The proverbs of Solomon, the son of David, king of Israel;
To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding;
To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity;
To give subtlety to the simple, to the young man, knowledge and discretion.
A wise [man] will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding will attain wise counsels.
The fear of the Lord [is] the beginning of knowledge [*35:28], [but] fools despise wisdom and instruction.
My son, hear the instruction of your father, and do not forsake the law of your mother.
For they [will be] an ornament of grace to your head, and chains about your neck.
My son, if sinners entice you, do not consent.
If they say, "Come with us, let us lay wait for blood, let us lurk privily for the innocent without cause.
Let us swallow them up alive as the grave; and whole, as those who go down into the pit.
We will find all precious substance, we will fill our houses with spoil.
Cast in your lot among us; let us all have one purse."
My son, do not walk in the way with them; refrain your foot from their path.
Surely the net is spread in vain in the sight of any bird.
And they lay wait for their [own] blood; they lurk privily for their [own] lives.
So [are] the ways of everyone who is greedy of gain; [which] takes away the life of the owners thereof.
Wisdom cries outside; she utters her voice in the streets.
She cries in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of the gates, in the city, she utters her words, [saying],
"How long, you simple ones, will you love simplicity? And the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge?
Turn at my reproof, behold, I will pour out my spirit to you, I will make my words known to you.
Because I have called, and you refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded;
But you have set all my counsel at nothing, and did not will any of my reproof.
I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear comes;
When your fear comes as desolation, and your destruction comes as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish come upon you.
Then they will call upon me, but I will not answer; they will seek me early, but they will not find me.
For they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the Lord.
They did not comply to my counsel, they despised all my reproof.
Therefore they will eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices.
For the turning away of the simple will slay them, and the prosperity of fools will destroy them.
But whoever listens to me will dwell safely, and will be quiet from fear of evil."
My son, if you will receive my words, and hide my commandments with you;
So that you incline your ear to wisdom, [and] apply your heart to understanding;
Indeed, if you cry after knowledge, [and] lift up your voice for understanding;
If you seek her as silver, and search for her as [for] hidden treasures;
Then you will understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God.
For the Lord gives wisdom, out of His mouth [comes] knowledge and understanding.
He lays up sound wisdom for the righteous, [He is] a buckler to those who walk uprightly.
He keeps the paths of judgment, and preserves the way of His benign ones.
Then you will understand righteousness, and judgment, and equity; [indeed], every good path.
When wisdom enters into your heart, and knowledge is pleasant to your soul;
Discretion will preserve you, understanding will keep you.
To deliver you from the way of the evil [man], from the man who speaks perverse things;
Who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness;
Who rejoice to do evil, [and] delight in the perversity of the wicked;
Whose ways [are] crooked, and devious in their paths.
To deliver you from the strange woman, [even] from the stranger [who] flatters with her words;
Who forsakes the guide of her youth, and forgets the covenant of her God.
For her house inclines to death, and her paths to the dead.
None who go to her return again, neither do they take hold of the paths of life.
That you may walk in the way of good [men], and keep the paths of the righteous.
For the upright will dwell in the land, and the perfect will remain in it.
But the wicked will be cut off from the earth, and the transgressors will be rooted out of it.
My son, do not forget my law; but let your heart keep my commandments.
For length of days, and long life, and peace, they will add to you.
Do not let mercy and truth forsake you, bind them about your neck; write them upon the table of your heart.
So you will find favor and good understanding in the sight of God and man.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart; and do not lean to your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths.
Do not be wise in your own eyes, fear the Lord, and depart from evil.
It will be health to your navel, and marrow to your bones.
Honor the Lord with your substance, and with the firstfruits of all your increase.
So your barns will be filled with plenty, and your presses will burst out with new wine.
My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord; neither be weary of His correction.
For whom the Lord loves, He corrects; even as a father the son [in whom] he delights.
Happy [is] the man [who] finds wisdom, and the man [who] gets understanding.
For the merchandise of it [is] better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold.
She [is] more precious than rubies, and all the things you can desire are not to be compared to her.
Length of days [is] in her right hand; [and] in her left hand riches and honor.
Her ways [are] ways of pleasantness, and all her paths [are] peace.
She [is] a Tree of Life to those who lay hold upon her, and happy [is everyone] who retains her.
The Lord has founded the earth by wisdom; He has established the heavens by understanding.
