1:1The proverbs of Solomon, the son of David, king of Israel:
1:2To know wisdom and instruction;
1:3To receive instruction in wise
1:4To give prudence to the simple,
1:5That the wise man may hear, and
increase in learning;
1:6To understand a proverb, and parables,
1:7The fear of Yahweh is the beginning of
1:8My son, listen to your father's
1:9For they will be a garland to grace
1:10My son, if sinners entice you, don't consent.
1:11If they say, "Come with us,
1:12Let's swallow them up alive like
1:13We'll find all valuable wealth.
1:14You shall cast your lot among us.
1:15My son, don't walk in the way with
1:16For their feet run to evil.
1:17For in vain is the net spread in the sight of any bird:
1:18But these lay wait for their own
1:19So are the ways of everyone who is
greedy for gain.
1:20Wisdom calls aloud in the street.
1:21She calls at the head of noisy
1:22"How long, you simple ones, will
you love simplicity?
1:23Turn at my reproof.
1:24Because I have called, and you have
1:25But you have ignored all my counsel,
1:26I also will laugh at your disaster.
1:27When calamity overtakes you like a
1:28Then will they call on me, but I will
1:29Because they hated knowledge,
1:30They wanted none of my counsel.
1:31Therefore they will eat of the fruit
of their own way,
1:32For the backsliding of the simple
will kill them.
1:33But whoever listens to me will dwell
2:1My son, if you will receive my words,
2:2So as to turn your ear to wisdom,
2:3Yes, if you call out for discernment,
2:4If you seek her as silver,
2:5Then you will understand the fear of
2:6For Yahweh gives wisdom.
2:7He lays up sound wisdom for the
2:8That he may guard the paths of
2:9Then you will understand righteousness
2:10For wisdom will enter into your
2:11Discretion will watch over you.
2:12To deliver you from the way of evil,
2:13Who forsake the paths of uprightness,
2:14Who rejoice to do evil,
2:15Who are crooked in their ways,
2:16To deliver you from the strange
2:17Who forsakes the friend of her youth,
2:18For her house leads down to death,
2:19None who go to her return again,
2:20That you may walk in the way of good
2:21For the upright will dwell in the
2:22But the wicked will be cut off from
3:1My son, don't forget my teaching;
3:2For length of days, and years of life,
3:3Don't let kindness and truth forsake
3:4So you will find favor,
3:5Trust in Yahweh with all your heart,
3:6In all your ways acknowledge him,
3:7Don't be wise in your own eyes.
3:8It will be health to your body,
3:9Honor Yahweh with your substance,
3:10So your barns will be filled with
3:11My son, don't despise Yahweh's
3:12For whom Yahweh loves, he reproves;
3:13Happy is the man who finds wisdom,
3:14For her good profit is better than
3:15She is more precious than rubies.
3:16Length of days is in her right hand.
3:17Her ways are ways of pleasantness.
3:18She is a tree of life to those who
lay hold of her.
3:19By wisdom Yahweh founded the earth.
3:20By his knowledge, the depths were
3:21My son, let them not depart from your
3:22So they will be life to your soul,
3:23Then you shall walk in your way
3:24When you lie down, you will not be
3:25Don't be afraid of sudden fear,
3:26For Yahweh will be your confidence,
3:27Don't withhold good from those to
whom it is due,
3:28Don't say to your neighbor, "Go,
and come again,
3:29Don't devise evil against your
3:30Don't strive with a man without
3:31Don't envy the man of violence.
3:32For the perverse is an abomination to
3:33Yahweh's curse is in the house of the
3:34Surely he mocks the mockers,
3:35The wise will inherit glory,
4:1Listen, sons, to a father's
4:2For I give you sound learning.
4:3For I was a son to my father,
4:4He taught me, and said to me:
4:6Don't forsake her, and she will
4:7Wisdom is supreme.
4:8Esteem her, and she will exalt you.
4:9She will give to your head a garland
4:10Listen, my son, and receive my
4:11I have taught you in the way of
4:12When you go, your steps will not be
4:13Take firm hold of instruction.
4:14Don't enter into the path of the
4:15Avoid it, and don't pass by it.
4:16For they don't sleep, unless they do
4:17For they eat the bread of wickedness,
4:18But the path of the righteous is like
the dawning light,
4:19The way of the wicked is like
4:20My son, attend to my words.
4:21Let them not
depart from your eyes.
4:22For they are life to those who find
4:23Keep your heart with all diligence,
4:24Put away from yourself a perverse mouth.
4:25Let your eyes look straight ahead.
4:26Make the path of your feet level.
4:27Don't turn to the right hand nor to
5:1My son, pay attention to my wisdom.
