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proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel: 2To know wisdom and instruction; To discern the words of
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
proverbs of Solomon. A wise son makes a glad father; But a foolish son is
the heaviness of his mother.
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.
becomes poor that works with a slack hand; But the hand of the diligent
gathers in summer is a wise son; But
he that sleeps in harvest is a son that causes shame.
are upon the head of the righteous; But violence covers the mouth of the
memory of the righteous is blessed; But the name of the wicked shall rot.
in heart will receive commandments; But a prating fool shall fall.
walks uprightly walks surely; But he that perverts his ways shall be
winks with the eye causes sorrow; But a prating fool shall fall.
mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life; But violence covers the
mouth of the wicked.
stirs up strifes; But love covers all transgressions.
lips of him that has discernment wisdom is found; But a rod is for the
back of him that is void of understanding.
lay up knowledge; But the mouth of the foolish is a present destruction.
manís wealth is his strong city: The destruction of the poor is their
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.
hides hatred is of lying lips; And he that utters a slander is a fool.
multitude of words there is no lack of transgression; But he that refrains
his lips does wisely.
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
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.
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
vinegar to the teeth, and as smoke to the eyes, So is the slothful to them
that send him.
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.
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
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
11 A false
balance is an abomination to Jehovah; But a just weight is his delight.
pride comes, then comes shame; But with the lowly is wisdom.
integrity of the upright shall guide them; But the perverseness of the
treacherous shall destroy them.
profit not in the day of wrath; But righteousness delivers from death.
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.
wicked man dies, his expectation
shall perish; And the hope of iniquity perishes.
righteous is delivered out of trouble, And the wicked comes in his stead.
mouth the godless man destroys his neighbor; But through knowledge shall
the righteous be delivered.
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.
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.
wise guidance is, the people fall; But in the multitude of counsellors
there is safety.
is surety for a stranger shall suffer for it; But he that hates suretyship
gracious woman obtains honor; And violent men obtain riches.
merciful man does good to his own soul; But he that is cruel troubles his
wicked earns deceitful wages; But he that sows righteousness has a sure reward.
is steadfast in righteousness shall
attain unto life; And he that pursues evil does
it to his own death.
that are perverse in heart are an abomination to Jehovah; But such as are
perfect in their way are his
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.
desire of the righteous is only good; But
the expectation of the wicked is wrath.
that scatters, and increases yet more; And there is that withholds more
than is meet, but it tends only
liberal soul shall be made fat; And he that waters shall be watered also
withholds grain, the people shall curse him; But blessing shall be upon
the head of him that sells it.
diligently seeks good seeks favor; But he that searches after evil, it
shall come unto him.
trusts in his riches shall fall; But the righteous shall flourish as the
troubles his own house shall inherit the wind; And the foolish shall be
servant to the wise of heart.
fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; And he that is wise wins souls.
the righteous shall be recompensed in the earth: How much more the wicked
and the sinner!
loves correction loves knowledge; But he that hates reproof is brutish.
man shall obtain favor of Jehovah; But a man of wicked devices will he
shall not be established by wickedness; But the root of the righteous
shall not be moved.
woman is the crown of her husband; But she that makes ashamed is as
rottenness in his bones.
thoughts of the righteous are just; But
the counsels of the wicked are deceit.
words of the wicked are of lying in wait for blood; But the mouth of the
upright shall deliver them.
wicked are overthrown, and are not; But the house of the righteous shall
shall be commended according to his wisdom; But he that is of a perverse
heart shall be despised.
is he that is lightly esteemed, and has a servant, Than he that honors
himself, and lacks bread.
righteous man regards the life of his beast; But the tender mercies of the
wicked are cruel.
tills his land shall have plenty of bread; But he that follows after vain persons
is void of understanding.
wicked desires the net of evil men; But the root of the righteous yields fruit.
transgression of the lips is a snare to the evil man; But the righteous
shall come out of trouble.
shall be satisfied with good by the fruit of his mouth; And the doings of
a manís hands shall be rendered unto him.
of a fool is right in his own eyes; But he that is wise listens unto
foolís vexation is presently known; But a prudent man conceals shame.
utters truth shows forth righteousness; But a false witness, deceit.