By His knowledge, the depths are broken up, and the clouds drop down dew.
My son, do not let them depart from your eyes, keep sound wisdom and discretion.
So they will be life to your soul, and grace to your neck.
Then you will walk in your way safely, and your foot will not stumble.
When you lie down, you will not be afraid, indeed, you will lie down, and your sleep will be sweet.
Do not be afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it comes.
For the Lord will be your confidence, and will keep your foot from being taken.
Do not withhold good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of your hand to do [it].
Do not say to your neighbor, "Go, and come again, and tomorrow I will give;" when you have it by you.
Do not devise evil against your neighbor, seeing he dwells securely by you.
Do not strive with a man without cause, if he has done you no harm.
Do not envy the oppressor, and choose none of his ways.
For the deviousness [is] an abomination to the Lord, but His secret [is] with the righteous.
Surely He scorns the scorners, but He gives grace to the lowly. [*James 4:6]
The wise will inherit glory, but shame will be the promotion of fools.
Hear, you children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding.
For I give you a good doctrine, do not forsake my law.
For I was my father's son, tender and only [beloved] in the sight of my mother.
He taught me also, and said to me, "Let your heart retain my words, keep my commandments, and live.
Get wisdom, get understanding, do not forget [it]; neither decline from the words of my mouth."
Do not forsake her, and she will preserve you, love her, and she will keep you.
Wisdom [is] the principal thing; [therefore] get wisdom, and with all your getting, get understanding.
Exalt her, and she will promote you, she will bring you to honor, when you do embrace her.
She will give an ornament of grace to your head, she will deliver a crown of glory to you.
Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; and the years of your life will be many.
I have taught you in the way of wisdom; I have led you in right paths.
When you go, your steps will not be straitened; and when you run, you will not stumble.
Take fast hold of instruction; do not let [her] go, keep her; for she [is] your life.
Do not enter into the path of the wicked, and do not go in the way of evil [men].
Avoid it, do not pass by it, turn from it, and pass away.
For they do not sleep, except they have done mischief; and their sleep is taken away, unless they cause [some] to fall.
For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence.
But the path of the just [is] as the shining light, that shines more and more to the perfect day.
The way of the wicked [is] as darkness, they do not know at what they stumble.
My son, attend to my words; incline your ear to my sayings.
Let them not depart from your eyes; keep them in the midst of your heart.
For they [are] life to those who find them, and health to all their flesh.
Keep your heart with all diligence; for out of it [are] the issues of life.
Put a perverse mouth away from you, and put perverse lips far from you.
Let your eyes look right on, and let your eyelids look straight before you.
Ponder the path of your feet, and let all your ways be established.
Do not turn to the right hand or to the left, remove your foot from evil.
My son, attend to my wisdom, [and] bow your ear to my understanding.
That you may regard discretion, and [that] your lips may keep knowledge.
For the lips of a strange woman drop [as] a honeycomb, and her mouth [is] smoother than oil.
But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword.
Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on Hell.
Unless you should ponder the path of life, her ways are moveable, [that] you cannot know [them].
Hear me now therefore, O you children, and do not depart from the words of my mouth.
Remove your way far from her, and do not come near the door of her house.
Unless you give your honor to others, and your years to the cruel.
Unless strangers are filled with your wealth; and your labors [are] in the house of a stranger;
And you mourn at the last, when your flesh and your body are consumed,
And say, "How I have hated instruction, and my heart despised reproof;
And have not obeyed the voice of my teachers, nor inclined my ear to those who instructed me!
I was almost in all evil in the midst of the congregation and assembly."
Drink waters out of your own cistern, and running waters out of your own well.
Let your fountains be dispersed abroad, [and] rivers of waters in the streets.
Let them be only your own, and not strangers' with you.
Let your fountain be blessed, and rejoice with the wife of your youth.
[Let her be as] the loving hind and pleasant roe; let her breasts satisfy you at all times; and be ravished always with her love.
And why will you, my son, be ravished with a strange woman, and embrace the bosom of a stranger?
For the ways of man [are] before the eyes of the Lord, and He ponders all his goings.
His own iniquities will take the wicked himself, and he will be held with the cords of his sins.
He will die without instruction; and he will go astray in the greatness of his folly.
My son, if you are surety for your friend, [if] you have stricken your hand with a stranger,
You are snared with the words of your mouth, you are taken with the words of your mouth.
