The Enfolded Book of Proverbs

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Chapter 1 | Chapter 2 | Chapter 3 | Chapter 4 | Chapter 5 | Chapter 6 | Chapter 7 | Chapter 8 | Chapter 9 | Chapter 10 | Chapter 11 | Chapter 12 | Chapter 13 | Chapter 14 | Chapter 15 | Chapter 16 | Chapter 17 | Chapter 18 | Chapter 19 | Chapter 20 | Chapter 21 | Chapter 22 | Chapter 23 | Chapter 24 | Chapter 25 | Chapter 26 | Chapter 27 | Chapter 28 | Chapter 29 | Chapter 30 | Chapter 31

Chapter 1

1.1 The parables proverbs of Solomon, Solomon the son of David, king of Israel, Israel;

1.2 To know wisdom, wisdom and instruction: instruction; to perceive the words of understanding;

1.3 To understand the words of prudence: and to receive the instruction of doctrine, wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity: equity;

1.4 To give subtilty to little ones, the simple, to the young man knowledge and understanding. discretion.

1.5 A wise man shall will hear, and shall be wiser: will increase learning; and he that understandeth a man of understanding shall possess governments. attain unto wise counsels:

1.6 He shall To understand a parable proverb, and the interpretation, interpretation; the words of the wise, and their mysterious dark sayings.

1.7 The fear of the Lord LORD is the beginning of wisdom. Fools knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

1.8 My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother:

1.9 That grace may For they shall be added to an ornament of grace unto thy head, and a chain of gold to chains about thy neck.

1.10 My son, if sinners shall entice thee, consent not to them. thou not.

1.11 If they shall say: say, Come with us, let us lie in lay wait for blood, let us hide snares lurk privily for the innocent without cause:

1.12 Let us swallow him them up alive like hell, as the grave; and whole whole, as one those that goeth go down into the pit. pit:

1.13 We shall find all precious substance, we shall fill our houses with spoils. spoil:

1.14 Cast in thy lot with us, among us; let us all have one purse. purse:

1.15 My son, walk not thou in the way with them, restrain them; refrain thy foot from their paths. path:

1.16 For their feet run to evil, and make haste to shed blood.

1.17 But a Surely in vain the net is spread in vain before the eyes sight of them that have wings. any bird.

1.18 And they themselves lie in lay wait for their own blood, and practise deceits against blood; they lurk privily for their own souls. lives.

1.19 So are the ways of every covetous man destroy one that is greedy of gain; which taketh away the souls life of the possessors. owners thereof.

1.20 Wisdom preacheth abroad, crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets:

1.21 At the head of multitudes she She crieth out, in the entrance chief place of concourse, in the gates openings of the gates: in the city she uttereth her words, saying: saying,

1.22 O children, how long How long, ye simple ones, will you ye love childishness, and fools covet those things which are hurtful to themselves, simplicity? and the unwise scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge?

1.23 Turn ye you at my reproof: behold behold, I will utter pour out my spirit to unto you, and I will shew you make known my words. words unto you.

1.24 Because I have called, and you refused: ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and there was none that regarded. no man regarded;

1.25 You But ye have despised set at nought all my counsel, and have neglected would none of my reprehensions. reproof:

1.26 I also will laugh in at your destruction, and calamity; I will mock when that shall come to you which you feared. your fear cometh;

1.27 When sudden calamity shall fall on you, your fear cometh as desolation, and destruction, your destruction cometh as a tempest, shall be at hand: whirlwind; when tribulation and distress shall come and anguish cometh upon you: you.

1.28 Then shall they call upon me, and but I will not hear: answer; they shall rise in the morning, and seek me early, but they shall not find me:

1.29 Because For that they have hated instruction, knowledge, and received did not choose the fear of the Lord, LORD:

1.30 Nor consented to They would none of my counsel, but counsel: they despised all my reproof.

1.31 Therefore they shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and shall be filled with their own devices.

1.32 The For the turning away of little ones the simple shall kill slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them.

1.33 But he that shall hear me, whoso hearkeneth unto me shall rest without terror, dwell safely, and shall enjoy abundance, without be quiet from fear of evils. evil.

Chapter 2

2.1 My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and wilt hide my commandments with thee, thee;

2.2 That thy ear may hearken to wisdom: So that thou incline thy thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to know prudence. understanding;

2.3 For Yea, if thou shalt call for wisdom, criest after knowledge, and incline liftest up thy heart to prudence: voice for understanding;

2.4 If thou shalt seek seekest her as money, silver, and shalt dig searchest for her as for a treasure: hid treasures;

2.5 Then shalt thou understand the fear of the Lord, LORD, and shalt find the knowledge of God: God.

2.6 Because For the Lord LORD giveth wisdom: and out of his mouth cometh prudence knowledge and knowledge. understanding.

2.7 He wilt keep the salvation of layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous, and protect righteous: he is a buckler to them that walk in simplicity, uprightly.

2.8 Keeping He keepeth the paths of justice, judgment, and guarding preserveth the ways way of his saints.

2.9 Then shalt thou understand justice, righteousness, and judgment, and equity, and equity; yea, every good path.

2.10 If When wisdom shall enter entereth into thy thine heart, and knowledge please is pleasant unto thy soul: soul;

2.11 Counsel shall keep thee, and prudence Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee:

2.12 That thou mayst be delivered To deliver thee from the way of the evil way, and man, from the man that speaketh perverse things: froward things;

2.13 Who leave the right way, and paths of uprightness, to walk by dark ways: in the ways of darkness;

2.14 Who are glad when they have done rejoice to do evil, and rejoice delight in the most wicked things: frowardness of the wicked;

2.15 Whose ways are perverse, crooked, and they froward in their steps infamous. paths:

2.16 That thou mayst be delivered To deliver thee from the strange woman, and even from the stranger, who softeneth stranger which flattereth with her words;

2.17 And Which forsaketh the guide of her youth,

2.18 And hath forgotten and forgetteth the covenant of her God: for God.

2.18 For her house inclineth unto death, and her paths to hell. unto the dead.

2.19 None that go in unto her, shall her return again, neither shall they take they hold of the paths of life.

2.20 That thou mayst mayest walk in a the way of good way: men, and mayst keep the paths of the just. righteous.

2.21 For they that are upright, the upright shall dwell in the earth; land, and the simple perfect shall continue remain in it.

2.22 But the wicked shall be destroyed cut off from the earth: earth, and they that do unjustly, the transgressors shall be taken away from rooted out of it.

Chapter 3

3.1 My son, forget not my law, and law; but let thy thine heart keep my commandments. commandments:

3.2 For they shall add to thee length of days, and years of long life, and peace. peace, shall they add to thee.

3.3 Let not mercy aud and truth leave thee, put forsake thee: bind them about thy neck, and neck; write them in upon the tables table of thy heart. thine heart:

3.4 And thou So shalt thou find grace, favour and good understanding before in the sight of God and men. man.

3.5 Have confidence Trust in the Lord LORD with all thy heart, thine heart; and lean not upon thy unto thine own prudence. understanding.

3.6 In all thy ways think on acknowledge him, and he will shall direct thy steps. paths.

3.7 Be not wise in thy thine own conceit: eyes: fear God, the LORD, and depart from evil: evil.

3.8 For it It shall be health to thy navel, and moistening marrow to thy bones.

3.9 Honour the Lord LORD with thy substance, and give him of with the first firstfruits of all thy fruits; thine increase:

3.10 And So shall thy barns shall be filled with abundance, plenty, and thy presses shall run over burst out with new wine.

3.11 My son, reject despise not the correction chastening of the Lord: and do not faint when thou art chastised by him: LORD; neither be weary of his correction:

3.12 For whom the Lord loveth, LORD loveth he chastiseth: and correcteth; even as a father in the son in whom he pleaseth himself. delighteth.

3.13 Blessed Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and is rich in prudence: the man that getteth understanding.

3.14 The purchasing thereof For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and her fruit than the chief and purest gold: gain thereof than fine gold.

3.15 She is more precious than all riches: rubies: and all the things that are desired, thou canst desire are not to be compared to unto her.

3.16 Length of days is in her right hand, hand; and in her left hand riches and glory. honour.

3.17 Her ways are beautiful ways, ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peaceable. peace.

3.18 She is a tree of life to them that lay hold on upon her: and he that shall retain her happy is blessed. every one that retaineth her.

3.19 The Lord LORD by wisdom hath founded the earth, earth; by understanding hath he established the heavens by prudence. heavens.

3.20 By his wisdom knowledge the depths have are broken out, up, and the clouds grow thick with drop down the dew.

3.21 My son, let not these things them depart from thy thine eyes: keep the law sound wisdom and counsel: discretion:

3.22 And there So shall they be life to unto thy soul, and grace to thy mouth. neck.

3.23 Then shalt thou walk confidently in thy way, way safely, and thy foot shall not stumble: stumble.

3.24 If When thou sleep, liest down, thou shalt not fear: be afraid: yea, thou shalt rest, lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet.

3.25 Be not afraid of sudden fear, nor neither of the power desolation of the wicked falling upon thee. wicked, when it cometh.

3.26 For the Lord will LORD shall be at thy side, confidence, and will shall keep thy foot that thou be not from being taken.

3.27 Do Withhold not withhold him good from doing good, who them to whom it is able: if thou art able, due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do good thyself also. it.

3.28 Say not to unto thy friend: neighbour, Go, and come again: again, and to morrow I will give to thee: give; when thou canst give at present. hast it by thee.

3.29 Practise Devise not evil against thy friend, when neighbour, seeing he hath confidence in dwelleth securely by thee.

3.30 Strive not against with a man without cause, when if he hath have done thee no evil. harm.

3.31 Envy thou not the unjust man, oppressor, and do not follow choose none of his ways.

3.32 For every mocker the froward is an abomination to the Lord, and LORD: but his communication secret is with the simple. righteous.

3.33 Want is from The curse of the Lord LORD is in the house of the wicked: but he blesseth the habitations habitation of the just shall be blessed. just.

3.34 He shall scorn the scorners, and to Surely he scorneth the meek scorners: but he will give grace. giveth grace unto the lowly.

3.35 The wise shall possess inherit glory: but shame shall be the promotion of fools is disgrace. fools.

Chapter 4

4.1 Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend, that you may attend to know prudence. understanding.

4.2 For I will give you a good gift, doctrine, forsake ye not my law.

4.3 For I also was my father's son, tender, tender and as an only son beloved in the sight of my mother: mother.

4.4 And he He taught me, me also, and said: said unto me, Let thy thine heart receive retain my words, words: keep my commandments, and thou shalt live.

4.5 Get wisdom, get prudence: understanding: forget not, it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth.

4.6 Forsake her not, and she shall keep preserve thee: love her, and she shall preserve keep thee.

4.7 The beginning of wisdom, Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom, wisdom: and with all thy possession purchase prudence. getting get understanding.

4.8 Take hold on Exalt her, and she shall exalt promote thee: thou shalt be glorified by her, she shall bring thee to honour, when thou shalt dost embrace her.

4.9 She shall give to thy thine head increase an ornament of graces, and protect thee with grace: a noble crown. crown of glory shall she deliver to thee.

4.10 Hear, O my son, and receive my words, that sayings; and the years of thy life may shall be multiplied to thee. many.

4.11 I will shew have taught thee in the way of wisdom, wisdom; I will lead have led thee by the paths of equity: in right paths.

4.12 Which when When thou shalt have entered, goest, thy steps shall not be straitened, straitened; and when thou runnest, thou shalt not meet a stumblingblock. stumble.

4.13 Take fast hold on instruction, leave it not: of instruction; let her not go: keep it, because it her; for she is thy life.

4.14 Be Enter not delighted in into the paths path of the wicked, neither let and go not in the way of evil men please thee. men.

4.15 Flee from Avoid it, pass not by it: go aside, it, turn from it, and forsake it. pass away.

4.16 For they sleep not, except they have done evil: mischief; and their sleep is taken away away, unless they have made cause some to fall.

4.17 They For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of iniquity. violence.

4.18 But the path of the just, just is as a the shining light, goeth forwards, that shineth more and increaseth even to more unto the perfect day.

4.19 The way of the wicked is darksome: as darkness: they know not where at what they fall. stumble.

4.20 My son, hearken attend to my words, and words; incline thy thine ear to unto my sayings.

4.21 Let them not depart from thy eyes, thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thy heart: thine heart.

4.22 For they are life to unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.

4.23 With all watchfulness keep Keep thy heart, because life issueth heart with all diligence; for out from it. of it are the issues of life.

4.24 Remove Put away from thee a froward mouth, and let detracting perverse lips be put far from thee.

4.25 Let thy thine eyes look straight right on, and let thy thine eyelids go look straight before thy steps. thee.

4.26 Make straight Ponder the path for of thy feet, and let all thy ways shall be established.

4.27 Decline Turn not to the right hand, hand nor to the left: turn away remove thy foot from evil. For the Lord knoweth the ways that are on the right hand: but those are perverse which are on the left hand. But he will make thy courses straight, he will bring forward thy ways in peace.

Chapter 5

5.1 My son, attend to unto my wisdom, and incline thy bow thine ear to my prudence, understanding:

5.2 That thou mayst keep thoughts, mayest regard discretion, and that thy lips may preserve instruction. Mind not the deceit of a woman. keep knowledge.

5.3 For the lips of a harlot are like a honeycomb dropping, strange woman drop as an honeycomb, and her throat mouth is smoother than oil. oil:

5.4 But her end is bitter as wormwood, and sharp as a two-edged sword.

5.5 Her feet go down into death, and to death; her steps go in as far as take hold on hell.

5.6 They walk not by Lest thou shouldest ponder the path of life, her steps ways are wandering, and unaccountable. moveable, that thou canst not know them.