one that speaks rashly like the piercings of a sword; But the tongue of
the wise is health.
of truth shall be established for ever; But a lying tongue is but for a
is in the heart of them that devise evil; But to the counselors of peace
shall no mischief happen to the righteous; But the wicked shall be filled
lips are an abomination to Jehovah; But they that deal truly are his
prudent man conceals knowledge; But the heart of fools proclaims
of the diligent shall bear rule; But the slothful shall be put under
in the heart of a man makes it stoop; But a good word makes it glad.
righteous is a guide to his neighbor; But the way of the wicked cause them
slothful man roasts not that which he took in hunting; But the precious
substance of men is to the
way of righteousness is life; And in the pathway thereof there is no
13 A wise
son hears his fatherís
instruction; But a scoffer does not hears a rebuke.
shall eat good by the fruit of his mouth; But the soul of the treacherous shall
guards his mouth keeps his life; But
he that opened wide his lips shall have destruction.
of the slothful desires, and has nothing; But the soul of the diligent
shall be made fat.
righteous man hates lying; But a wicked man is loathsome, and comes to
guards him that is upright in the way; But wickedness overthrows the
he that makes himself rich, yet has nothing: There is he that makes
himself poor, yet has great wealth.
ransom of a manís life is his riches; But the poor hears no threatening.
light of the righteous rejoices; But the lamp of the wicked shall be put
comes only contention; But with the well-advised is wisdom.
gotten by vanity shall be diminished; But he that gathers by labor shall
deferred makes the heart sick; But when the desire comes, it is a tree of
despises the word brings destruction on himself; But he that fears the
commandment shall be rewarded.
of the wise is a fountain of life, That one may depart from the snares of
understanding gives favor; But the way of the transgressor is hard.
prudent man works with knowledge; But a fool flaunts his
messenger falls into evil; But a faithful ambassador is health.
and shame shall be to him that
refuses correction; But he that regards reproof shall be honored.
desire accomplished is sweet to the soul; But it is an abomination to
fools to depart from evil.
with wise men, and you shall be wise; But the companion of fools shall be
pursues sinners; But the righteous shall be recompensed with good.
man leaves an inheritance to his childrenís children; And the wealth of
the sinner is laid up for the righteous.
food is in the tillage of the
poor; But there is that that is destroyed by reason of injustice.
spares his rod hates his son; But he that loves him seeks him with correction.
righteous eats to the satisfying of his soul; But the belly of the wicked
wise woman builds her house; But the foolish pulls it down with her own
walks in his uprightness fears Jehovah; But he that is perverse in his
ways despises him.
mouth of the foolish is a rod for his
pride; But the lips of the wise shall preserve them.
oxen are, the crib is clean; But much increase is by the strength of the
faithful witness will not lie; But a false witness utters lies.
scoffer seeks wisdom, and finds it
not; But knowledge is easy unto him that has understanding.
the presence of a foolish man, And you shall not perceive in him the lips of knowledge.
wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way; But the folly of fools is
mocks the trespass-offering; But among the upright there is good will.
heart knows its own bitterness; And a stranger does not share in its joy.
house of the wicked shall be overthrown; But the tent of the upright shall
a way which seems right unto a man; But the end thereof are the ways of
laughter the heart is sorrowful; And the end of joy is heaviness.
backslider in heart shall be filled with his own ways; And a good man shall be satisfied from himself.
simple believes every word; But the prudent man looks well to his going.
man fears, and departs from evil; But the fool bears himself insolently,
and is confident.
is soon angry will deal foolishly; And a man of wicked devices is hated.
simple inherit folly; But the prudent are crowned with knowledge.
bow down before the good; And the wicked, at the gates of the righteous.
is hated even of his own neighbor; But the rich has many friends.
despises his neighbor sins; But he that has pity on the poor, happy is he.
not err that devise evil? But mercy and truth shall
be to them that devise good.
labor there is profit; But the talk of the lips tends
only to poverty.
crown of the wise is their riches; But
the folly of fools is only
witness delivers souls; But he that utters lies cause
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
multitude of people is the kingís glory; But in the want of people is
the destruction of the prince.
is slow to anger is of great understanding; But he that is hasty of spirit
tranquil heart is the life of the flesh; But envy is the rottenness of the
oppresses the poor reproaches his Maker; But he that has mercy on the
needy honors him.
wicked is thrust down in his evil-doing; But the righteous has a refuge in
rests in the heart of him that has understanding; But that which is in the inward part of fools is made known.
exalts a nation; But sin is a reproach to any people.