5:2That you may maintain discretion,
5:3For the lips of an adulteress drip
5:4But in the end she is as bitter as
5:5Her feet go down to death.
5:6She gives no thought to the way of
5:7Now therefore, my sons, listen to me.
5:8Remove your way far from her.
5:9Lest you give your honor to others,
5:10Lest strangers feast on your wealth,
5:11You will groan at your latter end,
5:12And say, "How I have hated
5:13Neither have I obeyed the voice of my
5:14I have come to the brink of utter
5:15Drink water out of your own cistern,
5:16Should your springs overflow in the
5:17Let them be
for yourself alone,
5:18Let your spring be blessed.
5:19A loving doe and a graceful deer--
5:20For why should you, my son, be
captivated with an adulteress?
5:21For the ways of man are before the
eyes of Yahweh.
5:22The evil deeds of the wicked ensnare
5:23He will die for lack of instruction.
6:1My son, if you have become collateral
for your neighbor,
6:2You are trapped by the words of your
6:3Do this now, my son, and deliver
Go, humble yourself.
6:4Give no sleep to your eyes,
6:5Free yourself, like a gazelle from the
hand of the hunter,
6:6Go to the ant, you sluggard.
6:9How long will you sleep, sluggard?
6:10A little sleep, a little slumber,
6:11So your poverty will come as a
6:12A worthless person, a man of
6:13Who winks with his eyes, who signals
with his feet,
6:14In whose heart is perverseness,
6:15Therefore his calamity will come
6:16There are six things which Yahweh
6:17Haughty eyes, a lying tongue,
6:18A heart that devises wicked schemes,
6:19A false witness who utters lies,
6:20My son, keep your father's
6:21Bind them continually on your heart.
6:22When you walk, it will lead you.
6:23For the commandment is a lamp,
6:24To keep you from the immoral woman,
6:25Don't lust after her beauty in your
6:26For a prostitute reduces you to a
piece of bread.
6:27Can a man scoop fire into his lap,
6:28Or can one walk on hot coals,
6:29So is he who goes in to his
6:30Men don't despise a thief,
6:31But if he is found, he shall restore
6:32He who commits adultery with a woman
is void of understanding.
6:33He will get wounds and dishonor.
6:34For jealousy arouses the fury of the
6:35He won't regard any ransom,
7:1My son, keep my words.
7:2Keep my commandments and live;
7:3Bind them on your fingers.
7:4Tell wisdom, "You are my
7:5That they may keep you from the
7:6For at the window of my house,
7:7I saw among the simple ones.
7:8Passing through the street near her
7:9In the twilight, in the evening of the
7:10Behold, there a woman met him with
the attire of a prostitute,
7:11She is loud and defiant.
7:12Now she is in the streets, now in the
7:13So she caught him, and kissed him.
7:14"Sacrifices of peace-offerings
are with me.
7:15Therefore I came out to meet you,
7:16I have spread my couch with carpets
7:17I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon.
7:18Come, let's take our fill of loving
until the morning.
7:19For my husband isn't at home.
7:20He has taken a bag of money with him.
7:21With persuasive words, she led him
7:22He followed her immediately,
7:23Until an arrow strikes through his
7:24Now therefore, sons, listen to me.
7:25Don't let your heart turn to her
7:26For she has thrown down many wounded.
7:27Her house is the way to Sheol,
8:1Doesn't wisdom cry out?
8:2On the top of high places by the way,
8:3Beside the gates, at the entry of the
8:4"To you men, I call!
8:5You simple, understand prudence.
8:6Hear, for I will speak excellent
8:7For my mouth speaks truth.
8:8All the words of my mouth are in
8:9They are all plain to him who
8:10Receive my instruction rather than
8:11For wisdom is better than rubies.
8:12"I, wisdom, have made prudence
8:13The fear of Yahweh is to hate evil.
8:14Counsel and sound knowledge are mine.
8:15By me kings reign,
8:16By me princes rule;
8:17I love those who love me.
8:18With me are riches, honor,
8:19My fruit is better than gold, yes,
than fine gold;
8:20I walk in the way of righteousness,
8:21That I may give wealth to those who
8:22"Yahweh possessed me in the
beginning of his work,
8:23I was set up from everlasting, from
8:24When there were no depths, I was
8:25Before the mountains were settled in
8:26While as yet he had not made the
earth, nor the fields,
8:27When he established the heavens, I
8:28When he established the clouds above,
8:29When he gave to the sea its boundary,
8:30Then I was the craftsman by his side.
8:31Rejoicing in his whole world.
8:32"Now therefore, my sons, listen
8:33Hear instruction, and be wise.
