/ Old Covenants / The Proverbs
The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel; to know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding; to receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity; to give subtlety to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion. A wise man will hear and will increase learning, and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels; to understand a proverb, and the interpretation — the words of the wise, and their dark sayings. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
The Proverbs of Solomon
A wise son makes a glad father, but a foolish son is the heaviness of his mother.
Treasures of wickedness profit nothing, but righteousness delivers from death.
The Lord will not suffer the soul of the righteous to famish, but he casts away the substance of the wicked.
He becomes poor that deals a slack hand, but the hand of the diligent makes rich.
He that gathers in summer is a wise son, he that sleeps in harvest is a son that causes shame.
Blessings are upon the head of the just, but violence covers the mouth of the wicked.
The memory of the just is blessed, but the name...
Bow down your ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply your heart unto my knowledge, for it is a pleasant thing if you keep them within you; they shall likewise be fitted in your lips. That your trust may be in the Lord, I have made known to you this day, even to you. Have not I written to you excellent things in counsels and knowledge? That I might make you know the certainty of the words of truth? That you might answer the words of truth to them that send unto you?
Rob not the poor, because he is poor; neither oppress the afflicted in the gate. For the Lord will plead their cause, and...
These are also proverbs of Solomon, which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied out.
It is the glory of God to conceal a thing, but the honor of kings to search out a matter.
The heaven for height, and the earth for depth, and the heart of kings — unsearchable.
Take away the dross from the silver, and there shall come forth a vessel for the metalsmith.
Take away the wicked before the king, and his throne shall be established in righteousness.
Put not forth yourself in the presence of the king, and stand not in the place of great men; for better that it be said unto you, Come up here, than that...
The words of Agur the son of Jakeh, the prophecy the man spoke unto Ithiel, even unto Ithiel and Ucal:
Surely I am more brutish than man, and have not the understanding of a man. I neither learned wisdom, nor have the knowledge of the holy. Who has ascended up into heaven, or descended? Who has gathered the wind in his fists? Who has bound the waters in a garment? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is his name, and what is his son’s name, if you can tell?
Every word of God is pure. He is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. Add not unto his words, lest he reprove...
The words of king Lemuel, the prophecy that his mother taught him.
What, my son? And what, the son of my womb? And what, the son of my vows? Give not your strength unto women, nor your ways to that which destroys kings. Not for kings, O Lemuel, not for kings to drink wine, nor for princes strong drink, lest they drink and forget the law and pervert the judgment of any of the afflicted. Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, and wine unto those that be of heavy hearts. Let him drink and forget his poverty, and remember his misery no more.
Open your mouth for the dumb, in the cause...