5.7 Now, Hear me now therefore, my son, hear me, O ye children, and depart not from the words of my mouth.

5.8 Remove thy way far from her, and come not nigh the doors door of her house. house:

5.9 Give not thy Lest thou give thine honour to strangers, unto others, and thy years to unto the cruel. cruel:

5.10 Lest strangers be filled with thy strength, wealth; and thy labours be in another man's house, the house of a stranger;

5.11 And thou mourn at the last, when thou shalt have spent thy flesh and thy body, and say; body are consumed,

5.12 Why And say, How have I hated instruction, and my heart consented not to reproof, despised reproof;

5.13 And have not heard obeyed the voice of them that taught me, and have not inclined my teachers, nor inclined mine ear to masters? them that instructed me!

5.14 I have was almost been in all evil, evil in the midst of the church congregation and of the congregation. assembly.

5.15 Drink water waters out of thy thine own cistern, and the streams running waters out of thy thine own well: well.

5.16 Let thy fountains be conveyed dispersed abroad, and rivers of waters in the streets divide thy waters. streets.

5.17 Keep Let them to thyself alone, neither let strangers be partakers only thine own, and not strangers' with thee.

5.18 Let thy vein fountain be blessed, blessed: and rejoice with the wife of thy youth: youth.

5.19 Let her be thy dearest hind, as the loving hind and most agreeable fawn: pleasant roe; let her breasts inebriate satisfy thee at all times: times; and be thou delighted continually ravished always with her love.

5.20 Why art thou seduced, And why wilt thou, my son, by be ravished with a strange woman, and art cherished in embrace the bosom of another? a stranger?

5.21 The Lord beholdeth For the ways of man, man are before the eyes of the LORD, and considereth he pondereth all his steps. goings.

5.22 His own iniquities catch shall take the wicked, wicked himself, and he is fast bound shall be holden with the ropes cords of his own sins.

5.23 He shall die, because he hath not received instruction, die without instruction; and in the multitude greatness of his folly he shall be deceived. go astray.

Chapter 6

6.1 My son, if thou be surety for thy friend, if thou hast engaged fast stricken thy hand to with a stranger,

6.2 Thou art ensnared snared with the words of thy mouth, and caught thou art taken with the words of thy own words. mouth.

6.3 Do, therefore, Do this now, my son, what I say, and deliver thyself: because thyself, when thou art fallen come into the hand of thy neighbour. Run about, friend; go, humble thyself, and make haste, stir up sure thy friend: friend.

6.4 Give not sleep to thy thine eyes, neither let thy eyelids slumber. nor slumber to thine eyelids.

6.5 Deliver thyself as a doe roe from the hand, hand of the hunter, and as a bird from the hand of the fowler.

6.6 Go to the ant, O sluggard, and thou sluggard; consider her ways, and learn wisdom: be wise:

6.7 Which, although she hath Which having no guide, nor master, nor captain, overseer, or ruler,

6.8 Provideth her meat for herself in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest.

6.9 How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep?

6.10 Thou wilt sleep Yet a little, thou wilt slumber little sleep, a little, thou wilt fold thy hands little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep:

6.11 And want So shall come upon thee, as a traveller, and poverty as a man armed. But if thou be diligent, thy harvest shall poverty come as a fountain, one that travelleth, and thy want shall flee far from thee. as an armed man.

6.12 A man that is an apostate, an unprofitable naughty person, a wicked man, walketh with a perverse mouth, froward mouth.

6.13 He winketh with the his eyes, presseth with the foot, he speaketh with the finger. his feet, he teacheth with his fingers;

6.14 With a wicked heart Frowardness is in his heart, he deviseth evil, and at all times mischief continually; he soweth discord.

6.15 To such a one Therefore shall his destruction calamity come suddenly; suddenly shall presently come, and he shall suddenly be destroyed, and shall no longer have any broken without remedy.

6.16 Six These six things there are, which the Lord hateth, and doth the seventh his soul detesteth: LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:

6.17 Haughty eyes, A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,

6.18 A An heart that deviseth wicked plots, imaginations, feet that are be swift in running to run into mischief,

6.19 A deceitful false witness that uttereth speaketh lies, and him he that soweth discord among brethren.

6.20 My son, keep the commandments of thy father, father's commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother. mother:

6.21 Bind them in thy heart continually, continually upon thine heart, and put tie them about thy neck.

6.22 When thou walkest, let them go with thee: goest, it shall lead thee; when thou sleepest, let them it shall keep thee, thee; and when thou awakest, it shall talk with them. thee.

6.23 Because For the commandment is a lamp, lamp; and the law a light, is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life:

6.24 That they may To keep thee from the evil woman, and from the flattering tongue flattery of the stranger. tongue of a strange woman.

6.25 Let Lust not thy heart covet after her beauty, be not caught beauty in thine heart; neither let her take thee with her winks: eyelids.

6.26 For the price by means of a harlot whorish woman a man is scarce one loaf: but brought to a piece of bread: and the woman catcheth adultress will hunt for the precious soul of a man. life.

6.27 Can a man hide take fire in his bosom, and his garments clothes not burn? be burned?

6.28 Or can he walk Can one go upon hot coals, and his feet not be burnt? burned?

6.29 So he that goeth in to his neighbour's wife, wife; whosoever toucheth her shall not be clean when he shall touch her. innocent.

6.30 The fault is Men do not so great when despise a man hath stolen: for thief, if he stealeth steal to fill satisfy his hungry soul: soul when he is hungry;

6.31 And But if he be taken, found, he shall restore sevenfold, and sevenfold; he shall give up all the substance of his house.

6.32 But whoso committeth adultery with a woman lacketh understanding: he that is an adulterer, for the folly of his heart shall destroy doeth it destroyeth his own soul: soul.

6.33 He gathereth to himself shame A wound and dishonour, dishonour shall he get; and his reproach shall not be blotted out: wiped away.

6.34 Because the For jealousy and is the rage of the husband a man: therefore he will not spare in the day of revenge, vengeance.

6.35 Nor He will he yield to not regard any man's prayers, nor ransom; neither will he accept for satisfaction ever so rest content, though thou givest many gifts.

Chapter 7

7.1 My son, keep my words, and lay up my precepts commandments with thee. Son,

7.2 Keep my commandments, and thou shalt live: live; and my law as the apple of thy eye: thine eye.

7.3 Bind it them upon thy fingers, write it them upon the tables table of thy thine heart.

7.4 Say to wisdom: unto wisdom, Thou art my sister: sister; and call prudence understanding thy friend, kinswoman:

7.5 That she they may keep thee from the woman that is not thine, and strange woman, from the stranger who sweeteneth which flattereth with her words.

7.6 For I looked out of at the window of my house I looked through the lattice, my casement,

7.7 And I see little beheld among the simple ones, I behold discerned among the youths, a foolish young man, man void of understanding,

7.8 Who passeth Passing through the street by the corner, near her corner; and goeth nigh he went the way of to her house,

7.9 In the dark when it grows late, twilight, in the darkness and obscurity of evening, in the night. black and dark night:

7.10 And behold And, behold, there met him a woman meeteth him in harlot's attire, prepared to deceive souls: talkative with the attire of an harlot, and wandering, subtil of heart.

7.11 Not bearing to be quiet, not able to (She is loud and stubborn; her feet abide still at home, not in her house:

7.12 Now abroad, is she without, now in the streets, now lying and lieth in wait near the corners. at every corner.)

7.13 And catching the young man, So she kisseth caught him, and kissed him, and with an impudent face, flattereth, saying: face said unto him,

7.14 I vowed victims for prosperity, have peace offerings with me; this day I have paid I payed my vows.

7.15 Therefore came I am come out forth to meet thee, desirous diligently to see thee, seek thy face, and I have found thee.

7.16 I have woven decked my bed with cords, I have covered it with painted coverings of tapestry, brought from with carved works, with fine linen of Egypt.

7.17 I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon.

7.18 Come, let us be inebriated with take our fill of love until the breasts, and morning: let us enjoy the desired embraces, till the day appear. solace ourselves with loves.

7.19 For my husband the goodman is not at home, he is gone a very long journey. journey:

7.20 He took with him hath taken a bag of money: he money with him, and will return come home at the day of the full moon. appointed.

7.21 She entangled him with many words, and drew With her much fair speech she caused him away to yield, with the flattery flattering of her lips. lips she forced him.

7.22 Immediately he followeth He goeth after her straightway, as an ox led goeth to be a victim, and as a lamb playing the wanton, and not knowing that he is drawn like slaughter, or as a fool to bonds, the correction of the stocks;

7.23 Till the arrow pierce a dart strike through his liver: liver; as if a bird should make haste hasteth to the snare, and knoweth not that his life it is in danger. for his life.

7.24 Now, Hearken unto me now therefore, my son, hear me, O ye children, and attend to the words of my mouth.

7.25 Let not thy mind be drawn away in thine heart decline to her ways: neither be thou deceived with ways, go not astray in her paths.

7.26 For she hath cast down many wounded, and the strongest wounded: yea, many strong men have been slain by her.

7.27 Her house is the way to hell, reaching even going down to the inner chambers of death.

Chapter 8

8.1 Doth not wisdom cry aloud, cry? and prudence understanding put forth her voice?

8.2 Standing She standeth in the top of the highest places high places, by the way, way in the midst places of the paths, paths.

8.3 Beside She crieth at the gates gates, at the entry of the city, at the coming in at the very doors she speaketh, saying: doors.

8.4 Unto you, O ye men, to you I call, call; and my voice is to the sons of men. man.

8.5 O little ones ye simple, understand subtlety, and wisdom: and, ye unwise, take notice. fools, be ye of an understanding heart.

8.6 Hear, Hear; for I will speak of great things: excellent things; and the opening of my lips shall be opened to preach right things.

8.7 My For my mouth shall meditate truth, speak truth; and wickedness is an abomination to my lips shall hate wickedness. lips.

8.8 All my the words of my mouth are just, in righteousness; there is nothing wicked, nor froward or perverse in them.

8.9 They are right all plain to them him that understand, understandeth, and just right to them that find knowledge.

8.10 Receive my instruction, and not money: choose silver; and knowledge rather than choice gold.

8.11 For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the most precious things: and whatsoever things that may be desired cannot are not to be compared to it.

8.12 I, wisdom, I wisdom dwell in counsel, with prudence, and am present in learned thoughts. find out knowledge of witty inventions.

8.13 The fear of the Lord hateth evil; I LORD is to hate arrogance, and evil: pride, and every wicked arrogancy, and the evil way, and a mouth with a double tongue. the froward mouth, do I hate.

8.14 Counsel and equity is mine, prudence is mine, strength is mine. and sound wisdom: I am understanding; I have strength.

n=O20.8.15> By me kings reign, and princes decree justice.

n=O20.8.16> By me princes rule, and nobles, even all the mighty decree justice. judges of the earth.

8.17 I love them that love me: me; and they those that in the morning seek me early watch for me, shall find me.

8.18 With me are riches Riches and glory, glorious honour are with me; yea, durable riches and justice. righteousness.

8.19 For my My fruit is better than gold and the precious stone, gold, yea, than fine gold; and my blossoms revenue than choice silver.

8.20 I walk lead in the way of justice, righteousness, in the midst of the paths of judgment, judgment:

8.21 That I may enrich them cause those that love me, me to inherit substance; and may I will fill their treasures.

8.22 The Lord LORD possessed me in the beginning of his ways, way, before he made any thing from the beginning. his works of old.

8.23 I was set up from eternity, and of old, before everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was made. was.

8.24 The depths When there were not as yet, and no depths, I was already conceived, neither had the brought forth; when there were no fountains of waters as yet sprung out. abounding with water.

8.25 The mountains, with their huge bulk, had not as yet been established: Before the mountains were settled, before the hills, I hills was I brought forth:

8.26 He While as yet he had not yet made the earth, nor the rivers, fields, nor the poles highest part of the dust of the world.

8.27 When he prepared the heavens, I was present: there: when with a certain law, and compass, he enclosed set a compass upon the depths: face of the depth:

8.28 When he established the sky above, and poised clouds above: when he strengthened the fountains of waters: the deep:

8.29 When he compassed gave to the sea with its bounds, and set a law to his decree, that the waters that they should not pass their limits: his commandment: when he balanced appointed the foundations of the earth; earth:

8.30 Then I was by him, as one brought up with him forming all things: him: and I was delighted every day, playing daily his delight, rejoicing always before him at all times; him;

8.31 Playing Rejoicing in the world: habitable part of his earth; and my delights were to be with the children sons of men.

8.32 Now, therefore, Now therefore hearken unto me, O ye children, hear me: children: for blessed are they that keep my ways.

8.33 Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not.

8.34 Blessed is the man that heareth me, and that watcheth watching daily at my gates, and waiteth waiting at the posts of my doors.

8.35 He that shall find me, shall find For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall have salvation from obtain favour of the Lord. LORD.

8.36 But he that shall sin sinneth against me shall hurt wrongeth his own soul. All soul: all they that hate me love death.

Chapter 9

9.1 Wisdom hath built herself a builded her house, she hath hewn her out her seven pillars. pillars:

9.2 She hath slain killed her victims, beasts; she hath mingled her wine, and set forth wine; she hath also furnished her table.

9.3 She hath sent forth her maids to invite to the tower, and to maidens: she crieth upon the walls highest places of the city: city,

9.4 Whosoever Whoso is a little one, simple, let him come to me. And to the unwise turn in hither: as for him that wanteth understanding, she said: saith to him,

9.5 Come, eat of my bread, and drink of the wine which I have mingled for you. mingled.

9.6 Forsake childishness, the foolish, and live, live; and walk by go in the ways way of prudence. understanding.

9.7 He that teacheth reproveth a scorner, doth an injury scorner getteth to himself; himself shame: and he that rebuketh a wicked man, man getteth himself a blot.

9.8 Rebuke Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee. Rebuke thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee.

