evil way, And the perverse mouth, do I hate. 14Counsel is mine, and sound knowledge: I am understanding; I have might. 15By me kings reign, And princes decree justice. 16By me princes rule, And nobles, even all the judges of the earth. 17I love them that love me; And those that seek me diligently shall find me. 18Riches and honor are with me; yes, durable wealth and righteousness. 19My fruit is better than gold, yes, than fine gold; And my revenue than choice silver. 20I walk in the way of righteousness, In the midst of the paths of justice; 21That I may cause those that love me to inherit substance, And that I may fill their treasuries.

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

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


9 Wisdom has built her house; She has hewn out her seven pillars: 2She has killed her beasts; She has mingled her wine; She has also furnished her table: 3She has sent forth her maidens; She cries upon the highest places of the city: 4whoever is simple, let him turn in here: As for him that is void of understanding, she says to him, 5Come, eat of my bread, And drink of the wine which I have mingled. 6Forsake foolishness, you simple ones, and live; And walk in the way of understanding. 7He that corrects a scoffer gets shame to himself; And he that reproves a wicked man gets himself a blemish. 8Reprove not a scoffer, unless he hates you: Reprove a wise man, and he will love you. 9Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: Teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning. 10The fear of Jehovah is the beginning of wisdom; And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. 11For by me your days shall be multiplied, And the years of your life shall be increased. 12If you are wise, you are wise for yourself; And if you scoff, you alone shall bear it.

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


10 The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son makes a glad father; But a foolish son is the heaviness of his mother.

2Treasures of wickedness profit nothing; But righteousness delivers from death. 3Jehovah will not suffer the soul of the righteous to famish; But he thrusts away the desire of the wicked.

4He becomes poor that works with a slack hand; But the hand of the diligent makes rich.

5He that gathers in summer is a wise son; But he that sleeps in harvest is a son that causes shame.

6Blessings are upon the head of the righteous; But violence covers the mouth of the wicked.

7The memory of the righteous is blessed; But the name of the wicked shall rot.

8The wise in heart will receive commandments; But a prating fool shall fall.

9He that walks uprightly walks surely; But he that perverts his ways shall be known.

10He that winks with the eye causes sorrow; But a prating fool shall fall.

11The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life; But violence covers the mouth of the wicked.

12Hatred stirs up strifes; But love covers all transgressions.

13In the lips of him that has discernment wisdom is found; But a rod is for the back of him that is void of understanding.

14Wise men lay up knowledge; But the mouth of the foolish is a present destruction.

15The rich manís wealth is his strong city: The destruction of the poor is their poverty.

16The labor of the righteous tends to life; The increase of the wicked, to sin.

17He is in the way of life that heeds correction; But he that forsakes reproof errs.

18He that hides hatred is of lying lips; And he that utters a slander is a fool.

19In the multitude of words there is no lack of transgression; But he that refrains his lips does wisely.

20The tongue of the righteous is as choice silver: The heart of the wicked is of little worth. 21The lips of the righteous feed many; But the foolish die for lack of understanding.

22The blessing of Jehovah, it makes rich; And he adds no sorrow therewith.

23It is as sport to a fool to do wickedness; And so is wisdom to a man of understanding.

24The fear of the wicked, it shall come upon him; And the desire of the righteous shall be granted. 25When the whirlwind passes, the wicked is no more; But the righteous is an everlasting foundation.

26As vinegar to the teeth, and as smoke to the eyes, So is the slothful to them that send him.

27The fear of Jehovah prolongs days; But the years of the wicked shall be shortened. 28The hope of the righteous shall be gladness; But the expectation of the wicked shall perish.

29The way of Jehovah is a stronghold to the upright; But it is a destruction to the workers of iniquity. 30The righteous shall never be removed; But the wicked shall not dwell in the land.

31The mouth of the righteous brings forth wisdom; But the perverse tongue shall be cut off. 32The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable; But the mouth of the wicked speaks perverseness.


11 A false balance is an abomination to Jehovah; But a just weight is his delight.

2When pride comes, then comes shame; But with the lowly is wisdom.

3The integrity of the upright shall guide them; But the perverseness of the treacherous shall destroy them.

4Riches profit not in the day of wrath; But righteousness delivers from death.

5The righteousness of the perfect shall direct his way; But the wicked shall fall by his own wickedness. 6The righteousness of the upright shall deliver them; But the treacherous shall be taken in their own iniquity.

7When a wicked man dies, his expectation shall perish; And the hope of iniquity perishes.

8The righteous is delivered out of trouble, And the wicked comes in his stead.

9With his mouth the godless man destroys his neighbor; But through knowledge shall the righteous be delivered.

10When it go well with the righteous, the city rejoices; And when the wicked perish, there is shouting. 11By the blessing of the upright the city is exalted; But it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked.

12He that despises his neighbor is void of wisdom; But a man of understanding holds his peace. 13He that go about as a tale-bearer reveals secrets; But he that is of a faithful spirit conceals a matter.

14Where no wise guidance is, the people fall; But in the multitude of counsellors there is safety.

15He that is surety for a stranger shall suffer for it; But he that hates suretyship is secure.

16A gracious woman obtains honor; And violent men obtain riches.

17The merciful man does good to his own soul; But he that is cruel troubles his own flesh.

18The wicked earns deceitful wages; But he that sows righteousness has a sure reward.

19He that is steadfast in righteousness shall attain unto life; And he that pursues evil does it to his own death.

20They that are perverse in heart are an abomination to Jehovah; But such as are perfect in their way are his delight.

21yough hand join in hand, the evil man shall not be unpunished; ** But the seed of the righteous shall be delivered.

22As a ring of gold in a swineís snout, So is a fair woman that is without discretion.

23The desire of the righteous is only good; But the expectation of the wicked is wrath.

24There is that scatters, and increases yet more; And there is that withholds more than is meet, but it tends only to want.

25The liberal soul shall be made fat; And he that waters shall be watered also himself.

26He that withholds grain, the people shall curse him; But blessing shall be upon the head of him that sells it.

27He that diligently seeks good seeks favor; But he that searches after evil, it shall come unto him.

28He that trusts in his riches shall fall; But the righteous shall flourish as the green leaf.

29He that troubles his own house shall inherit the wind; And the foolish shall be servant to the wise of heart.

30The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; And he that is wise wins souls.

31Behold, the righteous shall be recompensed in the earth: How much more the wicked and the sinner!


12 whoever loves correction loves knowledge; But he that hates reproof is brutish.

2A good man shall obtain favor of Jehovah; But a man of wicked devices will he condemn.

