1:1 The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel;
1:2 To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of
1:3 To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment,
1:4 To give subtilty to the simple, to the young man knowledge and
1:5 A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of
understanding shall attain unto wise counsels:
1:6 To understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of
the wise, and their dark sayings.
1:7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools
despise wisdom and instruction.
1:8 My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not
the law of thy mother:
1:9 For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and
chains about thy neck.
1:10 My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not.
1:11 If they say, Come with us, let us lay wait for blood, let us
lurk privily for the innocent without cause:
1:12 Let us swallow them up alive as the grave; and whole, as those
that go down into the pit:
1:13 We shall find all precious substance, we shall fill our houses
1:14 Cast in thy lot among us; let us all have one purse:
1:15 My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot
from their path:
1:16 For their feet run to evil, and make haste to shed blood.
1:17 Surely in vain the net is spread in the sight of any bird.
1:18 And they lay wait for their own blood; they lurk privily for
their own lives.
1:19 So are the ways of every one that is greedy of gain; which
taketh away the life of the owners thereof.
1:20 Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets:
1:21 She crieth in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of
the gates: in the city she uttereth her words, saying,
1:22 How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the
scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge?
1:23 Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto
you, I will make known my words unto you.
1:24 Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my
hand, and no man regarded;
1:25 But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my
1:26 I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear
1:27 When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction
cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon
1:28 Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they
shall seek me early, but they shall not find me:
1:29 For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of
1:30 They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof.
1:31 Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be
filled with their own devices.
1:32 For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the
prosperity of fools shall destroy them.
1:33 But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be
quiet from fear of evil.
2:1 My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my
commandments with thee;
2:2 So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine
heart to understanding;
2:3 Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice
2:4 If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for
2:5 Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the
knowledge of God.
2:6 For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge
2:7 He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous: he is a buckler
to them that walk uprightly.
2:8 He keepeth the paths of judgment, and preserveth the way of
2:9 Then shalt thou understand righteousness, and judgment, and
equity; yea, every good path.
2:10 When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is
pleasant unto thy soul;
2:11 Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee:
2:12 To deliver thee from the way of the evil man, from the man
that speaketh froward things;
2:13 Who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of
2:14 Who rejoice to do evil, and delight in the frowardness of the
2:15 Whose ways are crooked, and they froward in their paths:
2:16 To deliver thee from the strange woman, even from the stranger
which flattereth with her words;
2:17 Which forsaketh the guide of her youth, and forgetteth the
covenant of her God.
2:18 For her house inclineth unto death, and her paths unto the
2:19 None that go unto her return again, neither take they hold of
the paths of life.
2:20 That thou mayest walk in the way of good men, and keep the
paths of the righteous.
2:21 For the upright shall dwell in the land, and the perfect shall
remain in it.
2:22 But the wicked shall be cut off from the earth, and the
transgressors shall be rooted out of it.
3:1 My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my
3:2 For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add
3:3 Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy
neck; write them upon the table of thine heart:
3:4 So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight
of God and man.
3:5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto
thine own understanding.
3:6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy
3:7 Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from
3:8 It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.
3:9 Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits
of all thine increase:
3:10 So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses
shall burst out with new wine.
3:11 My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD; neither be
weary of his correction:
3:12 For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; even as a father the
son in whom he delighteth.
3:13 Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth
3:14 For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of
silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold.
3:15 She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou
canst desire are not to be compared unto her.
3:16 Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand
riches and honour.
3:17 Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are
3:18 She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and
happy is every one that retaineth her.
3:19 The LORD by wisdom hath founded the earth; by understanding
hath he established the heavens.
3:20 By his knowledge the depths are broken up, and the clouds drop
down the dew.
3:21 My son, let not them depart from thine eyes: keep sound wisdom
3:22 So shall they be life unto thy soul, and grace to thy neck.
3:23 Then shalt thou walk in thy way safely, and thy foot shall not
3:24 When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou
shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet.
3:25 Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the
wicked, when it cometh.
3:26 For the LORD shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot
from being taken.
3:27 Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in
the power of thine hand to do it.
3:28 Say not unto thy neighbour, Go, and come again, and to morrow
I will give; when thou hast it by thee.
3:29 Devise not evil against thy neighbour, seeing he dwelleth
securely by thee.
