Chapter 2

    The Proverbs of Solomon

  1. A wise son makes a glad father, but a foolish son is the heaviness of his mother.
  2. Treasures of wickedness profit nothing, but righteousness delivers from death.
  3. The Lord will not suffer the soul of the righteous to famish, but he casts away the substance of the wicked.
  4. He becomes poor that deals with a slack hand, but the hand of the diligent makes rich.
  5. He that gathers in summer is a wise son, but he that sleeps in harvest is a son that causes shame.
  6. Blessings are upon the head of the just, but violence covers the mouth of the wicked.
  7. The memory of the just is blessed, but the name of the wicked shall rot.
  8. The wise in heart will receive commandments, but a prattling fool shall fall.
  9. He that walks uprightly walks surely, but he that perverts his ways shall be known.
  10. He that winks with the eye causes sorrow, but a prattling fool shall fall.
  11. The mouth of a righteous man is a well of life, but violence covers the mouth of the wicked.
  12. Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all sins.
  13. In the lips of him that has understanding, wisdom is found; but a rod is for the back of him that is void of understanding.
  14. Wise men lay up knowledge, but the mouth of the foolish is near destruction.
  15. The rich man’s wealth is his strong city, the destruction of the poor is their poverty.
  16. The labor of the righteous tends to life, the fruit of the wicked to sin.
  17. He is in the way of life that keeps instruction, but he that refuses reproof errs.
  18. He that hides hatred with lying lips, and he that utters a slander, is a fool.
  19. In the multitude of words there lacks not sin, but he that restrains his lips is wise.
  20. The tongue of the just is as choice silver, the heart of the wicked is worth little.
  21. The lips of the righteous feed many, but fools die for lack of wisdom.
  22. The blessing of the Lord, it makes rich, and he adds no sorrow with it.
  23. It is as sport to a fool to do mischief, but a man of understanding has wisdom.
  24. The fear of the wicked, it shall come upon him; but the desire of the righteous shall be granted.
  25. As the whirlwind passes, so is the wicked no more; but the righteous is an everlasting foundation.
  26. As vinegar to the teeth, and as smoke to the eyes, so is the sluggard to them that send him.
  27. The fear of the Lord prolongs days, but the years of the wicked shall be shortened.
  28. The hope of the righteous shall be gladness, but the expectation of the wicked shall perish.
  29. The way of the Lord is strength to the upright, but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity.
  30. The righteous shall never be removed, but the wicked shall not inhabit the earth.
  31. The mouth of the just brings forth wisdom, but the froward tongue shall be cut out.
  32. The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable, but the mouth of the wicked speaks frowardness.
  33. A false balance is abomination to the Lord; but a just weight is his delight.
  34. When pride comes, then comes shame; but with the lowly is wisdom.
  35. The integrity of the upright shall guide them, but the perverseness of transgressors shall destroy them.
  36. Riches profit not in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death.
  37. The righteousness of the perfect shall direct his way, but the wicked shall fall by his own wickedness.
  38. The righteousness of the upright shall deliver them, but transgressors shall be taken in their own wickedness.
  39. When a wicked man dies, his expectation shall perish, and the hope of unjust men perishes.
  40. The righteous is delivered out of trouble, and the wicked comes in his stead.
  41. A hypocrite with his mouth destroys his neighbor, but through knowledge shall the just be delivered.
  42. When it goes well with the righteous, the city rejoices; and when the wicked perish, there is shouting.
  43. By the blessing of the upright, the city is exalted; but it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked.
  44. He that is void of wisdom despises his neighbor, but a man of understanding holds his peace.
  45. A talebearer reveals secrets, but he that is of a faithful spirit conceals the matter.
  46. Where no counsel is, the people fall; but in the multitude of counselors there is safety.
  47. He that is surety for a stranger shall smart for it, and he that hates being surety is sure.
  48. A gracious woman retains honor, and strong men retain riches.
  49. The merciful man does good to his own soul, but he that is cruel troubles his own flesh.
  50. The wicked works a deceitful work; but to him that sows righteousness shall be a sure reward.
  51. As righteousness tends to life, so he that pursues evil pursues it to his own death.
  52. They that are of a froward heart are abomination to the Lord; but such as are upright in their way are his delight.