8:34Blessed is the man who hears me,
8:35For whoever finds me, finds life,
8:36But he who sins against me wrongs his
9:1Wisdom has built her house.
9:2She has prepared her meat.
9:3She has sent out her maidens.
9:4"Whoever is simple, let him turn
9:5"Come, eat some of my bread,
9:6Leave your simple ways, and live.
9:7He who corrects a mocker invites
9:8Don't reprove a scoffer, lest he hate
9:9Instruct a wise man, and he will be
9:10The fear of Yahweh is the beginning
9:11For by me your days will be
9:12If you are wise, you are wise for
9:13The foolish woman is loud,
9:14She sits at the door of her house,
9:15To call to those who pass by,
9:16"Whoever is simple, let him turn
9:17"Stolen water is sweet.
9:18But he doesn't know that the dead are
10:1The proverbs of Solomon.
A wise son makes a glad
10:2Treasures of wickedness profit
10:3Yahweh will not allow the soul of the
righteous to go hungry,
10:4He becomes poor who works with a lazy
10:5He who gathers in summer is a wise
10:6Blessings are on the head of the
10:7The memory of the righteous is
10:8The wise in heart accept commandments,
10:9He who walks blamelessly walks
10:10One winking with the eye causes
10:11The mouth of the righteous is a
spring of life,
10:12Hatred stirs up strife,
10:13Wisdom is found on the lips of him
who has discernment,
10:14Wise men lay up knowledge,
10:15The rich man's wealth is his strong
10:16The labor of the righteous leads to
10:17He is in the way of life who heeds
10:18He who hides hatred has lying lips.
10:19In the multitude of words there is
no lack of disobedience,
10:20The tongue of the righteous is like
10:21The lips of the righteous feed many,
10:22Yahweh's blessing brings wealth,
10:23It is a fool's pleasure to do
10:24What the wicked fear, will overtake
10:25When the whirlwind passes, the
wicked is no more;
10:26As vinegar to the teeth, and as
smoke to the eyes,
10:27The fear of Yahweh prolongs days,
10:28The prospect of the righteous is
10:29The way of Yahweh is a stronghold to
10:30The righteous will never be removed,
10:31The mouth of the righteous brings
10:32The lips of the righteous know what
11:1A false balance is an abomination to
11:2When pride comes, then comes shame,
11:3The integrity of the upright shall
11:4Riches don't profit in the day of
11:5The righteousness of the blameless
will direct his way,
11:6The righteousness of the upright
shall deliver them,
11:7When a wicked man dies, hope
11:8A righteous person is delivered out
11:9With his mouth the godless man
destroys his neighbor,
11:10When it goes well with the
righteous, the city rejoices.
11:11By the blessing of the upright, the
city is exalted,
11:12One who despises his neighbor is
void of wisdom,
11:13One who brings gossip betrays a
11:14Where there is no wise guidance, the
11:15He who is collateral for a stranger
will suffer for it,
11:16A gracious woman obtains honor,
11:17The merciful man does good to his own soul,
11:18Wicked people earn deceitful wages,
11:19He who is truly righteous gets life.
11:20Those who are perverse in heart are
an abomination to Yahweh,
11:21Most assuredly, the evil man will
not be unpunished,
11:22Like a gold ring in a pig's snout,
11:23The desire of the righteous is only
11:24There is one who scatters, and
increases yet more.
11:25The liberal soul shall be made fat.
11:26People curse someone who withholds
11:27He who diligently seeks good seeks favor,
11:28He who trusts in his riches will
11:29He who troubles his own house shall
inherit the wind.
11:30The fruit of the righteous is a tree
11:31Behold, the righteous shall be
repaid in the earth;
12:1Whoever loves correction loves
12:2A good man shall obtain favor from
12:3A man shall not be established by
12:4A worthy woman is the crown of her
12:5The thoughts of the righteous are
12:6The words of the wicked are about
lying in wait for blood,
12:7The wicked are overthrown, and are no
12:8A man shall be commended according to
12:9Better is he who is lightly esteemed,
and has a servant,
12:10A righteous man regards the life of
12:11He who tills his land shall have
plenty of bread,
12:12The wicked desires the plunder of
12:13An evil man is trapped by sinfulness
12:14A man shall be satisfied with good
by the fruit of his mouth.