3:30 Strive not with a man without cause, if he have done thee no
3:31 Envy thou not the oppressor, and choose none of his ways.
3:32 For the froward is abomination to the LORD: but his secret is
with the righteous.
3:33 The curse of the LORD is in the house of the wicked: but he
blesseth the habitation of the just.
3:34 Surely he scorneth the scorners: but he giveth grace unto the
3:35 The wise shall inherit glory: but shame shall be the promotion
4:1 Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to
4:2 For I give you good doctrine, forsake ye not my law.
4:3 For I was my father's son, tender and only beloved in the
sight of my mother.
4:4 He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my
words: keep my commandments, and live.
4:5 Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline
from the words of my mouth.
4:6 Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and
she shall keep thee.
4:7 Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with
all thy getting get understanding.
4:8 Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to
honour, when thou dost embrace her.
4:9 She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace: a crown of
glory shall she deliver to thee.
4:10 Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; and the years of thy
life shall be many.
4:11 I have taught thee in the way of wisdom; I have led thee in
4:12 When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened; and when
thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble.
4:13 Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for
she is thy life.
4:14 Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way
of evil men.
4:15 Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away.
4:16 For they sleep not, except they have done mischief; and their
sleep is taken away, unless they cause some to fall.
4:17 For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of
4:18 But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth
more and more unto the perfect day.
4:19 The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what
4:20 My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings.
4:21 Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of
4:22 For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all
4:23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the
issues of life.
4:24 Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far
4:25 Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look
straight before thee.
4:26 Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be
4:27 Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot
5:1 My son, attend unto my wisdom, and bow thine ear to my
5:2 That thou mayest regard discretion, and that thy lips may keep
5:3 For the lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb, and her
mouth is smoother than oil:
5:4 But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword.
5:5 Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on hell.
5:6 Lest thou shouldest ponder the path of life, her ways are
moveable, that thou canst not know them.
5:7 Hear me now therefore, O ye children, and depart not from the
words of my mouth.
5:8 Remove thy way far from her, and come not nigh the door of her
5:9 Lest thou give thine honour unto others, and thy years unto
5:10 Lest strangers be filled with thy wealth; and thy labours be
in the house of a stranger;
5:11 And thou mourn at the last, when thy flesh and thy body are
5:12 And say, How have I hated instruction, and my heart despised
5:13 And have not obeyed the voice of my teachers, nor inclined
mine ear to them that instructed me!
5:14 I was almost in all evil in the midst of the congregation and
5:15 Drink waters out of thine own cistern, and running waters out
of thine own well.
5:16 Let thy fountains be dispersed abroad, and rivers of waters in
5:17 Let them be only thine own, and not strangers' with thee.
5:18 Let thy fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of thy
5:19 Let her be as the loving hind and pleasant roe; let her
breasts satisfy thee at all times; and be thou ravished always
with her love.
5:20 And why wilt thou, my son, be ravished with a strange woman,
and embrace the bosom of a stranger?
5:21 For the ways of man are before the eyes of the LORD, and he
pondereth all his goings.
5:22 His own iniquities shall take the wicked himself, and he shall
be holden with the cords of his sins.
5:23 He shall die without instruction; and in the greatness of his
folly he shall go astray.
6:1 My son, if thou be surety for thy friend, if thou hast
stricken thy hand with a stranger,
6:2 Thou art snared with the words of thy mouth, thou art taken
with the words of thy mouth.
6:3 Do this now, my son, and deliver thyself, when thou art come
into the hand of thy friend; go, humble thyself, and make sure
6:4 Give not sleep to thine eyes, nor slumber to thine eyelids.
6:5 Deliver thyself as a roe from the hand of the hunter, and as a
bird from the hand of the fowler.
6:6 Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise:
6:7 Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler,
6:8 Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in
6:9 How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out
of thy sleep?
6:10 Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the
hands to sleep:
6:11 So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want
as an armed man.
6:12 A naughty person, a wicked man, walketh with a froward mouth.
6:13 He winketh with his eyes, he speaketh with his feet, he
teacheth with his fingers;
6:14 Frowardness is in his heart, he deviseth mischief continually;
he soweth discord.
6:15 Therefore shall his calamity come suddenly; suddenly shall he
be broken without remedy.