  53. Though hand join in hand, the wicked shall not be unpunished, but the seed of the righteous shall be delivered.
  54. As a jewel of gold in a swine’s snout, so is a fair woman who is without discretion.
  55. The desire of the righteous is only good, but the expectation of the wicked is wrath.
  56. There is that scatters, and yet increases; and there is that withholds more than is meet, but it tends to poverty.
  57. The liberal soul shall be made fat, and he that waters shall be watered also himself.
  58. He that withholds grain, the people shall curse him; but blessing shall be upon the head of him that sells it.
  59. He that diligently seeks good procures favor; but he that seeks mischief, it shall come unto him.
  60. He that trusts in his riches shall fall, but the righteous shall flourish as a branch.
  61. He that troubles his own house shall inherit the wind, and the fool shall be servant to the wise of heart.
  62. The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he that wins souls is wise.
  63. Behold, the righteous shall be recompensed in the earth, much more the wicked and the sinner.
  64. Whoever loves instruction loves knowledge, but he that hates reproof is brutish.
  65. A good man obtains favor of the Lord, but a man of wicked devices will he condemn.
  66. A man shall not be established by wickedness, but the root of the righteous shall not be moved.
  67. A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband; but she that makes ashamed is as rottenness in his bones.
  68. The thoughts of the righteous are right, but the counsels of the wicked are deceit.
  69. The words of the wicked are to lie in wait for blood, but the mouth of the upright shall deliver them.
  70. The wicked are overthrown, and are not; but the house of the righteous shall stand.
  71. A man shall be commended according to his wisdom, but he that is of a perverse heart shall be despised.
  72. He that is despised and has a servant is better than he that honors himself and lacks bread.
  73. A righteous man regards the life of his beast; but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.
  74. He that tills his land shall be satisfied with bread, but he that follows vain people is void of understanding.
  75. The wicked desires the net of evil men, but the root of the righteous yields fruit.
  76. The wicked is snared by the transgression of his lips, but the just shall come out of trouble.
  77. A man shall be satisfied with good by the fruit of his mouth, and the recompense of a man’s hands shall be rendered unto him.
  78. The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but he that listens unto counsel is wise.
  79. A fool’s wrath is quickly known, but a prudent man covers shame.
  80. He that speaks truth shows forth righteousness; but a false witness, deceit.
  81. There is that speaks like the piercings of a sword, but the tongue of the wise is health.
  82. The lip of truth shall be established for ever, but a lying tongue is but for a moment.
  83. Deceit is in the heart of them that imagine evil, but to the counselors of peace is joy.
  84. There shall no evil happen to the just, but the wicked shall be filled with mischief.
  85. Lying lips are abomination to the Lord, but they that deal truly are his delight.
  86. A prudent man conceals knowledge, but the heart of fools proclaims foolishness.
  87. The hand of the diligent shall bear rule, but the slothful shall be under tribute.
  88. Heaviness in the heart of man makes it stoop, but a good word makes it glad.
  89. The righteous is more excellent than his neighbor, but the way of the wicked seduces them.
  90. The slothful man roasts not that which he took in hunting, but the substance of a diligent man is precious.
  91. In the way of righteousness is life, and in the pathway thereof, there is no death.
  92. A wise son hears his father’s instruction, but a scorner hears not rebuke.
  93. A man shall eat good by the fruit of his mouth, but the soul of the transgressors shall eat violence.
  94. He that keeps his mouth keeps his life, but he that opens wide his lips shall have destruction.
  95. The soul of the sluggard desires, and has nothing; but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.
  96. A righteous man hates lying, but a wicked man is loathsome and comes to shame.
  97. Righteousness keeps him that is upright in the way, but wickedness overthrows the sinner.
  98. There is that makes himself rich, yet has nothing; there is that makes himself poor, yet has great riches.
  99. The ransom of a man’s life are his riches, but the poor hears not rebuke.
  100. The light of the righteous rejoices, but the lamp of the wicked shall be put out.
  101. Only by pride comes contention, but with the well-advised is wisdom.
  102. Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished, but he that gathers by labor shall increase.