3A man shall not be established by wickedness; But the root of the righteous shall not be moved.

4A worthy woman is the crown of her husband; But she that makes ashamed is as rottenness in his bones.

5The thoughts of the righteous are just; But the counsels of the wicked are deceit.

6The words of the wicked are of lying in wait for blood; But the mouth of the upright shall deliver them.

7The wicked are overthrown, and are not; But the house of the righteous shall stand.

8A man shall be commended according to his wisdom; But he that is of a perverse heart shall be despised.

9Better is he that is lightly esteemed, and has a servant, Than he that honors himself, and lacks bread.

10A righteous man regards the life of his beast; But the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.

11He that tills his land shall have plenty of bread; But he that follows after vain persons is void of understanding.

12The wicked desires the net of evil men; But the root of the righteous yields fruit.

13In the transgression of the lips is a snare to the evil man; But the righteous shall come out of trouble.

14A man shall be satisfied with good by the fruit of his mouth; And the doings of a manís hands shall be rendered unto him.

15The way of a fool is right in his own eyes; But he that is wise listens unto counsel.

16A foolís vexation is presently known; But a prudent man conceals shame.

17He that utters truth shows forth righteousness; But a false witness, deceit.

18There is one that speaks rashly like the piercings of a sword; But the tongue of the wise is health.

19The lips of truth shall be established for ever; But a lying tongue is but for a moment.

20Deceit is in the heart of them that devise evil; But to the counselors of peace is joy.

21There shall no mischief happen to the righteous; But the wicked shall be filled with evil.

22Lying lips are an abomination to Jehovah; But they that deal truly are his delight.

23A prudent man conceals knowledge; But the heart of fools proclaims foolishness.

24The hand of the diligent shall bear rule; But the slothful shall be put under taskwork.

25Heaviness in the heart of a man makes it stoop; But a good word makes it glad.

26The righteous is a guide to his neighbor; But the way of the wicked cause them to err.

27The slothful man roasts not that which he took in hunting; But the precious substance of men is to the diligent.

28In the way of righteousness is life; And in the pathway thereof there is no death.


13 A wise son hears his fatherís instruction; But a scoffer does not hears a rebuke.

2A man shall eat good by the fruit of his mouth; But the soul of the treacherous shall eat violence.

3He that guards his mouth keeps his life; But he that opened wide his lips shall have destruction.

4The soul of the slothful desires, and has nothing; But the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.

5A righteous man hates lying; But a wicked man is loathsome, and comes to shame.

6Righteousness guards him that is upright in the way; But wickedness overthrows the sinner.

7There is he that makes himself rich, yet has nothing: There is he that makes himself poor, yet has great wealth.

8The ransom of a manís life is his riches; But the poor hears no threatening.

9The light of the righteous rejoices; But the lamp of the wicked shall be put out.

10By pride comes only contention; But with the well-advised is wisdom.

11Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished; But he that gathers by labor shall have increase.

12Hope deferred makes the heart sick; But when the desire comes, it is a tree of life.

13whoever despises the word brings destruction on himself; But he that fears the commandment shall be rewarded.

14The law of the wise is a fountain of life, That one may depart from the snares of death.

15Good understanding gives favor; But the way of the transgressor is hard.

16Every prudent man works with knowledge; But a fool flaunts his folly.

17A wicked messenger falls into evil; But a faithful ambassador is health.

18Poverty and shame shall be to him that refuses correction; But he that regards reproof shall be honored.

19The desire accomplished is sweet to the soul; But it is an abomination to fools to depart from evil.

20Walk with wise men, and you shall be wise; But the companion of fools shall be broken.

21Evil pursues sinners; But the righteous shall be recompensed with good.

22A good man leaves an inheritance to his childrenís children; And the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the righteous.

23Much food is in the tillage of the poor; But there is that that is destroyed by reason of injustice.

24He that spares his rod hates his son; But he that loves him seeks him with correction.

25The righteous eats to the satisfying of his soul; But the belly of the wicked shall want.


14 Every wise woman builds her house; But the foolish pulls it down with her own hands.

2He that walks in his uprightness fears Jehovah; But he that is perverse in his ways despises him.

3In the mouth of the foolish is a rod for his pride; But the lips of the wise shall preserve them.

4Where no oxen are, the crib is clean; But much increase is by the strength of the ox.

5A faithful witness will not lie; But a false witness utters lies.

6A scoffer seeks wisdom, and finds it not; But knowledge is easy unto him that has understanding.

7Go into the presence of a foolish man, And you shall not perceive in him the lips of knowledge.

8The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way; But the folly of fools is deceit.

9A fools mocks the trespass-offering; But among the upright there is good will.

10The heart knows its own bitterness; And a stranger does not share in its joy.

11The house of the wicked shall be overthrown; But the tent of the upright shall flourish.

12There is a way which seems right unto a man; But the end thereof are the ways of death.

13Even in laughter the heart is sorrowful; And the end of joy is heaviness.

14The backslider in heart shall be filled with his own ways; And a good man shall be satisfied from himself.

15The simple believes every word; But the prudent man looks well to his going.

16A wise man fears, and departs from evil; But the fool bears himself insolently, and is confident.

17He that is soon angry will deal foolishly; And a man of wicked devices is hated.

18The simple inherit folly; But the prudent are crowned with knowledge.

19The evil bow down before the good; And the wicked, at the gates of the righteous.

20The poor is hated even of his own neighbor; But the rich has many friends.

21He that despises his neighbor sins; But he that has pity on the poor, happy is he.

22Do they not err that devise evil? But mercy and truth shall be to them that devise good.

23In all labor there is profit; But the talk of the lips tends only to poverty.

24The crown of the wise is their riches; But the folly of fools is only folly.

25A true witness delivers souls; But he that utters lies cause deceit.

26In the fear of Jehovah is strong confidence; And his children shall have a place of refuge. 27The fear of Jehovah is a fountain of life, That one may depart from the snares of death.

28In the multitude of people is the kingís glory; But in the want of people is the destruction of the prince.

29He that is slow to anger is of great understanding; But he that is hasty of spirit exalts folly.

30A tranquil heart is the life of the flesh; But envy is the rottenness of the bones.

31He that oppresses the poor reproaches his Maker; But he that has mercy on the needy honors him.

32The wicked is thrust down in his evil-doing; But the righteous has a refuge in his death.

33Wisdom rests in the heart of him that has understanding; But that which is in the inward part of fools is made known.

34Righteousness exalts a nation; But sin is a reproach to any people.

35The kingís favor is toward a servant that deals wisely; But his wrath will be against him that cause shame.


