The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, [is] from the Lord.
All the ways of a man [are] clean in his own eyes; but the Lord weighs the spirits.
Commit your works to the Lord, and your thoughts will be established.
The Lord has made all [things] for Himself, indeed, even the wicked for the Day of Evil.
Everyone [who is] proud in heart [is] an abomination to the Lord, [though] hand [joins] in hand, he will not be unpunished.
By mercy and truth, iniquity is purged, and by the fear of the Lord, [men] depart from evil.
When a man's ways please the Lord, he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.
Better [is] a little with righteousness than great revenues without right.
A man's heart devises his way, but the Lord directs his steps.
A divine sentence [is] in the lips of the king, his mouth does not transgress in judgment.
A just weight and balance [are] the Lord's, all the weights of the bag [are] His work.
[It is] an abomination to kings to commit wickedness, for the throne is established by righteousness.
Righteous lips [are] the delight of kings; and they love him who speaks right.
The wrath of a king [is as] angels of death, but a wise man will pacify it.
In the light of the king's countenance [is] life; and his favor [is] as a cloud of the latter rain.
How much better [is it] to get wisdom than gold! And to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver!
The highway of the upright [is] to depart from evil, he who keeps His way preserves his soul.
Pride [goes] before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.
Better [it is to be] of a humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.
He who handles a matter wisely will find good, and whoever trusts in the Lord, he [is] happy.
The wise in heart will be called prudent, and the sweetness of the lips increases learning.
Understanding [is] a wellspring of life to him who has it, but the instruction of fools [is] folly.
The heart of the wise teaches his mouth, and adds learning to his lips.
Pleasant words [are as] a honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.
There is a way that seems right to a man, but the end thereof [are] the ways of death.
He who labors, labors for himself; for his mouth craves it of him.
An ungodly man digs up evil, and in his lips [there is] as a burning fire.
A perverse man sows strife, and a whisperer separates chief friends.
A violent man entices his neighbor, and leads him into the way [that is] not good.
He shuts his eyes to devise perverse things, moving his lips, he brings evil to pass.
The hoary head [is] a crown of glory, [if] it is found in the way of righteousness.
[He who is] slow to anger [is] better than the mighty; and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.
The lot is cast into the lap; but the whole disposing thereof [is] of the Lord.
Better [is] a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, than a house full of sacrifices [with] strife.
A wise servant will have rule over a son who causes shame, and will have part of the inheritance among the brethren.
The fining pot [is] for silver, and the furnace for gold, but the Lord tests the hearts.
A wicked doer gives heed to false lips; [and] a liar gives ear to a naughty tongue.
Whoever mocks the poor reproaches his Maker, [and] he who is glad at calamities will not be unpunished.
Children's children [are] the crown of old men; and the glory of children [are] their fathers.
Excellent speech does not become a fool, much less do lying lips [become] a prince.
A gift [is as] a precious stone in the eyes of him who has it, wherever it turns, it prospers.
He who covers a transgression seeks love; but he who repeats a matter separates friends.
A reproof enters more into a wise man than a hundred stripes into a fool.
An evil [man] seeks only rebellion, therefore a cruel angel will be sent against him.
Let a bear robbed of her whelps meet a man, rather than a fool in his folly.
Whoever rewards evil for good, evil will not depart from his house.
The beginning of strife [is as] when one lets out water, therefore leave off contention, before it is meddled with.
He who justifies the wicked, and he who condemns the just, they both [are] even an abomination to the Lord.
Therefore [is there] a price in the hand of a fool to get wisdom, seeing [he has] no heart [to it]?
A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.
A man void of understanding strikes hands, [and] becomes surety in the presence of his friend.
He who loves strife loves transgression, [and] he who exalts his gate seeks destruction.
He who has a perverse heart finds no good, and he who has a perverse tongue falls into mischief.
He who fathers a fool [does it] to his sorrow, and the father of a fool has no joy.
A rejoicing heart does good [like] medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones.
A wicked [man] takes a gift out of the bosom to pervert the ways of judgment.
Wisdom [is] before him who has understanding; but the eyes of a fool [are] in the ends of the earth.
A foolish son [is] a grief to his father, and bitterness to her who bore him.
Also to punish the just [is] not good, [nor] to strike princes for equity.
He who has knowledge spares his words, [and] a man of understanding is of an excellent spirit.
Even a fool, when he holds his peace, is counted wise, [and] he who shuts his lips [is esteemed] a man of understanding.