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.
tongue of the wise utters knowledge aright; But the mouth of fools pours
of Jehovah are in every place, Keeping watch upon the evil and the good.
tongue is a tree of life; But perverseness therein is a breaking of the
despises his fatherís correction; But he that regards reproof gets
house of the righteous is much treasure; But in the revenues of the wicked
of the wise disperse knowledge; But the heart of the foolish does not so.
sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to Jehovah; But the prayer of
the upright is his delight.
of the wicked is an abomination to Jehovah; But he loves him that follows
grievous correction for him that forsakes the way; And
he that hates reproof shall die.
and Abaddon are before Jehovah: How much more then the hearts of the
children of men!
scoffer loves not to be reproved; He will not go unto the wise.
heart makes a cheerful countenance; But by sorrow of heart the spirit is
heart of him that has understanding seeks knowledge; But the mouth of
fools feeds on folly.
days of the afflicted are evil; But he that is of a cheerful heart has a continual feast.
is little, with the fear of Jehovah, Than great treasure and trouble
is a dinner of herbs, where love is, Than a stalled ox and hatred
wrathful man stirs up contention; But he that is slow to anger appeases
of the slothful is as a hedge of thorns; But the path of the upright is
made a highway.
son makes a glad father; But a foolish man despises his mother.
joy to him that is void of wisdom; But a man of understanding makes his
there is no counsel, purposes are broken; But in the multitude of
counselors they are established.
has joy in the answer of his mouth; And a word in due season, how good is
wise the way of life is upward,
That he may depart from Sheol beneath.
will root up the house of the proud; But he will establish the border of
devices are an abomination to Jehovah; But pleasant words are pure.
is greedy for gain troubles his own house; But he that hates bribes shall
heart of the righteous studies to answer; But the mouth of the wicked
pours out evil things.
is far from the wicked; But he hears the prayer of the righteous.
light of the eyes rejoices the heart; And
good tidings make the bones fat.
that listens to the reproof of life Shall abide among the wise.
refuses correction despises his own soul; But he that listens to reproof
of Jehovah is the instruction of wisdom; And before honor is humility.
plans of the heart belong to man; But the answer of the tongue is from
ways of a man are pure in his own eyes; But Jehovah weighs the spirits.
your works unto Jehovah, And your purposes shall be established.
has made everything for its own end; yes, even the wicked for the day of
one that is proud in heart is an abomination to Jehovah: though hand join in hand,
he shall not be unpunished.
and truth iniquity is atoned for; And by the fear of Jehovah men depart
manís ways please Jehovah, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with
is a little, with righteousness, Than great revenues with injustice.
manís heart devises his way; But Jehovah directs his steps.
sentence is in the lips of the king; His mouth shall not transgress in
balance and scales are Jehovahís; All the weights of the bag are his
12It is an
abomination to kings to commit wickedness; For the throne is established
lips are the delight of kings; And they love him that speaks right.
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.
better is it to get wisdom than gold! yes, to get understanding is rather
to be chosen than silver.
highway of the upright is to depart from evil: He that keeps his way
preserves his soul.
before destruction, And a haughty spirit before a fall.
it is to be of a lowly spirit with the poor, Than to divide the spoil with
gives heed unto the word shall find good; And whoever trusts in Jehovah,
happy is he.
in heart shall be called prudent; And the sweetness of the lips increases
is a well-spring of life unto him that has it; But the correction of fools
is their folly.
heart of the wise instructs his mouth, And adds learning to his lips.
words are as a honeycomb, Sweet
to the soul, and health to the bones.
a way which seems right unto a man, But the end thereof are the ways of
appetite of the laboring man labors for him; For his mouth urges him thereto.