15 A soft answer turns away wrath; But a grievous word stirs up anger.

2The tongue of the wise utters knowledge aright; But the mouth of fools pours out folly.

3The eyes of Jehovah are in every place, Keeping watch upon the evil and the good.

4A gentle tongue is a tree of life; But perverseness therein is a breaking of the spirit.

5A fool despises his fatherís correction; But he that regards reproof gets prudence.

6In the house of the righteous is much treasure; But in the revenues of the wicked is trouble.

7The lips of the wise disperse knowledge; But the heart of the foolish does not so.

8The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to Jehovah; But the prayer of the upright is his delight.

9The way of the wicked is an abomination to Jehovah; But he loves him that follows after righteousness.

10There is grievous correction for him that forsakes the way; And he that hates reproof shall die.

11Sheol and Abaddon are before Jehovah: How much more then the hearts of the children of men!

12A scoffer loves not to be reproved; He will not go unto the wise.

13A glad heart makes a cheerful countenance; But by sorrow of heart the spirit is broken.

14The heart of him that has understanding seeks knowledge; But the mouth of fools feeds on folly.

15All the days of the afflicted are evil; But he that is of a cheerful heart has a continual feast.

16Better is little, with the fear of Jehovah, Than great treasure and trouble therewith. 17Better is a dinner of herbs, where love is, Than a stalled ox and hatred therewith.

18A wrathful man stirs up contention; But he that is slow to anger appeases strife.

19The way of the slothful is as a hedge of thorns; But the path of the upright is made a highway.

20A wise son makes a glad father; But a foolish man despises his mother.

21Folly is joy to him that is void of wisdom; But a man of understanding makes his way straight.

22Where there is no counsel, purposes are broken; But in the multitude of counselors they are established.

23A man has joy in the answer of his mouth; And a word in due season, how good is it!

24To the wise the way of life is upward, That he may depart from Sheol beneath.

25Jehovah will root up the house of the proud; But he will establish the border of the widow.

26Evil devices are an abomination to Jehovah; But pleasant words are pure.

27He that is greedy for gain troubles his own house; But he that hates bribes shall live.

28The heart of the righteous studies to answer; But the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things.

29Jehovah is far from the wicked; But he hears the prayer of the righteous.

30The light of the eyes rejoices the heart; And good tidings make the bones fat.

31The ear that listens to the reproof of life Shall abide among the wise.

32He that refuses correction despises his own soul; But he that listens to reproof gets understanding.

33The fear of Jehovah is the instruction of wisdom; And before honor is humility.


16 The plans of the heart belong to man; But the answer of the tongue is from Jehovah.

2All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes; But Jehovah weighs the spirits.

3Commit your works unto Jehovah, And your purposes shall be established.

4Jehovah has made everything for its own end; yes, even the wicked for the day of evil.

5Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to Jehovah: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished.

6By mercy and truth iniquity is atoned for; And by the fear of Jehovah men depart from evil.

7When a manís ways please Jehovah, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.

8Better is a little, with righteousness, Than great revenues with injustice.

9A manís heart devises his way; But Jehovah directs his steps.

10A divine sentence is in the lips of the king; His mouth shall not transgress in judgment.

11A just balance and scales are Jehovahís; All the weights of the bag are his work.

12It is an abomination to kings to commit wickedness; For the throne is established by righteousness.

13Righteous lips are the delight of kings; And they love him that speaks right.

14The wrath of a king is as messengers of death; But a wise man will pacify it. 15In the light of the kingís countenance is life; And his favor is as a cloud of the latter rain.

16How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! yes, to get understanding is rather to be chosen than silver.

17The highway of the upright is to depart from evil: He that keeps his way preserves his soul.

18Pride go before destruction, And a haughty spirit before a fall.

19Better it is to be of a lowly spirit with the poor, Than to divide the spoil with the proud.

20He that gives heed unto the word shall find good; And whoever trusts in Jehovah, happy is he.

21The wise in heart shall be called prudent; And the sweetness of the lips increases learning.

22Understanding is a well-spring of life unto him that has it; But the correction of fools is their folly.

23The heart of the wise instructs his mouth, And adds learning to his lips.

24Pleasant words are as a honeycomb, Sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.

25There is a way which seems right unto a man, But the end thereof are the ways of death.

26The appetite of the laboring man labors for him; For his mouth urges him thereto.

27A worthless man devises mischief; And in his lips there is as a scorching fire. 28A perverse man scatters abroad strife; And a whisperer separates chief friends.

29A man of violence entices his neighbor, And leads him in a way that is not good. 30He that shuts his eyes, it is to devise perverse things: He that compresses his lips brings evil to pass.

31The hoary head is a crown of glory; It shall be found in the way of righteousness.

32He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; And he that rules his spirit, than he that takes a city.

33The lot is cast into the lap; But the whole disposing thereof is of Jehovah.


17 Better is a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, Than a house full of feasting with strife.

2A servant that deals wisely shall have rule over a son that causes shame, And shall have part in the inheritance among the brethren.

3The refining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold; But Jehovah tries the hearts.

4An evil-doer gives heed to wicked lips; And a liar gives ear to a mischievous tongue.

5whoever mocks the poor reproaches his Maker; And he that is glad at calamity shall not be unpunished.

6Childrenís children are the crown of old men; And the glory of children are their fathers.

7Excellent speech becomes not a fool; Much less do lying lips a prince.

8A bribe is as a precious stone in the eyes of him that has it; wherever it turns, it prospers.

9He that covers a transgression seeks love; But he that harps on a matter separates chief friends.

10A rebuke enters deeper into one that has understanding Than a hundred stripes into a fool.

11An evil man seeks only rebellion; Therefore a cruel messenger shall be sent against him.

12Let a bear robbed of her whelps meet a man, Rather than a fool in his folly.

13whoever rewards evil for good, Evil shall not depart from his house.

14The beginning of strife is as when one lets out water: Therefore leave off contention, before there is quarrelling.

15He that justifies the wicked, and he that condemns the righteous, Both of them alike are an abomination to Jehovah.

16Why is there a price in the hand of a fool to buy wisdom, Seeing he has no understanding?

17A friend loves at all times; And a brother is born for adversity.

18A man void of understanding strikes hands, And becomes surety in the presence of his neighbor.

19He that loves strife loves transgression: He that raised high his gate seeks destruction.

20He that has a wayward heart finds no good; And he that has a perverse tongue falls into mischief.

21He that begets a fool does it to his sorrow; And the father of a fool has no joy.

22A cheerful heart is a good medicine; But a broken spirit dries up the bones.

23A wicked man receives a bribe out of the bosom, To pervert the ways of justice.