Through desire, a man having separated himself, seeks [and] intermeddles with all wisdom.
A fool has no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself.
When the wicked comes, [then] contempt also comes, and with ignominy, reproach.
The words of a man's mouth [are as] deep waters, [and] the wellspring of wisdom [as] a flowing brook.
[It is] not good to accept the person of the wicked, to overthrow the righteous in judgment.
A fool's lips enter into contention, and his mouth calls for strokes.
A fool's mouth [is] his destruction, and his lips [are] the snare of his soul.
The words of a talebearer [are] as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.
He also who is slothful in his work is a brother to him who is a great waster.
The name of the Lord [is] a strong tower, the righteous runs into it, and is safe.
The rich man's wealth [is] his strong city, and as a high wall in his own conceit.
Before destruction, the heart of man is haughty, and before honor [is] humility.
He who answers a matter before he hears [it], it [is] folly and shame to him.
The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but who can bear a wounded spirit?
The heart of the prudent gets knowledge; and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.
A man's gift makes room for him, and brings him before great men.
[He who is] first in his own cause [seems] just; but his neighbor comes and searches him.
The lot causes contentions to cease, and parts between the mighty.
An offended brother [is harder to be won] than a strong city, and [their] contentions [are] like the bars of a castle.
A man's belly will be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; [and] he will be filled with the increase of his lips.
Death and life [are] in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat the fruit thereof.
[Whoever] finds a wife finds a good [thing], and obtains favor of the Lord.
The poor use entreaties; but the rich answer roughly.
A man [who has] friends must show himself friendly, and there is a friend [who] sticks closer than a brother.
Better [is] the poor who walks in his integrity, than [he who is] perverse in his lips, and is a fool.
Also, [that] the soul [is] without knowledge, [it is] not good; and he who hastens with [his] feet sins.
The foolishness of man perverts his way, and his heart frets against the Lord.
Wealth makes many friends; but the poor are separated from his neighbor.
A false witness will not be unpunished, and [he who] speaks lies will not escape.
Many will entreat the favor of the prince, and every man [is] a friend to him who gives gifts.
All the brethren of the poor hate him, how much more do his friends go far from him? He pursues [them with] words, [yet] they [are] wanting [to him].
He who gets wisdom loves his own soul, he who keeps understanding will find good.
A false witness will not be unpunished, and [he who] speaks lies will perish.
Delight is not suitable for a fool; much less for a servant to have rule over princes.
The discretion of a man defers his anger; and [it is] his glory to pass over a transgression.
The king's wrath [is] as the roaring of a lion; but his favor [is] as dew upon the grass.
A foolish son [is] the calamity of his father, and the contentions of a wife [are] a continual dropping.
House and riches [are] the inheritance of fathers, and a prudent wife [is] from the Lord.
Slothfulness casts into a deep sleep; and an idle soul will suffer hunger.
He who keeps the commandment, keeps his own soul; [but] he who despises His ways will die.
He who has pity upon the poor lends to the Lord; and that which he has given, He will pay him again. *57:18
Chasten your son while there is hope, and do not let your soul spare for his crying.
A man of great wrath will suffer punishment, for if you deliver [him], you must still do it again.
Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that you may be wise in your latter end.
[There are] many devices in a man's heart; nevertheless the counsel of the Lord, that will stand.
The desire of a man [is] his kindness, and a poor man [is] better than a liar.
The fear of the Lord [tends] to life, and [he who has it] will abide satisfied; he will not be visited with evil.
A slothful [man] hides his hand in [his] bosom, and will not so much as bring it to his mouth again.
Strike a scorner, and the simple will beware, and reprove one who has understanding, [and] he will understand knowledge.
He who wastes [his] father, [and] chases away [his] mother, [is] a son who causes shame, and brings reproach.
Cease, my son, to hear the instruction [that causes] to err from the words of knowledge.
An ungodly witness scorns judgment, and the mouth of the wicked devours iniquity.
Judgments are prepared for scorners, and stripes for the back of fools.
Wine [is] a mocker, strong drink [is] raging, and whoever is deceived thereby is not wise.
The fear of a king [is] as the roaring of a lion, [whoever] provokes him to anger sins [against] his own soul.
[It is] an honor for a man to cease from strife, but every fool will be meddling.
The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; [therefore] he will beg in harvest, and [have] nothing.
Counsel in the heart of man [is like] deep water; but a man of understanding will draw it out.
Most men will proclaim his own goodness to everyone, but who can find a faithful man?