12:15The way of a fool is right in his
12:16A fool shows his annoyance the same
12:17He who is truthful testifies
12:18There is one who speaks rashly like
the piercing of a sword,
12:19Truth's lips will be established
12:20Deceit is in the heart of those who
12:21No mischief shall happen to the
12:22Lying lips are an abomination to
12:23A prudent man keeps his knowledge,
12:24The hands of the diligent ones shall
12:25Anxiety in a man's heart weighs it
12:26A righteous person is cautious in
12:27The slothful man doesn't roast his
12:28In the way of righteousness is life;
13:1A wise son listens to his father's
13:2By the fruit of his lips, a man
enjoys good things;
13:3He who guards his mouth guards his
13:4The soul of the sluggard desires, and
13:5A righteous man hates lies,
13:6Righteousness guards the way of
13:7There are some who pretend to be
rich, yet have nothing.
13:8The ransom of a man's life is his
13:9The light of the righteous shines
13:10Pride only breeds quarrels,
13:11Wealth gained dishonestly dwindles
13:12Hope deferred makes the heart sick,
13:13Whoever despises instruction will
pay for it,
13:14The teaching of the wise is a spring
13:15Good understanding wins favor;
13:16Every prudent man acts from
13:17A wicked messenger falls into
13:18Poverty and shame come to him who
13:19Longing fulfilled is sweet to the
13:20One who walks with wise men grows
13:21Misfortune pursues sinners,
13:22A good man leaves an inheritance to
his children's children,
13:23An abundance of food is in poor
13:24One who spares the rod hates his
13:25The righteous one eats to the
satisfying of his soul,
14:1Every wise woman builds her house,
14:2He who walks in his uprightness fears
14:3The fool's talk brings a rod to his
14:4Where no oxen are, the crib is clean,
14:5A truthful witness will not lie,
14:6A scoffer seeks wisdom, and doesn't
14:7Stay away from a foolish man,
14:8The wisdom of the prudent is to think
about his way,
14:9Fools mock at making atonement for
14:10The heart knows its own bitterness
14:11The house of the wicked will be
14:12There is a way which seems right to
14:13Even in laughter the heart may be
14:14The unfaithful will be repaid for his
14:15A simple man believes everything,
14:16A wise man fears, and shuns evil,
14:17He who is quick to become angry will
14:18The simple inherit folly,
14:19The evil bow down before the good,
14:20The poor person is shunned even by
his own neighbor,
14:21He who despises his neighbor sins,
14:22Don't they go astray who plot evil?
14:23In all hard work there is profit,
14:24The crown of the wise is their
14:25A truthful witness saves souls,
14:26In the fear of Yahweh is a secure
14:27The fear of Yahweh is a fountain of
14:28In the multitude of people is the
14:29He who is slow to anger has great
14:30The life of the body is a heart at
14:31He who oppresses the poor shows
contempt for his Maker,
14:32The wicked is brought down in his
14:33Wisdom rests in the heart of one who
14:34Righteousness exalts a nation,
14:35The king's favor is toward a servant
who deals wisely,
15:1A gentle answer turns away wrath,
15:2The tongue of the wise commends
15:3Yahweh's eyes are everywhere,
15:4A gentle tongue is a tree of life,
15:5A fool despises his father's
15:6In the house of the righteous is much
15:7The lips of the wise spread
15:8The sacrifice made by the wicked is
an abomination to Yahweh,
15:9The way of the wicked is an
abomination to Yahweh,
15:10There is stern discipline for one
who forsakes the way:
15:11Sheol and Abaddon are before
15:12A scoffer doesn't love to be
15:13A glad heart makes a cheerful face;
15:14The heart of one who has
understanding seeks knowledge,
15:15All the days of the afflicted are wretched,
15:16Better is little, with the fear of
15:17Better is a dinner of herbs, where
15:18A wrathful man stirs up contention,
15:19The way of the sluggard is like a
15:20A wise son makes a father glad,
15:21Folly is joy to one who is void of
15:22Where there is no counsel, plans
15:23Joy comes to a man with the reply of
15:24The path of life leads upward for
15:25Yahweh will uproot the house of the
15:26Yahweh detests the thoughts of the
15:27He who is greedy for gain troubles
his own house,
15:28The heart of the righteous weighs
15:29Yahweh is far from the wicked,
15:30The light of the eyes rejoices the
15:31The ear that listens to reproof
15:32He who refuses correction despises
his own soul,
15:33The fear of Yahweh teaches wisdom.
16:1The plans of the heart belong to man,
16:2All the ways of a man are clean in
his own eyes;
16:3Commit your deeds to Yahweh,
16:4Yahweh has made everything for its
16:5Everyone who is proud in heart is an
abomination to Yahweh:
16:6By mercy and truth iniquity is atoned
16:7When a man's ways please Yahweh,
16:8Better is a little with
16:9A man's heart plans his course,
16:10Inspired judgments are on the lips
of the king.
16:11Honest balances and scales are
16:12It is an abomination for kings to do
16:13Righteous lips are the delight of
16:14The king's wrath is a messenger of
16:15In the light of the king's face is
16:16How much better it is to get wisdom
16:17The highway of the upright is to
depart from evil.