6:16 These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an
abomination unto him:
6:17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent
6:18 An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift
in running to mischief,
6:19 A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord
6:20 My son, keep thy father's commandment, and forsake not the law
of thy mother:
6:21 Bind them continually upon thine heart, and tie them about thy
6:22 When thou goest, it shall lead thee; when thou sleepest, it
shall keep thee; and when thou awakest, it shall talk with
6:23 For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and
reproofs of instruction are the way of life:
6:24 To keep thee from the evil woman, from the flattery of the
tongue of a strange woman.
6:25 Lust not after her beauty in thine heart; neither let her take
thee with her eyelids.
6:26 For by means of a whorish woman a man is brought to a piece of
bread: and the adultress will hunt for the precious life.
6:27 Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be
6:28 Can one go upon hot coals, and his feet not be burned?
6:29 So he that goeth in to his neighbour's wife; whosoever
toucheth her shall not be innocent.
6:30 Men do not despise a thief, if he steal to satisfy his soul
when he is hungry;
6:31 But if he be found, he shall restore sevenfold; he shall give
all the substance of his house.
6:32 But whoso committeth adultery with a woman lacketh
understanding: he that doeth it destroyeth his own soul.
6:33 A wound and dishonour shall he get; and his reproach shall not
be wiped away.
6:34 For jealousy is the rage of a man: therefore he will not spare
in the day of vengeance.
006:35 He will not regard any ransom; neither will he rest content,
though thou givest many gifts.
7:1 My son, keep my words, and lay up my commandments with thee.
7:2 Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of
7:3 Bind them upon thy fingers, write them upon the table of thine
7:4 Say unto wisdom, Thou art my sister; and call understanding
7:5 That they may keep thee from the strange woman, from the
stranger which flattereth with her words.
7:6 For at the window of my house I looked through my casement,
7:7 And beheld among the simple ones, I discerned among the
youths, a young man void of understanding,
7:8 Passing through the street near her corner; and he went the
way to her house,
7:9 In the twilight, in the evening, in the black and dark night:
7:10 And, behold, there met him a woman with the attire of an
harlot, and subtil of heart.
7:11 (She is loud and stubborn; her feet abide not in her house:
7:12 Now is she without, now in the streets, and lieth in wait at
7:13 So she caught him, and kissed him, and with an impudent face
said unto him,
7:14 I have peace offerings with me; this day have I payed my vows.
7:15 Therefore came I forth to meet thee, diligently to seek thy
face, and I have found thee.
7:16 I have decked my bed with coverings of tapestry, with carved
works, with fine linen of Egypt.
7:17 I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon.
7:18 Come, let us take our fill of love until the morning: let us
solace ourselves with loves.
7:19 For the goodman is not at home, he is gone a long journey:
7:20 He hath taken a bag of money with him, and will come home at
the day appointed.
7:21 With her much fair speech she caused him to yield, with the
flattering of her lips she forced him.
7:22 He goeth after her straightway, as an ox goeth to the
slaughter, or as a fool to the correction of the stocks;
7:23 Till a dart strike through his liver; as a bird hasteth to the
snare, and knoweth not that it is for his life.
7:24 Hearken unto me now therefore, O ye children, and attend to
the words of my mouth.
7:25 Let not thine heart decline to her ways, go not astray in her
7:26 For she hath cast down many wounded: yea, many strong men have
been slain by her.
7:27 Her house is the way to hell, going down to the chambers of
8:1 Doth not wisdom cry? and understanding put forth her voice?
8:2 She standeth in the top of high places, by the way in the
places of the paths.
8:3 She crieth at the gates, at the entry of the city, at the
coming in at the doors.
8:4 Unto you, O men, I call; and my voice is to the sons of man.
8:5 O ye simple, understand wisdom: and, ye fools, be ye of an
8:6 Hear; for I will speak of excellent things; and the opening of
my lips shall be right things.
8:7 For my mouth shall speak truth; and wickedness is an
abomination to my lips.
8:8 All the words of my mouth are in righteousness; there is
nothing froward or perverse in them.
8:9 They are all plain to him that understandeth, and right to
them that find knowledge.
8:10 Receive my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather
than choice gold.
8:11 For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may
be desired are not to be compared to it.
8:12 I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of witty
8:13 The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy,
and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.
8:14 Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom: I am understanding; I have
8:15 By me kings reign, and princes decree justice.