The just [man] walks in his integrity, his children [are] blessed after him.
A king who sits in the throne of judgment scatters away all evil with his eyes.
Who can say, "I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin?"
Divers weights, [and] various measures, both of them [are] alike, an abomination to the Lord.
Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work [is] pure, and whether [it is] right.
The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the Lord has made even both of them. *23:78, *67:23
Do not love sleep, unless you come to poverty; open your eyes, [and] you will be satisfied with bread.
[It is] bad, [it is] bad, says the buyer, but when he has gone his way, then he boasts.
There is gold, and a multitude of rubies, but the lips of knowledge [are] a precious jewel.
Take his garment that is surety [for] a stranger, and take a pledge of him for a strange woman.
Bread of deceit [is] sweet to a man; but afterwards his mouth will be filled with gravel.
[Every] purpose is established by counsel, and make war with good advice.
He who goes about [as] a talebearer reveals secrets, therefore do not meddle with him who flatters with his lips.
Whoever curses his father or his mother, his lamp will be put out in obscure darkness.
An inheritance [may be] gotten hastily at the beginning; but the end thereof will not be blessed.
Do not say, "I will recompense evil;" [but] wait on the Lord, and He will save you.
Divers weights [are] an abomination to the Lord; and a false balance [is] not good.
Man's goings [are] of the Lord; how can a man then understand his own way?
[It is] a snare to the man [who] devours [that which is] holy, and to make inquiry after vows.
A wise king scatters the wicked, and brings the wheel over them.
The spirit of man [is] the candle of the Lord, searching all the inward parts of the belly.
Mercy and truth preserve the king, and his throne is upheld by mercy.
The glory of young men [is] their strength, and the beauty of old men [is] the gray head.
The blueness of a wound cleanses away evil, so [do] stripes [cleanse] the inward parts of the belly.
The king's heart [is] in the hand of the Lord, [as] the rivers of water, He turns it wherever He wills.
Every way of a man [is] right in his own eyes, but the Lord ponders the hearts.
To do justice and judgment [is] more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.
A high look, and a proud heart, [and] the plowing of the wicked, [is] sin.
The thoughts of the diligent [tend] only to plenteousness; but of everyone [who is] hasty only to want.
The getting of treasures by a lying tongue [is] a vanity tossed here and there of those who seek death.
The robbery of the wicked will destroy them; because they refuse to do judgment.
The way of man [is] devious and strange, but [as for] the pure, his work [is] right.
[It is] better to dwell in a corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman in a wide house.
The soul of the wicked desires evil, his neighbor finds no favor in his eyes.
When the scorner is punished, the simple are made wise, and when the wise are instructed, he receives knowledge.
The righteous [man] wisely considers the house of the wicked, [but God] overthrows the wicked for [their] wickedness.
Whoever stops his ears at the cry of the poor, he will also cry himself, but will not be heard.
A gift in secret pacifies anger, and a reward in the bosom, strong wrath.
[It is] joy to the just to do judgment, but destruction [will be] to the workers of iniquity.
The man who wanders out of the way of understanding will remain in the congregation of the dead.
He who loves pleasure [will be] a poor man, he who loves wine and oil will not be rich.
The wicked [will be] a ransom for the righteous, and the transgressor for the upright.
[It is] better to dwell in the wilderness, than with a contentious and an angry woman.
[There is] treasure to be desired and oil in the dwelling of the wise; but a foolish man spends it up.
He who follows after righteousness and mercy finds life, righteousness, and honor.
A wise [man] scales the city of the mighty, and casts down the strength of the confidence thereof.
Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps his soul from troubles.
Proud [and] haughty scorner [is] his name, who deals in proud wrath.
The desire of the slothful kills him; for his hands refuse to labor.
He covets greedily all the day long, but the righteous give and do not spare.
The sacrifice of the wicked [is] an abomination, how much more, [when] he brings it with a wicked mind?
A false witness will perish, but the man who hears, speaks constantly.
A wicked man hardens his face, but [as for] the upright, he directs his way.
[There is] no wisdom or understanding or counsel against the Lord.
The horse [is] prepared against the day of battle, but safety [is] of the Lord.
A [good] name [is] rather to be chosen than great riches, [and] loving favor rather than silver and gold.
The rich and poor meet together, the Lord [is] the maker of them all.
A prudent [man] foresees the evil, and hides himself, but the simple pass on, and are punished.