16:18Pride goes before destruction,
16:19It is better to be of a lowly spirit
with the poor,
16:20He who heeds the Word finds
16:21The wise in heart shall be called
16:22Understanding is a fountain of life
to one who has it,
16:23The heart of the wise instructs his
16:24Pleasant words are a honeycomb,
16:25There is a way which seems right to
16:26The appetite of the laboring man
labors for him;
16:27A worthless man devises mischief.
16:28A perverse man stirs up strife.
16:29A man of violence entices his
16:30One who winks his eyes to plot
16:31Gray hair is a crown of glory.
16:32One who is slow to anger is better
than the mighty;
16:33The lot is cast into the lap,
17:1Better is a dry morsel with
17:2A servant who deals wisely will rule
over a son who causes shame,
17:3The refining pot is for silver, and
the furnace for gold,
17:4An evil-doer heeds wicked lips.
17:5Whoever mocks the poor reproaches his
17:6Children's children are the crown of
17:7Arrogant speech isn't fitting for a
17:8A bribe is a precious stone in the
eyes of him who gives it;
17:9He who covers an offense promotes
17:10A rebuke enters deeper into one who
17:11An evil man seeks only rebellion;
17:12Let a bear robbed of her cubs meet a
17:13Whoever rewards evil for good,
17:14The beginning of strife is like
breaching a dam,
17:15He who justifies the wicked, and he
who condemns the righteous,
17:16Why is there money in the hand of a
fool to buy wisdom,
17:17A friend loves at all times;
17:18A man void of understanding strikes
17:19He who loves disobedience loves
17:20One who has a perverse heart doesn't
17:21He who becomes the father of a fool
17:22A cheerful heart makes good
17:23A wicked man receives a bribe in
17:24Wisdom is before the face of one who
17:25A foolish son brings grief to his
17:26Also to punish the righteous is not
17:27He who spares his words has
17:28Even a fool, when he keeps silent,
is counted wise.
18:1An unfriendly man pursues
18:2A fool has no delight in
18:3When wickedness comes, contempt also
18:4The words of a man's mouth are like
18:5To be partial to the faces of the
wicked is not good,
18:6A fool's lips come into strife,
18:7A fool's mouth is his destruction,
18:8The words of a gossip are like dainty
18:9One who is slack in his work
18:10The name of Yahweh is a strong
18:11The rich man's wealth is his strong
18:12Before destruction the heart of man
18:13He who gives answer before he hears,
18:14A man's spirit will sustain him in
18:15The heart of the discerning gets
18:16A man's gift makes room for him,
18:17He who pleads his cause first seems
18:18The lot settles disputes,
18:19A brother offended is more difficult
than a fortified city;
18:20A man's stomach is filled with the
fruit of his mouth.
18:21Death and life are in the power of
18:22Whoever finds a wife finds a good
18:23The poor plead for mercy,
18:24A man of many companions may be
19:1Better is the poor who walks in his
19:2It isn't good to have zeal without
19:3The foolishness of man subverts his
19:4Wealth adds many friends,
19:5A false witness shall not be
19:6Many will entreat the favor of a
19:7All the relatives of the poor shun
19:8He who gets wisdom loves his own
19:9A false witness shall not be
19:10Delicate living is not appropriate
for a fool,
19:11The discretion of a man makes him
slow to anger.
19:12The king's wrath is like the roaring
of a lion,
19:13A foolish son is the calamity of his
19:14House and riches are an inheritance
19:15Slothfulness casts into a deep
19:16He who keeps the commandment keeps
19:17He who has pity on the poor lends to
19:18Discipline your son, for there is
19:19A hot-tempered man must pay the
19:20Listen to counsel and receive
19:21There are many plans in a man's
19:22That which makes a man to be desired
is his kindness.
19:23The fear of Yahweh leads to life,
19:24The sluggard buries his hand in the
19:25Flog a scoffer, and the simple will
19:26He who robs his father and drives
away his mother,
19:27If you stop listening to
instruction, my son,
19:28A corrupt witness mocks justice,
19:29Penalties are prepared for scoffers,
20:1Wine is a mocker, and beer is a
20:2The terror of a king is like the
roaring of a lion:
20:3It is an honor for a man to keep
aloof from strife;
20:4The sluggard will not plow by reason
of the winter;
20:5Counsel in the heart of man is like
20:6Many men claim to be men of unfailing
20:7A righteous man walks in integrity.