9.9 Give an occasion instruction to a wise man, and wisdom shall he will be added to him. Teach yet wiser: teach a just man, and he shall make haste to receive it. will increase in learning.

9.10 The fear of the Lord LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is prudence. understanding.

9.11 For by me shall thy days shall be multiplied, and the years of thy life shall be added to thee. increased.

9.12 If thou be wise, thou shalt be so to wise for thyself: and but if a scorner, thou scornest, thou alone shalt bear the evil. it.

9.13 A foolish woman and clamorous, and full of allurements, is clamorous: she is simple, and knowing nothing at all, knoweth nothing.

9.14 Sat For she sitteth at the door of her house, upon on a seat, seat in a the high place places of the city,

9.15 To call them that pass by the way, and passengers who go right on their journey: ways:

9.16 He that Whoso is a little one, simple, let him turn to me. And to the fool in hither: and as for him that wanteth understanding, she said: saith to him,

9.17 Stolen waters are sweeter, sweet, and hidden bread eaten in secret is more pleasant.

9.18 And But he did knoweth not know that giants the dead are there, there; and that her guests are in the depths of hell.

Chapter 10

10.1 The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son maketh the father glad: a glad father: but a foolish son is the sorrow heaviness of his mother.

10.2 Treasures of wickedness shall profit nothing: but justice shall deliver righteousness delivereth from death.

10.3 The Lord LORD will not afflict suffer the soul of the just with famine, and righteous to famish: but he will disappoint casteth away the deceitful practices substance of the wicked.

10.4 The slothful hand hath wrought poverty: He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the industrious getteth riches. He that trusteth to lies feedeth the winds: and the same runneth after birds, that fly away. diligent maketh rich.

10.5 He that gathereth in the harvest, summer is a wise son: but he that snorteth sleepeth in the summer, harvest is the a son of confusion. that causeth shame.

10.6 The blessing of the Lord is Blessings are upon the head of the just: but iniquity violence covereth the mouth of the wicked.

10.7 The memory of the just is with praises: and blessed: but the name of the wicked shall rot.

10.8 The wise of in heart receiveth precepts: will receive commandments: but a prating fool is beaten with lips. shall fall.

10.9 He that walketh sincerely, uprightly walketh confidently: surely: but he that perverteth his ways, ways shall be manifest. known.

10.10 He that winketh with the eye, shall cause eye causeth sorrow: and the foolish in lips but a prating fool shall be beaten. fall.

10.11 The mouth of the just a righteous man is a vein well of life: and but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked covereth iniquity. wicked.

10.12 Hatred stirreth up strifes: and charity but love covereth all sins.

10.13 In the lips of the wise is him that hath understanding wisdom is found: and but a rod on is for the back of him that wanteth sense. is void of understanding.

10.14 Wise men lay up knowledge: but the mouth of the fool foolish is next to confusion. near destruction.

10.15 The substance of a rich man man's wealth is the city of his strength: strong city: the fear destruction of the poor is their poverty.

10.16 The work labour of the just is unto righteous tendeth to life: but the fruit of the wicked unto to sin.

10.17 The He is in the way of life, to him life that observeth correction: keepeth instruction: but he that forsaketh reproofs, goeth astray. refuseth reproof erreth.

10.18 Lying lips hide hatred: He that hideth hatred with lying lips, and he that uttereth reproach, a slander, is foolish. a fool.

10.19 In the multitude of words there shall wanteth not want sin: but he that refraineth his lips, lips is most wise.

10.20 The tongue of the just is as choice silver: but the heart of the wicked is nothing little worth.

10.21 The lips of the just teach righteous feed many: but they that are ignorant, shall fools die in the for want of understanding. wisdom.

10.22 The blessing of the Lord LORD, it maketh men rich: neither shall affliction be joined to them. rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.

10.23 A fool worketh mischief as it were for sport: but wisdom It is prudence as sport to a man. fool to do mischief: but a man of understanding hath wisdom.

10.24 That which The fear of the wicked feareth, wicked, it shall come upon him: to but the just their desire of the righteous shall be given. granted.

10.25 As a tempest that the whirlwind passeth, so is the wicked shall be no more: but the just righteous is as an everlasting foundation.

10.26 As vinegar to the teeth, and as smoke to the eyes, so is the sluggard to them that sent send him.

10.27 The fear of the Lord shall prolong LORD prolongeth days: and but the years of the wicked shall be shortened.

10.28 The expectation hope of the just is joy: righteous shall be gladness: but the hope expectation of the wicked shall perish.

10.29 The strength way of the upright LORD is the way of strength to the Lord: and fear upright: but destruction shall be to them that work evil. the workers of iniquity.

10.30 The just righteous shall never be moved: removed: but the wicked shall not dwell on inhabit the earth.

10.31 The mouth of the just shall bring bringeth forth wisdom: but the froward tongue of the perverse shall perish. be cut out.

10.32 The lips of the just consider righteous know what is acceptable: and but the mouth of the wicked uttereth perverse things. speaketh frowardness.

Chapter 11

11.1 A deceitful false balance is an abomination before to the Lord: and LORD: but a just weight is his will. delight.

11.2 Where When pride is, there also shall be reproach: cometh, then cometh shame: but where humility is, there also with the lowly is wisdom.

11.3 The simplicity integrity of the just upright shall guide them: and but the deceitfulness perverseness of the wicked transgressors shall destroy them.

11.4 Riches shall not profit not in the day of revenge: wrath: but justice shall deliver righteousness delivereth from death.

11.5 The justice righteousness of the upright perfect shall make direct his way prosperous: and way: but the wicked man shall fall by his own wickedness.

11.6 The justice righteousness of the righteous upright shall deliver them: and the unjust but transgressors shall be caught taken in their own snares. naughtiness.

11.7 When the a wicked man is dead, there dieth, his expectation shall be no hope any more: perish: and the expectation hope of the solicitous shall perish. unjust men perisheth.

11.8 The just righteous is delivered out of distress: trouble, and the wicked shall be given up for him. cometh in his stead.

11.9 The dissembler An hypocrite with his mouth deceiveth destroyeth his friend: neighbour: but through knowledge shall the just shall be delivered by knowledge. delivered.

11.10 When it goeth well with the just, righteous, the city shall rejoice: rejoiceth: and when the wicked perish, there shall be praise. is shouting.

11.11 By the blessing of the just upright the city shall be is exalted: and but it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked it shall be overthrown. wicked.

11.12 He that despiseth his friend, is mean void of heart: wisdom despiseth his neighbour: but the wise a man will hold of understanding holdeth his peace.

11.13 He that walketh deceitfully, A talebearer revealeth secrets: but he that is faithful, of a faithful spirit concealeth the thing committed to him by his friend. matter.

11.14 Where there is no governor, counsel is, the people shall fall: but there is safety where in the multitude of counsellors there is much counsel. safety.

11.15 He shall be afflicted with evil, that is surety for a stranger: but stranger shall smart for it: and he that hateth suretiship is aware of snares, shall be secure. sure.

11.16 A gracious woman shall find glory: retaineth honour: and the strong shall have men retain riches.

11.17 A The merciful man doth doeth good to his own soul: but he that is cruel casteth off even troubleth his own kindred. flesh.

11.18 The wicked maketh an unsteady worketh a deceitful work: but to him that soweth justice, there is righteousness shall be a faithful sure reward.

11.19 Clemency prepareth As righteousness tendeth to life: and the pursuing of so he that pursueth evil things, pursueth it to his own death.

11.20 A perverse They that are of a froward heart is abominable are abomination to the Lord: and his will is LORD: but such as are upright in them that walk sincerely. their way are his delight.

11.21 Hand in Though hand join in hand, the evil man wicked shall not be innocent: unpunished: but the seed of the just righteous shall be saved. delivered.

11.22 A golden ring As a jewel of gold in a swine's snout, so is a woman fair and foolish. woman which is without discretion.

11.23 The desire of the just righteous is all good, only good: but the expectation of the wicked is indignation. wrath.

11.24 Some distribute their own goods, and grow richer: others take away what There is not their own, that scattereth, and are always in want. yet increaseth; and there is that withholdeth more than is meet, but it tendeth to poverty.

11.25 The liberal soul that blesseth, shall be made fat: and he that inebriateth, watereth shall be inebriated watered also himself.

11.26 He that hideth up withholdeth corn, shall be cursed among the people: people shall curse him: but a blessing shall be upon the head of them him that sell. selleth it.

11.27 Well doth he rise early who He that diligently seeketh good things; procureth favour: but he that seeketh after evil things, mischief, it shall be oppressed by them. come unto him.

11.28 He that trusteth in his riches shall fall: fall; but the just righteous shall spring up flourish as a green leaf. branch.

11.29 He that troubleth his own house, house shall inherit the winds: wind: and the fool shall serve be servant to the wise. wise of heart.

11.30 The fruit of the just man righteous is a tree of life: life; and he that gaineth winneth souls is wise.

11.31 If Behold, the just man receive righteous shall be recompensed in the earth, how earth: much more the wicked and the sinner.

Chapter 12

12.1 He that Whoso loveth correction, instruction loveth knowledge: but he that hateth reproof, reproof is foolish. brutish.

12.2 He that is good, shall draw grace from A good man obtaineth favour of the Lord: LORD: but a man of wicked devices will he that trusteth in his own devices, doth wickedly. condemn.

12.3 Man A man shall not be strengthened established by wickedness: and but the root of the just righteous shall not be moved.

12.4 A diligent virtuous woman is a crown to her husband: and but she that doth things worthy of confusion, maketh ashamed is as rottenness in his bones.

12.5 The thoughts of the just righteous are judgments: and right: but the counsels of the wicked are deceitful. deceit.

12.6 The words of the wicked are to lie in wait for blood: but the mouth of the just upright shall deliver them.

12.7 Turn the wicked, The wicked are overthrown, and they shall not be: are not: but the house of the just righteous shall stand firm. stand.

12.8 A man shall be known by commended according to his learning: wisdom: but he that is vain and foolish, of a perverse heart shall be exposed to contempt. despised.

12.9 Better is the poor man He that provideth for himself, is despised, and hath a servant, is better than he that is glorious honoureth himself, and wanteth lacketh bread.

12.10 The just A righteous man regardeth the lives life of his beasts: beast: but the bowels tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.

12.11 He that tilleth his land shall be satisfied with bread: but he that pursueth idleness is very foolish.

12.12 He that followeth vain persons is delighted in passing his time over wine, leaveth a reproach in his strong holds. void of understanding.

12.12 The desire of the wicked is desireth the fortification net of evil men: but the root of the just shall prosper. righteous yieldeth fruit.

12.13 For The wicked is snared by the sins transgression of the lips ruin draweth nigh to the evil man: his lips: but the just shall escape come out of distress. trouble.

12.14 By A man shall be satisfied with good by the fruit of his own mouth shall a man be filled wlth good things, mouth: and according to the works recompence of his a man's hands it shall be repaid rendered unto him.

12.15 The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that is wise hearkeneth unto counsels. counsel is wise.

12.16 A fool immediately sheweth his anger: but he that dissembleth injuries fool's wrath is wise. presently known: but a prudent man covereth shame.

12.17 He that speaketh that which he knoweth, truth sheweth forth justice: righteousness: but he that lieth, is a deceitful witness. false witness deceit.

12.18 There is that promiseth, and is pricked as it were with a sword speaketh like the piercings of conscience: a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health.

12.19 The lip of truth shall be steadfast established for ever: but he that is a hasty witness, frameth a lying tongue. tongue is but for a moment.

12.20 Deceit is in the heart of them that think evil things: imagine evil: but joy followeth them that take counsels to the counsellors of peace. peace is joy.

12.21 Whatsoever There shall befall no evil happen to the just man, shall not make him sad: just: but the wicked shall be filled with mischief.

12.22 Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord: LORD: but they that deal faithfully, please him. truly are his delight.

12.23 A cautious prudent man concealeth knowledge: and but the heart of fools publisheth folly. proclaimeth foolishness.

12.24 The hand of the valiant diligent shall bear rule: but that which is the slothful shall be under tribute.

12.25 Grief Heaviness in the heart of a man shall bring him low, maketh it stoop: but with a good word he shall be made maketh it glad.

12.26 He that neglecteth a loss for the sake of a friend, The righteous is just: more excellent than his neighbour: but the way of the wicked shall deceive seduceth them.

12.27 The deceitful slothful man shall roasteth not find gain: that which he took in hunting: but the substance of a just diligent man shall be precious gold. is precious.

12.28 In the path way of justice righteousness is life: but and in the bye-way leadeth to pathway thereof there is no death.

Chapter 13

13.1 A wise son heareth the doctrine of his father: father's instruction: but he that is a scorner, scorner heareth not when he is reproved. rebuke.

13.2 Of A man shall eat good by the fruit of his own month shall a man be filled with good things: mouth: but the soul of the transgressors is wicked. shall eat violence.

13.3 He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his soul: life: but he that hath no guard on openeth wide his speech lips shall meet with evils. have destruction.

13.4 The soul of the sluggard willeth, desireth, and willeth not: hath nothing: but the soul of them that work, the diligent shall be made fat.

13.5 The just shall hate a lying word: A righteous man hateth lying: but the a wicked confoundeth, man is loathsome, and shall be confounded. cometh to shame.

13.6 Justice Righteousness keepeth the way of him that is upright in the innocent: way: but wickedness overthroweth the sinner.

13.7 One There is as it were that maketh himself rich, when he yet hath nothing and another nothing: there is as it were that maketh himself poor, when he yet hath great riches.

13.8 The ransom of a man's life are his riches: but he that is poor, beareth the poor heareth not reprehension. rebuke.

13.9 The light of the just giveth joy: righteous rejoiceth: but the lamp of the wicked shall be put out.

13.10 Among the proud there are always contentions: Only by pride cometh contention: but they that do all things with counsel, are ruled by the well advised is wisdom.

13.11 Substance got in haste Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he that which gathereth by little and little is gathered with the hand, labour shall increase.