Do this now, my son, and deliver yourself, when you are brought into the hand of your friend; go, humble yourself, and make sure your friend.
Do not give sleep to your eyes, nor slumber to your eyelids.
Deliver yourself as a roe from the hand [of the hunter], and as a bird from the hand of the fowler.
Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise.
Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler,
Provides her meat in the summer, [and] gathers her food in the harvest.
How long will you sleep, O sluggard? When will you arise out of your sleep?
[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.
A naughty person, a wicked man, walks with a perverse mouth.
He winks with his eyes, he speaks with his feet, he teaches with his fingers;
Perversity [is] in his heart, he devises mischief continually; he sows discord.
Therefore his calamity will come suddenly; suddenly he will be broken without remedy.
The Lord hates these six [things], indeed, seven [are] an abomination to him.
A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,
A heart that devises wicked imaginations, feet that are swift in running to mischief,
A false witness [that] speaks lies, and he who sows discord among brethren.
My son, keep your father's commandment, and do not forsake the law of your mother.
Bind them continually upon your heart, [and] tie them about your neck.
When you go, it will lead you; when you sleep, it will keep you; and [when] you awake, it will talk with you.
For the commandment [is] a lamp; and the law [is] light; and reproofs of instruction [are] the way of life.
For by means of a whorish woman [a man is brought] to a piece of bread, and the adulteress will hunt for the precious life.
Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes are not burned?
Can one go upon hot coals, and his feet are not burned?
So he who goes in to his neighbor's wife; whoever touches her will not be innocent.
[Men] do not despise a thief, if he steals to satisfy his soul when he is hungry;
But [if] he is found, he will restore sevenfold; he will give all the substance of his house.
[But] whoever commits adultery with a woman lacks understanding, he [who] does it destroys his own soul.
He will get a wound and dishonor; and his reproach will not be wiped away.
For jealousy [is] the rage of a man, therefore he will not spare in the day of vengeance.
He will not regard any ransom; neither will he rest content, though you give many gifts.
My son, keep my words, and lay up my commandments with you.
Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of your eye.
Bind them upon your fingers, write them upon the table of your heart.
Say to wisdom, "You [are] my sister; and call understanding [your] kinswoman."
That they may keep yourself from the strange woman, from the stranger [who] flatters with her words.
For at the window of my house I looked through my casement,
And beheld among the simple ones, I discerned among the youths, a young man void of understanding,
Passing through the street near her corner; and he went the way to her house,
In the twilight, in the evening, in the black and dark night.
And, behold, there met him a woman [with] the attire of a harlot, and subtle of heart.
(She [is] loud and stubborn; her feet do not abide in her house.
Now [she is] outside, now in the streets, and lies in wait at every corner.)
So she caught him, and kissed him, [and] with an impudent face said to him,
"[I have] peace offerings with me; this day I have payed my vows.
Therefore I came forth to meet you, diligently to seek your face, and I have found you.
I have decked my bed with coverings of tapestry, with carved [works], with fine linen of Egypt.
I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon.
Come, let us take our fill of love until the morning, let us solace ourselves with love.
For the goodman [is] not at home, he has gone a long journey.
He has taken a bag of money with him, [and] will come home at the appointed day."
With her much fair speech she caused him to yield, with the flattering of her lips she forced him.
He goes after her straightway, as an ox goes to the slaughter, or as a fool to the correction of the stocks;
Until a dart strikes through his liver; as a bird hastens to the snare, and does not know that it [is] for his life.
Listen to me now therefore, O you children, and attend to the words of my mouth.
Do not let your heart decline to her ways, do not go astray in her paths.
For she has cast down many wounded, indeed, many strong [men] have been slain by her.
Her house [is] the way to Hell, going down to the chambers of death.
Does wisdom not cry? And understanding put forth her voice?
She stands in the top of high places, by the way in the places of the paths.
She cries at the gates, at the entry of the city, at the coming in at the doors.
To you, O men, I call; and my voice [is] to the sons of man.
O you simple, understand wisdom, and, you fools, be of an understanding heart.
Hear; for I will speak of excellent things; and the opening of my lips [will be] right things.
For my mouth will speak truth; and wickedness [is] an abomination to my lips.
All the words of my mouth [are] in righteousness; [there is] nothing twisted or perverse in them.