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.
hoary head is a crown of glory; It shall be found in the way of
is slow to anger is better than the mighty; And he that rules his spirit,
than he that takes a city.
is cast into the lap; But the whole disposing thereof is of Jehovah.
is a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, Than a house full of feasting
servant that deals wisely shall have rule over a son that causes shame,
And shall have part in the inheritance among the brethren.
refining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold; But Jehovah tries
evil-doer gives heed to wicked lips; And
a liar gives ear to a mischievous tongue.
mocks the poor reproaches his Maker; And
he that is glad at calamity shall not be unpunished.
children are the crown of old men; And the glory of children are their
speech becomes not a fool; Much less do lying lips a prince.
is as a precious stone in the
eyes of him that has it; wherever it turns, it prospers.
covers a transgression seeks love; But he that harps on a matter separates
enters deeper into one that has understanding Than a hundred stripes into
man seeks only rebellion; Therefore a cruel messenger shall be sent
bear robbed of her whelps meet a man, Rather than a fool in his folly.
rewards evil for good, Evil shall not depart from his house.
beginning of strife is as when
one lets out water: Therefore leave off contention, before there is
justifies the wicked, and he that condemns the righteous, Both of them
alike are an abomination to Jehovah.
there a price in the hand of a fool to buy wisdom, Seeing he has no
loves at all times; And a brother is born for adversity.
void of understanding strikes hands, And becomes surety in the presence of
loves strife loves transgression: He that raised high his gate seeks
has a wayward heart finds no good; And he that has a perverse tongue falls
begets a fool does it to his
sorrow; And the father of a fool has no joy.
cheerful heart is a good medicine; But a broken spirit dries up the bones.
man receives a bribe out of the bosom, To pervert the ways of justice.
is before the face of him that has understanding; But the eyes of a fool
are in the ends of the earth.
foolish son is a grief to his father, And bitterness to her that bare him.
punish the righteous is not good, Nor
to strike the noble for their
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.
has no delight in understanding, But only that his heart may reveal
wicked comes, there comes also contempt, And with dishonor comes reproach.
words of a manís mouth are as
deep waters; The wellspring of wisdom is as
a flowing brook.
respect the person of the wicked is not good, Nor
to turn aside the righteous in judgment.
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.
words of a whisperer are as dainty morsels, And they go down into the
that is slack in his work Is brother to him that is a destroyer.
of Jehovah is a strong tower; The righteous runs into it, and is safe.
manís wealth is his strong city, And as a high wall in his own
destruction the heart of man is haughty; And before honor go humility.
gives answer before he hears, It is folly and shame unto him.
spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; But a broken spirit who can
heart of the prudent gets knowledge; And the ear of the wise seeks
manís gift makes room for him, And brings him before great men.
pleades his cause first seems
just; But his neighbor comes and searches him out.
cause contentions to cease, And parts between the mighty.
brother offended is harder to be won
than a strong city; And such
contentions are like the bars of a castle.
manís belly shall be filled with the fruit of his mouth; With the
increase of his lips shall he be satisfied.
and life are in the power of the tongue; And they that love it shall eat
the fruit thereof.
finds a wife finds a good thing, And obtains favor of Jehovah.
use entreaties; But the rich answered roughly.
makes many friends does it to
his own destruction; But there is a friend that sticks closer than a
is the poor that walks in his integrity Than he that is perverse in his
lips and is a fool.
that the soul be without knowledge is not good; And he that hurries with
his feet sins.
foolishness of man subverts his way; And his heart frets against Jehovah.
adds many friends; But the poor is separated from his friend.
witness shall not be unpunished; And he that utters lies shall not escape.
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.
gets wisdom loves his own soul: He that keeps understanding shall find
witness shall not be unpunished; And he that utters lies shall perish.
living is not fitting for a fool; Much less for a servant to have rule
discretion of a man made him slow to anger; And it is his glory to pass
over a transgression.
kingís wrath is as the roaring of a lion; But his favor is as dew upon
foolish son is the calamity of his father; And the contentions of a wife
are a continual dripping.
and riches are an inheritance from fathers; But a prudent wife is from
castes into a deep sleep; And the idle soul shall suffer hunger.
keeps the commandment keeps his soul; But
he that is careless of his ways shall die.
has pity upon the poor lends unto Jehovah, And his good deed will he pay
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.
counsel, and receive instruction, That you may be wise in your latter end.