20:8A king who sits on the throne of
20:9Who can say, "I have made my
20:10Differing weights and differing
20:11Even a child makes himself known by
20:12The hearing ear, and the seeing eye,
20:13Don't love sleep, lest you come to
20:14"It's no good, it's no
good," says the buyer;
20:15There is gold and abundance of
20:16Take the garment of one who puts up
collateral for a stranger;
20:17Fraudulent food is sweet to a man,
20:18Plans are established by advice;
20:19He who goes about as a tale-bearer
20:20Whoever curses his father or his
20:21An inheritance quickly gained at the
20:22Don't say, "I will pay back
20:23Yahweh detests differing weights,
20:24A man's steps are from Yahweh;
20:25It is a snare to a man to make a
20:26A wise king winnows out the wicked,
20:27The spirit of man is Yahweh's lamp,
20:28Love and faithfulness keep the king
20:29The glory of young men is their
20:30Wounding blows cleanse away evil,
21:1The king's heart is in Yahweh's hand
like the watercourses.
21:2Every way of a man is right in his
21:3To do righteousness and justice
21:4A high look, and a proud heart,
21:5The plans of the diligent surely lead
21:6Getting treasures by a lying tongue
21:7The violence of the wicked will drive
21:8The way of the guilty is devious,
21:9It is better to dwell in the corner
of the housetop,
21:10The soul of the wicked desires evil;
21:11When the mocker is punished, the
simple gains wisdom;
21:12The Righteous One considers the
house of the wicked,
21:13Whoever stops his ears at the cry of
21:14A gift in secret pacifies anger;
21:15It is joy to the righteous to do
21:16The man who wanders out of the way
21:17He who loves pleasure shall be a
21:18The wicked is a ransom for the
21:19It is better to dwell in a desert
21:20There is precious treasure and oil
in the dwelling of the wise;
21:21He who follows after righteousness
21:22A wise man scales the city of the
21:23Whoever guards his mouth and his
21:24The proud and haughty man,
"scoffer" is his name;
21:25The desire of the sluggard kills
21:26There are those who covet greedily
all the day long;
21:27The sacrifice of the wicked is an
21:28A false witness will perish,
21:29A wicked man hardens his face;
21:30There is no wisdom nor understanding
21:31The horse is prepared for the day of
22:1A good name is more desirable than
22:2The rich and the poor have this in
22:3A prudent man sees danger, and hides
22:4The result of humility and the fear
22:5Thorns and snares are in the path of
22:6Train up a child in the way he should
22:7The rich rule over the poor.
22:8He who sows wickedness reaps trouble,
22:9He who has a generous eye will be
22:10Drive out the mocker, and strife
will go out;
22:11He who loves purity of heart and
22:12The eyes of Yahweh watch over
22:13The sluggard says, "There is a
22:14The mouth of an adulteress is a deep
22:15Folly is bound up in the heart of a
22:16Whoever oppresses the poor for his
own increase and whoever gives to the rich,
22:17Turn your ear, and listen to the
words of the wise.
22:18For it is a pleasant thing if you
keep them within you,
22:19That your trust may be in Yahweh,
22:20Haven't I written to you thirty
22:21To teach you truth, reliable words,
22:22Don't exploit the poor, because he
22:23For Yahweh will plead their case,
22:24Don't befriend a hot-tempered man,
22:25Lest you learn his ways,
22:26Don't you be one of those who strike
22:27If you don't have means to pay,
22:28Don't move the ancient boundary
22:29Do you see a man skilled in his
23:1When you sit to eat with a ruler,
23:2Put a knife to your throat,
23:3Don't be desirous of his dainties,
23:4Don't weary yourself to be rich.
23:5Why do you set your eyes on that
which is not?
23:8The morsel which you have eaten you
shall vomit up,
23:9Don't speak in the ears of a fool,
23:10Don't move the ancient boundary
23:11For their Defender is strong.
23:12Apply your heart to instruction,
23:13Don't withhold correction from a
23:14Punish him with the rod,
23:15My son, if your heart is wise,
23:16Yes, my heart will rejoice,
23:17Don't let your heart envy sinners;
23:18Indeed surely there is a future
23:19Listen, my son, and be wise,
23:20Don't be among ones drinking too
23:21For the drunkard and the glutton
shall become poor;
23:22Listen to your father who gave you
23:23Buy the truth, and don't sell it:
23:24The father of the righteous has
23:25Let your father and your mother be
23:26My son, give me your heart;
23:27For a prostitute is a deep pit;
23:28Yes, she lies in wait like a robber,
23:29Who has woe?