They [are] all plain to him who understands, and right to those who find knowledge.
Receive my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather than choice gold.
For wisdom [is] better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.
I, wisdom, dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of witty inventions.
The fear of the Lord [is] to hate evil, pride, and arrogance, and the evil way, and the perverse mouth, I hate.
Counsel [is] mine, and sound wisdom, I [am] understanding; I have strength.
Kings reign by me, and princes decree justice.
Princes rule by me, and nobles, [even] all the judges of the earth.
I love those who love me; and those who seek me early will find me.
Riches and honor [are] with me; [indeed], durable riches and righteousness.
My fruit [is] better than gold, indeed, than fine gold; and my revenue than choice silver.
I lead in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of judgment.
That I may cause those who love me to inherit substance; and I will fill their treasures.
The Lord possessed me in the beginning of His way, before His works of old.
I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was.
When [there were] no depths, I was brought forth; when [there were] no fountains abounding with water.
Before the mountains were settled, before the hills, I was brought forth.
While as yet He had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the highest part of the dust of the world.
When He prepared the heavens, I [was] there, when He set a compass upon the face of the depth.
When He established the clouds above, when He strengthened the fountains of the deep.
When He gave His decree to the sea, that the waters should not pass His commandment, when He appointed the foundations of the earth.
Then I was by Him, [as] one brought up [with Him], and I was daily [His] delight, rejoicing always before Him;
Rejoicing in the habitable part of His earth; and my delights [were] with the sons of men.
Now therefore hear me, O you children, for blessed [are those who] keep my ways.
Hear instruction, and be wise, and do not refuse it.
Blessed [is] the man who hears me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors.
For whoever finds me finds life, and will obtain favor of the Lord.
But he who sins against me wrongs his own soul, all those who hate me love death.
Wisdom has built her house, she has hewn out her seven pillars.
She has killed her beasts; she has mingled her wine; she has also furnished her table.
She has sent forth her maidens, she cries upon the highest places of the city,
Whoever [is] simple, let him turn in here, [as for] him who wants understanding, she says to him,
"Come, eat of my bread, and drink of the wine [which] I have mingled."
Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding.
He who reproves a scorner gets shame to himself, and he who rebukes a wicked [man gets] himself a blot.
Do not reprove a scorner, unless he hates you, rebuke a wise man, and he will love you.
The fear of the Lord [is] the beginning of wisdom [*Sirach 1:14], and the knowledge of the holy [is] understanding.
For by me your days will be multiplied, and the years of your life will be increased.
If you are wise, you will be wise for yourself, but [if] you scorn, you alone will bear [it].
A foolish woman [is] clamorous, [she is] simple, and knows nothing.
For she sits at the door of her house, on a seat in the high places of the city,
To call passengers who go right on their ways.
Whoever [is] simple, let him turn in here, and [as for] him who wants understanding, she says to him,
"Stolen waters are sweet, and bread [eaten] in secret is pleasant."
But he does not know that the dead [are] there; [and that] her guests [are] in the depths of Hell.
The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son makes a father glad, but a foolish son [is] the heaviness of his mother.
Treasures of wickedness profit nothing, but righteousness delivers from death.
The Lord will not allow the soul of the righteous to famish, but He casts away the substance of the wicked.
He who deals [with] a slack hand becomes poor, but the hand of the diligent enriches.
He who gathers in summer [is] a wise son, [but] he who sleeps in harvest [is] a son who causes shame.
Blessings [are] upon the head of the just, but violence covers the mouth of the wicked.
The memory of the just [is] blessed, but the name of the wicked will rot.
The wise in heart will receive commandments, but a prating fool will fall.
He who walks uprightly walks surely, but he who perverts his ways will be known.
He who winks with the eye causes sorrow, but a prating fool will fall.
The mouth of a righteous [man is] a well of life, but violence covers the mouth of the wicked.
Hatred stirs up strifes, but love covers all sins.
In the lips of him who has understanding, wisdom is found, but a rod [is] for the back of him who is void of understanding.
Wise [men] lay up knowledge, but the mouth of the foolish [is] near destruction.
The rich man's wealth [is] his strong city, the destruction of the poor [is] their poverty.
The labor of the righteous [tends] to life, the fruit of the wicked to sin.
He who keeps instruction [is in] the way of life, but he who refuses reproof errs.
He who hides hatred [with] lying lips, and he who utters a slander, [is] a fool.