are many devices in a manís heart; But the counsel of Jehovah, that
which makes a man to be desired is his kindness; And a poor man is better
than a liar.
of Jehovah tends to life; And he
that has it shall abide
satisfied; He shall not be visited with evil.
slothful man buries his hand in the dish, And will not so much as bring it
to his mouth again.
scoffer, and the simple will learn prudence; And reprove one that has
understanding, and he will
does violence to his father, and chases away his mother, Is a son that
cause shame and brings reproach.
my son, to hear instruction Only
to err from the words of knowledge.
worthless witness mocks at justice; And the mouth of the wicked swallows
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
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
slothful will not plow by reason of the winter; Therefore he shall beg in
harvest, and have nothing.
in the heart of man is like deep
water; But a man of understanding will draw it out.
will proclaim every one his own kindness; But who can find a faithful man?
righteous man that walks in his integrity, Blessed are his children after
that sits on the throne of judgment scatters away all evil with his eyes.
say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin?
weights, and diverse measures, Both of them alike are an abomination to
child makes himself known by his doings, Whether his work be pure, and
whether it be right.
hearing ear, and the seeing eye, Jehovah has made both of them.
sleep, lest you come to poverty; Open your eyes, and
you shall be satisfied with bread.
bad, it is bad, says the buyer; But when he is gone his way, then he
gold, and abundance of rubies; But the lips of knowledge are a precious
garment that is surety for a stranger; And hold him in pledge that is surety for foreigners.
falsehood is sweet to a man; But afterwards his mouth shall be filled with
purpose is established by counsel; And by wise guidance you make war.
goes about as a tale-bearer reveals secrets; Therefore company not with
him that opened wide his lips.
curses his father or his mother, His lamp shall be put out in blackness of
inheritance may be gotten
quickly at the beginning; But the end thereof shall not be blessed.
I will recompense evil: Wait for Jehovah, and he will save you.
weights are an abomination to Jehovah; And a false balance is not good.
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.
king sifts the wicked, And brings the threshing-wheel
spirit of man is the lamp of Jehovah, Searching all his innermost parts.
and truth preserve the king; And his throne is upheld by kindness.
glory of young men is their strength; And the beauty of old men is the
that wound cleanse away evil; And strokes reach
the innermost parts.
kingís heart is in the hand of Jehovah as the watercourses: He turns it
wherever he will.
way of a man is right in his own eyes; But Jehovah weighs the hearts.
righteousness and justice Is more acceptable to Jehovah than sacrifice.
look, and a proud heart, Even
the lamp of the wicked, is sin.
thoughts of the diligent tend
only to plenteousness; But every one that is hasty hurries
only to want.
getting of treasures by a lying tongue Is a vapor driven to and fro by
them that seek death.
violence of the wicked shall sweep them away, Because they refuse to do
of him that is loaded with guilt is exceedingly crooked; But as for the
pure, his work is right.
better to dwell in the corner of the housetop, Than with a contentious
woman in a wide house.
of the wicked desires evil: His neighbor finds no favor in his eyes.
scoffer is punished, the simple is made wise; And when the wise is
instructed, he receives knowledge.
righteous man considers the house of the wicked, How
the wicked are overthrown to their
stops his ears at the cry of the poor, He also shall cry, but shall not be
in secret pacifies anger; And a present in the bosom, strong wrath.
joy to the righteous to do justice; But it is a destruction to the workers
that wanders out of the way of understanding Shall rest in the assembly of
loves pleasure shall be a poor man: He that loves wine and oil shall not
wicked is a ransom for the righteous; And the treacherous comes in the stead of the upright.
better to dwell in a desert land, Than with a contentious and fretful
precious treasure and oil in the dwelling of the wise; But a foolish man
swallows it up.
follows after righteousness and kindness finds life, righteousness, and
man scales the city of the mighty, And brings down the strength of the
keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps his soul from troubles.
proud and haughty man, scoffer is his name; He works in the arrogance of
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
sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination: How much more, when he brings
it with a wicked mind!
witness shall perish; But the man that hears shall speak so as to endure.
man hardens his face; But as for the upright, he establishes his ways.