24Wisdom is before the face of him that has understanding; But the eyes of a fool are in the ends of the earth.

25A foolish son is a grief to his father, And bitterness to her that bare him.

26Also to punish the righteous is not good, Nor to strike the noble for their uprightness.

27He that spares his words has knowledge; And he that is of a cool spirit is a man of understanding. 28Even a fool, when he holds his peace, is counted wise; When he shuts his lips, he is esteemed as prudent.


18 He that isolates himself seeks his own desire, And rages against all sound wisdom.

2A fool has no delight in understanding, But only that his heart may reveal itself.

3When the wicked comes, there comes also contempt, And with dishonor comes reproach.

4The words of a manís mouth are as deep waters; The wellspring of wisdom is as a flowing brook.

5To respect the person of the wicked is not good, Nor to turn aside the righteous in judgment.

6A foolís lips enter into contention, And his mouth calls for stripes. 7A foolís mouth is his destruction, And his lips are the snare of his soul.

8The words of a whisperer are as dainty morsels, And they go down into the innermost parts.

9He also that is slack in his work Is brother to him that is a destroyer.

10The name of Jehovah is a strong tower; The righteous runs into it, and is safe.

11The rich manís wealth is his strong city, And as a high wall in his own imagination.

12Before destruction the heart of man is haughty; And before honor go humility.

13He that gives answer before he hears, It is folly and shame unto him.

14The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; But a broken spirit who can bear?

15The heart of the prudent gets knowledge; And the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.

16A manís gift makes room for him, And brings him before great men.

17He that pleades his cause first seems just; But his neighbor comes and searches him out.

18The lot cause contentions to cease, And parts between the mighty.

19A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city; And such contentions are like the bars of a castle.

20A manís belly shall be filled with the fruit of his mouth; With the increase of his lips shall he be satisfied.

21Death and life are in the power of the tongue; And they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

22whoever finds a wife finds a good thing, And obtains favor of Jehovah.

23The poor use entreaties; But the rich answered roughly.

24He that makes many friends does it to his own destruction; But there is a friend that sticks closer than a brother.


19 Better is the poor that walks in his integrity Than he that is perverse in his lips and is a fool.

2Also, that the soul be without knowledge is not good; And he that hurries with his feet sins.

3The foolishness of man subverts his way; And his heart frets against Jehovah.

4Wealth adds many friends; But the poor is separated from his friend.

5A false witness shall not be unpunished; And he that utters lies shall not escape.

6Many will entreat the favor of the liberal man; And every man is a friend to him that gives gifts. 7All the brethren of the poor do hate him: How much more do his friends go far from him! He pursues them with words, but they are gone.

8He that gets wisdom loves his own soul: He that keeps understanding shall find good.

9A false witness shall not be unpunished; And he that utters lies shall perish.

10Delicate living is not fitting for a fool; Much less for a servant to have rule over princes.

11The discretion of a man made him slow to anger; And it is his glory to pass over a transgression.

12The kingís wrath is as the roaring of a lion; But his favor is as dew upon the grass.

13A foolish son is the calamity of his father; And the contentions of a wife are a continual dripping.

14House and riches are an inheritance from fathers; But a prudent wife is from Jehovah.

15Slothfulness castes into a deep sleep; And the idle soul shall suffer hunger.

16He that keeps the commandment keeps his soul; But he that is careless of his ways shall die.

17He that has pity upon the poor lends unto Jehovah, And his good deed will he pay him again.

18Chasten your son, seeing there is hope; And set not your heart on his destruction.

19A man of great wrath shall bear the penalty; For if you deliver him, you must do it yet again.

20Hear counsel, and receive instruction, That you may be wise in your latter end.

21There are many devices in a manís heart; But the counsel of Jehovah, that shall stand.

22That which makes a man to be desired is his kindness; And a poor man is better than a liar.

23The fear of Jehovah tends to life; And he that has it shall abide satisfied; He shall not be visited with evil.

24The slothful man buries his hand in the dish, And will not so much as bring it to his mouth again.

25Smite a scoffer, and the simple will learn prudence; And reprove one that has understanding, and he will understand knowledge.

26He that does violence to his father, and chases away his mother, Is a son that cause shame and brings reproach.

27Cease, my son, to hear instruction Only to err from the words of knowledge.

28A worthless witness mocks at justice; And the mouth of the wicked swallows iniquity.

29Judgments are prepared for scoffers, And stripes for the back of fools.


20 Wine is a mocker, strong drink arouses brawling; And whoever errs thereby is not wise.

2The terror of a king is as the roaring of a lion: He that provokes him to anger sins against his own life.

3It is an honor for a man to keep aloof from strife; But every fool will be quarrelling.

4The slothful will not plow by reason of the winter; Therefore he shall beg in harvest, and have nothing.

5Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water; But a man of understanding will draw it out.

6Most men will proclaim every one his own kindness; But who can find a faithful man?

7A righteous man that walks in his integrity, Blessed are his children after him.

8A king that sits on the throne of judgment scatters away all evil with his eyes.

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

10Diverse weights, and diverse measures, Both of them alike are an abomination to Jehovah.

11Even a child makes himself known by his doings, Whether his work be pure, and whether it be right.

12The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, Jehovah has made both of them.

13Love not sleep, lest you come to poverty; Open your eyes, and you shall be satisfied with bread.

14It is bad, it is bad, says the buyer; But when he is gone his way, then he boasts.

15There is gold, and abundance of rubies; But the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel.

16Take his garment that is surety for a stranger; And hold him in pledge that is surety for foreigners.

17Bread of falsehood is sweet to a man; But afterwards his mouth shall be filled with gravel.

18Every purpose is established by counsel; And by wise guidance you make war.

19He that goes about as a tale-bearer reveals secrets; Therefore company not with him that opened wide his lips.

20whoever curses his father or his mother, His lamp shall be put out in blackness of darkness.

21An inheritance may be gotten quickly at the beginning; But the end thereof shall not be blessed.

22Say not, I will recompense evil: Wait for Jehovah, and he will save you.

23Diverse weights are an abomination to Jehovah; And a false balance is not good.

24A manís goings are of Jehovah; How then can man understand his way?

25It is a snare to a man to rashly say, It is holy, And afterward to reconsider his vows.

26A wise king sifts the wicked, And brings the threshing-wheel over them.

27The spirit of man is the lamp of Jehovah, Searching all his innermost parts.

28Kindness and truth preserve the king; And his throne is upheld by kindness.

29The glory of young men is their strength; And the beauty of old men is the hoary head.

30Stripes that wound cleanse away evil; And strokes reach the innermost parts.