8:16 By me princes rule, and nobles, even all the judges of the
8:17 I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall
8:18 Riches and honour are with me; yea, durable riches and
8:19 My fruit is better than gold, yea, than fine gold; and my
revenue than choice silver.
8:20 I lead in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths
8:21 That I may cause those that love me to inherit substance; and
I will fill their treasures.
8:22 The LORD possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his
works of old.
8:23 I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the
8:24 When there were no depths, I was brought forth; when there
were no fountains abounding with water.
8:25 Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I
8:26 While as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor
the highest part of the dust of the world.
8:27 When he prepared the heavens, I was there: when he set a
compass upon the face of the depth:
8:28 When he established the clouds above: when he strengthened the
fountains of the deep:
8:29 When he gave to the sea his decree, that the waters should not
pass his commandment: when he appointed the foundations of the
8:30 Then I was by him, as one brought up with him: and I was daily
his delight, rejoicing always before him;
8:31 Rejoicing in the habitable part of his earth; and my delights
were with the sons of men.
8:32 Now therefore hearken unto me, O ye children: for blessed are
they that keep my ways.
8:33 Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not.
8:34 Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my
gates, waiting at the posts of my doors.
8:35 For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of
8:36 But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they
that hate me love death.
9:1 Wisdom hath builded her house, she hath hewn out her seven
9:2 She hath killed her beasts; she hath mingled her wine; she
hath also furnished her table.
9:3 She hath sent forth her maidens: she crieth upon the highest
places of the city,
9:4 Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither: as for him that
wanteth understanding, she saith to him,
9:5 Come, eat of my bread, and drink of the wine which I have
9:6 Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of
9:7 He that reproveth a scorner getteth to himself shame: and he
that rebuketh a wicked man getteth himself a blot.
9:8 Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man,
and he will love thee.
9:9 Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser:
teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.
9:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the
knowledge of the holy is understanding.
9:11 For by me thy days shall be multiplied, and the years of thy
life shall be increased.
9:12 If thou be wise, thou shalt be wise for thyself: but if thou
scornest, thou alone shalt bear it.
9:13 A foolish woman is clamorous: she is simple, and knoweth
9:14 For she sitteth at the door of her house, on a seat in the
high places of the city,
9:15 To call passengers who go right on their ways:
9:16 Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither: and as for him that
wanteth understanding, she saith to him,
9:17 Stolen waters are sweet, and bread eaten in secret is
9:18 But he knoweth not that the dead are there; and that her
guests are in the depths of hell.
10:1 The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son maketh a glad father: but
a foolish son is the heaviness of his mother.
10:2 Treasures of wickedness profit nothing: but righteousness
delivereth from death.
10:3 The LORD will not suffer the soul of the righteous to famish:
but he casteth away the substance of the wicked.
10:4 He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand
of the diligent maketh rich.
10:5 He that gathereth in summer is a wise son: but he that
sleepeth in harvest is a son that causeth shame.
10:6 Blessings are upon the head of the just: but violence covereth
the mouth of the wicked.
10:7 The memory of the just is blessed: but the name of the wicked
10:8 The wise in heart will receive commandments: but a prating
fool shall fall.
10:9 He that walketh uprightly walketh surely: but he that
perverteth his ways shall be known.
10:10 He that winketh with the eye causeth sorrow: but a prating
fool shall fall.
10:11 The mouth of a righteous man is a well of life: but violence
covereth the mouth of the wicked.
10:12 Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins.
10:13 In the lips of him that hath understanding wisdom is found:
but a rod is for the back of him that is void of
10:14 Wise men lay up knowledge: but the mouth of the foolish is
10:15 The rich man's wealth is his strong city: the destruction of
the poor is their poverty.
10:16 The labour of the righteous tendeth to life: the fruit of the
wicked to sin.
10:17 He is in the way of life that keepeth instruction: but he that
refuseth reproof erreth.
10:18 He that hideth hatred with lying lips, and he that uttereth a
slander, is a fool.
10:19 In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that
refraineth his lips is wise.
10:20 The tongue of the just is as choice silver: the heart of the
wicked is little worth.
10:21 The lips of the righteous feed many: but fools die for want of
10:22 The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and he addeth no
sorrow with it.
10:23 It is as sport to a fool to do mischief: but a man of
understanding hath wisdom.