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.
and the poor meet together: Jehovah is the maker of them all.
prudent man sees the evil, and hides himself; But the simple pass on, and
suffer for it.
reward of humility and the fear
of Jehovah Is riches, and honor,
snares are in the way of the perverse: He that keeps his soul shall be far
a child in the way he should go, And even when he is old he will not
depart from it.
rules over the poor; And the borrower is servant to the lender.
sows iniquity shall reap calamity; And the rod of his wrath shall fail.
has a bountiful eye shall be blessed; For he gives of his bread to the
the scoffer, and contention will go out; yes, strife and dishonor will
loves pureness of heart, For the
grace of his lips the king will be his friend.
of Jehovah preserve him that has
knowledge; But he overthrows the words of the treacherous man.
slothful says, There is a lion without: I shall be slain in the streets.
mouth of strange women is a deep pit: He that is abhorred of Jehovah shall
is bound up in the heart of a child; But
the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.
oppresses the poor to increase his gain,
And he that gives to the rich, shall
come only to want.
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?
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.
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.
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
not the ancient landmark, Which your fathers have set.
man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; He shall not
stand before mean men.
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.
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.
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.
not in the hearing of a fool; For he will despise the wisdom of your
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small.
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?
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.
not when your enemy falls, And let not your heart be glad when he is
Jehovah see it, and it displease him, And he turn away his wrath from him.
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
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?
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.
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.
by the field of the slothful, And by the vineyard of the man void of
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.
also are proverbs of Solomon, which the men of Hez-e-ki-ah king of Judah
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
and wind without rain, So is he
that boasts himself of his gifts falsely.
forbearing is a ruler persuaded, And a soft tongue breaks the bone.
found honey? eat so much as is sufficient for you, unless you be filled
therewith, and vomit it.
foot be seldom in your neighborís house, unless he be weary of you, and
that bears false witness against his neighbor Is a maul, and a sword, and
a sharp arrow.
in an unfaithful man in time of trouble Is like
a broken tooth, and a foot out of joint.
that takes off a garment in cold weather, and
as vinegar upon soda, So is he that sings songs to a heavy heart.
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.
north wind brings forth rain: So does a backbiting tongue an angry
better to dwell in the corner of the housetop, Than with a contentious
woman in a wide house.
waters to a thirsty soul, So is good news from a far country.
troubled fountain, and a corrupted spring, So
is a righteous man that gives way before the wicked.
not good to eat much honey: So for
men to search out their own glory is grievous.
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.
sparrow in her wandering, as the swallow in her flying, So the curse that
is causeless shall not alight.
for the horse, a bridle for the ass, And a rod for the back of fools.
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.
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.
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.
man wise in his own conceit? There is more hope for a fool than for him.
slothful says, There is a lion in the way; A lion is in the streets.
door turns upon its hinges, So does the slothful upon his bed.
slothful buries his hand in the dish; It wearies him to bring it again to
slothful is wiser in his own conceit Than seven men that can render a
passes by, and vexes himself
with strife belonging not to him, Is like
one that takes a dog by the ears.
madman who castes firebrands, Arrows, and death, 19So
is the man that deceives his neighbor, And says, Am I not in sport?
of wood the fire goes out; And where there is no whisperer, contentions
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
lips and a wicked heart Are like
an earthen vessel overlaid with silver dross.
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.
digs a pit shall fall therein; And he that rolls a stone, it shall return
tongue hates those whom it has wounded; And a flattering mouth works ruin.
not yourself of tomorrow; For you know not what a day may bring forth.
another man praise you, and not your own mouth; A stranger, and not your
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
is open rebuke Than love that is hidden. 6Faithful
are the wounds of a friend; But the kisses of an enemy are profuse.
soul loathes a honeycomb; But to the hungry soul every bitter thing is
bird that wanders from her nest, So is a man that wanders from his place.
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.
be wise, and make my heart glad, That I may answer him that reproaches me.
prudent man sees the evil, and
hides himself; But the simple
pass on, and suffer for it.
garment that is surety for a stranger; And hold him in pledge that is surety for a foreign woman.
blesses his friend with a loud voice, rising early in the morning, It
shall be counted a curse to him.