23:30Those who stay long at the wine;
23:31Don't look at the wine when it is
23:32In the end, it bites like a snake,
23:33Your eyes will see strange things,
23:34Yes, you will be as he who lies down
in the midst of the sea,
23:35"They hit me, and I was not
24:1Don't be envious of evil men;
24:2For their hearts plot violence,
24:3Through wisdom a house is built;
24:4By knowledge the rooms are filled
24:5A wise man has great power;
24:6For by wise guidance you wage your
24:7Wisdom is too high for a fool:
24:8One who plots to do evil
24:9The schemes of folly are sin.
24:10If you falter in the time of
24:11Rescue those who are being led away
24:12If you say, "Behold, we didn't
He who keeps your soul,
doesn't he know it?
24:13My son, eat honey, for it is good;
24:14So you shall know wisdom to be to
24:15Don't lay in wait, wicked man,
against the habitation of the righteous.
24:16For a righteous man falls seven
times, and rises up again;
24:17Don't rejoice when your enemy falls.
24:18Lest Yahweh see it, and it displease
24:19Don't fret yourself because of
24:20For there will be no reward to the
24:21My son, fear Yahweh and the king.
24:22For their calamity will rise
24:23These also are sayings of the wise.
To show partiality in judgment is not good.
24:24He who says to the wicked, "You
24:25But it will go well with those who
convict the guilty,
24:26An honest answer
24:27Prepare your work outside,
24:28Don't be a witness against your
neighbor without cause.
24:29Don't say, "I will do to him as
he has done to me;
24:30I went by the field of the sluggard,
24:31Behold, it was all grown over with
24:32Then I saw, and considered well.
24:33A little sleep, a little slumber,
24:34So shall your poverty come as a
25:1These also are proverbs of Solomon, which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied out.
25:2It is the glory of God to conceal a
25:3As the heavens for height, and the
earth for depth,
25:4Take away the dross from the silver,
25:5Take away the wicked from the king's
25:6Don't exalt yourself in the presence
of the king,
25:7For it is better that it be said to
you, "Come up here,"
25:8Don't be hasty in bringing charges to
25:11A word fitly spoken
25:12As an ear-ring of gold, and an
ornament of fine gold,
25:13As the cold of snow in the time of
25:14As clouds and wind without rain,
25:15By patience a ruler is persuaded.
25:16Have you found honey?
25:17Let your foot be seldom in your
25:18A man who gives false testimony
against his neighbor
25:19Confidence in someone unfaithful in
time of trouble
25:20As one who takes away a garment in
25:21If your enemy is hungry, give him
food to eat;
25:22For you will heap coals of fire on
25:23The north wind brings forth rain:
25:24It is better to dwell in the corner
of the housetop,
25:25Like cold water to a thirsty soul,
25:26Like a muddied spring, and a
25:27It is not good to eat much honey;
25:28Like a city that is broken down and
26:1Like snow in summer, and as rain in
26:2Like a fluttering sparrow,
26:3A whip for the horse,
26:4Don't answer a fool according to his
26:5Answer a fool according to his folly,
26:6One who sends a message by the hand
of a fool
26:7Like the legs of the lame that hang
26:8As one who binds a stone in a sling,
26:9Like a thornbush that goes into the
hand of a drunkard,
26:10As an archer who wounds all,
26:11As a dog that returns to his vomit,
26:12Do you see a man wise in his own
26:13The sluggard says, "There is a
lion in the road!
26:14As the door turns on its hinges,
26:15The sluggard buries his hand in the
26:16The sluggard is wiser in his own
26:17Like one who grabs a dog's ears
26:20For lack of wood a fire goes out;
26:21As coals are to hot embers,
26:22The words of a whisperer are as
26:23Like silver dross on an earthen
26:24A malicious man disguises himself
with his lips,
26:25When his speech is charming, don't
26:26His malice may be concealed by
26:27Whoever digs a pit shall fall into
26:28A lying tongue hates those it hurts;
27:1Don't boast about tomorrow;
27:2Let another man praise you,
27:3A stone is heavy,
27:4Wrath is cruel,
27:5Better is open rebuke
27:6Faithful are the wounds of a friend;
27:7A full soul loathes a honeycomb;
27:8As a bird that wanders from her nest,
27:9Perfume and incense bring joy to the
27:10Don't forsake your friend and your
27:11Be wise, my son,
27:12A prudent man sees danger and takes
27:13Take his garment when he puts up
collateral for a stranger;
27:14He who blesses his neighbor with a
loud voice early in the morning,
27:15A continual dropping on a rainy day
is like restraining the wind,
27:17Iron sharpens iron;
27:18Whoever tends the fig tree shall eat
27:19As water reflects a face,
27:20Sheol and Abaddon are never
27:21The crucible is for silver,
27:22Though you grind a fool in a mortar
with a pestle along with grain,
27:23Know well the state of your flocks,
27:24For riches are not forever,
27:25The hay is removed, and the new
27:26The lambs are for your clothing,
27:27There will be plenty of goats' milk
for your food,
28:1The wicked flee when no one pursues;
28:2In rebellion, a land has many rulers,
28:3A needy man who oppresses the poor
28:4Those who forsake the law praise the
28:5Evil men don't understand justice;
28:6Better is the poor who walks in his
28:7Whoever keeps the law is a wise son;
28:8He who increases his wealth by
28:9He who turns away his ear from
hearing the law,
28:10Whoever causes the upright to go
astray in an evil way,
28:11The rich man is wise in his own
28:12When the righteous triumph, there is
28:13He who conceals his sins doesn't
28:14Blessed is the man who always fears;
28:15As a roaring lion or a charging
28:16A tyrannical ruler lacks judgment.