By humility [and] the fear of the Lord [are] riches, and honor, and life.
Thorns [and] snares [are] in the way of the perverse, he who keeps his soul will be far from them.
Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower [is] servant to the lender.
He who sows iniquity will reap vanity, and the rod of his anger will fail.
He who has a bountiful eye will be blessed; for he gives of his bread to the poor.
Cast out the scorner, and contention will go out; indeed, strife and reproach will cease.
He who loves pureness of heart, [for] the grace of his lips, the king [will be] his friend.
The eyes of the Lord preserve knowledge, and He overthrows the words of the transgressor.
The slothful [man] says, "[There is] a lion outside, I will be slain in the streets."
The mouth of strange women [is] a deep pit, he who is abhorred of the Lord will fall therein.
Foolishness [is] bound in the heart of a child; [but] the rod of correction will drive it far from him.
He who oppresses the poor to increase his [riches, and] he who gives to the rich, [will] surely [come] to want.
Bow down your ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply your heart to my knowledge.
For [it is] a pleasant thing if you keep them within you; they will be established together in your lips.
That your trust may be in the Lord, I have made known to you this day, even to you.
Have I not written to you excellent things in counsels and knowledge,
That I might make you know the certainty of the words of truth; that you might answer the words of truth to those who send to you?
Do not rob the poor, because he [is] poor, neither oppress the afflicted in the gate.
For the Lord will plead their cause, and spoil the soul of those who spoiled them.
Make no friendship with an angry man; and you will not go with a furious man.
Unless you learn his ways, and get a snare to your soul.
Do not be [one] of those who strike hands, [or] of those who are mingled with debts.
If you have nothing to pay, why should he take away your bed from under you?
Do not remove the ancient landmark, which your fathers have set.
Do you see a man diligent in his business? He will stand before kings; he will not stand before mean [men].
When you sit to eat with a ruler, consider diligently what [is] before you.
And put a knife to your throat, if you [are] a man given to appetite.
Do not be desirous of his dainties, for they [are] deceitful meat.
Do not labor to be rich, cease from your own wisdom.
Will you set your eyes upon that which is not? For [riches] certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven.
Do not eat the bread of [him who has] an evil eye, neither desire his dainty meats.
For as he thinks in his heart, so he [is], "Eat and drink," he says to you; but his heart [is] not with you.
The morsel [which] you have eaten, you will vomit up, and lose your sweet words.
Do not speak in the ears of a fool, for he will despise the wisdom of your words.
Do not remove the old landmark; and do not enter into the fields of the fatherless.
For their redeemer [is] mighty; He will plead their cause with you.
Apply your heart to instruction, and your ears to the words of knowledge.
Do not withhold correction from the child, for [if] you beat him with the rod, he will not die.
You will beat him with the rod, and will deliver his soul from Hell.
My son, if your heart is wise, my heart will rejoice, even mine.
Indeed, my reins will rejoice, when your lips speak right things.
Do not let your heart envy sinners, but [be] in the fear of the Lord all the day long.
For surely there is an end; and your expectation will not be cut off.
Hear, my son, and be wise, and guide your heart in the way.
Be not among winebibbers; among riotous eaters of flesh.
For the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty, and drowsiness will clothe [a man] with rags.
Listen to your father who fathered you, and do not despise your mother when she is old.
Buy the truth, and do not sell [it]; [also] wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.
The father of the righteous will greatly rejoice, and he who fathers a wise [child] will have joy of him.
Your father and your mother will be glad, and she who bore you will rejoice.
My son, give me your heart, and let your eyes observe my ways.
For a whore [is] a deep ditch; and a strange woman [is] a narrow pit.
She also lies in wait as [for] a prey, and increases the transgressors among men.
Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has contentions? Who has babbling? Who has wounds without cause? Who has redness of eyes?
Those who delay long at the wine; those who go to seek mixed wine.
Do not look upon the wine when it is red, when it gives his color in the cup, [when] it moves itself aright.
At the last it bites like a serpent, and stings like an adder.
Your eyes will behold strange women, and your heart will utter perverse things.
Indeed, you will be as he who lies down in the midst of the sea, or as he who lies upon the top of a mast.
"They have stricken me, [will you say, and] I was not sick; they have beaten me, [and] I did not feel [it], when will I awake? I will seek it yet again."
Do not be envious against evil men, neither desire to be with them.
For their heart studies destruction, and their lips talk of mischief.
Through wisdom is a house built; and by understanding it is established.