In the multitude of words there is no lack of sin, but he who refrains his lips [is] wise.
The tongue of the just [is as] choice silver, the heart of the wicked [is of] little worth.
The lips of the righteous feed many, but fools die for want of wisdom.
The blessing of the Lord, it makes rich, and He adds no sorrow with it.
[It is] as sport to a fool to do mischief, but a man of understanding has wisdom.
The fear of the wicked, it will come upon him, but the desire of the righteous will be granted.
As the whirlwind passes, so [is] the wicked no [more], but the righteous [are] an everlasting foundation.
As vinegar to the teeth, and as smoke to the eyes, so [is] the sluggard to those who send him.
The fear of the Lord prolongs days, but the years of the wicked will be shortened.
The hope of the righteous [will be] gladness, but the expectation of the wicked will perish.
The way of the Lord [is] strength to the upright, but destruction [will be] to the workers of iniquity.
The righteous will never be removed, but the wicked will not inhabit the earth.
The mouth of the just brings forth wisdom, but the perverse tongue will be cut out.
The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable, but the mouth of the wicked [speaks] perversity.
A false balance [is] an abomination to the Lord, but a just weight [is] His delight.
[When] pride comes, then comes shame, but with the lowly [is] wisdom.
The righteousness of the perfect will direct his way, but the wicked will fall by his own wickedness.
The righteousness of the upright will deliver them, but transgressors will be taken in [their own] naughtiness.
When a wicked man dies, [his] expectation will perish, and the hope of unjust [men] perishes.
The righteous are delivered out of trouble, and the wicked comes in his stead.
A hypocrite destroys his neighbor with [his] mouth, but through knowledge the just will be delivered.
When it goes well with the righteous, the city rejoices, and when the wicked perish, [there is] shouting.
By the blessing of the upright the city is exalted, but it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked.
He who is void of wisdom despises his neighbor, but a man of understanding holds his peace.
A talebearer reveals secrets, but he who is of a faithful spirit conceals the matter.
Where no counsel [is], the people fall, but in the multitude of counselors [there is] safety.
He who is mingled with a stranger will afflict evil, and he who hates clatter is confident.
A gracious woman retains honor, and strong [men] retain riches.
The merciful man does good to his own soul, but [he who is] cruel troubles his own flesh.
The wicked work a deceitful work, but to him who sows righteousness, [there will be] a sure reward.
As righteousness [tends] to life, so he who pursues evil [pursues it] to his own death.
Those who are of a perverse heart [are] an abomination to the Lord, but [such who are] upright in [their] way [are] His delight.
[Though] hand [joins] in hand, the wicked will not be unpunished, but the seed of the righteous will be delivered.
[As] a jewel of gold in a swine's snout, [so is] a fair woman who is without discretion.
The desire of the righteous [is] only good, [but] the expectation of the wicked [is] wrath.
There is one scattering, and yet increases; and [there is] one withholding more than is upright, but [it tends] to poverty.
The liberal soul will be made fat, and he who waters will also be watered himself.
He who withholds corn, the people will curse him, but blessing [will be] upon the head of him who sells [it].
He who diligently seeks good procures favor, but he who seeks mischief, it will come to him.
He who trusts in his riches will fall, but the righteous will flourish as a branch.
He who troubles his own house will inherit the wind, and the fool [will be] a servant to the wise of heart.
The fruit of the righteous [is] a Tree of Life; and he who takes souls [is] wise.
Behold, the righteous will be recompensed in the earth, much more the wicked and the sinner.
Whoever loves instruction loves knowledge, but he who hates reproof [is] brutish.
A good [man] obtains favor of the Lord, but He will condemn a man of wicked devices.
A man will not be established by wickedness, but the root of the righteous will not be moved.
A virtuous woman [is] a crown to her husband, but she who brings shame [is] as rottenness in his bones.
The thoughts of the righteous [are] right, [but] the counsels of the wicked [are] deceit.
The words of the wicked [are] to lie in wait for blood, but the mouth of the upright will deliver them.
The wicked are overthrown, and [are] not, but the house of the righteous will stand.
A man will be commended according to his wisdom, but he who is of a perverse heart will be despised.
[He who is] despised, and has a servant, [is] better than he who honors himself, and lacks bread.
A righteous [man] regards the life of his beast, but the tender mercies of the wicked [are] cruel.