  103. Hope deferred makes the heart sick; but when the desire comes, it is a tree of life.
  104. Whoever despises the word shall be destroyed, but he that fears the commandment shall be rewarded.
  105. The law of the wise is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.
  106. Good understanding gives favor, but the way of transgressors is hard.
  107. Every prudent man deals with knowledge, but a fool lays open his folly.
  108. A wicked messenger falls into mischief, but a faithful ambassador is health.
  109. Poverty and shame shall be to him that refuses instruction, but he that regards reproof shall be honored.
  110. The desire accomplished is sweet to the soul, but it is abomination to fools to depart from evil.
  111. He that walks with wise men shall be wise, but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.
  112. Evil pursues sinners; but to the righteous, good shall be repaid.
  113. A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children, and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just.
  114. Much food is in the tillage of the poor, but there is that which is destroyed for lack of judgment.
  115. He that spares his rod hates his son, but he that loves him chastens him early.
  116. The righteous eats to the satisfying of his soul, but the belly of the wicked shall lack.
  117. Every wise woman builds her house, but the foolish plucks it down with her hands.
  118. He that walks in his uprightness fears the Lord, but he that is perverse in his ways despises him.
  119. In the mouth of the foolish is a rod of pride, but the lips of the wise shall preserve them.
  120. Where no oxen are, the crib is clean; but much increase is by the strength of the ox.
  121. A faithful witness will not lie, but a false witness will utter lies.
  122. A scorner seeks wisdom and finds it not, but knowledge is easy unto him that understands.
  123. Go from the presence of a foolish man when you perceive not in him the lips of knowledge.
  124. The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way, but the folly of fools is deceit.
  125. Fools make a mock at sin, but among the righteous there is favor.
  126. The heart knows his own bitterness, and a stranger does not meddle with his joy.
  127. The house of the wicked shall be overthrown, but the tabernacle of the upright shall flourish.
  128. There is a way which seems right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
  129. Even in laughter the heart is sorrowful, and the end of that mirth is heaviness.
  130. The backslider in heart shall be filled with his own ways, and a good man shall be satisfied from himself.
  131. The simple believes every word, but the prudent man looks well to his going.
  132. A wise man fears and departs from evil, but the fool rages and is confident.
  133. He that is soon angry deals foolishly, and a man of wicked devices is hated.
  134. The simple inherit folly, but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.
  135. The evil bow before the good, and the wicked at the gates of the righteous.
  136. The poor is hated even of his own neighbor, but the rich has many friends.
  137. He that despises his neighbor sins, but he that has mercy on the poor, happy is he.
  138. Do they not err that devise evil? But mercy and truth shall be to them that devise good.
  139. In all labor there is profit, but the talk of the lips tends only to poverty.
  140. The crown of the wise is their riches, but the foolishness of fools is folly.
  141. A true witness delivers souls, but a deceitful witness speaks lies.
  142. In the fear of the Lord is strong confidence, and his children shall have a place of refuge.
  143. The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.
  144. In the multitude of people is the king’s honor, but in the lack of people is the destruction of the prince.
  145. He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding, but he that is hasty of spirit exalts folly.
  146. A sound heart is the life of the flesh, but envy, the rottenness of the bones.
  147. He that oppresses the poor reproaches his Maker, but he that honors him has mercy on the poor.
  148. The wicked is driven away in his wickedness, but the righteous has hope in his death.
  149. Wisdom rests in the heart of him that has understanding, but that which is in the midst of fools is made known.
  150. Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.