And by knowledge will the chambers be filled with all precious and pleasant riches.
A wise man [is] strong; indeed, a man of knowledge increases strength.
For by wise counsel you will make your war, and in a multitude of counselors [there is] safety.
Wisdom [is] too high for a fool, he does not open his mouth in the gate.
He who devises to do evil will be called a mischievous person.
The thought of foolishness [is] sin, and the scorner [is] an abomination to men.
[If] you faint in the day of adversity, your strength [is] small.
If you forbear to deliver [those who are] drawn to death, and [those who are] ready to be slain;
If you say, "Behold, we did not know it; does He who ponders the heart not consider [it]? And He who keeps your soul, does He [not] know [it]? And will He [not] render to [every] man according to his works?"
My son, eat honey, because [it is] good; and the honeycomb, [which is] sweet to your taste.
So [will] the knowledge of wisdom [be] to your soul, when you have found [it], then there will be a reward, and your expectation will not be cut off.
Do not lay wait, O wicked [man], against the dwelling of the righteous; do not spoil his resting place.
For a just [man] falls seven times, and rises up again, but the wicked will fall into mischief.
Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, and do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles.
Unless the Lord sees [it], and it displeases Him, and He turns away His wrath from him.
Do not fret yourself because of evil [men], neither be envious at the wicked;
For there will be no reward to the evil [man]; the candle of the wicked will be put out.
My son, fear the Lord and the king, [and] do not meddle with those who are given to change.
For their calamity will rise suddenly; and who knows the ruin of them both?
These [things] also [belong] to the wise. [It is] not good to have partiality in judgment.
He who says to the wicked, "You [are] righteous;" him will the people curse, nations will abhor him.
But to those who rebuke [him] will be delight, and a good blessing will come upon them.
[Every man] will kiss [his] lips who gives a right answer.
Prepare your work outside, and make it fit for yourself in the field; and afterwards build your house.
Do not be a witness against your neighbor without cause; and do [not] deceive with your lips.
Do not say, "I will do so to him as he has done to me, I will render to the man according to his work."
I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding;
And, look, it was all grown over with thorns, [and] nettles had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was broken down.
Then I saw, [and] considered [it] well, I looked upon [it, and] received instruction.
[Yet] a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep.
So will your poverty come [as] one who travels; and your want as an armed man.
These [are] also proverbs of Solomon, which the men of Hezekiah, king of Judah, copied out.
[It is] the glory of God to conceal a thing, but the honor of kings [is] to search out a matter.
The heaven for height, and the earth for depth, and the heart of kings [is] unsearchable.
Take away the dross from the silver, and there will come forth a vessel for the finer.
Take away the wicked [from] before the king, and his throne will be established in righteousness.
Do not put yourself forth in the presence of the king, and do not stand in the place of great [men].
For [it is] better that it is said to you, "Come up here;" than that you should be put lower in the presence of the prince whom your eyes have seen. *Luke 14:8 - 10
Do not go forth hastily to strive, unless [you do not know] what to do in the end thereof, when your neighbor has put you to shame.
Debate your cause with your neighbor [himself]; and do not discover a secret to another.
Unless he who hears [it] puts you to shame, and your infamy does not turn away.
A word fitly spoken [is like] apples of gold in pictures of silver.
[As] an earring of gold, and an ornament of fine gold, [so is] a wise reprover upon an obedient ear.
As the cold of snow in the time of harvest, [so is] a faithful messenger to those who send him, for he refreshes the soul of his masters.
Whoever boasts himself of a false gift [is like] clouds and wind without rain.
A prince is persuaded by long forbearing, and a soft tongue breaks the bone.
Have you found honey? Eat so much as is sufficient for you, unless you are filled therewith, and vomit it [up].
Withdraw your foot from your neighbor's house; unless he is weary of you, and [so] hates you.
A man who bears false witness against his neighbor [is] a maul, and a sword, and a sharp arrow.
Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble [is like] a broken tooth, and a foot out of joint.
[As] he who takes away a garment in cold weather, [and as] vinegar upon nitre, so [is] he who sings songs to a heavy heart.
If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink.
For you will heap coals of fire upon his head, and the Lord will reward you. *Romans 12:20
The north wind drives away rain, so [does] an angry countenance a backbiting tongue.
[It is] better to dwell in the corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman and in a wide house.
[As] cold waters to a thirsty soul, so [is] good news from a far country.
A righteous man falling down before the wicked [is as] a troubled fountain, and a corrupt spring.