13.12 Hope that is deferred afflicteth maketh the soul: desire heart sick: but when it the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.

13.13 Whosoever speaketh ill of any thing, bindeth himself for Whoso despiseth the time to come: word shall be destroyed: but he that feareth the commandment, commandment shall dwell in peace. Deceitful souls go astray in sins: the just are merciful, and shew mercy. be rewarded.

13.14 The law of the wise is a fountain of life, that he may decline to depart from the ruin snares of death.

13.15 Good instruction shall give grace: in understanding giveth favour: but the way of scorners transgressors is a deep pit. hard.

13.16 The Every prudent man doth all things dealeth with counsel: knowledge: but he that is a fool, fool layeth open his folly.

13.17 The messenger of the A wicked shall fall messenger falleth into mischief: but a faithful ambassador is health.

13.18 Poverty and shame shall be to him that refuseth instruction: but he that yieldeth to regardeth reproof shall be glorified. honoured.

13.19 The desire that accomplished is accomplished, delighteth sweet to the soul: but it is abomination to fools hate them that flee to depart from evil things. evil.

13.20 He that walketh with the wise, wise men shall be wise: but a friend companion of fools shall become like to them. be destroyed.

13.21 Evil pursueth sinners: and but to the just righteous good shall be repaid. repayed.

13.22 The A good man leaveth heirs, sons, and grandsons: an inheritance to his children's children: and the substance wealth of the sinner is kept laid up for the just.

13.23 Much food is in the tillage of fathers: the poor: but for others it there is gathered without that is destroyed for want of judgment.

13.24 He that spareth the rod, his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him, correcteth him chasteneth him betimes.

13.25 The just righteous eateth and filleth to the satisfying of his soul: but the belly of the wicked is never to be filled. shall want.

Chapter 14

14.1 A Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish will pull plucketh it down with her hands that also which is built. hands.

14.2 He that walketh in the right way, and his uprightness feareth God, is despised by him the LORD: but he that goeth by an infamous way. is perverse in his ways despiseth him.

14.3 In the mouth of a fool is the foolish is a rod of pride: but the lips of the wise shall preserve them.

14.4 Where there are no oxen, oxen are, the crib is empty: clean: but where there is much corn, there increase is by the strength of the ox is manifest. ox.

14.5 A faithful witness will not lie: but a deceitful false witness uttereth a lie. will utter lies.

14.6 A scorner seeketh wisdom, and findeth it not: the learning of the wise but knowledge is easy. easy unto him that understandeth.

14.7 Go against from the presence of a foolish man, and he knoweth when thou perceivest not in him the lips of prudence. knowledge.

14.8 The wisdom of a discreet man the prudent is to understand his way: and but the imprudence folly of fools erreth. is deceit.

14.9 A fool will laugh Fools make a mock at sin, sin: but among the just grace shall abide. righteous there is favour.

14.10 The heart that knoweth the bitterness of his own soul, in his joy the bitterness; and a stranger shall doth not intermeddle. intermeddle with his joy.

14.11 The house of the wicked shall be destroyed: overthrown: but the tabernacles tabernacle of the just upright shall flourish.

14.12 There is a way which seemeth just to right unto a man: man, but the ends end thereof lead to are the ways of death.

14.13 Laughter shall be mingled with sorrow, Even in laughter the heart is sorrowful; and mourning taketh hold of the ends end of joy. that mirth is heaviness.

14.14 A fool The backslider in heart shall be filled with his own ways, ways: and the a good man shall be above him. satisfied from himself.

14.15 The innocent simple believeth every word: but the discreet prudent man considereth his steps. No good shall come looketh well to the deceitfnl son: but the wise servant shall prosper in his dealings, and his way shall be made straight. going.

14.16 A wise man feareth, and declineth departeth from evil: but the fool leapeth over, rageth, and is confident.

14.17 The impatient man shall work folly: He that is soon angry dealeth foolishly: and the crafty a man of wicked devices is hateful. hated.

14.18 The childish shall possess folly, and simple inherit folly: but the prudent shall look for are crowned with knowledge.

14.19 The evil shall fall down bow before the good: good; and the wicked before at the gates of the just. righteous.

14.20 The poor man shall be hateful is hated even to of his own neighbour: but the friends of the rich are many. hath many friends.

14.21 He that despiseth his neighbour, neighbour sinneth: but he that sheweth hath mercy to on the poor, shall be blessed. He that believeth in the Lord, loveth mercy. happy is he.

14.22 They Do they not err that work evil: devise evil? but mercy and truth prepare good things. shall be to them that devise good.

14.23 In much work there shall be abundance: but where there are many words, all labour there is oftentimes want. profit: but the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury.

14.24 The crown of the wise, wise is their riches: but the folly foolishness of fools, imprudence. fools is folly.

14.25 A faithful true witness delivereth souls: and the double dealer uttereth but a deceitful witness speaketh lies.

14.26 In the fear of the Lord LORD is confidence of strength, strong confidence: and there shall be hope for his children. children shall have a place of refuge.

14.27 The fear of the Lord LORD is a fountain of life, to decline depart from the ruin snares of death.

14.28 In the multitude of people is the dignity of the king: and king's honour: but in the small number want of the people is the dishonour destruction of the prince.

14.29 He that is patient, slow to wrath is governed with much wisdom: of great understanding: but he that is impatient, hasty of spirit exalteth his folly.

14.30 Soundness of A sound heart is the life of the flesh: but envy is the rottenness of the bones.

14.31 He that oppresseth the poor, upbraideth poor reproacheth his maker: Maker: but he that honoureth him hath pity mercy on the poor, honoureth him. poor.

14.32 The wicked man shall be is driven out away in his wickedness: but the just righteous hath hope in his death.

14.33 In Wisdom resteth in the heart of the prudent resteth wisdom, and it shall instruct all him that hath understanding: but that which is in the ignorant. midst of fools is made known.

14.34 Justice Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin maketh nations miserable. is a reproach to any people.

14.35 A The king's favour is toward a wise servant servant: but his wrath is acceptable to the king: he against him that is good for nothing shall feel his anger. causeth shame.

Chapter 15

15.1 A mild soft answer breaketh turneth away wrath: but a harsh word stirreth grievous words stir up fury. anger.

15.2 The tongue of the wise adorneth knowledge: useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools bubbleth poureth out folly. foolishness.

15.3 The eyes of the Lord LORD are in every place behold place, beholding the good evil and the evil. good.

15.4 A peaceable wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but that which perverseness therein is immoderate, shall crush a breach in the spirit.

15.5 A fool laugheth at the instruction of despiseth his father: father's instruction: but he that regardeth reproofs shall become prudent. In abundant justice there reproof is the greatest strength: but the devices of the wicked shall be rooted out. prudent.

15.6 The In the house of the just righteous is very much strength: and treasure: but in the fruits revenues of the wicked is trouble.

15.7 The lips of the wise shall disperse knowledge: but the heart of fools shall be unlike. the foolish doeth not so.

15.8 The victims sacrifice of the wicked are abominable is an abomination to the Lord: LORD: but the vows prayer of the just are acceptable. upright is his delight.

15.9 The way of the wicked is an abomination to unto the Lord: LORD: but he loveth him that followeth justice is beloved by him. after righteousness.

15.10 Instruction Correction is grievous to unto him that forsaketh the way of life: way: and he that hateth reproof shall die.

15.11 Hell and destruction are before the Lord: LORD: how much more then the hearts of the children of men?

15.12 A corrupt man scorner loveth not one that reproveth him: nor neither will he go to unto the wise.

15.13 A glad merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by grief sorrow of mind the heart the spirit is cast down. broken.

15.14 The heart of the wise him that hath understanding seeketh instruction: and knowledge: but the mouth of fools feedeth on foolishness.

15.15 All the days of the poor afflicted are evil: a secure mind but he that is like of a merry heart hath a continual feast.

15.16 Better is a little with the fear of the Lord, LORD than great treasures without content. treasure and trouble therewith.

15.17 It Better is better to be invited to a dinner of herbs with love, where love is, than to a fatted calf with hatred. stalled ox and hatred therewith.

15.18 A passionate wrathful man stirreth up strifes: strife: but he that is patient slow to anger appeaseth those that are stirred up. strife.

15.19 The way of the slothful man is as a an hedge of thorns: but the way of the just righteous is without offence. made plain.

15.20 A wise son maketh a father joyful: glad father: but the a foolish man despiseth his mother.

15.21 Folly is joy to the fool: and the wise him that is destitute of wisdom: but a man maketh straight his steps. of understanding walketh uprightly.

15.22 Designs Without counsel purposes are brought to nothing where there is no counsel: disappointed: but where there are many counsellors, in the multitude of counsellors they are established.

15.23 A man rejoiceth in hath joy by the sentence answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due time season, how good is best. it!

15.24 The path way of life is above for to the wise, that he may decline depart from the lowest hell. hell beneath.

15.25 The Lord LORD will destroy the house of the proud: and but he will strengthen establish the borders border of the widow.

15.26 Evil The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the Lord: and pure LORD: but the words most beautiful shall be confirmed by him. of the pure are pleasant words.

15.27 He that is greedy of gain troubleth his own house: house; but he that hateth bribes gifts shall live. By mercy and faith sins are purged away: and by the fear of the Lord every one declineth from evil.

15.28 The mind heart of the just righteous studieth obedience: to answer: but the mouth of the wicked overfloweth with evils. poureth out evil things.

15.29 The Lord LORD is far from the wicked: and but he will hear heareth the prayers prayer of the just. righteous.

15.30 The light of the eyes rejoiceth the soul: heart: and a good name report maketh the bones fat.

15.31 The ear that heareth the reproofs of life, shall abide in the midst reproof of life abideth among the wise.

15.32 He that rejecteth instruction, refuseth instruction despiseth his own soul: but he that yieldeth to reproof, possesseth heareth reproof getteth understanding.

15.33 The fear of the Lord LORD is the lesson instruction of wisdom: wisdom; and humility goeth before glory. honour is humility.

Chapter 16

16.1 It is the part The preparations of man to prepare the soul: heart in man, and the answer of the Lord to govern tongue, is from the tongue. LORD.

16.2 All the ways of a man are open to clean in his eyes: own eyes; but the Lord is LORD weigheth the weigher of spirits.

16.3 Lay open Commit thy works to unto the Lord: LORD, and thy thoughts shall be directed. established.

16.4 The Lord LORD hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked also for the evil day. day of evil.

16.5 Every one that is proud man in heart is an abomination to the Lord: LORD: though hand should be joined to join in hand, he is shall not innocent. The beginning of a good way is to do justice: and this is more acceptable with God, than to offer sacrifices. be unpunished.

16.6 By mercy and truth iniquity is redeemed; purged: and by the fear of the Lord LORD men depart from evil.

16.7 When the a man's ways of man shall please the Lord, LORD, he will convert maketh even his enemies to peace. be at peace with him.

16.8 Better is a little with justice, righteousness than great revenues with iniquity. without right.

16.9 The A man's heart of man disposeth deviseth his way: but the Lord must direct LORD directeth his steps.

16.10 Divination A divine sentence is in the lips of the king, king: his mouth shall transgresseth not err in judgment.

16.11 Weight A just weight and balance are judgments of the Lord: and his work LORD's: all the weights of the bag. bag are his work.

16.12 They that act wickedly are abominable It is an abomination to the king: kings to commit wickedness: for the throne is established by justice. righteousness.

16.13 Just Righteous lips are the delight of kings: he kings; and they love him that speaketh right things shall be loved. right.

16.14 The wrath of a king is as messengers of death: and the but a wise man will pacify it.

16.15 In the cheerfulness light of the king's countenance is life: life; and his clemency favour is like as a cloud of the latter rain.

16.16 Get wisdom, because it is How much better is it to get wisdom than gold: gold! and purchase prudence, for it is more precious to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver. silver!

16.17 The path highway of the just departeth upright is to depart from evils: evil: he that keepeth his soul keepeth way preserveth his way. soul.

16.18 Pride goeth before destruction: destruction, and the an haughty spirit is lifted up before a fall.

16.19 It Better it is better to be humbled of an humble spirit with the meek, lowly, than to divide spoils the spoil with the proud.

16.20 The learned in word He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good things: good: and he that whoso trusteth in the Lord LORD, happy is blessed. he.

16.21 The wise in heart shall be called prudent: and he that is sweet in words, shall attain to greater things. the sweetness of the lips increaseth learning.

16.22 Knowledge Understanding is a fountain wellspring of life to unto him that possesseth hath it: but the instruction of fools is foolishness. folly.

16.23 The heart of the wise shall instruct teacheth his mouth: mouth, and shall add grace addeth learning to his lips.

16.24 Well ordered Pleasant words are as a honeycomb: an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.

16.25 There is a way that seemeth to right unto a man right: and man, but the ends end thereof lead to are the ways of death.

16.26 The soul of him He that laboureth, laboureth laboureth for himself, because himself; for his mouth hath obliged him to it. craveth it of him.

16.27 The wicked An ungodly man diggeth evil, up evil: and in his lips there is as a burning fire.

16.28 A perverse froward man stirreth up quarrels: soweth strife: and one full of words a whisperer separateth princes. chief friends.

16.29 An unjust A violent man allureth enticeth his friend: neighbour, and leadeth him into a the way that is not good.

16.30 He that with fixed shutteth his eyes deviseth wicked things, biting to devise froward things: moving his lips, lips he bringeth evil to pass.

16.31 Old age The hoary head is a crown of dignity, when glory, if it is be found in the ways way of justice. righteousness.

16.32 The patient man He that is slow to anger is better than the valiant: mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit, spirit than he that taketh cities. a city.

16.33 Lots are The lot is cast into the lap, lap; but they are disposed the whole disposing thereof is of by the Lord. LORD.