  151. The king’s favor is toward a wise servant, but his wrath is against him that causes shame.
  152. A soft answer turns away wrath, but grievous words stir up anger.
  153. The tongue of the wise uses knowledge aright, but the mouth of fools pours out foolishness.
  154. The eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.
  155. A wholesome tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit.
  156. A fool despises his father’s instruction, but he that regards reproof is prudent.
  157. In the house of the righteous is much treasure, but in the revenues of the wicked is trouble.
  158. The lips of the wise disperse knowledge, but the heart of the foolish does not so.
  159. The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord, but the prayer of the upright is his delight.
  160. The way of the wicked is an abomination unto the Lord, but he loves him that follows after righteousness.
  161. Correction is grievous unto him that forsakes the way, and he that hates reproof shall die.
  162. Hell and destruction are before the Lord, how much more then the hearts of the children of men!
  163. A scorner loves not one that reproves him, neither will he go unto the wise.
  164. A merry heart makes a cheerful countenance, but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.
  165. The heart of him that has understanding seeks knowledge, but the mouth of fools feeds on foolishness.
  166. All the days of the afflicted are evil, but he that is of a merry heart has a continual feast.
  167. Better is little with the fear of the Lord, than great treasure and trouble with it.
  168. Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a fattened ox and hatred with it.
  169. A wrathful man stirs up strife, but he that is slow to anger appeases strife.
  170. The way of the slothful man is as a hedge of thorns, but the way of the righteous is made plain.
  171. A wise son makes a glad father, but a foolish man despises his mother.
  172. Folly is joy to him that is destitute of wisdom, but a man of understanding walks uprightly.
  173. Without counsel, purposes are disappointed, but in the multitude of counselors they are established.
  174. A man has joy by the answer of his mouth; and a word spoken in due season, how good is it!
  175. The way of life is above to the wise, that he may depart from hell beneath.
  176. The Lord will destroy the house of the proud, but he will establish the border of the widow.
  177. The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the Lord, but the words of the pure are pleasant words.
  178. He that is greedy of gain troubles his own house, but he that hates bribes shall live.
  179. The heart of the righteous studies to answer, but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things.
  180. The Lord is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayer of the righteous.
  181. The light of the eyes rejoices the heart, and a good report makes the bones fat.
  182. The ear that hears the reproof of life abides among the wise.
  183. He that refuses instruction despises his own soul, but he that hears reproof gets understanding.
  184. The fear of the Lord is the instruction of wisdom, and before honor is humility.
  185. The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, is from the Lord.
  186. All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the spirits.
  187. Commit your works unto the Lord, and your thoughts shall be established.
  188. The Lord has made all things for himself, yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.
  189. Everyone that is proud in heart is an abomination to the Lord; though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished.
  190. By mercy and truth, iniquity is purged; and by the fear of the Lord, men depart from evil.
  191. When a man’s ways please the Lord, he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.
  192. Better is a little with righteousness, than great revenues without right.
  193. A man’s heart devises his way, but the Lord directs his steps.
  194. A divine sentence is in the lips of the king, his mouth transgresses not in judgment.
  195. A just weight and balance are the Lord’s; all the weights of the bag are his work.
  196. It is an abomination to kings to commit wickedness, for the throne is established by righteousness.
  197. Righteous lips are the delight of kings, and they love him that speaks right.
  198. The wrath of a king is as messengers of death, but a wise man will pacify it.
  199. In the light of the king’s countenance is life, and his favor is as a cloud of the spring rain.
  200. How much better is it to get wisdom than gold, and to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver!
  201. The highway of the upright is to depart from evil; he that keeps his way preserves his soul.
  202. Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.