[It is] not good to eat much honey, so [for men] to search their own glory [is not] glory.
He who [has] no rule over his own spirit [is like] a city [that is] broken down, [and] without walls.
As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, so honor is not suitable for a fool.
As the bird by wandering, as the swallow by flying, so the curse will not come causeless.
A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey, and a rod for the fool's back.
Do not answer a fool according to his folly, unless you also become like him.
Answer a fool according to his folly, unless he becomes wise in his own conceit.
He who sends a message by the hand of a fool cuts off the feet, [and] drinks damage.
The legs of the lame are not equal, so [is] a parable in the mouth of fools.
As he who binds a stone in a sling, so [is] he who gives honor to a fool.
[As] a thorn goes up into the hand of a drunkard, so [is] a parable in the mouth of fools.
The great [God] that formed all [things] both rewards the fool, and rewards transgressors.
As a dog returns to his vomit, [so] a fool returns to his folly. *2 Peter 2:22
Do you see a man wise in his own conceit? [There is] more hope of a fool than of him.
The slothful [man] says, "[There is] a lion in the way; a lion [is] in the streets."
[As] the door turns upon his hinges, so [does] the slothful upon his bed.
The slothful hides his hand in [his] bosom; it grieves him to bring it again to his mouth.
The sluggard [is] wiser in his own conceit than seven men who can render a reason.
He who passes by, [and] meddles with strife not [belonging] to him, [is like] one who takes a dog by the ears.
As a mad [man] who casts firebrands, arrows, and death,
So [is] the man [who] deceives his neighbor, and says, "Am I not in sport?"
Where no wood is, [there] the fire goes out, so where [there is] no talebearer, the strife ceases.
[As] coals [are] to burning coals, and wood to fire; so [is] a contentious man to kindle strife.
The words of a talebearer [are] as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.
Burning lips and a wicked heart [are like] a potsherd covered with silver dross.
He who hates dissembles with his lips, and lays up deceit within him;
When he speaks fair, do not believe him, for [there are] seven abominations in his heart.
[Whose] hatred is covered by deceit, his wickedness will be shown before the [whole] congregation.
Whoever digs a pit will fall therein, and he who rolls a stone, it will return upon him.
A lying tongue hates [those who are] afflicted by it; and a flattering mouth works ruin.
Do not boast yourself of tomorrow; for you do not know what a day may bring forth.
Let another man praise you, and not your own mouth; a stranger, and not your own lips.
A stone [is] heavy, and the sand weighty; but a fool's wrath [is] heavier than them both.
Wrath [is] cruel, and anger [is] outrageous; but who [is] able to stand before envy?
Open rebuke [is] better than secret love.
Faithful [are] the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy [are] deceitful.
The full soul loathes a honeycomb; but to the hungry soul, every bitter thing is sweet.
As a bird that wanders from her nest, so [is] a man who wanders from his place.
Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart, so [does] the sweetness of a man's friend by hearty counsel.
Your own friend, and your father's friend, do not forsake; neither go into your brother's house in the day of your calamity, [for] better [is] a neighbor [who is] near than a brother far off.
My son, be wise, and make my heart glad, that I may answer him who reproaches me.
A prudent [man] foresees the evil, [and] hides himself; [but] the simple pass on, [and] are punished.
Take his garment that is surety for a stranger, and take a pledge of him for a strange woman.
He who blesses his friend with a loud voice, rising early in the morning, it will be counted a curse to him.
A continual dropping in a very rainy day and a contentious woman are alike.
Whoever hides her, hides the wind, and the ointment of his right hand, [which] bewrays [itself].
Iron sharpens iron; so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.
Whoever keeps the fig tree will eat the fruit thereof, so he who waits on his master will be honored.
As in water, face [answers] to face, so the heart of man to man.
Hell and destruction are never full; so the eyes of man are never satisfied.
[As] the fining pot for silver, and the furnace for gold; so [is] a man to his praise.
Though you should bray a fool in a mortar among wheat with a pestle, [yet] his foolishness will not depart from him.
Be diligent to know the state of your flocks, [and] look well to your herds.
For riches [are] not forever, and does the crown [endure] to every generation?
The hay appears, and the tender grass shows itself, and herbs of the mountains are gathered.
The lambs [are] for your clothing, and the goats [are] the price of the field.
And [you will have] goats' milk enough for your food, for the food of your household, and [for] the maintenance for your maidens.
The wicked flee when no man pursues, but the righteous are bold as a lion.