21 The kingís heart is in the hand of Jehovah as the watercourses: He turns it wherever he will.

2Every way of a man is right in his own eyes; But Jehovah weighs the hearts.

3To do righteousness and justice Is more acceptable to Jehovah than sacrifice.

4A high look, and a proud heart, Even the lamp of the wicked, is sin.

5The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness; But every one that is hasty hurries only to want.

6The getting of treasures by a lying tongue Is a vapor driven to and fro by them that seek death.

7The violence of the wicked shall sweep them away, Because they refuse to do justice.

8The way of him that is loaded with guilt is exceedingly crooked; But as for the pure, his work is right.

9It is better to dwell in the corner of the housetop, Than with a contentious woman in a wide house.

10The soul of the wicked desires evil: His neighbor finds no favor in his eyes.

11When the scoffer is punished, the simple is made wise; And when the wise is instructed, he receives knowledge.

12The righteous man considers the house of the wicked, How the wicked are overthrown to their ruin.

13whoever stops his ears at the cry of the poor, He also shall cry, but shall not be heard.

14A gift in secret pacifies anger; And a present in the bosom, strong wrath.

15It is joy to the righteous to do justice; But it is a destruction to the workers of iniquity.

16The man that wanders out of the way of understanding Shall rest in the assembly of the dead.

17He that loves pleasure shall be a poor man: He that loves wine and oil shall not be rich.

18The wicked is a ransom for the righteous; And the treacherous comes in the stead of the upright.

19It is better to dwell in a desert land, Than with a contentious and fretful woman.

20There is precious treasure and oil in the dwelling of the wise; But a foolish man swallows it up.

21He that follows after righteousness and kindness finds life, righteousness, and honor.

22A wise man scales the city of the mighty, And brings down the strength of the confidence thereof.

23whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps his soul from troubles.

24The proud and haughty man, scoffer is his name; He works in the arrogance of pride.

25The desire of the slothful kills him; For his hands refuse to labor. 26There is he that covets greedily all the day long; But the righteous gives and withholds not.

27The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination: How much more, when he brings it with a wicked mind!

28A false witness shall perish; But the man that hears shall speak so as to endure.

29A wicked man hardens his face; But as for the upright, he establishes his ways.

30There is no wisdom nor understanding Nor counsel against Jehovah. 31The horse is prepared against the day of battle; But victory is of Jehovah.


22 A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, And loving favor rather than silver and gold.

2The rich and the poor meet together: Jehovah is the maker of them all.

3A prudent man sees the evil, and hides himself; But the simple pass on, and suffer for it.

4The reward of humility and the fear of Jehovah Is riches, and honor, and life.

5Thorns and snares are in the way of the perverse: He that keeps his soul shall be far from them.

6Train up a child in the way he should go, And even when he is old he will not depart from it.

7The rich rules over the poor; And the borrower is servant to the lender.

8He that sows iniquity shall reap calamity; And the rod of his wrath shall fail.

9He that has a bountiful eye shall be blessed; For he gives of his bread to the poor.

10Cast out the scoffer, and contention will go out; yes, strife and dishonor will cease.

11He that loves pureness of heart, For the grace of his lips the king will be his friend.

12The eyes of Jehovah preserve him that has knowledge; But he overthrows the words of the treacherous man.

13The slothful says, There is a lion without: I shall be slain in the streets.

14The mouth of strange women is a deep pit: He that is abhorred of Jehovah shall fall therein.

15Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child; But the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.

16He that oppresses the poor to increase his gain, And he that gives to the rich, shall come only to want.

17Incline your ear, and hear the words of the wise, And apply your heart unto my knowledge. 18For it is a pleasant thing if you keep them within you, If they be established together upon your lips. 19That your trust may be in Jehovah, I have made them known to you this day, even to you. 20Have not I written unto you excellent things Of counsels and knowledge, 21To make you know the certainty of the words of truth, That you may carry back words of truth to them that send you?

22Rob not the poor, because he is poor; Neither oppress the afflicted in the gate: 23For Jehovah will plead their cause, And plunder the life those that plunder them.

24Make no friendship with a man that is given to anger; And with a wrathful man you shall not go: 25Lest you learn this ways, And get a snare to your soul.

26Be not one of them that strike the hands, Or of them that are sureties for debts. 27If you have not wherewith to pay, Why should he take away your bed from under you?

28Remove not the ancient landmark, Which your fathers have set.

29See a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; He shall not stand before mean men.


23 When you sit to eat with a ruler, Consider diligently him that is before you; 2And put a knife to your throat, If you be a man given to appetite. 3Be not desirous of his dainties; Seeing they are deceitful food.

4Weary not yourself to be rich; Cease from your own wisdom. 5Will you set your eyes upon that which is not? For riches certainly make themselves wings, Like an eagle that flies toward heaven.

6Eat not the bread of him that has an evil eye, Neither desire his dainties: 7For as he thinks within himself, so he is: Eat and drink, says he to you; But his heart is not with you. 8The morsel which you have eaten shall you vomit up, And lose your sweet words.

9Speak not in the hearing of a fool; For he will despise the wisdom of your words.

10Remove not the ancient landmark; And enter not into the fields of the fatherless: 11For their Redeemer is strong; He will plead their cause against you.

12Apply your heart unto instruction, And your ears to the words of knowledge. 13Withhold not correction from the child; For if you beat him with the rod, he will not die. 14You shall beat him with the rod, And shall deliver his soul from Sheol. 15My son, if your heart be wise, My heart will be glad, even I: 16yous, my heart will rejoice, When your lips speak right things.

17Let not your heart envy sinners; But be in the fear of Jehovah all the day long: 18For surely there is a reward; And your hope shall not be cut off.

19Hear, my son, and be wise, And guide your heart in the way. 20Be not among winebibbers, Among gluttonous eaters of flesh: 21For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty; And drowsiness will clothe a man with rags. 22listen unto your father that begot you, And despise not your mother when she is old. 23Buy the truth, and sell it not; yes, wisdom, and instruction, and understanding. 24The father of the righteous will greatly rejoice; And he that begets a wise child will have joy of him. 25Let your father and your mother be glad, And let her that bare you rejoice. 26My son, give me your heart; And let your eyes delight in my ways. 27For a harlot is a deep ditch; And a foreign woman is a narrow pit. 28yous, she lies in wait as a robber, And increases the treacherous among men.