  203. Better it is to be of a humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.
  204. He that handles a matter wisely shall find good; and whoever trusts in the Lord, happy is he.
  205. The wise in heart shall be called prudent, and the sweetness of the lips increases learning.
  206. Understanding is a wellspring of life unto him that has it; but the instruction of fools is folly.
  207. The heart of the wise teaches his mouth and adds learning to his lips.
  208. Pleasant words are as a honeycomb — sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.
  209. There is a way that seems right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
  210. He that labors, labors for himself, for his mouth craves it of him.
  211. An ungodly man digs up evil, and in his lips there is as a burning fire.
  212. A froward man sows strife, and a whisperer separates chief friends.
  213. A violent man entices his neighbor and leads him into a way that is not good.
  214. He shuts his eyes to devise froward things; moving his lips, he brings evil to pass.
  215. The graying head is a crown of glory, if it is found in the way of righteousness.
  216. He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he that rules his spirit than he that takes a city.
  217. The lot is cast into the lap, but the whole disposing thereof is of the Lord.
  218. Better is a dry morsel, and quietness with it, than a house full of sacrifices with strife.
  219. A wise servant shall have rule over a son that causes shame, and shall have part of the inheritance among the brethren.
  220. The refining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold, but the Lord tries the hearts.
  221. A wicked doer gives heed to false lips, and a liar gives ear to a naughty tongue.
  222. Whoever mocks the poor reproaches his Maker, and he that is glad at calamities shall not be unpunished.
  223. Children’s children are the crown of old men, and the glory of children are their fathers.
  224. Excellent speech becomes not a fool, much less do lying lips a prince.
  225. A bribe is as a precious stone in the eyes of him that has it; wherever it turns, it prospers.
  226. He that covers a transgression seeks love, but he that repeats a matter separates close friends.
  227. A reproof enters more into a wise man than a hundred stripes into a fool.
  228. An evil man seeks only rebellion; therefore, a cruel messenger shall be sent against him.
  229. Let a bear robbed of her whelps meet a man, rather than a fool in his folly.
  230. Whoever rewards evil for good, evil shall not depart from his house.
  231. The beginning of strife is as when one lets out water; therefore, leave off contention before it is meddled with.
  232. He that justifies the wicked, and he that condemns the just, even they both are abomination to the Lord.
  233. Why is there a price in the hand of a fool to get wisdom, seeing he has no heart to it?
  234. A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.
  235. A man void of understanding strikes hands and becomes surety in the presence of his friend.
  236. He loves transgression that loves strife, and he that exalts his gate seeks destruction.
  237. He that has a froward heart finds no good, and he that has a perverse tongue falls into mischief.
  238. He that begets a fool does it to his sorrow, and the father of a fool has no joy.
  239. A merry heart does good like a medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones.
  240. A wicked man takes a bribe out of the bosom to pervert the ways of judgment.
  241. Wisdom is before him that has understanding, but the eyes of a fool are in the ends of the earth.
  242. A foolish son is a grief to his father, and bitterness to her that bore him.
  243. Also, to punish the just is not good, nor to strike princes for equity.
  244. He that has knowledge spares his words, and a man of understanding is of an excellent spirit.
  245. Even a fool, when he holds his peace, is counted wise, and he that shuts his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.
  246. Through desire, a man having separated himself seeks and meddles with all wisdom.
  247. A fool has no delight in understanding, but that his heart may reveal itself.
  248. When the wicked comes then contempt also comes, and with ignominy, reproach.
  249. The words of a man’s mouth are as deep waters, and the wellspring of wisdom as a flowing brook.
  250. It is not good to respect the person of the wicked to overthrow the righteous in judgment.
  251. A fool’s lips enter into contention, and his mouth calls for strokes.
  252. A fool’s mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul.
  253. The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.
  254. He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster.
  255. The name of the Lord is a strong tower, the righteous runs into it and is safe.
  256. The rich man’s wealth is his strong city, and as a high wall, in his own imagination.
  257. Before destruction, the heart of man is haughty, and before honor is humility.
  258. He that answers a matter before he hears it, it is folly and shame unto him.
  259. The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit, who can bear?
  260. The heart of the prudent gets knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.
  261. A man’s gift makes room for him, and brings him before great men.
  262. He that is first in his own cause seems just, but his neighbor comes and examines him.
  263. The lot causes contentions to cease, and parts between the mighty.
  264. A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city, and their contentions are like the bars of a castle.
  265. A man’s belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth, and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled.
  266. Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.