Chapter 17

17.1 Better is a dry morsel with joy, morsel, and quietness therewith, than a an house full of victims sacrifices with strife.

17.2 A wise servant shall have rule over foolish sons, a son that causeth shame, and shall divide have part of the inheritance among the brethren.

17.3 As silver The fining pot is tried by fire, for silver, and gold in the furnace: so furnace for gold: but the Lord LORD trieth the hearts.

17.4 The evil man obeyeth an unjust tongue: A wicked doer giveth heed to false lips; and the deceitful hearkeneth a liar giveth ear to lying lips. a naughty tongue.

17.5 He that despiseth Whoso mocketh the poor, poor reproacheth his maker: Maker: and he that rejoiceth is glad at another man's ruin, calamities shall not be unpunished.

17.6 Children's children are the crown of old men: men; and the glory of children are their fathers.

17.7 Eloquent words do Excellent speech becometh not become a fool, nor fool: much less do lying lips a prince.

17.8 The expectation A gift is as a precious stone in the eyes of him that expecteth is a most acceptable jewel: hath it: whithersoever he turneth himself, he understandeth wisely. it turneth, it prospereth.

17.9 He that concealeth covereth a transgression, transgression seeketh friendships: love; but he that repeateth it again, a matter separateth very friends.

17.10 A reproof availeth entereth more with into a wise man, man than a an hundred stripes with into a fool.

17.11 An evil man always seeketh quarrels: but only rebellion: therefore a cruel angel messenger shall be sent against him.

17.12 It is better to meet Let a bear robbed of her whelps, whelps meet a man, rather than a fool trusting in his own folly.

17.13 He that rendereth Whoso rewardeth evil for good, evil shall not depart from his house.

17.14 The beginning of quarrels strife is as when one letteth out water: and therefore leave off contention, before he suffereth reproach, he forsaketh judgment. it be meddled with.

17.15 He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the just, even they both are abominable before God. abomination to the LORD.

17.16 What doth it avail Wherefore is there a price in the hand of a fool to have riches, get wisdom, seeing he cannot buy wisdom? He that maketh his house high, seeketh a downfall: and he that refuseth hath no heart to learn, shall fall into evils. it?

17.17 He that is a A friend loveth at all times: times, and a brother is proved in distress. born for adversity.

17.18 A foolish man will clap void of understanding striketh hands, when he is and becometh surety for in the presence of his friend.

17.19 He loveth transgression that studieth discords, loveth quarrels: strife: and he that exalteth his door, gate seeketh ruin. destruction.

17.20 He that is of hath a perverse heart, shall not find froward heart findeth no good: and he that perverteth his tongue, shall fall hath a perverse tongue falleth into evil. mischief.

17.21 A He that begetteth a fool is born doeth it to his own disgrace: sorrow: and even his the father shall not rejoice in of a fool. fool hath no joy.

17.22 A joyful mind maketh age flourishing: merry heart doeth good like a sorrowful medicine: but a broken spirit drieth up the bones.

17.23 The A wicked man taketh gifts a gift out of the bosom, that he may bosom to pervert the paths ways of judgment.

17.24 Wisdom shineth in the face of the wise: is before him that hath understanding; but the eyes of fools a fool are in the ends of the earth.

17.25 A foolish son is the anger of the father: a grief to his father, and the sorrow of the mother bitterness to her that bore bare him.

17.26 It is no good thing to do hurt Also to punish the just: just is not good, nor to strike the prince, who judgeth right. princes for equity.

17.27 He that setteth bounds to hath knowledge spareth his words, is knowing and wise: words: and the a man of understanding is of a precious an excellent spirit.

17.28 Even a fool, if when he will hold holdeth his peace, shall be is counted wise: and if he close that shutteth his lips, lips is esteemed a man of understanding.

Chapter 18

18.1 He that hath a mind to depart from Through desire a friend, man, having separated himself, seeketh occasions: he shall ever be subject to reproach. and intermeddleth with all wisdom.

18.2 A fool receiveth not the words of prudence: unless thou say those things which are hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart. heart may discover itself.

18.3 The wicked man, when he is come into When the depths of sins, contemneth: but ignominy wicked cometh, then cometh also contempt, and reproach follow him. with ignominy reproach.

18.4 Words from the mouth The words of a man man's mouth are as deep water: waters, and the fountain wellspring of wisdom is an overflowing stream. as a flowing brook.

18.5 It is not good to accept the person of the wicked, to decline from overthrow the truth of righteous in judgment.

18.6 The A fool's lips of a fool intermeddle with strife: enter into contention, and his mouth provoketh quarrels. calleth for strokes.

18.7 The A fool's mouth of a fool is his destruction: destruction, and his lips are the ruin snare of his soul.

18.8 The words of the double tongued a talebearer are as if they were harmless: wounds, and they reach even to the inner parts of the bowels. Fear casteth go down the slothful: and into the souls innermost parts of the effeminate shall be hungry. belly.

18.9 He also that is loose and slack slothful in his work, work is the brother of to him that wasteth his own works. is a great waster.

18.10 The name of the Lord LORD is a strong tower: the just righteous runneth to into it, and shall be exalted. is safe.

18.11 The substance of the rich man man's wealth is the city of his strength, strong city, and as a strong an high wall compassing him about. in his own conceit.

18.12 Before destruction, destruction the heart of a man is exalted: haughty, and before he be glorified, it honour is humbled. humility.

18.13 He that answereth a matter before he heareth, sheweth himself to be a fool, heareth it, it is folly and worthy of confusion. shame unto him.

18.14 The spirit of a man upholdeth will sustain his infirmity: infirmity; but a wounded spirit that is easily angered, who can bear?

18.15 A wise The heart shall acquire knowledge: of the prudent getteth knowledge; and the ear of the wise seeketh instruction. knowledge.

18.16 A man's gift enlargeth his way, and maketh him room for him, and bringeth him before princes. great men.

18.17 The just He that is first accuser of himself: in his friend cometh, own cause seemeth just; but his neighbour cometh and shall search searcheth him.

18.18 The lot suppresseth contentions, causeth contentions to cease, and determineth even parteth between the mighty.

18.19 A brother that is helped by his brother, offended is like harder to be won than a strong city: and judgments their contentions are like the bars of cities. a castle.

18.20 Of A man's belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of a man's mouth shall his belly be satisfied: mouth; and with the offspring increase of his lips shall fill him. he be filled.

18.21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it, it shall eat the fruits fruit thereof.

18.22 He that hath found Whoso findeth a good wife, hath found wife findeth a good thing, and shall receive a pleasure from obtaineth favour of the Lord. He that driveth away a good wife, driveth away a good thing: but he that keepeth an adulteress, is foolish and wicked. LORD.

18.23 The poor will speak with supplications, and useth intreaties; but the rich will speak answereth roughly.

18.24 A man amiable in society, shall be more friendly that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.

Chapter 19

19.1 Better is the poor man, that walketh in his simplicity, integrity, than a rich man he that is perverse in his lips lips, and unwise. is a fool.

19.2 Where there is no knowledge of Also, that the soul, there soul be without knowledge, it is no good: not good; and he that is hasty hasteth with his feet shall stumble. sinneth.

19.3 The folly foolishness of a man supplanteth perverteth his steps: way: and he fretteth in his mind heart fretteth against God. the LORD.

19.4 Riches make Wealth maketh many friends: friends; but from the poor man, even they whom he had, depart. is separated from his neighbour.

19.5 A false witness shall not be unpunished: unpunished, and he that speaketh lies, lies shall not escape.

19.6 Many honour will intreat the person favour of him that is mighty, the prince: and are friends of every man is a friend to him that giveth gifts.

19.7 The All the brethren of the poor man do hate him: moreover also how much more do his friends have departed go far from him? he pursueth them with words, yet they are wanting to him. He that followeth after words only, shall have nothing.

19.8 But he He that possesseth a mind, getteth wisdom loveth his own soul, and soul: he that keepeth prudence, understanding shall find good things. good.

19.9 A false witness shall not be unpunished: unpunished, and he that speaketh lies, lies shall perish.

19.10 Delicacies are Delight is not seemly for a fool: nor fool; much less for a servant to have rule over princes.

19.11 The learning discretion of a man is known by patience: deferreth his anger; and it is his glory is to pass over wrongs. a transgression.

19.12 As the roaring of a lion, so also The king's wrath is as the anger roaring of a king: and lion; but his cheerfulness favour is as the dew upon the grass.

19.13 A foolish son is the grief calamity of his father: and the contentions of a wrangling wife is like are a roof continually dropping through. continual dropping.

19.14 House and riches are given by parents: but the inheritance of fathers: and a prudent wife is properly from the Lord. LORD.

19.15 Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep, sleep; and an idle soul shall suffer hunger.

19.16 He that keepeth the commandment, commandment keepeth his own soul: soul; but he that neglecteth despiseth his own way, ways shall die.

19.17 He that hath mercy on pity upon the poor, poor lendeth to unto the Lord: LORD; and that which he hath given will repay him. he pay him again.

19.18 Chastise Chasten thy son, despair not: but to the killing of him set son while there is hope, and let not thy soul. soul spare for his crying.

19.19 He that is impatient, A man of great wrath shall suffer damage: and when he shall take away, he shall add another thing. punishment: for if thou deliver him, yet thou must do it again.

19.20 Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayst mayest be wise in thy latter end.

19.21 There are many thoughts devices in the heart of a man: but man's heart; nevertheless the will counsel of the Lord LORD, that shall stand firm. stand.

19.22 A needy The desire of a man is merciful: his kindness: and better is the a poor man is better than the lying man. a liar.

19.23 The fear of the Lord is unto LORD tendeth to life: and he that hath it shall abide in the fulness without being satisfied; he shall not be visited with evil.

19.24 The A slothful man hideth his hand under in his armpit, bosom, and will not so much as bring it to his mouth. mouth again.

19.25 The wicked man being scourged, the fool shall be wiser: but if thou rebuke Smite a wise man, scorner, and the simple will beware: and reprove one that hath understanding, and he will understand discipline. knowledge.

19.26 He that afflicteth wasteth his father, and chaseth away his mother, is infamous a son that causeth shame, and unhappy. bringeth reproach.

19.27 Cease not, O Cease, my son, to hear instruction, and be not ignorant of the instruction that causeth to err from the words of knowledge.

19.28 An unjust ungodly witness scorneth judgment: and the mouth of the wicked devoureth iniquity.

19.29 Judgments are prepared for scorners: scorners, and striking hammers stripes for the bodies back of fools.

Chapter 20

20.1 Wine is a luxurious thing, mocker, strong drink is raging: and drunkenness riotous: whosoever is delighted therewith, shall deceived thereby is not be wise.

20.2 As the roaring The fear of a lion, so also king is as the dread roaring of a king: he that lion: whoso provoketh him, him to anger sinneth against his own soul.

20.3 It is an honour for a man to separate himself cease from quarrels: strife: but all fools are meddling with reproaches. every fool will be meddling.

20.4 Because of the cold the The sluggard would will not plough: he plow by reason of the cold; therefore shall he beg therefore in the summer, harvest, and it shall not be given him. have nothing.

20.5 Counsel in the heart of a man is like deep water: water; but a wise man of understanding will draw it out.

20.6 Many Most men are called merciful: will proclaim every one his own goodness: but who shall find a faithful man? man who can find?

20.7 The just that man walketh in his simplicity, shall leave behind him integrity: his children are blessed children. after him.

20.8 The king, A king that sitteth on in the throne of judgment, judgment scattereth away all evil with his look. eyes.

20.9 Who can say: My say, I have made my heart is clean, I am pure from my sin?

20.10 Diverse weights Divers weights, and diverse divers measures, both of them are abominable before God. alike abomination to the LORD.

20.11 By his inclinations Even a child is known, if known by his works doings, whether his work be clean pure, and whether it be right.

20.12 The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the Lord LORD hath made them both. even both of them.

20.13 Love not sleep, lest poverty oppress thee: thou come to poverty; open thy thine eyes, and thou shalt be filled satisfied with bread.

20.14 It is naught, it is naught, saith every the buyer: and but when he is gone away, his way, then he will boast. boasteth.

20.15 There is gold gold, and a multitude of jewels: rubies: but the lips of knowledge are a precious vessel. jewel.

20.16 Take away the his garment of him that is surety for a stranger, stranger: and take a pledge from of him for strangers. a strange woman.

20.17 The bread Bread of lying deceit is sweet to a man: man; but afterwards his mouth shall be filled with gravel.

20.18 Designs are strengthened Every purpose is established by counsels: counsel: and wars are to be managed by governments. with good advice make war.

20.19 Meddle He that goeth about as a talebearer revealeth secrets: therefore meddle not with him that revealeth secrets, and walketh deceitfully, and openeth wide flattereth with his lips.

20.20 He that Whoso curseth his father, and father or his mother, his lamp shall be put out in the midst of obscure darkness.

20.21 The An inheritance may be gotten hastily in at the beginning, in beginning; but the end thereof shall not be without a blessing. blessed.

20.22 Say not: not thou, I will return evil: recompense evil; but wait for on the Lord, LORD, and he will deliver shall save thee.

20.23 Diverse Divers weights are an abomination before unto the Lord: LORD; and a deceitful false balance is not good.

20.24 The steps of men Man's goings are guided by the Lord: but who is of the man that LORD; how can a man then understand his own way?

20.25 It is ruin to a man snare to devour holy ones, the man who devoureth that which is holy, and after vows to retract. make enquiry.

20.26 A wise king scattereth the wicked, and bringeth over them the wheel. wheel over them.

20.27 The spirit of a man is the lamp candle of the Lord, which searcheth LORD, searching all the hidden things inward parts of the bowels. belly.

20.28 Mercy and truth preserve the king, king: and his throne is strengthened upholden by clemency. mercy.

20.29 The joy glory of young men is their strength: and the dignity beauty of old men, their men is the grey hairs. head.