28:17A man who is tormented by life blood
will be a fugitive until death;
28:18Whoever walks blamelessly is kept
28:19One who works his land will have an
abundance of food;
28:20A faithful man is rich with
28:21To show partiality is not good;
28:22A stingy man hurries after riches,
28:23One who rebukes a man will afterward
find more favor
28:24Whoever robs his father or his
mother, and says, "It's not wrong."
28:25One who is greedy stirs up strife;
28:26One who trusts in himself is a fool;
28:27One who gives to the poor has no
28:28When the wicked rise, men hide
29:1He who is often rebuked and stiffens
29:2When the righteous thrive, the people
29:3Whoever loves wisdom brings joy to
29:4The king by justice makes the land
29:5A man who flatters his neighbor,
29:6An evil man is snared by his sin,
29:7The righteous care about justice for
29:8Mockers stir up a city,
29:9If a wise man goes to court with a
29:10The bloodthirsty hate a man of
29:11A fool vents all of his anger,
29:12If a ruler listens to lies,
29:13The poor man and the oppressor have
this in common:
29:14The king who fairly judges the poor,
29:15The rod of correction gives wisdom,
29:16When the wicked increase, sin
29:17Correct your son, and he will give
29:18Where there is no revelation, the
people cast off restraint;
29:19A servant can't be corrected by
29:20Do you see a man who is hasty in his
29:21He who pampers his servant from
29:22An angry man stirs up strife,
29:23A man's pride brings him low,
29:24Whoever is an accomplice of a thief
is an enemy of his own soul.
29:25The fear of man proves to be a
29:26Many seek the ruler's favor,
29:27A dishonest man detests the
30:1The words of Agur the son of Jakeh, the oracle:
The man says to Ithiel,
30:2"Surely I am the most ignorant
30:3I have not learned wisdom,
30:4Who has ascended up into heaven, and
30:5"Every word of God is flawless.
30:6Don't you add to his words,
30:7"Two things I have asked of you;
30:8Remove far from me falsehood and
30:9Lest I be full, deny you, and say,
'Who is Yahweh?'
30:10"Don't slander a servant to his
30:11There is a generation that curses
30:12There is a generation that is pure
in their own eyes,
30:13There is a generation, oh how lofty
are their eyes!
30:14There is a generation whose teeth
are like swords,
30:15"The leach has two daughters:
"There are three
things that are never satisfied;
30:17The eye that mocks at his father,
30:18"There are three things which
are too amazing for me,
30:20So is the way of an adulterous
30:21"For three things the earth
30:24"There are four things which
are little on the earth,
30:29"There are three things which
are stately in their march,
30:32"If you have done foolishly in
lifting up yourself,
Put your hand over your
31:1The words of king Lemuel; the oracle which his mother taught him.
31:2"Oh, my son!"
31:3Don't give your strength to women,
31:4It is not for kings, Lemuel;
31:5Lest they drink, and forget the law,
31:6Give strong drink to him who is ready
31:7Let him drink, and forget his
31:8Open your mouth for the mute,
31:9Open your mouth, judge righteously,
31:10Who can find a worthy woman?
31:11The heart of her husband trusts in
31:12She does him good, and not harm,
31:13She seeks wool and flax,
31:14She is like the merchant ships.
31:15She rises also while it is yet
31:16She considers a field, and buys it.
31:17She girds her loins with strength,
31:18She perceives that her merchandise
31:19She lays her hands to the distaff,
31:20She opens her arms to the poor;
31:21She is not afraid of the snow for
31:22She makes for herself carpets of
31:23Her husband is respected in the
31:24She makes linen garments and sells
31:25Strength and dignity are her
31:26She opens her mouth with wisdom.
31:27She looks well to the ways of her
31:28Her children rise up and call her
31:29"Many women do noble things,
31:30Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain;
31:31Give her of the fruit of her hands!
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