For the transgression of a land, many [are] the princes thereof, but by a man of understanding [and] knowledge, the state [thereof] will be prolonged.
A poor man who oppresses the poor [is like] a sweeping rain which leaves no food.
Those who forsake the law praise the wicked, but such who keep the law contend with them.
Evil men do not understand judgment, but those who seek the Lord understand all [things].
Better [is] the poor who walks in his uprightness, than [he who is] perverse [in his] ways, though he [is] rich.
Whoever keeps the law [is] a wise son, but he who is a companion of riotous [men] shames his father.
He who by usury and unjust gain increases his substance, he will gather it for him who will pity the poor.
He who turns away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer [will be] abomination.
Whoever causes the righteous to go astray in an evil way, he will fall himself into his own pit, but the upright will have good [things] in possession.
The rich man [is] wise in his own conceit; but the poor who has understanding searches him out.
When righteous [men] rejoice, [there is] great glory, but when the wicked rise, a man is hidden.
He who covers his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes [them] will have mercy.
Happy [is] the man who fears always, but he who hardens his heart will fall into mischief.
[As] a roaring lion, and a ranging bear; [so is] a wicked ruler over the poor people.
The prince who wants understanding [is] also a great oppressor, [but] he who hates covetousness will prolong [his] days.
A man who does violence to the blood of [any] person will flee to the pit; let no man uphold him.
Whoever walks uprightly will be saved, but [he who is] perverse [in his] ways will fall at once.
He who tills his land will have plenty of bread, but he who follows after vain [persons] will have enough poverty.
A faithful man will abound with blessings, but he who makes haste to be rich will not be innocent.
To have partiality [is] not good, for a piece of bread, [that] man will transgress.
He who hastens to be rich [has] an evil eye, and does not consider that poverty will come upon him.
He who rebukes a man afterwards will find more favor than he who flatters with the tongue.
Whoever robs his father or his mother, and says, "[It is] no transgression;" the same [is] the companion of a destroyer.
He who is of a proud heart stirs up strife, but he who puts his trust in the Lord will be made fat.
He who trusts in his own heart is a fool, but whoever walks wisely, he will be delivered.
He who gives to the poor will not lack, but he who hides his eyes will have many curses.
When the wicked rise, men hide themselves, but when they perish, the righteous increase.
He, who being often reproved hardens [his] neck, will suddenly be destroyed and without remedy.
When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice, but when the wicked bear rule, the people mourn.
Whoever loves wisdom rejoices his father, but he who keeps company with harlots spends [his] substance.
The king by judgment establishes the land, but he who receives gifts overthrows it.
A man who flatters his neighbor spreads a net for his feet.
In the transgression of an evil man [there is] a snare, but the righteous sing and rejoice.
The righteous considers the cause of the poor, [but] the wicked do not regard to know [it].
Scornful men bring a city into a snare, but wise [men] turn away wrath.
[If] a wise man contends with a foolish man, whether he rages or laughs, [there is] no rest.
The bloodthirsty hate the upright, but the just seek his soul.
A fool utters all his mind, but a wise [man] keeps it in until afterwards.
If a ruler hears lies, all his servants [are] wicked.
The poor and the deceitful man meet together, the Lord lightens both their eyes.
The king who faithfully judges the poor, his throne will be established forever.
The rod and reproof give wisdom, but a child left [to himself] brings his mother to shame.
When the wicked are multiplied, transgression increases, but the righteous will see their fall.
Correct your son, and he will give you rest; indeed, he will give delight to your soul.
Where [there is] no vision, the people perish, but he who keeps the law, he [is] happy.
A servant will not be corrected by words, for though he understands, he will not answer.
Do you see a man [who is] hasty in his words? [There is] more hope of a fool than of him.
He who delicately brings up his servant from a child will have him become [his] son at the length.
An angry man stirs up strife, and a furious man abounds in transgression.
A man's pride will bring him low, but honor will uphold the humble in spirit.
Whoever is partner with a thief hates his own soul, he hears cursing, and does not betray [it].
The fear of man brings a snare, but whoever puts his trust in the Lord will be safe.
Many seek the ruler's favor; but [every] man's judgment [comes] from the Lord.
An unjust man [is] an abomination to the just, and [he who is] upright in the way [is] an abomination to the wicked.
The words of Agur, the son of Jakeh, [even] the prophecy, the man spoke to Ithiel, even to Ithiel and Ucal,
"Surely I [am] more brutish than [any] man, and do not have the understanding of a man.