20.30 The blueness of a wound shall wipe cleanseth away evils: and evil: so do stripes in the more inward parts of the belly.

Chapter 21

21.1 As the divisions of waters, so the The king's heart of the king is in the hand of the Lord: whithersoever LORD, as the rivers of water: he will, turneth it whithersoever he shall turn it. will.

21.2 Every way of a man seemeth is right to himself: in his own eyes: but the Lord weigheth LORD pondereth the hearts.

21.3 To do mercy justice and judgment, pleaseth the Lord judgment is more acceptable to the LORD than victims. sacrifice.

21.4 Haughtiness of the eyes is the enlarging of the heart: An high look, and a proud heart, and the lamp plowing of the wicked wicked, is sin.

21.5 The thoughts of the industrious always bring forth abundance: diligent tend only to plenteousness; but of every sluggard one that is always in hasty only to want.

21.6 He that gathereth The getting of treasures by a lying tongue, tongue is vain and foolish, a vanity tossed to and shall stumble upon the snares fro of them that seek death.

21.7 The robberies robbery of the wicked shall be their downfall, destroy them; because they would not refuse to do judgment.

21.8 The perverse way of a man is froward and strange: but as for him that is the pure, his work is right.

21.9 It is better to sit dwell in a corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman, and woman in a common wide house.

21.10 The soul of the wicked desireth evil, he will not have pity on evil: his neighbour. neighbour findeth no favour in his eyes.

21.11 When a pestilent man the scorner is punished, the little one will be wiser: simple is made wise: and if he follow when the wise, wise is instructed, he will receive receiveth knowledge.

21.12 The just righteous man wisely considereth seriously the house of the wicked, that he may withdraw wicked: but God overthroweth the wicked from evil. for their wickedness.

21.13 He that Whoso stoppeth his ear against ears at the cry of the poor, shall he also shall cry himself, and but shall not be heard.

21.14 A gift in secret present quencheth pacifieth anger: and a gift reward in the bosom, the greatest bosom strong wrath.

21.15 It is joy to the just to do judgment: and dread but destruction shall be to them that work the workers of iniquity.

21.16 A The man that shall wander wandereth out of the way of doctrine, understanding shall abide remain in the company congregation of the giants. dead.

21.17 He that loveth good cheer, pleasure shall be in want: a poor man: he that loveth wine, wine and fat things, oil shall not be rich.

21.18 The wicked is delivered up shall be a ransom for the just: righteous, and the unjust transgressor for the righteous. upright.

21.19 It is better to dwell in a the wilderness, than with a quarrelsome contentious and passionate an angry woman.

21.20 There is a treasure to be desired, desired and oil in the dwelling of the just: and the wise; but a foolish man shall spend it. spendeth it up.

21.21 He that followeth justice after righteousness and mercy, shall find mercy findeth life, justice, righteousness, and glory. honour.

21.22 The A wise man hath scaled scaleth the city of the strong, mighty, and hath cast casteth down the strength of the confidence thereof.

21.23 He that Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue, tongue keepeth his soul from distress. troubles.

21.24 The proud Proud and the arrogant haughty scorner is called ignorant, his name, who dealeth in anger worketh pride. proud wrath.

21.25 Desires kill The desire of the slothful: slothful killeth him; for his hands have refused refuse to work at all. labour.

21.26 He longeth and desireth coveteth greedily all the day: day long: but he that is just, will give, the righteous giveth and will not cease. spareth not.

21.27 The sacrifices sacrifice of the wicked are abominable, because they are offered of wickedness. is abomination: how much more, when he bringeth it with a wicked mind?

21.28 A lying false witness shall perish: an obedient but the man shall speak of victory. that heareth speaketh constantly.

21.29 The A wicked man impudently hardeneth his face: but as for the upright, he that is righteous, correcteth directeth his way.

21.30 There is no wisdom, there is no prudence, there is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against the Lord. LORD.

21.31 The horse is prepared for against the day of battle: but safety is of the Lord giveth safety. LORD.

Chapter 22

22.1 A good GOOD name is better rather to be chosen than great riches: riches, and good loving favour is above rather than silver and gold.

22.2 The rich and poor have met one another: meet together: the Lord LORD is the maker of them both. all.

22.3 The A prudent man saw foreseeth the evil, and hid hideth himself: but the simple passed pass on, and suffered loss. are punished.

22.4 The fruit of By humility is and the fear of the Lord, riches LORD are riches, and glory honour, and life.

22.5 Arms Thorns and swords snares are in the way of the perverse: but froward: he that keepeth doth keep his own soul, departeth soul shall be far from them.

22.6 It is Train up a proverb: A young man according to his way, even child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

22.7 The rich ruleth over the poor: poor, and the borrower is servant to him that lendeth. the lender.

22.8 He that soweth iniquity, iniquity shall reap evils, vanity: and with the rod of his anger he shall be consumed. fail.

22.9 He that is inclined to mercy, hath a bountiful eye shall be blessed: blessed; for he giveth of his bread he hath given to the poor. He that maketh presents, shall purchase victory and honour: but he carrieth away the souls of the receivers.

22.10 Cast out the scoffer, scorner, and contention shall go out with him, and quarrels out; yea, strife and reproaches reproach shall cease.

22.11 He that loveth cleanness pureness of heart, for the grace of his lips shall have the king for shall be his friend.

22.12 The eyes of the Lord LORD preserve knowledge: knowledge, and he overthroweth the words of the unjust are overthrown. transgressor.

22.13 The slothful man saith: saith, There is a lion without, I shall be slain in the midst of the streets.

22.14 The mouth of a strange woman women is a deep pit: he whom the Lord that is angry with, abhorred of the LORD shall fall into it. therein.

22.15 Folly Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child, and child; but the rod of correction shall drive it away. far from him.

22.16 He that oppresseth the poor, poor to increase his own riches, shall himself give to one that is richer, and he that giveth to the rich, shall be in need. surely come to want.

22.17 Incline thy Bow down thine ear, and hear the words of the wise: wise, and apply thy thine heart to unto my doctrine: knowledge.

22.18 Which shall be beautiful for thee, For it is a pleasant thing if thou keep it in thy bowels, and it them within thee; they shall flow withal be fitted in thy lips: lips.

22.19 That thy trust may be in the Lord, wherefore LORD, I have also shewn it made known to thee this day. day, even to thee.

22.20 Behold Have not I have described it written to thee three manner of ways, excellent things in thoughts counsels and knowledge: knowledge,

22.21 That I might shew make thee know the certainty, and certainty of the words of truth, to truth; that thou mightest answer out the words of these truth to them that sent thee. send unto thee?

22.22 Do no violence to Rob not the poor, because he is poor: and do not neither oppress the needy afflicted in the gate:

22.23 Because For the Lord LORD will judge his cause: plead their cause, and will afflict them spoil the soul of those that have afflicted his soul. spoiled them.

22.24 Be not a friend to Make no friendship with an angry man, man; and do not walk with a furious man: man thou shalt not go:

22.25 Lest perhaps thou learn his ways, and take scandal get a snare to thy soul.

22.26 Be not with thou one of them that fasten down their strike hands, and or of them that offer themselves are sureties for debts: debts.

22.27 For if If thou have not wherewith hast nothing to restore, what cause is there that he pay, why should he take the covering from away thy bed? bed from under thee?

22.28 Pass Remove not beyond the ancient bounds landmark, which thy fathers have set.

22.29 Hast Seest thou seen a man swift diligent in his work? business? he shall stand before kings, and kings; he shall not be stand before those that are obscure. mean men.

Chapter 23

23.1 When thou shalt sit sittest to eat with a prince, ruler, consider diligently what is set before thy face: thee:

23.2 And put a knife to thy throat, if it be so that thou have thy soul in thy own power. be a man given to appetite.

23.3 Be not desirous of his meats, in which is the bread of deceit. dainties: for they are deceitful meat.

23.4 Labour not to be rich: but set bounds to thy prudence. cease from thine own wisdom.

23.5 Lift not up thy Wilt thou set thine eyes to riches upon that which thou canst not have: because they shall is not? for riches certainly make themselves wings like those of an eagle, and shall wings; they fly towards away as an eagle toward heaven.

23.6 Eat thou not with the bread of him that hath an envious man, and evil eye, neither desire not thou his dainty meats:

23.7 Because, like a soothsayer, and diviner, For as he thinketh that which he knoweth not. in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, will saith he say to thee: and thee; but his mind heart is not with thee.

23.8 The meats morsel which thou hadst eaten, thou hast eaten shalt thou vomit up: up, and shalt lose thy beantiful sweet words.

23.9 Speak not in the ears of fools: because they a fool: for he will despise the instruction wisdom of thy speech. words.

23.10 Touch Remove not the bounds of little ones: old landmark; and enter not into the field fields of the fatherless:

23.11 For their near kinsman redeemer is strong: and mighty; he will judge shall plead their cause against with thee.

23.12 Let thy Apply thine heart apply itself to instruction unto instruction, and thy thine ears to the words of knowledge.

23.13 Withhold not correction from a the child: for if thou strike beatest him with the rod, he shall not die.

23.14 Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell.

23.15 My son, if thy mind thine heart be wise, my heart shall rejoice with thee: rejoice, even mine.

23.16 And Yea, my reins shall rejoice, when thy lips shall speak what is right. right things.

23.17 Let not thy thine heart envy sinners: but be thou in the fear of the Lord LORD all the day long: long.

23.18 Because thou shalt have hope in the latter end, For surely there is an end; and thy thine expectation shall not be taken away. cut off.

23.19 Hear thou, my son, and be wise: wise, and guide thy mind thine heart in the way.

23.20 Be not in the feasts among winebibbers; among riotous eaters of great drinkers, nor in their revellings, who contribute flesh to eat: flesh:

23.21 Because they that give themselves to drinking, For the drunkard and that club together, the glutton shall be consumed: come to poverty: and drowsiness shall be clothed clothe a man with rags.

23.22 Hearken to unto thy father, father that begot thee: begat thee, and despise not thy mother when she is old.

23.23 Buy the truth, and do not sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.

23.24 The father of the just rejoiceth greatly: righteous shall greatly rejoice: and he that hath begotten begetteth a wise son, child shall have joy in of him.

23.25 Let thy Thy father and thy mother shall be joyful, glad, and let her rejoice she that bore thee. bare thee shall rejoice.

23.26 My son, give me thy heart: thine heart, and let thy thine eyes keep observe my ways.

23.27 For a harlot whore is a deep ditch: ditch; and a strange woman is a narrow pit.

23.28 She also lieth in wait in the way as for a robber, prey, and him whom she shall see unwary, she will kill. increaseth the transgressors among men.

23.29 Who hath woe? whose father who hath woe? sorrow? who hath contentions? who falls into pits? hath babbling? who hath wounds without cause? who hath redness of eyes?

23.30 Surely They that tarry long at the wine; they that pass their time in wine, and study go to drink off their cups. seek mixed wine.

23.31 Look not thou upon the wine when it is yellow, red, when the it giveth his colour thereof shineth in the glass: cup, when it goeth in pleasantly, moveth itself aright.

23.32 But in At the end, last it will bite biteth like a snake, serpent, and will spread abroad poison stingeth like a basilisk. an adder.

23.33 Thy Thine eyes shall behold strange women, and thy thine heart shall utter perverse things.

23.34 And Yea, thou shalt be as one sleeping he that lieth down in the midst of the sea, and or as a pilot fast asleep when he that lieth upon the stern is lost. top of a mast.

23.35 And thou shalt say: They have beaten stricken me, but shalt thou say, and I was not sensible of pain: sick; they drew have beaten me, and I felt it not: when shall I awake and find wine again? awake? I will seek it yet again.

Chapter 24

24.1 Seek Be not to be like thou envious against evil men, neither desire to be with them: them.

24.2 Because For their mind heart studieth robberies, destruction, and their lips speak deceits. talk of mischief.

24.3 By Through wisdom the is an house shall be built, builded; and by prudence understanding it shall be strengthened. is established:

24.4 By instruction the storerooms And by knowledge shall the chambers be filled with all precious and most beautiful wealth. pleasant riches.

24.5 A wise man is strong: and strong; yea, a knowing man, stout and valiant. man of knowledge increaseth strength.

24.6 Because war is managed For by due ordering: wise counsel thou shalt make thy war: and there shall be safety where in multitude of counsellors there are many counsels. is safety.

24.7 Wisdom is too high for a fool; in the gate fool: he shall openeth not open his mouth. mouth in the gate.

24.8 He that deviseth to do evils, evil shall be called a fool. mischievous person.

24.9 The thought of a fool foolishness is sin: and the detractor scorner is the an abomination of to men.

24.10 If thou lose hope, being weary faint in the day of distress, adversity, thy strength shall be diminished. is small.

24.11 Deliver If thou forbear to deliver them that are led to death: drawn unto death, and those that are drawn to death, forbear not ready to deliver. be slain;

24.12 If thou say: I have sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not strength enough: he that seeth into pondereth the heart, he understandeth, heart consider it? and nothing deceiveth the keeper of he that keepeth thy soul, and doth not he know it? and shall not he render to a every man according to his works. works?

24.13 Eat honey, my My son, eat thou honey, because it is good, good; and the honeycomb most honeycomb, which is sweet to thy throat. taste:

24.14 So also is shall the doctrine knowledge of wisdom to be unto thy soul: which when thou hast found, thou shalt have hope in the end, found it, then there shall be a reward, and thy hope expectation shall not perish. be cut off.

24.15 Lie Lay not in wait, nor seek after wickedness in O wicked man, against the house dwelling of the just, nor righteous; spoil not his rest. resting place:

24.16 For a just man shall fall falleth seven times, and shall rise riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall down into evil. mischief.