29Who has woe? who has sorrow? who has contentions? Who has complaining? who has wounds without cause? Who has redness of eyes? 30They that tarry long at the wine; They that go to seek out mixed wine. 31Look not upon the wine when it is red, When it sparkles in the cup, When it go down smoothly: 32At the last it bites like a serpent, And stings like an adder. 33Your eyes shall behold strange things, And your heart shall utter perverse things. 34yous, you shall be as he that lies down in the midst of the sea, Or as he that lies upon the top of a mast. 35They have stricken me, you shall say, and I was not hurt; They have beaten me, and I felt it not: When shall I awake? I will seek it yet again.


24 Be not envious against evil men; Neither desire to be with them: 2For their heart studies oppression, And their lips talk of mischief.

3Through wisdom is a house built; And by understanding it is established; 4And by knowledge are the chambers filled With all precious and pleasant riches. 5A wise man is strong; yes, a man of knowledge increases might. 6For by wise guidance you shall make your war; And in the multitude of counselors there is safety.

7Wisdom is too high for a fool: He opened not his mouth in the gate. 8He that devises to do evil, Men shall call him a mischief-maker. 9The thought of foolishness is sin; And the scoffer is an abomination to men.

10If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small.

11Deliver them that are carried away unto death, And those that are ready to be slain see that you hold back. 12If you say, Behold, we knew not this; does not he that weighs the hearts consider it? And he that keeps your soul, does he not know it? And shall not he render to every man according to his work?

13My son, eat honey, for it is good; And the droppings of the honeycomb, which are sweet to your taste: 14So shall you know wisdom to be unto your soul; If you have found it, then shall there be a reward, And your hope shall not be cut off.

15Lay not in wait, O wicked man, against the habitation of the righteous; Destroy not his resting-place: 16For a righteous man falls seven times, and rises up again; But the wicked are overthrown by calamity.

17Rejoice not when your enemy falls, And let not your heart be glad when he is overthrown; 18Unless Jehovah see it, and it displease him, And he turn away his wrath from him.

19Fret not yourself because of evil-doers; Neither be envious at the wicked: 20For there shall be no reward to the evil man; The lamp of the wicked shall be put out.

21My son, fear Jehovah and the king; And company not with them that are given to change: 22For their calamity shall rise suddenly; And the destruction from them both, who knows it?

23These also are sayings of the wise. To have respect of persons in judgment is not good. 24He that says unto the wicked, you are righteous; Peoples shall curse him, nations shall abhor him: 25But to them that rebuke him shall be delight, And a good blessing shall come upon them. 26He kisses the lips Who gives a right answer.

27Prepare your work without, And make it ready for yourself in the field; And afterwards build your house.

28Be not a witness against your neighbor without cause; And deceive not with your lips. 29Say not, I will do so to him as he has done to me; I will render to the man according to his work.

30I went by the field of the slothful, And by the vineyard of the man void of understanding; 31And, lo, it was all grown over with thorns, The face thereof was covered with nettles, And the stone wall thereof was broken down. 32Then I beheld, and considered well; I saw, and received instruction: 33yet a little sleep, a little slumber, A little folding of the hands to sleep; 34So shall your poverty come as a robber, And your want as an armed man.


25 These also are proverbs of Solomon, which the men of Hez-e-ki-ah king of Judah copied out.

2It is the glory of God to conceal a thing; But the glory of kings is to search out a matter. 3As the heavens for height, and the earth for depth, So the heart of kings is unsearchable.

4Take away the dross from the silver, And there comes forth a vessel for the refiner: 5Take away the wicked from before the king, And his throne shall be established in righteousness.

6Put not yourself forward in the presence of the king, And stand not in the place of great men: 7For better is it that it be said unto you, Come up here, Than that you should be put lower in the presence of the prince, Whom your eyes have seen.

8Go not forth quickly to strive, unless you know not what to do in the end thereof, When your neighbor has put you to shame. 9Debate your cause with your neighbor himself, And disclose not the secret of another; 10Unless he that hears it revile you, And your infamy turn not away.

11A word fitly spoken Is like apples of gold in network of silver. 12As an ear-ring of gold, and an ornament of fine gold, So is a wise reprover upon an obedient ear.

13As the cold of snow in the time of harvest, So is a faithful messenger to them that send him; For he refreshes the soul of his masters.

14As clouds and wind without rain, So is he that boasts himself of his gifts falsely.

15By long forbearing is a ruler persuaded, And a soft tongue breaks the bone.

16Have you found honey? eat so much as is sufficient for you, unless you be filled therewith, and vomit it.

17Let your foot be seldom in your neighborís house, unless he be weary of you, and hate you.

18A man that bears false witness against his neighbor Is a maul, and a sword, and a sharp arrow.

19Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble Is like a broken tooth, and a foot out of joint.

20As one that takes off a garment in cold weather, and as vinegar upon soda, So is he that sings songs to a heavy heart.

21If your enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; And if he be thirsty, give him water to drink: 22For you will heap coals of fire upon his head, And Jehovah will reward you.

23The north wind brings forth rain: So does a backbiting tongue an angry countenance.

24It is better to dwell in the corner of the housetop, Than with a contentious woman in a wide house.

25As cold waters to a thirsty soul, So is good news from a far country.

26As a troubled fountain, and a corrupted spring, So is a righteous man that gives way before the wicked.

27It is not good to eat much honey: So for men to search out their own glory is grievous.

28He whose spirit is without restraint Is like a city that is broken down and without walls.


26 As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, So honor is not fitting for a fool.

2As the sparrow in her wandering, as the swallow in her flying, So the curse that is causeless shall not alight.

3A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, And a rod for the back of fools.

4Answer not a fool according to his folly, unless you also be like unto him. 5Answer a fool according to his folly, unless he be wise in his own conceit.

6He that sent a message by the hand of a fool cuts off his own feet, and drinks in damage. 7The legs of the lame hang free: So is a parable in the mouth of fools. 8As one that binds a stone in a sling, So is he that gives honor to a fool. 9As a thorn that go up into the hand of a drunkard, So is a parable in the mouth of fools.

10As an archer that wounds all, So is he that hires a fool and he that hires them that pass by.

11As a dog that returns to his vomit, So is a fool that repeats his folly.

12See a man wise in his own conceit? There is more hope for a fool than for him.

13The slothful says, There is a lion in the way; A lion is in the streets.

14As the door turns upon its hinges, So does the slothful upon his bed.

15The slothful buries his hand in the dish; It wearies him to bring it again to his mouth.

16The slothful is wiser in his own conceit Than seven men that can render a reason.

17He that passes by, and vexes himself with strife belonging not to him, Is like one that takes a dog by the ears.

18As a madman who castes firebrands, Arrows, and death, 19So is the man that deceives his neighbor, And says, Am I not in sport?