10:24 The fear of the wicked, it shall come upon him: but the desire
of the righteous shall be granted.
10:25 As the whirlwind passeth, so is the wicked no more: but the
righteous is an everlasting foundation.
10:26 As vinegar to the teeth, and as smoke to the eyes, so is the
sluggard to them that send him.
10:27 The fear of the LORD prolongeth days: but the years of the
wicked shall be shortened.
10:28 The hope of the righteous shall be gladness: but the
expectation of the wicked shall perish.
10:29 The way of the LORD is strength to the upright: but
destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity.
10:30 The righteous shall never be removed: but the wicked shall not
inhabit the earth.
10:31 The mouth of the just bringeth forth wisdom: but the froward
tongue shall be cut out.
10:32 The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable: but the
mouth of the wicked speaketh frowardness.
11:1 A false balance is abomination to the LORD: but a just weight
is his delight.
11:2 When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is
11:3 The integrity of the upright shall guide them: but the
perverseness of transgressors shall destroy them.
11:4 Riches profit not in the day of wrath: but righteousness
delivereth from death.
11:5 The righteousness of the perfect shall direct his way: but the
wicked shall fall by his own wickedness.
11:6 The righteousness of the upright shall deliver them: but
transgressors shall be taken in their own naughtiness.
11:7 When a wicked man dieth, his expectation shall perish: and the
hope of unjust men perisheth.
11:8 The righteous is delivered out of trouble, and the wicked
cometh in his stead.
11:9 An hypocrite with his mouth destroyeth his neighbour: but
through knowledge shall the just be delivered.
11:10 When it goeth well with the righteous, the city rejoiceth: and
when the wicked perish, there is shouting.
11:11 By the blessing of the upright the city is exalted: but it is
overthrown by the mouth of the wicked.
11:12 He that is void of wisdom despiseth his neighbour: but a man
of understanding holdeth his peace.
11:13 A talebearer revealeth secrets: but he that is of a faithful
spirit concealeth the matter.
11:14 Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of
counsellors there is safety.
11:15 He that is surety for a stranger shall smart for it: and he
that hateth suretiship is sure.
11:16 A gracious woman retaineth honour: and strong men retain
11:17 The merciful man doeth good to his own soul: but he that is
cruel troubleth his own flesh.
11:18 The wicked worketh a deceitful work: but to him that soweth
righteousness shall be a sure reward.
11:19 As righteousness tendeth to life: so he that pursueth evil
pursueth it to his own death.
11:20 They that are of a froward heart are abomination to the
but such as are upright in their way are his delight.
11:21 Though hand join in hand, the wicked shall not be unpunished:
but the seed of the righteous shall be delivered.
11:22 As a jewel of gold in a swine's snout, so is a fair woman
which is without discretion.
11:23 The desire of the righteous is only good: but the expectation
of the wicked is wrath.
11:24 There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; and there is
that withholdeth more than is meet, but it tendeth to poverty.
11:25 The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall
be watered also himself.
11:26 He that withholdeth corn, the people shall curse him: but
blessing shall be upon the head of him that selleth it.
11:27 He that diligently seeketh good procureth favour: but he that
seeketh mischief, it shall come unto him.
11:28 He that trusteth in his riches shall fall; but the righteous
shall flourish as a branch.
11:29 He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind: and
the fool shall be servant to the wise of heart.
11:30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that
winneth souls is wise.
11:31 Behold, the righteous shall be recompensed in the earth: much
more the wicked and the sinner.
12:1 Whoso loveth instruction loveth knowledge: but he that hateth
reproof is brutish.
12:2 A good man obtaineth favour of the LORD: but a man of wicked
devices will he condemn.
12:3 A man shall not be established by wickedness: but the root of
the righteous shall not be moved.
12:4 A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband: but she that
maketh ashamed is as rottenness in his bones.
12:5 The thoughts of the righteous are right: but the counsels of
the wicked are deceit.
12:6 The words of the wicked are to lie in wait for blood: but the
mouth of the upright shall deliver them.
12:7 The wicked are overthrown, and are not: but the house of the
righteous shall stand.
12:8 A man shall be commended according to his wisdom: but he that
is of a perverse heart shall be despised.
12:9 He that is despised, and hath a servant, is better than he
that honoureth himself, and lacketh bread.
12:10 A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast: but the
tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.