He who tills his land will be satisfied with bread, but he who follows vain [persons is] void of understanding.
The wicked desires the net of evil [men], but the root of the righteous yields [fruit].
The wicked are snared by the transgression of [his] lips, but the just will come out of trouble.
A man will be satisfied with good by the fruit of [his] mouth, and the recompense of a man's hands will be rendered to him.
The way of a fool [is] right in his own eyes, but he who listens to counsel [is] wise.
A fool's wrath is presently known, but a prudent [man] covers shame.
[He who] speaks truth shows forth righteousness, but a false witness, deceit.
There is one speaking like the piercings of a sword, but the tongue of the wise [is] health.
The lip of truth will be established forever, but a lying tongue [is] but for a moment.
Deceit [is] in the heart of those who imagine evil, but to the counselors of peace [is] joy.
No evil will happen to the just, but the wicked will be filled with mischief.
Lying lips [are] an abomination to the Lord, but those who deal truly [are] His delight.
A prudent man conceals knowledge, but the heart of fools proclaims foolishness.
The hand of the diligent will bear rule, but the slothful will be under tribute.
Heaviness in the heart of man makes it stoop, but a good word makes it glad.
The righteous [are] more excellent than his neighbor, but the way of the wicked seduces them.
The slothful [man] does not roast that which he took in hunting, but the substance of a diligent man [is] precious.
In the way of righteousness [is] life; and [in] the pathway [thereof there is] no death.
A wise son [hears] his father's instruction, but a scorner does not hear rebuke.
A man will eat good by the fruit of [his] mouth, but the soul of the transgressors [will eat] violence.
He who keeps his mouth keeps his life, [but] he who opens his lips wide will have destruction.
The soul of the sluggard desires, and [has] nothing, but the soul of the diligent will be made fat.
A righteous [man] hates lying, but a wicked [man] is loathsome, and comes to shame.
Righteousness keeps [him who is] upright in the way, but wickedness overthrows the sinner.
There is one making himself rich, yet [has] nothing, [there is] one making himself poor, yet [has] great riches.
The ransom of a man's life [are] his riches, but the poor does not hear rebuke.
The light of the righteous rejoices, but the lamp of the wicked will be put out.
Only by pride comes contention, but with the well advised [is] wisdom.
Wealth [gotten] by vanity will be diminished, but he who gathers by labor will increase.
Deferred hope makes the heart sick, but [when] the desire comes, [it is] a Tree of Life.
Whoever despises the word will be destroyed, but he who fears the commandment will be rewarded.
The law of the wise [is] a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.
Good understanding gives favor, but the way of transgressors [is] hard.
Every prudent [man] deals with knowledge, but a fool lays open [his] folly.
A wicked messenger falls into mischief, but a faithful ambassador [is] health.
Poverty and shame [will be to] him who refuses instruction, but he who regards reproof will be honored.
The desire accomplished is sweet to the soul, but [it is] an abomination to fools to depart from evil.
He who walks with wise [men] will be wise, but a companion of fools will be destroyed.
Evil pursues sinners, but to the righteous, good will be repaid.
A good [man] leaves an inheritance to his children's children, and the wealth of the sinner [is] laid up for the just.
Much food [is in] the tillage of the poor, but there is [one who is] destroyed for want of judgment.
He who spares his rod hates his son, but he who loves him chastens him early.
The righteous eat to the satisfying of his soul, but the belly of the wicked will want.
Every wise woman builds her house, but the foolish plucks it down with her hands.
He who walks in his uprightness fears the Lord, but [he who is] perverse in his ways despises Him.
In the mouth of the foolish [is] a rod of pride, but the lips of the wise will preserve them.
Where no oxen [are], the crib [is] clean, but much increase [is] by the strength of the ox.
A faithful witness will not lie, but a false witness will utter lies.
A scorner seeks wisdom, and [does] not [find it], but knowledge [is] easy to him who understands.
Go from the presence of a foolish man, when you do not perceive [in him] the lips of knowledge.
The wisdom of the prudent [is] to understand his way, but the folly of fools [is] deceit.
Fools make a mock at sin, but among the righteous [there is] favor.
The heart knows his own bitterness; and a stranger does not intermeddle with his joy.
The house of the wicked will be overthrown, but the tabernacle of the upright will flourish.
There is a way which seems right to a man, but the end thereof [are] the ways of death.