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
sharpens iron; So a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.
keeps the fig-tree shall eat the fruit thereof; And he that regards his
master shall be honored.
water face answered to face, So
the heart of man to man.
and Abaddon are never satisfied; And the eyes of man are never satisfied.
refining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold; And a man is tried by his praise.
you should pound a fool in a mortar with a pestle along with crushed
grain, yet will not his foolishness depart from him.
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.
wicked flee when no man pursues; But the righteous are bold as a lion.
transgression of a land many are the princes thereof; But by men of
understanding and knowledge the
state thereof shall be
man that oppresses the poor Is like
a sweeping rain that leaves no food.
that forsake the law praise the wicked; But such as keep the law contend
do not understand justice; But they that seek Jehovah understand all
is the poor that walks in his integrity, Than he that is perverse in his
ways, though he be rich.
keeps the law is a wise son; But he that is a companion of gluttons shames
augments his substance by interest and increase, gathers it for him that
has pity on the poor.
turns away his ear from hearing the law, Even his prayer is an
cause the upright to go astray in an evil way, He shall fall himself into
his own pit; But the perfect shall inherit good.
man is wise in his own conceit; But the poor that has understanding
searches him out.
righteous triumph, there is great glory; But when the wicked rise, men
covers his transgressions shall not prosper: But whoever confesses and
forsakes them shall obtain mercy.
the man that fears always; But he that hardens his heart shall fall into
roaring lion, and a ranging bear, So
is a wicked ruler over a poor people.
prince that lacks understanding is also a great oppressor; But he that hates covetousness shall prolong his days.
that is loaded with the blood of any person Shall flee unto the pit; Let
no man stay him.
walks uprightly shall be delivered; But he that is perverse in his ways shall fall at once.
tills his land shall have plenty of bread; But he that follows after vain persons
shall have poverty enough.
faithful man shall abound with blessings; But he that hurries to be rich
shall not be unpunished.
respect of persons is not good; Neither that a man should transgress for a
piece of bread.
has an evil eye hurries after riches, And knows not that want shall come
rebukes a man shall afterward find more favor Than he that flatters with
robs his father or his mother, and says, It is no transgression, The same
is the companion of a destroyer.
is of a greedy spirit stirs up strife; But he that puts his trust in
Jehovah shall be made fat.
trusts in his own heart is a fool; But whoever walks wisely, he shall be
gives unto the poor shall not lack; But he that hides his eyes shall have
many a curse.
wicked rise, men hide themselves; But when they perish, the righteous
29 He that
being often reproved hardens his neck Shall suddenly be destroyed, and
that without remedy.
righteous are increased, the people rejoice; But when a wicked man bears
rule, the people groan.
loves wisdom rejoices his father; But he that keeps company with harlots
waste his substance.
by justice establishes the land; But he that exacts gifts overthrows it.
that flatters his neighbor spreads a net for his steps.
transgression of an evil man there is a snare; But the righteous does sing
righteous takes knowledge of the cause of the poor; The wicked have not
understanding to know it.
set a city in a flame; But wise men turn away wrath.
wise man has a controversy with a foolish man, Whether he be angry or
laugh, there will be no rest.
bloodthirsty hate him that is perfect; And as for the upright, they seek
utters all his anger; But a wise man keeps it back and stills it.
ruler listens to falsehood, All his servants are wicked.
man and the oppressor meet together; Jehovah lightens the eyes of them
that faithfully judges the poor, His throne shall be established for ever.
and reproof give wisdom; But a child left to himself causes shame to his
wicked are increased, transgression increases; But the righteous shall
look upon their fall.
your son, and he will give you rest; yes, he will give delight unto your
there is no vision, the people cast off restraint; But happy is he that
keeps the law.
servant will not be corrected by words; For though he understand, he will
not give heed.
man that is hasty in his words? There is more hope of a fool than of him.
delicately brings up his servant from a child Shall have him become a son
at the last.
man stirs up strife, And a wrathful man abounds in transgression.
manís pride shall bring him low; But he that is of a lowly spirit shall
is partner with a thief hates his own soul; He hears the petition and
of man brings a snare; But whoever puts his trust in Jehovah shall be
seek the rulerís favor; But a manís judgment comes
unjust man is an abomination to the righteous; And he that is upright in
the way is an abomination to the wicked.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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