12:11 He that tilleth his land shall be satisfied with bread: but he
that followeth vain persons is void of understanding.
12:12 The wicked desireth the net of evil men: but the root of the
righteous yieldeth fruit.
12:13 The wicked is snared by the transgression of his lips: but the
just shall come out of trouble.
12:14 A man shall be satisfied with good by the fruit of his mouth:
and the recompence of a man's hands shall be rendered unto
12:15 The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that
hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.
12:16 A fool's wrath is presently known: but a prudent man covereth
12:17 He that speaketh truth sheweth forth righteousness: but a
false witness deceit.
12:18 There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword: but the
tongue of the wise is health.
12:19 The lip of truth shall be established for ever: but a lying
tongue is but for a moment.
12:20 Deceit is in the heart of them that imagine evil: but to the
counsellors of peace is joy.
12:21 There shall no evil happen to the just: but the wicked shall
be filled with mischief.
12:22 Lying lips are abomination to the LORD: but they that deal
truly are his delight.
12:23 A prudent man concealeth knowledge: but the heart of fools
12:24 The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful
shall be under tribute.
12:25 Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word
maketh it glad.
12:26 The righteous is more excellent than his neighbour: but the
way of the wicked seduceth them.
12:27 The slothful man roasteth not that which he took in hunting:
but the substance of a diligent man is precious.
12:28 In the way of righteousness is life: and in the pathway
thereof there is no death.
13:1 A wise son heareth his father's instruction: but a scorner
heareth not rebuke.
13:2 A man shall eat good by the fruit of his mouth: but the soul
of the transgressors shall eat violence.
13:3 He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: but he that
openeth wide his lips shall have destruction.
13:4 The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: but the
soul of the diligent shall be made fat.
13:5 A righteous man hateth lying: but a wicked man is loathsome,
and cometh to shame.
13:6 Righteousness keepeth him that is upright in the way: but
wickedness overthroweth the sinner.
13:7 There is that maketh himself rich, yet hath nothing: there is
that maketh himself poor, yet hath great riches.
13:8 The ransom of a man's life are his riches: but the poor
heareth not rebuke.
13:9 The light of the righteous rejoiceth: but the lamp of the
wicked shall be put out.
13:10 Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is
13:11 Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he that
gathereth by labour shall increase.
13:12 Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire
cometh, it is a tree of life.
13:13 Whoso despiseth the word shall be destroyed: but he that
feareth the commandment shall be rewarded.
13:14 The law of the wise is a fountain of life, to depart from the
snares of death.
13:15 Good understanding giveth favour: but the way of transgressors
13:16 Every prudent man dealeth with knowledge: but a fool layeth
open his folly.
13:17 A wicked messenger falleth into mischief: but a faithful
ambassador is health.
13:18 Poverty and shame shall be to him that refuseth instruction:
but he that regardeth reproof shall be honoured.
13:19 The desire accomplished is sweet to the soul: but it is
abomination to fools to depart from evil.
13:20 He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion
of fools shall be destroyed.
13:21 Evil pursueth sinners: but to the righteous good shall be
13:22 A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children's children:
and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just.
13:23 Much food is in the tillage of the poor: but there is that is
destroyed for want of judgment.
13:24 He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him
chasteneth him betimes.
13:25 The righteous eateth to the satisfying of his soul: but the
belly of the wicked shall want.
14:1 Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh
it down with her hands.
14:2 He that walketh in his uprightness feareth the LORD: but he
that is perverse in his ways despiseth him.
14:3 In the mouth of the foolish is a rod of pride: but the lips of
the wise shall preserve them.
14:4 Where no oxen are, the crib is clean: but much increase is by
the strength of the ox.
14:5 A faithful witness will not lie: but a false witness will
14:6 A scorner seeketh wisdom, and findeth it not: but knowledge is
easy unto him that understandeth.
14:7 Go from the presence of a foolish man, when thou perceivest
not in him the lips of knowledge.
14:8 The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way: but the
folly of fools is deceit.
14:9 Fools make a mock at sin: but among the righteous there is
14:10 The heart knoweth his own bitterness; and a stranger doth not
intermeddle with his joy.
14:11 The house of the wicked shall be overthrown: but the
tabernacle of the upright shall flourish.
14:12 There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end
thereof are the ways of death.