24.17 When thy enemy shall fall, be Rejoice not glad, when thine enemy falleth, and in his ruin let not thy thine heart rejoice: be glad when he stumbleth:

24.18 Lest the Lord see, LORD see it, and it displease him, and he turn away his wrath from him.

24.19 Contend Fret not with the wicked, nor seek to thyself because of evil men, neither be like thou envious at the ungodly. wicked:

24.20 For evil men have there shall be no hope of things reward to come, and the lamp evil man; the candle of the wicked shall be put out.

24.21 My son, fear thou the Lord, LORD and the king: and have nothing to do meddle not with detractors. them that are given to change:

24.22 For their destruction calamity shall rise suddenly: suddenly; and who knoweth the ruin of them both?

24.23 These things also belong to the wise: wise. It is not good to have respect to of persons in judgment.

24.24 They He that say to saith unto the wicked man: wicked, Thou art just: are righteous; him shall be cursed by the people, and the tribes people curse, nations shall abhor them. him:

24.25 They But to them that rebuke him shall be praised: delight, and a good blessing shall come upon them.

24.26 He Every man shall kiss the lips, who answereth his lips that giveth a right words. answer.

24.27 Prepare thy work without, and diligently till thy ground: that afterward thou mayst make it fit for thyself in the field; and afterwards build thy thine house.

24.28 Be not a witness without cause against thy neighbour: neighbour without cause; and deceive not any man with thy lips.

24.29 Say not: not, I will do so to him as he hath done to me: I will render to every one the man according to his work.

24.30 I passed went by the field of the slothful man, slothful, and by the vineyard of the foolish man: man void of understanding;

24.31 And behold And, lo, it was all filled grown over with nettles, thorns, and thorns nettles had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was broken down.

24.32 Which when I had seen, Then I laid it up in my heart, saw, and by the example considered it well: I looked upon it, and received instruction.

24.33 Thou wilt sleep Yet a little, said I, thou wilt slumber little sleep, a little, thou wilt fold thy hands little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest. sleep:

24.34 And poverty So shall thy poverty come to thee as a runner, one that travelleth; and beggary thy want as an armed man.

Chapter 25

25.1 These are also parables proverbs of Solomon, which the men of Ezechias, Hezekiah king of Juda, Judah copied out.

25.2 It is the glory of God to conceal the word, and a thing: but the glory honour of kings is to search out the speech. a matter.

25.3 The heaven above for height, and the earth beneath, for depth, and the heart of kings is unsearchable.

25.4 Take away the rust dross from the silver, and there shall come forth a most pure vessel: vessel for the finer.

25.5 Take away wickedness from the face of wicked from before the king, and his throne shall be established with justice. in righteousness.

25.6 Appear Put not glorious before forth thyself in the presence of the king, and stand not in the place of great men. men:

25.7 For better it is better that it should be said to thee: unto thee, Come up hither; than that thou shouldst shouldest be humbled before put lower in the prince. presence of the prince whom thine eyes have seen.

25.8 The things which thy eyes have seen, utter Go not forth hastily in a quarrel: to strive, lest afterward thou mayst know not be able what to make amends, do in the end thereof, when thou hast dishonoured thy friend. neighbour hath put thee to shame.

25.9 Treat Debate thy cause with thy friend, neighbour himself; and discover not the a secret to a stranger: another:

25.10 Lest he insult over thee, when he hath heard it, and cease not that heareth it put thee to upbraid thee. Grace shame, and friendship deliver a man: keep these for thyself, lest thou fall under reproach. thine infamy turn not away.

25.11 To speak a A word in due time, fitly spoken is like apples of gold on beds in pictures of silver.

25.12 As an earring of gold gold, and a bright pearl, an ornament of fine gold, so is he that reproveth the wise, and the a wise reprover upon an obedient ear.

25.13 As the cold of snow in the time of harvest, so is a faithful messenger to him them that sent him, send him: for he refresheth the soul of his soul. masters.

25.14 As clouds, and wind, when no rain followeth, so Whoso boasteth himself of a false gift is the man that boasteth, like clouds and doth not fulfil his promises. wind without rain.

25.15 By patience long forbearing is a prince shall be appeased, persuaded, and a soft tongue shall break hardness. breaketh the bone.

25.16 Thou hast Hast thou found honey, honey? eat what so much as is sufficient for thee, lest being glutted therewith thou be filled therewith, and vomit it up. it.

25.17 Withdraw thy foot from the house of thy neighbour, neighbour's house; lest having his fill he be weary of thee, and so hate thee.

25.18 A man that beareth false witness against his neighbour, neighbour is like a dart maul, and a sword sword, and a sharp arrow.

25.19 To trust Confidence in an unfaithful man in the time of trouble, trouble is like a rotten broken tooth, and weary foot, a foot out of joint.

25.20 And one As he that looseth his taketh away a garment in cold weather. As weather, and as vinegar upon nitre, so is he that singeth songs to a very evil heart. As a moth doth by a garment, and a worm by the wood: so the sadness of a man consumeth the an heavy heart.

25.21 If thy thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat: eat; and if he thirst, be thirsty, give him water to drink:

25.22 For thou shalt heap hot coals of fire upon his head, and the Lord will LORD shall reward thee.

25.23 The north wind driveth away rain, as rain: so doth a sad an angry countenance a backbiting tongue.

25.24 It is better to sit dwell in a the corner of the housetop: housetop, than with a brawling woman, woman and in a common wide house.

25.25 As cold water waters to a thirsty soul, so are is good tidings news from a far country.

25.26 A just righteous man falling down before the wicked, wicked is as a fountain troubled with the foot fountain, and a corrupted corrupt spring.

25.27 As it It is not good for a man to eat much honey, honey: so he that for men to search their own glory is a searcher of majesty shall be overwhelmed by not glory.

25.28 As a city that lieth open and is not compassed with walls, so is a man He that cannot refrain hath no rule over his own spirit in speaking. is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.

Chapter 26

26.1 As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, so glory honour is not seemly for a fool.

26.2 As a the bird flying to other places, and a sparrow going here or there: by wandering, as the swallow by flying, so a the curse uttered without cause causeless shall come upon a man. not come.

26.3 A whip for a the horse, and a snaffle bridle for an the ass, and a rod for the back of fools. fool's back.

26.4 Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be made like unto him.

26.5 Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he imagine himself to be wise. wise in his own conceit.

26.6 He that sendeth words by a foolish messenger, is lame message by the hand of feet a fool cutteth off the feet, and drinketh iniquity. damage.

26.7 As a lame man hath fair The legs in vain: of the lame are not equal: so is a parable is unseemly in the mouth of fools.

26.8 As he that casteth bindeth a stone into the heap of Mercury: in a sling, so is he that giveth honour to a fool.

26.9 As if a thorn should grow in goeth up into the hand of a drunkard: drunkard, so is a parable in the mouth mouths of fools.

26.10 Judgment determineth causes: and he The great God that putteth a fool to silence, appeaseth anger. formed all things both rewardeth the fool, and rewardeth transgressors.

26.11 As a dog that returneth to his vomit, so is the a fool that repeateth returneth to his folly.

26.12 Hast Seest thou seen a man wise in his own conceit? there shall be is more hope of a fool than of him.

26.13 The slothful man saith: saith, There is a lion in the way, and way; a lioness lion is in the roads. streets.

26.14 As the door turneth upon its his hinges, so doth the slothful upon his bed.

26.15 The slothful hideth his hand under in his armpit, and bosom; it grieveth him to turn bring it again to his mouth.

26.16 The sluggard is wiser in his own conceit, conceit than seven men that speak sentences. can render a reason.

26.17 As he He that passeth by, and meddleth with strife belonging not to him, is like one that taketh a dog by the ears, so is he that passeth by in anger, and meddleth with another man's quarrel. ears.

26.18 As he is guilty that shooteth a mad man who casteth firebrands, arrows, and lances unto death. death,

26.19 So is the man that hurteth deceiveth his friend deceitfully: neighbour, and when he is taken, saith: saith, Am not I did it in jest. sport?

26.20 When the Where no wood faileth, is, there the fire shall go goeth out: and when the talebearer so where there is taken away, contentions shall cease. no talebearer, the strife ceaseth.

26.21 As coals are to burning coals, and wood to fire, fire; so an angry is a contentious man stirreth up to kindle strife.

26.22 The words of a talebearer are as it were simple, but wounds, and they reach to go down into the innermost parts of the belly.

26.23 Swelling Burning lips joined with and a corrupt heart, wicked heart are like an earthern vessel adorned a potsherd covered with silver dross.

26.24 An enemy is known by He that hateth dissembleth with his lips, when in his heart he entertaineth deceit. and layeth up deceit within him;

26.25 When he shall speak low, trust speaketh fair, believe him not: because for there are seven mischiefs abominations in his heart.

26.26 He that covereth Whose hatred deceitfully, is covered by deceit, his malice wickedness shall be laid open in shewed before the public assembly. whole congregation.

26.27 He that Whoso diggeth a pit, pit shall fall into it: therein: and he that rolleth a stone, it shall will return to upon him.

26.28 A deceitful lying tongue loveth not truth: hateth those that are afflicted by it; and a slippery flattering mouth worketh ruin.

Chapter 27

27.1 Boast not for thyself of to morrow, morrow; for thou knowest not what the a day to come may bring forth.

27.2 Let another man praise thee, and not thy thine own mouth: mouth; a stranger, and not thy thine own lips.

27.3 A stone is heavy, and the sand weighty: weighty; but the anger of a fool fool's wrath is heavier than them both.

27.4 Anger hath no mercy: nor fury, when it breaketh forth: Wrath is cruel, and anger is outrageous; but who can bear the violence of one provoked? is able to stand before envy?

27.5 Open rebuke is better than hidden secret love.

27.6 Better Faithful are the wounds of a friend, than friend; but the deceitful kisses of an enemy. enemy are deceitful.

27.7 A soul that is The full shall tread upon the honeycomb: and a soul that is loatheth an honeycomb; but to the hungry shall take even soul every bitter for thing is sweet.

27.8 As a bird that wandereth from her nest, so is a man that leaveth wandereth from his place.

27.9 Ointment and perfumes perfume rejoice the heart: and so doth the good counsels sweetness of a man's friend are sweet to the soul. by hearty counsel.

27.10 Thy Thine own friend, and thy father's friend, forsake not: and not; neither go not into thy brother's house in the day of thy affliction. Better calamity: for better is a neighbour that is near than a brother afar far off.

27.11 Study wisdom, my My son, be wise, and make my heart joyful, glad, that thou mayst give an I may answer to him that reproacheth. reproacheth me.

27.12 The A prudent man seeing evil foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: little ones passing on have suffered losses. himself; but the simple pass on, and are punished.

27.13 Take away his garment that hath been is surety for a stranger: stranger, and take from him a pledge of him for strangers. a strange woman.

27.14 He that blesseth his neighbour friend with a loud voice, rising early in the night, morning, it shall be like counted a curse to him that curseth. him.

27.15 Roofs A continual dropping through in a cold day, very rainy day and a contentious woman are alike.

27.16 He that retaineth her, is as he that would hold Whosoever hideth her hideth the wind, and shall call the oil ointment of his right hand. hand, which bewrayeth itself.

27.17 Iron sharpeneth iron, iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.

27.18 He that Whoso keepeth the fig tree, tree shall eat the fruit thereof: and so he that is the keeper of waiteth on his master, master shall be glorified. honoured.

27.19 As the faces of them that look therein, shine in the water, water face answereth to face, so the hearts heart of men are laid open man to the wise. man.

27.20 Hell and destruction are never filled: full; so the eyes of men man are never satisfied.

27.21 As silver is tried in the fining-pot, fining pot for silver, and gold in the furnace: furnace for gold; so is a man is tried by the mouth of him that praiseth. The heart of the wicked seeketh after evils, but the righteous heart seeketh after knowledge. to his praise.

27.22 Though thou shouldst shouldest bray a fool in the mortar, as when a pestle striketh upon sodden barley, his folly would mortar among wheat with a pestle, yet will not be taken his foolishness depart from him.

27.23 Be thou diligent to know the countenance state of thy cattle, flocks, and consider look well to thy own flocks: herds.

27.24 For thou shalt riches are not always have power: but a for ever: and doth the crown shall be given endure to generation and generation. every generation?

27.25 The meadows are open, hay appeareth, and the green herbs have appeared, tender grass sheweth itself, and the hay is gathered out herbs of the mountains. mountains are gathered.

27.26 Lambs The lambs are for thy clothing: clothing, and kids for the goats are the price of the field.

27.27 Let the And thou shalt have goats' milk of the goats be enough for thy food, and for the necessities food of thy house, household, and for the maintenance for thy handmaids. maidens.

Chapter 28

28.1 The wicked man fleeth, flee when no man pursueth: but the just, righteous are bold as a lion, shall be without dread. lion.

28.2 For the sins transgression of the a land many are the princes thereof: and for the wisdom of but by a man, man of understanding and the knowledge of those things that are said, the life of the prince state thereof shall be prolonged.

28.3 A poor man that oppresseth the poor, poor is like a violent shower, sweeping rain which bringeth a famine. leaveth no food.

28.4 They that forsake the law, law praise the wicked man: they that wicked: but such as keep it, are incensed against him. the law contend with them.

28.5 Evil men think understand not on judgment: but they that seek after the Lord, take notice of LORD understand all things.

28.6 Better is the poor man walking that walketh in his simplicity, uprightness, than the rich he that is perverse in crooked ways. his ways, though he be rich.

28.7 He that Whoso keepeth the law, law is a wise son: but he that feedeth gluttons, is a companion of riotous men shameth his father.

28.8 He that heapeth together riches by usury and loan, gathereth them unjust gain increaseth his substance, he shall gather it for him that will be bountiful to pity the poor.

28.9 He that turneth away his ears ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be an abomination.

28.10 He that deceiveth Whoso causeth the just righteous to go astray in a wicked an evil way, he shall fall in himself into his own destruction: and pit: but the upright shall possess his goods. have good things in possession.