I neither learned wisdom, nor have the knowledge of the holy.
Who has ascended up into heaven, or descended? Who has gathered the wind in his fists? Who has bound the waters in a garment? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What [is] His name, and what [is] His son's name, if you can tell?
Every word of God [is] pure, He [is] a shield to those who put their trust in Him.
Do not add to His words, unless He reproves you, and you are found a liar.
I have required two [things] of you; do not deny me [them] before I die.
Remove vanity and lies far from me, give me neither poverty or riches; feed me with food convenient for me.
Unless I am full, and deny [you], and say, 'Who [is] the Lord?' Or unless I am poor, and steal, and take the name of my God [in vain].
Do not accuse a servant to his master, unless he curses you, and you are found guilty.
[There is] a generation [that] curses their father, and does not bless their mother.
[There is] a generation [that is] pure in their own eyes, and [yet] is not washed from their filthiness.
[There is] a generation, O how lofty are their eyes! And their eyelids are lifted up.
[There is] a generation, whose teeth [are as] swords, and their jaw teeth [as] knives, to devour the poor from off the earth, and the needy from [among] men.
The horseleach has two daughters, [crying], 'Give, give.' There are three [things that] are never satisfied, [indeed], four [things] do not say, '[It is] enough.'
The grave; and the barren womb; the earth [that] is not filled with water; and the fire [that] does not say, '[It is] enough.'
The eye [that] mocks at [his] father, and despises to obey [his] mother, the ravens of the valley will pick it out, and the young eagles will eat it.
There are three [things which] are too wonderful for me, indeed, four which I do not know.
The 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 maid.
Such [is] the way of an adulterous woman; she eats, and wipes her mouth, and says, 'I have done no wickedness.'
For three [things] the earth is disquieted, and for four [which] it cannot bear.
For a servant when he reigns; and a fool when he is filled with meat;
For an odious [woman] when she is married; and a handmaid who is heir to her mistress.
There are four [things which are] little upon the earth, but they [are] exceedingly wise.
The ants [are] a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer;
The conies [are but] a feeble folk, yet they make their houses in the rocks;
The locusts have no king, yet go they forth, all of them by bands;
The spider takes hold with her hands, and is in kings' palaces.
There are three [things] which go well, indeed, four are good in going.
A lion [which is] strongest among beasts, and does not turn away for anything;
A greyhound; a male goat also; and a king, against whom [there is] no rising up.
If you have done foolishly in lifting yourself up, or if you have thought evil, [lay] your hand upon your mouth.
Surely the churning of milk brings forth butter, and the wringing of the nose brings forth blood, so the forcing of wrath brings forth strife."
The words of king Lemuel, the prophecy that his mother taught him.
What, my son? And what, the son of my womb? And what, the son of my vows?
Do not give your strength to women, nor your ways to that which destroys kings.
[It is] not for kings, O Lemuel, [it is] not for kings to drink wine; nor for princes strong drink.
Unless they drink, and forget the law, and pervert the judgment of any of the afflicted.
Give strong drink to him who is ready to perish, and wine to those who are of heavy hearts.
Let him drink, and forget his poverty, and remember his misery no more.
Open your mouth for the dumb in the cause of all such who are appointed to destruction.
Open your mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.
Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price [is] far above rubies.
The heart of her husband safely trusts in her, so that he will have no need of spoil.
She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.
She seeks wool, and flax, and works willingly with her hands.
She is like the merchants' ships; she brings her food from afar.
She rises also while it is still night, and gives meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.
She considers a field, and buys it, she plants a vineyard with the fruit of her hands.
She girds her loins with strength, and strengthens her arms.
She perceives that her merchandise [is] good, her candle does not go out by night.
She lays her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the crutch.
She stretches out her hand to the poor; indeed, she reaches her hands forth to the needy.
She is not afraid of the snow for her household, for all her household [is] clothed with scarlet.
She makes herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing [is] silk and purple.
Her husband is known in the gates, when he sits among the elders of the land.
She makes fine linen, and sells [it]; and delivers girdles to the merchant.
Strength and honor [are] her clothing; and she will rejoice in time to come.
She opens her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue [is] the law of kindness.
She looks well to the ways of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness.
Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband [also], and he praises her.
Many daughters have done virtuously, but you excel them all.
Favor [is] deceitful, and beauty [is] vain, [but] a woman [who] fears the Lord, she will be praised.
Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.