14:13 Even in laughter the heart is sorrowful; and the end of that
mirth is heaviness.
14:14 The backslider in heart shall be filled with his own ways: and
a good man shall be satisfied from himself.
14:15 The simple believeth every word: but the prudent man looketh
well to his going.
14:16 A wise man feareth, and departeth from evil: but the fool
rageth, and is confident.
14:17 He that is soon angry dealeth foolishly: and a man of wicked
devices is hated.
14:18 The simple inherit folly: but the prudent are crowned with
14:19 The evil bow before the good; and the wicked at the gates of
14:20 The poor is hated even of his own neighbour: but the rich hath
14:21 He that despiseth his neighbour sinneth: but he that hath
mercy on the poor, happy is he.
14:22 Do they not err that devise evil? but mercy and truth shall be
to them that devise good.
14:23 In all labour there is profit: but the talk of the lips
tendeth only to penury.
14:24 The crown of the wise is their riches: but the foolishness of
fools is folly.
14:25 A true witness delivereth souls: but a deceitful witness
14:26 In the fear of the LORD is strong confidence: and his children
shall have a place of refuge.
14:27 The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, to depart from the
snares of death.
14:28 In the multitude of people is the king's honour: but in the
want of people is the destruction of the prince.
14:29 He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding: but he
that is hasty of spirit exalteth folly.
14:30 A sound heart is the life of the flesh: but envy the
rottenness of the bones.
14:31 He that oppresseth the poor reproacheth his Maker: but he that
honoureth him hath mercy on the poor.
14:32 The wicked is driven away in his wickedness: but the righteous
hath hope in his death.
14:33 Wisdom resteth in the heart of him that hath understanding:
but that which is in the midst of fools is made known.
14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any
14:35 The king's favour is toward a wise servant: but his wrath is
against him that causeth shame.
15:1 A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up
15:2 The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth
of fools poureth out foolishness.
15:3 The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil
and the good.
15:4 A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein
is a breach in the spirit.
15:5 A fool despiseth his father's instruction: but he that
regardeth reproof is prudent.
15:6 In the house of the righteous is much treasure: but in the
revenues of the wicked is trouble.
15:7 The lips of the wise disperse knowledge: but the heart of the
foolish doeth not so.
15:8 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the
the prayer of the upright is his delight.
15:9 The way of the wicked is an abomination unto the
LORD: but he
loveth him that followeth after righteousness.
15:10 Correction is grievous unto him that forsaketh the way: and he
that hateth reproof shall die.
15:11 Hell and destruction are before the LORD: how much more then
the hearts of the children of men?
15:12 A scorner loveth not one that reproveth him: neither will he
go unto the wise.
15:13 A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of
the heart the spirit is broken.
15:14 The heart of him that hath understanding seeketh knowledge:
but the mouth of fools feedeth on foolishness.
15:15 All the days of the afflicted are evil: but he that is of a
merry heart hath a continual feast.
15:16 Better is little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure
and trouble therewith.
15:17 Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox
and hatred therewith.
15:18 A wrathful man stirreth up strife: but he that is slow to
anger appeaseth strife.
15:19 The way of the slothful man is as an hedge of thorns: but the
way of the righteous is made plain.
15:20 A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish man despiseth
15:21 Folly is joy to him that is destitute of wisdom: but a man of
understanding walketh uprightly.
15:22 Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the
multitude of counsellors they are established.
15:23 A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken
in due season, how good is it!
15:24 The way of life is above to the wise, that he may depart from
15:25 The LORD will destroy the house of the proud: but he will
establish the border of the widow.
15:26 The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the
the words of the pure are pleasant words.
15:27 He that is greedy of gain troubleth his own house; but he that
hateth gifts shall live.
15:28 The heart of the righteous studieth to answer: but the mouth
of the wicked poureth out evil things.
15:29 The LORD is far from the wicked: but he heareth the prayer of
15:30 The light of the eyes rejoiceth the heart: and a good report
maketh the bones fat.
15:31 The ear that heareth the reproof of life abideth among the
15:32 He that refuseth instruction despiseth his own soul: but he
that heareth reproof getteth understanding.
15:33 The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom; and before
honour is humility.
16:1 The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the
tongue, is from the LORD.
16:2 All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the
LORD weigheth the spirits.