20For lack of wood the fire goes out; And where there is no whisperer, contentions cease. 21As coals are to hot embers, and wood to fire, So is a contentious man to inflame strife. 22The words of a whisperer are as dainty morsels, And they go down into the innermost parts.

23Fervent lips and a wicked heart Are like an earthen vessel overlaid with silver dross.

24He that hates dissembles with his lips; But he lays up deceit within him: 25When he speaks fair, believe him not; For there are seven abominations in his heart: 26yough his hatred cover itself with guile, His wickedness shall be openly showed before the assembly.

27whoever digs a pit shall fall therein; And he that rolls a stone, it shall return upon him.

28A lying tongue hates those whom it has wounded; And a flattering mouth works ruin.


27 Boast not yourself of tomorrow; For you know not what a day may bring forth.

2Let another man praise you, and not your own mouth; A stranger, and not your own lips.

3A stone is heavy, and the sand weighty; But a foolís vexation is heavier than both of them together. 4Wrath is cruel, and anger is overwhelming; But who is able to stand before jealousy?

5Better is open rebuke Than love that is hidden. 6Faithful are the wounds of a friend; But the kisses of an enemy are profuse.

7The full soul loathes a honeycomb; But to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.

8As a bird that wanders from her nest, So is a man that wanders from his place.

9Oil and perfume rejoice the heart; So does the sweetness of a manís friend that comes of hearty counsel. 10Your own friend, and your fatherís friend, forsake not; And go not to your brotherís house in the day of your calamity: Better is a neighbor that is near than a brother far off.

11My son, be wise, and make my heart glad, That I may answer him that reproaches me.

12A prudent man sees the evil, and hides himself; But the simple pass on, and suffer for it.

13Take his garment that is surety for a stranger; And hold him in pledge that is surety for a foreign woman.

14He that blesses his friend with a loud voice, rising early in the morning, It shall be counted a curse to him.

15A continual dropping in a very rainy day And a contentious woman are alike: 16He that would restrain her restrains the wind; And his right hand encounters oil.

17Iron sharpens iron; So a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.

18whoever keeps the fig-tree shall eat the fruit thereof; And he that regards his master shall be honored.

19As in water face answered to face, So the heart of man to man.

20Sheol and Abaddon are never satisfied; And the eyes of man are never satisfied.

21The refining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold; And a man is tried by his praise.

22yough you should pound a fool in a mortar with a pestle along with crushed grain, yet will not his foolishness depart from him.

23Be diligent to know the state of your flocks, And look well to your herds: 24For riches are not for ever: And does the crown endure unto all generations? 25The hay is removed, and the tender grass shows itself, And the herbs of the mountains are gathered in. 26The lambs are for your clothing, And the goats are the price of the field; 27And there will be goatsí milk enough for your food, for the food of your household, And maintenance for your maidens.


28 The wicked flee when no man pursues; But the righteous are bold as a lion.

2For the transgression of a land many are the princes thereof; But by men of understanding and knowledge the state thereof shall be prolonged.

3A needy man that oppresses the poor Is like a sweeping rain that leaves no food.

4They that forsake the law praise the wicked; But such as keep the law contend with them.

5Evil men do not understand justice; But they that seek Jehovah understand all things.

6Better is the poor that walks in his integrity, Than he that is perverse in his ways, though he be rich.

7Whoever keeps the law is a wise son; But he that is a companion of gluttons shames his father.

8He that augments his substance by interest and increase, gathers it for him that has pity on the poor.

9He that turns away his ear from hearing the law, Even his prayer is an abomination.

10Whoever cause the upright to go astray in an evil way, He shall fall himself into his own pit; But the perfect shall inherit good.

11The rich man is wise in his own conceit; But the poor that has understanding searches him out.

12When the righteous triumph, there is great glory; But when the wicked rise, men hide themselves.

13He that covers his transgressions shall not prosper: But whoever confesses and forsakes them shall obtain mercy.

14Happy is the man that fears always; But he that hardens his heart shall fall into mischief.

15As a roaring lion, and a ranging bear, So is a wicked ruler over a poor people.

16The prince that lacks understanding is also a great oppressor; But he that hates covetousness shall prolong his days.

17A man that is loaded with the blood of any person Shall flee unto the pit; Let no man stay him.

18Whoever walks uprightly shall be delivered; But he that is perverse in his ways shall fall at once.

19He that tills his land shall have plenty of bread; But he that follows after vain persons shall have poverty enough.

20A faithful man shall abound with blessings; But he that hurries to be rich shall not be unpunished.

21To have respect of persons is not good; Neither that a man should transgress for a piece of bread.

22he that has an evil eye hurries after riches, And knows not that want shall come upon him.

23He that rebukes a man shall afterward find more favor Than he that flatters with the tongue.

24whoever robs his father or his mother, and says, It is no transgression, The same is the companion of a destroyer.

25He that is of a greedy spirit stirs up strife; But he that puts his trust in Jehovah shall be made fat.

26He that trusts in his own heart is a fool; But whoever walks wisely, he shall be delivered.

27He that gives unto the poor shall not lack; But he that hides his eyes shall have many a curse.

28When the wicked rise, men hide themselves; But when they perish, the righteous increase.


29 He that being often reproved hardens his neck Shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.

2When the righteous are increased, the people rejoice; But when a wicked man bears rule, the people groan.

3whoever loves wisdom rejoices his father; But he that keeps company with harlots waste his substance.

4The king by justice establishes the land; But he that exacts gifts overthrows it.

5A man that flatters his neighbor spreads a net for his steps.

6In the transgression of an evil man there is a snare; But the righteous does sing and rejoice.

7The righteous takes knowledge of the cause of the poor; The wicked have not understanding to know it.

8Scoffers set a city in a flame; But wise men turn away wrath.

9If a wise man has a controversy with a foolish man, Whether he be angry or laugh, there will be no rest.

10The bloodthirsty hate him that is perfect; And as for the upright, they seek his life.

11A fool utters all his anger; But a wise man keeps it back and stills it.

12If a ruler listens to falsehood, All his servants are wicked.

13The poor man and the oppressor meet together; Jehovah lightens the eyes of them both.

14The king that faithfully judges the poor, His throne shall be established for ever.

15The rod and reproof give wisdom; But a child left to himself causes shame to his mother.

16When the wicked are increased, transgression increases; But the righteous shall look upon their fall.

17Correct your son, and he will give you rest; yes, he will give delight unto your soul.

18Where there is no vision, the people cast off restraint; But happy is he that keeps the law.

19A servant will not be corrected by words; For though he understand, he will not give heed.

20See a man that is hasty in his words? There is more hope of a fool than of him.