28.11 The rich man seemeth to himself wise: is wise in his own conceit; but the poor man that is prudent shall search hath understanding searcheth him out.

28.12 In the joy of the just When righteous men do rejoice, there is great glory: but when the wicked reign, men are ruined. rise, a man is hidden.

28.13 He that hideth covereth his sins, sins shall not prosper: but he that shall confess, whoso confesseth and forsake them, forsaketh them shall obtain have mercy.

28.14 Blessed Happy is the man that is always fearful: feareth alway: but he that is hardened in mind hardeneth his heart shall fall into evil. mischief.

28.15 As a roaring lion, and a hungry bear, ranging bear; so is a wicked prince ruler over the poor people.

28.16 A The prince void of prudence shall oppress many by calumny: that wanteth understanding is also a great oppressor: but he that hateth covetousness, covetousness shall prolong his days.

28.17 A man that doth doeth violence to the blood of a person, if he any person shall flee even to the pit, pit; let no man will stay him.

28.18 He that Whoso walketh uprightly, uprightly shall be saved: but he that is perverse in his ways, ways shall fall at once.

28.19 He that tilleth his ground, land shall be filled with have plenty of bread: but he that followeth idleness, after vain persons shall be filled with poverty. have poverty enough.

28.20 A faithful man shall be much praised: abound with blessings: but he that maketh haste to be rich, rich shall not be innocent.

28.21 He that hath To have respect to a person in judgment, doth of persons is not well: such a man even good: for for a morsel piece of bread forsaketh the truth. that man will transgress.

28.22 A man He that maketh haste hasteth to be rich, rich hath an evil eye, and envieth others, is ignorant considereth not that poverty shall come upon him.

28.23 He that rebuketh a man, man afterwards shall afterward find favour with him, more favour than he that by a flattering tongue deceiveth him. flattereth with the tongue.

28.24 He that stealeth any thing from Whoso robbeth his father, father or from his mother: mother, and saith, This It is no sin, transgression; the same is the partner companion of a murderer. destroyer.

n=O20.28.26> n=O20.28.25> He that boasteth and puffeth up himself, is of a proud heart stirreth up quarrels: strife: but he that trusteth putteth his trust in the Lord, LORD shall be healed. made fat.

28.26 He that trusteth in his own heart, heart is a fool: but he that whoso walketh wisely, he shall be saved. delivered.

28.27 He that giveth to unto the poor shall not want: lack: but he that despiseth hideth his intreaty, eyes shall suffer indigence. have many a curse.

28.28 When the wicked rise up, rise, men shall hide themselves: but when they perish, the just shall be multiplied. righteous increase.

Chapter 29

29.1 The man that with a stiff neck despiseth him He, that reproveth him, being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed: destroyed, and health shall not follow him. that without remedy.

29.2 When just men increase, the righteous are in authority, the people shall rejoice: but when the wicked shall bear beareth rule, the people shall mourn.

29.3 A man that Whoso loveth wisdom, wisdom rejoiceth his father: but he that maintaineth harlots, shall squander away keepeth company with harlots spendeth his substance.

29.4 A just The king setteth up by judgment establisheth the land: a covetous man shall destroy but he that receiveth gifts overthroweth it.

29.5 A man that speaketh to flattereth his friend with flattering and dissembling words, neighbour spreadeth a net for his feet.

29.6 A snare shall entangle In the wicked transgression of an evil man when he sinneth: and there is a snare: but the just shall praise righteous doth sing and rejoice.

29.7 The just taketh notice of righteous considereth the cause of the poor: but the wicked is void of knowledge. regardeth not to know it.

29.8 Corrupt Scornful men bring a city to ruin: into a snare: but wise men turn away wrath.

29.9 If a wise man contend contendeth with a fool, foolish man, whether he be angry, rage or laugh, he shall find there is no rest.

29.10 Bloodthirsty men The bloodthirsty hate the upright: but the just men seek his soul.

29.11 A fool uttereth all his mind: but a wise man deferreth, and keepeth it in till afterwards.

29.12 A prince that gladly heareth lying words, hath If a ruler hearken to lies, all his servants are wicked.

29.13 The poor man and the creditor have met one another: the Lord is deceitful man meet together: the enlightener of them both. LORD lighteneth both their eyes.

29.14 The king that faithfully judgeth the poor in truth, poor, his throne shall be established for ever.

29.15 The rod and reproof give wisdom: but the a child that is left to his own will, himself bringeth his mother to shame.

29.16 When the wicked are multiplied, crimes shall be multiplied: transgression increaseth: but the just righteous shall see their downfall. fall.

29.17 Instruct Correct thy son son, and he shall refresh thee, and give thee rest; yea, he shall give delight to unto thy soul.

29.18 When prophecy shall fail, Where there is no vision, the people shall be scattered abroad: perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is blessed. he.

29.19 A slave servant will not be corrected by words: because for though he understandeth what thou sayest, and understand he will not answer.

29.20 Hast Seest thou seen a man that is hasty to speak? folly in his words? there is rather to be looked for, more hope of a fool than his amendment. of him.

29.21 He that nourisheth delicately bringeth up his servant delicately from his childhood, afterwards a child shall find have him stubborn. become his son at the length.

29.22 A passionate An angry man provoketh quarrels: and he that is easily stirred stirreth up to wrath, shall be more prone to sin. strife, and a furious man aboundeth in transgression.

29.23 Humiliation followeth the proud: and glory A man's pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble of in spirit.

29.24 He that Whoso is partaker partner with a thief, thief hateth his own soul: he heareth one putting him to his oath, cursing, and discovereth bewrayeth it not.

29.25 He that feareth The fear of man shall quickly fall: he that trusteth bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the Lord, LORD shall be set on high. safe.

29.26 Many seek the face of the prince: ruler's favour; but the judgment of every one man's judgment cometh forth from the Lord. LORD.

29.27 The just abhor a wicked man: and An unjust man is an abomination to the wicked loathe them just: and he that are is upright in the right way. The son that keepeth way is abomination to the word, shall be free from destruction. wicked.

Chapter 30

30.1 The words of Gatherer Agur the son of Vomiter. The vision which Jakeh, even the prophecy: the man spoke, with whom God is, spake unto Ithiel, even unto Ithiel and who being strengthened by God, abiding with him, said: Ucal,

30.2 Surely I am the most foolish of men, more brutish than any man, and have not the wisdom understanding of men is not with me. a man.

30.3 I have not neither learned wisdom, and nor have not known the science knowledge of saints. the holy.

30.4 Who hath ascended up into heaven, and or descended? who hath held gathered the wind in his hands? fists? who hath bound up the waters together as in a garment? who hath raised up established all the borders ends of the earth? what is his name, and what is the name of his son, son's name, if thou knowest? canst tell?

30.5 Every word of God is fire tried: pure: he is a buckler to shield unto them that hope put their trust in him.

30.6 Add thou not any thing to unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be reproved and found a liar: liar.

30.7 Two things I have asked I required of thee, thee; deny me them not to me before I die. die:

30.8 Remove far from me vanity, vanity and lying words. Give lies: give me neither beggary, poverty nor riches: give riches; feed me only the necessaries of life: with food convenient for me:

30.9 Lest perhaps being filled, I should be tempted to deny, full, and say: deny thee, and say, Who is the Lord? LORD? or being compelled by poverty, lest I should be poor, and steal, and forswear take the name of my God. God in vain.

30.10 Accuse not a servant to unto his master, lest he curse thee, and thou fall. be found guilty.

30.11 There is a generation that curseth their father, and doth not bless their mother.

30.12 A There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes, and yet are is not washed from their filthiness.

30.13 A There is a generation, whose eyes O how lofty are lofty, their eyes! and their eyelids are lifted up on high. up.

30.14 A generation that for There is a generation, whose teeth hath are as swords, and grindeth with their jaw teeth, teeth as knives, to devour the needy poor from off the earth, and the poor needy from among men.

30.15 The horseleech horseleach hath two daughters that say: Bring, bring. daughters, crying, Give, give. There are three things that never are satisfied, and the fourth never saith: satisfied, yea, four things say not, It is enough. enough:

30.16 Hell The grave; and the mouth of the womb, and barren womb; the earth which that is not satisfied filled with water: water; and the fire never saith: that saith not, It is enough.

30.17 The eye that mocketh at his father, and that despiseth the labour of to obey his mother in bearing him, let mother, the ravens of the brooks valley shall pick it out, and the young eagles shall eat it.

30.18 Three There be three things which are hard to too wonderful for me, and the fourth yea, four which I am utterly ignorant of. know not:

30.19 The way of an eagle in the air, air; the way of a serpent upon a rock, rock; the way of a ship in the midst of the sea, sea; and the way of a man in youth. with a maid.

30.20 Such also is the way of an adulterous woman, who eateth woman; she eateth, and wipeth her mouth, and saith: saith, I have done no evil. wickedness.

30.21 By For three things the earth is disturbed, disquieted, and the fourth for four which it cannot bear. bear:

30.22 By For a slave servant when he reigneth: by reigneth; and a fool when be he is filled with meat: meat;

30.23 By For an odious woman when she is married: married; and by a bondwoman when she an handmaid that is heir to her mistress.

30.24 There are be four very little things of which are little upon the earth, and but they are wiser than the wise. exceeding wise:

30.25 The ants, ants are a feeble people, which provide themselves food people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the harvest: summer;

30.26 The rabbit, conies are but a weak people, which maketh its bed feeble folk, yet make they their houses in the rock: rocks;

30.27 The locust hath locusts have no king, yet go they forth all go out of them by their bands: bands;

30.28 The stellio supporteth itself on spider taketh hold with her hands, and dwelleth is in kings' houses. palaces.

n=O20.30.19> n=O20.30.29> There are be three things, things which go well, and the fourth that walketh happily: yea, four are comely in going:

30.30 A lion, the lion which is strongest of among beasts, who hath no fear of any thing he meeteth: and turneth not away for any;

30.31 A cock girded about the loins: and a ram: greyhound; an he goat also; and a king, against whom none can resist. there is no rising up.

30.32 There is that hath appeared a fool after he was lifted If thou hast done foolishly in lifting up on high: for thyself, or if he had understood, he would have laid his thou hast thought evil, lay thine hand upon his thy mouth.

30.33 And he that strongly squeezeth Surely the paps to bring out milk, straineth out butter: churning of milk bringeth forth butter, and he that violently bloweth his nose, the wringing of the nose bringeth out forth blood: and he that provoketh wrath, so the forcing of wrath bringeth forth strife.

Chapter 31

31.1 The words of king Lamuel. The vision wherewith Lemuel, the prophecy that his mother instructed taught him.

31.2 What, O my beloved, son? and what, O the beloved son of my womb, womb? and what, O the beloved son of my vows?

31.3 Give not thy substance to strength unto women, and nor thy riches ways to destroy that which destroyeth kings.

31.4 Give It is not to for kings, O Lamuel, give Lemuel, it is not wine for kings to kings: because there is no secret where drunkenness reigneth: drink wine; nor for princes strong drink:

31.5 And lest Lest they drink drink, and forget judgments, the law, and pervert the cause judgment of the children any of the poor. afflicted.

31.6 Give strong drink to them unto him that are sad; is ready to perish, and wine to them unto those that are grieved in mind: be of heavy hearts.

31.7 Let them him drink, and forget their want, his poverty, and remember their sorrow his misery no more.

31.8 Open thy mouth for the dumb, and for dumb in the causes cause of all the children that pass. such as are appointed to destruction.

31.9 Open thy mouth, decree that which is just, judge righteously, and do justice to plead the needy cause of the poor and poor. needy.

31.10 Who shall can find a valiant virtuous woman? far, and from the uttermost coasts is the for her price of her. is far above rubies.

31.11 The heart of her husband trusteth doth safely trust in her, and so that he shall have no need of spoils. spoil.

31.12 She will render do him good, good and not evil all the days of her life.

31.13 She hath sought wool seeketh wool, and flax, and hath wrought by the counsel of worketh willingly with her hands.

31.14 She is like the merchant's ship, merchants' ships; she bringeth her bread food from afar.

31.15 And she hath risen in the She riseth also while it is yet night, and given a prey giveth meat to her household, and victuals a portion to her maidens.

31.16 She hath considered considereth a field, and bought buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she hath planted planteth a vineyard.

31.17 She hath girded girdeth her loins with strength, and hath strengthened strengtheneth her arm. arms.

31.18 She hath tasted, and seen perceiveth that her traffic merchandise is good: her lamp shall candle goeth not be put out in the by night.

31.19 She hath put out layeth her hand hands to strong things, the spindle, and her fingers have taken hands hold of the spindle. distaff.

31.20 She hath opened stretcheth out her hand to the needy, and stretched out poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the poor. needy.

31.21 She shall is not fear afraid of the snow for her house in the cold of snow: household: for all her domestics household are clothed with double garments. scarlet.

31.22 She hath made for maketh herself clothing coverings of tapestry: fine linen, and purple, is tapestry; her covering. clothing is silk and purple.

31.23 Her husband is honourable known in the gates, when he sitteth among the senators elders of the land.

31.24 She made maketh fine linen, and sold it, selleth it; and delivered a girdle to delivereth girdles unto the Chanaanite. merchant.

31.25 Strength and beauty honour are her clothing, clothing; and she shall laugh rejoice in the latter day. time to come.

31.26 She hath opened openeth her mouth to wisdom, with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of clemency is on her tongue. kindness.

31.27 She hath looked looketh well on to the paths ways of her house, household, and hath eateth not eaten her the bread idle. of idleness.

31.28 Her children rose arise up, and called call her blessed: blessed; her husband, husband also, and he praised praiseth her.

31.29 Many daughters have gathered together riches: done virtuously, but thou hast surpassed excellest them all.

31.30 Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: the but a woman that feareth the Lord, LORD, she shall be praised.

31.31 Give her of the fruit of her hands: hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.