16:3 Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be
16:4 The LORD hath made all things for himself: yea, even the
wicked for the day of evil.
16:5 Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the
LORD: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished.
16:6 By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the
LORD men depart from evil.
16:7 When a man's ways please the LORD, he maketh even his enemies
to be at peace with him.
16:8 Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues
16:9 A man's heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his
16:10 A divine sentence is in the lips of the king: his mouth
transgresseth not in judgment.
16:11 A just weight and balance are the LORD's: all the weights of
the bag are his work.
16:12 It is an abomination to kings to commit wickedness: for the
throne is established by righteousness.
16:13 Righteous lips are the delight of kings; and they love him
that speaketh right.
16:14 The wrath of a king is as messengers of death: but a wise man
will pacify it.
16:15 In the light of the king's countenance is life; and his favour
is as a cloud of the latter rain.
16:16 How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! and to get
understanding rather to be chosen than silver!
16:17 The highway of the upright is to depart from evil: he that
keepeth his way preserveth his soul.
16:18 Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a
16:19 Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to
divide the spoil with the proud.
16:20 He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good: and whoso
trusteth in the LORD, happy is he.
16:21 The wise in heart shall be called prudent: and the sweetness
of the lips increaseth learning.
16:22 Understanding is a wellspring of life unto him that hath it:
but the instruction of fools is folly.
16:23 The heart of the wise teacheth his mouth, and addeth learning
to his lips.
16:24 Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and
health to the bones.
16:25 There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end
thereof are the ways of death.
16:26 He that laboureth laboureth for himself; for his mouth craveth
it of him.
16:27 An ungodly man diggeth up evil: and in his lips there is as a
16:28 A froward man soweth strife: and a whisperer separateth chief
16:29 A violent man enticeth his neighbour, and leadeth him into the
way that is not good.
16:30 He shutteth his eyes to devise froward things: moving his lips
he bringeth evil to pass.
16:31 The hoary head is a crown of glory, if it be found in the way
16:32 He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he
that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.
16:33 The lot is cast into the lap; but the whole disposing thereof
is of the LORD.
17:1 Better is a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, than an house
full of sacrifices with strife.
17:2 A wise servant shall have rule over a son that causeth shame,
and shall have part of the inheritance among the brethren.
17:3 The fining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold: but
the LORD trieth the hearts.
17:4 A wicked doer giveth heed to false lips; and a liar giveth ear
to a naughty tongue.
17:5 Whoso mocketh the poor reproacheth his Maker: and he that is
glad at calamities shall not be unpunished.
17:6 Children's children are the crown of old men; and the glory of
children are their fathers.
17:7 Excellent speech becometh not a fool: much less do lying lips
17:8 A gift is as a precious stone in the eyes of him that hath it:
whithersoever it turneth, it prospereth.
17:9 He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; but he that
repeateth a matter separateth very friends.
17:10 A reproof entereth more into a wise man than an hundred
stripes into a fool.
17:11 An evil man seeketh only rebellion: therefore a cruel
messenger shall be sent against him.
17:12 Let a bear robbed of her whelps meet a man, rather than a fool
in his folly.
17:13 Whoso rewardeth evil for good, evil shall not depart from his
17:14 The beginning of strife is as when one letteth out water:
therefore leave off contention, before it be meddled with.
17:15 He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the
just, even they both are abomination to the LORD.
17:16 Wherefore is there a price in the hand of a fool to get
wisdom, seeing he hath no heart to it?
17:17 A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for
17:18 A man void of understanding striketh hands, and becometh
surety in the presence of his friend.
17:19 He loveth transgression that loveth strife: and he that
exalteth his gate seeketh destruction.
17:20 He that hath a froward heart findeth no good: and he that hath
a perverse tongue falleth into mischief.
17:21 He that begetteth a fool doeth it to his sorrow: and the
father of a fool hath no joy.
17:22 A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit
drieth the bones.
17:23 A wicked man taketh a gift out of the bosom to pervert the
ways of judgment.
17:24 Wisdom is before him that hath understanding; but the eyes of
a fool are in the ends of the earth.
17:25 A foolish son is a grief to his father, and bitterness to her
that bare him.
17:26 Also to punish the just is not good, nor to strike princes for
17:27 He that hath knowledge spareth his words: and a man of
understanding is of an excellent spirit.
17:28 Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and
he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.