Even in laughter the heart is sorrowful; and the end of that mirth [is] heaviness.
The backslider in heart will be filled with his own ways, and a good man [will be satisfied] from himself.
The simple believes every word, but the prudent [man] looks well to his going.
A wise [man] fears, and departs from evil, but the fool rages, and is confident.
[He who is] soon angry deals foolishly, and a man of wicked devices is hated.
The simple inherit folly, but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.
The evil bow before the good; and the wicked at the gates of the righteous.
The poor is hated even of his own neighbor, but the rich [has] many friends.
He who despises his neighbor sins, but he who has mercy on the poor, he [is] happy.
Do they not err who devise evil? But mercy and truth [will be] to those who devise good.
In all labor there is profit, but the talk of the lips [tends] only to penury.
The crown of the wise [is] their riches, [but] the foolishness of fools [is] folly.
A true witness delivers souls, but a deceitful [witness] speaks lies.
In the fear of the Lord [is] strong confidence, and his children will have a place of refuge.
The fear of the Lord [is] a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.
In the multitude of people [is] the king's honor, but in the want of people [is] the destruction of the prince.
[He who is] slow to wrath [is] of great understanding, but [he who is] hasty of spirit exalts folly.
A sound heart [is] the life of the flesh, but envy the rottenness of the bones.
He who oppresses the poor reproaches his Maker, but he who honors Him has mercy on the poor.
The wicked are driven away in his wickedness, but the righteous have hope in his death.
Wisdom rests in the heart of him who has understanding, but [that which is] in the midst of fools is made known.
Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin [is] a reproach to any people.
The king's favor [is] toward a wise servant, but his wrath is [against] him who causes shame.
A soft answer turns wrath away, but grievous words stir up anger.
The tongue of the wise uses knowledge aright, but the mouth of fools pours out foolishness.
The eyes of the Lord [are] in every place, beholding the evil and the good.
A wholesome tongue [is] a Tree of Life, but perverseness therein [is] a breach in the spirit.
A fool despises his father's instruction, but he who regards reproof is prudent.
In the house of the righteous [is] much treasure, but in the revenues of the wicked is trouble.
The lips of the wise disperse knowledge, but the heart of the foolish [does] not [do] so.
The sacrifice of the wicked [is] an abomination to the Lord, but the prayer of the upright [is] His delight.
The way of the wicked [is] an abomination to the Lord, but He loves him who follows after righteousness.
Correction [is] grievous to him who forsakes the way, [and] he who hates reproof will die.
Hell and destruction [are] before the Lord, how much more then the hearts of the children of men?
A scorner does not love one who reproves him, neither will he go to the wise.
A rejoicing heart makes a cheerful countenance, but the spirit is broken by sorrow of the heart.
The heart of him who has understanding seeks knowledge, but the mouth of fools feeds on foolishness.
All the days of the afflicted [are] evil, but he who is of a good heart [has] a continual feast.
Better [is] little with the fear of the Lord than great treasure and trouble therewith.
Better [is] a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and hatred therewith.
A wrathful man stirs up strife, but [he who is] slow to anger appeases strife.
The way of the slothful [man is] as a hedge of thorns, but the way of the righteous [is] made plain.
A wise son makes a father glad, but a foolish man despises his mother.
Folly [is] joy to [him who is] destitute of wisdom, but a man of understanding walks uprightly.
Without counsel, purposes are disappointed, but in the multitude of counselors, they are established.
A man has joy by the answer of his mouth, and a word [spoken] in due season, how good [is it]!
The way of life [is] above to the wise, that he may depart from Hell beneath.
The Lord will destroy the house of the proud, but He will establish the border of the widow.
The thoughts of the wicked [are] an abomination to the Lord, but [the words] of the pure [are] pleasant words.
He who is greedy of gain troubles his own house; but he who hates gifts will live.
The heart of the righteous studies to answer, but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things.
The Lord [is] far from the wicked, but He hears the prayer of the righteous.
The light of the eyes rejoices the heart, [and] a good report makes the bones fat.
The ear that hears the reproof of life abides among the wise.
He who refuses instruction despises his own soul, but he who hears reproof gets understanding.
The fear of the Lord [is] the instruction of wisdom; and before honor [is] humility.
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 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.
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.
The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the Lord has made even both of them. [*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 respect of persons 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.
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.
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.
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 respect of persons [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.