21He that delicately brings up his servant from a child Shall have him become a son at the last.

22An angry man stirs up strife, And a wrathful man abounds in transgression.

23A manís pride shall bring him low; But he that is of a lowly spirit shall obtain honor.

24whoever is partner with a thief hates his own soul; He hears the petition and utters nothing.

25The fear of man brings a snare; But whoever puts his trust in Jehovah shall be safe.

26Many seek the rulerís favor; But a manís judgment comes from Jehovah.

27An unjust man is an abomination to the righteous; And he that is upright in the way is an abomination to the wicked.


30 The words of A-gur the son of Ja-keh; The oracle. The man says unto I-thi-el, unto I-thi-el and U-cal: 2Surely I am more brutish than any man, And have not the understanding of a man; 3And I have not learned wisdom, Neither have I the knowledge of the Holy One. 4Who has ascended up into heaven, and descended? Who has gathered the wind in his fists? Who has bound the waters in his garment? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is his name, and what is his sonís name, if you know? 5Every word of God is tried: He is a shield unto them that take refuge in him. 6Add not unto his words, unless he reprove you, and you be found a liar.

7Two things have I asked of you; Deny me them not before I die: 8Remove far from me falsehood and lies; Give me neither poverty nor riches; Feed me with the food that is needful for me: 9Lest I be full, and deny you, and say, Who is Jehovah? Or unless I be poor, and steal, And use profanely the name of my God.

10Slander not a servant unto his master, unless he curse you, and you be held guilty. 11There is a generation that curse their father, And bless not their mother. 12There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes, And yet are not washed from their filthiness. 13There is a generation, oh how lofty are their eyes! And their eyelids are lifted up. 14There is a generation whose teeth are as swords, and their jaw teeth as knives, To devour the poor from off the earth, and the needy from among men.

15The leach has two daughters, crying, Give, give. There are three things that are never satisfied, yes, four that say not, Enough: 16Sheol; And the barren womb; The earth that is not satisfied with water; And the fire that says not, Enough. 17The eye that mocks at his father, And despises to obey his mother, The ravens of the valley shall pick it out, And the young eagles shall eat it.

18There are three things which are too wonderful for me, yes, four which I know not: 19The way of an eagle in the air; The way of a serpent upon a rock; The way of a ship in the midst of the sea; And the way of a man with a maiden. 20So is the way of an adulterous woman; She eats, and wipes her mouth, And says, I have done no wickedness. 21For three things the earth does tremble, And for four, which it cannot bear: 22For a servant when he is king; And a fool when he is filled with food; 23For an odious woman when she is married; And a handmaid that is heir to her mistress.

24There are four things which are little upon the earth, But they are exceedingly wise: 25The ants are a people not strong, yet they provide their food in the summer; 26The conies are but a feeble folk, yet make they their houses in the rocks; 27The locusts have no king, yet go they forth all of them by bands; 28The lizard takes hold with her hands, yet is she in kingsí palaces.

29There are three things which are stately in their march, yes, four which are stately in going: 30The lion, which is mightiest among beasts, And turns not away for any; 31The greyhound; The he-goat also; And the king against whom there is no rising up. 32If you have done foolishly in lifting up yourself, Or if you have thought evil, Lay your hand upon your mouth. 33For the churning of milk brings forth butter, And the wringing of the nose brings forth blood; So the forcing of wrath brings forth strife.


31 The words of king Lem-u-el; the oracle which his mother taught him. 2What, my son? and what, O son of my womb? And what, O son of my vows? 3Give not your strength unto women, Nor your ways to that which destroys kings. 4It is not for kings, O Lem-u-el, it is not for kings to drink wine; Nor for princes to say, Where is strong drink? 5Lest they drink, and forget the law, And pervert the justice due to any that is afflicted. 6Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, And wine unto the bitter in soul: 7Let him drink, and forget his poverty, And remember his misery no more. 8Open your mouth for the dumb, In the cause of all such as are left desolate. 9Open your mouth, judge righteously, And minister justice to the poor and needy.

10A worthy woman who can find? For her price is far above rubies. 11The heart of her husband trusts in her, And he shall have no lack of gain. 12She does him good and not evil All the days of her life. 13She seeks wool and flax, And works willingly with her hands. 14She is like the merchant-ships; She brings her bread from afar. 15She rises also while it is yet night, And gives food to her household, And their task to her maidens. 16She considers a field, and buys it; With the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard. 17She girds her loins with strength, And makes strong her arms. 18She perceives that her merchandise is profitable: Her lamp does not go out by night. 19She lays her hands to the distaff, And her hands hold the spindle. 20She stretches out her hand to the poor; yes, she reaches forth her hands to the needy. 21She is not afraid of the snow for her household; For all her household are clothed with scarlet. 22She makes for herself carpets of tapestry; Her clothing is fine linen and purple. 23Her husband is known in the gates, When he sits among the elders of the land. 24She makes linen garments and sells them, And delivers girdles unto the merchant. 25Strength and dignity are her clothing; And she laughs at the time to come. 26She opened her mouth with wisdom; And the law of kindness is on her tongue. 27She looks well to the ways of her household, And eats not the bread of idleness. 28Her children rise up, and call her blessed; Her husband also, and he praised her, saying: 29Many daughters have done worthily, But you excel them all. 30Grace is deceitful, and beauty is vain; But a woman that fears Jehovah, she shall be praised. 31Give her of the fruit of her hands; And let her works praise her in the gates.


38But you have cast off and rejected, you have been angry with your anointed. 39You have abhorred the covenant of your servant: you have profaned his crown by casting it to the ground. 40You have broken down all his hedges; you have brought his strongholds to ruin. 41All that pass by the way rob him: He is become a reproach to his neighbors. 42You have exalted the right hand of his adversaries; you have made all his enemies to rejoice. 43yous, you turn back the edge of his sword, And have not made him to stand in the battle. 44You have made his brightness to cease, And cast his throne down to the ground. 45The days of his youth have you shortened: you have covered him with shame. Selah 46How long, O Jehovah? will you hide yourself for ever? How long shall your wrath burn like fire? 47Oh remember how short my time is: For what vanity have you created all the children of men! 48What man is he that shall live and not see death, That shall deliver his soul from the power of Sheol? Selah 49Lord, where are your former lovingkindnesses, Which you swore unto David in your faithfulness? 50Remember, Lord, the reproach of your servants; How I do bear in my bosom the reproach of all the mighty peoples, 51Wherewith your enemies have reproached, O Jehovah, Wherewith they have reproached the footsteps of your anointed. 52Blessed be Jehovah for evermore. Amen, and Amen.


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