  267. Whoever finds a good wife has obtained favor of the Lord.
  268. The poor uses entreaties, but the rich answers roughly.
  269. A man that has friends must show himself friendly, and there is a friend that sticks closer than a brother.
  270. Better is the poor that walks in his integrity, than he that is perverse in his lips and is a fool.
  271. Also, that the soul be without knowledge — it is not good; and he that hastens with his feet sins.
  272. The foolishness of man perverts his way, and his heart frets against the Lord.
  273. Wealth makes many friends, but the poor is separated from his neighbor.
  274. A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaks lies shall not escape.
  275. Many will entreat the favor of the prince, and every man is a friend to him that gives gifts.
  276. All the brethren of the poor do hate him; how much more do his friends go far from him? He pursues them with words, yet they are absent to him.
  277. He that gets wisdom loves his own soul, he that keeps understanding shall find good.
  278. A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaks lies shall perish.
  279. Delight is not fitting for a fool, much less for a servant to have rule over princes.
  280. The discretion of a man defers his anger, and it is his glory to pass over a transgression.
  281. The king’s wrath is as the roaring of a lion, but his favor is as dew upon the grass.
  282. A foolish son is the calamity of his father, and the contentions of a wife are a continual dripping.
  283. House and riches are the inheritance of fathers, and a prudent wife is from the Lord.
  284. Slothfulness casts into a deep sleep, and an idle soul shall suffer hunger.
  285. He that keeps the commandment keeps his own soul, but he that despises his ways shall die.
  286. He that has pity upon the poor lends unto the Lord, and that which he has given will he pay him again.
  287. Chasten your son while there is hope, and let not your soul spare for his crying.
  288. A man of great wrath shall suffer punishment; for if you deliver him, yet you must do it again.
  289. Hear counsel and receive instruction, that you may be wise in your latter end.
  290. There are many devices in a man’s heart; nevertheless, the counsel of the Lord — that shall stand.
  291. The desire of a man is his kindness, and a poor man is better than a liar.
  292. The fear of the Lord tends to life, and he that has it shall abide satisfied; he shall not be visited with evil.
  293. A slothful man hides his hand in his bosom, and will not so much as bring it to his mouth again.
  294. Smite a scorner, and the simple will beware; and reprove one that has understanding, and he will understand knowledge.
  295. He that wastes his father, and chases away his mother, is a son that causes shame and brings reproach.
  296. Cease, my son, to hear the instruction that causes to err from the words of knowledge.
  297. An ungodly witness scorns judgment, and the mouth of the wicked devours iniquity.
  298. Judgments are prepared for scorners, and stripes for the back of fools.
  299. Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging, and whoever is deceived thereby is not wise.
  300. The fear of a king is as the roaring of a lion; whoever provokes him to anger sins against his own soul.
  301. It is an honor for a man to cease from strife, but every fool will be meddling.
  302. The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold, therefore shall he beg in harvest and have nothing.
  303. Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water, but a man of understanding will draw it out.
  304. Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness; but a faithful man, who can find?
  305. The just man walks in his integrity, his children are blessed after him.
  306. A king that sits in the throne of judgment scatters away all evil with his eyes.
  307. Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin?
  308. Diverse weights and diverse measures, both of them are alike: abomination to the Lord.
  309. Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work is pure and whether it is right.
  310. The hearing ear and the seeing eye, the Lord has made even both of them.
  311. Love not sleep, lest you come to poverty; open your eyes and you shall be satisfied with bread.
  312. It is naught, it is naught, says the buyer; but when he is gone his way, then he boasts.
  313. There is gold, and a multitude of rubies, but the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel.
  314. Take his garment that is surety for a stranger, and take a pledge of him for a strange woman.
  315. Bread of deceit is sweet to a man, but afterward his mouth shall be filled with gravel.
  316. Every purpose is established by counsel, and with good advice make war.
  317. He that goes about as a talebearer reveals secrets; therefore, meddle not with him that flatters with his lips.
  318. Whoever curses his father or his mother, his lamp shall be put out in obscure darkness.
  319. An inheritance may be gotten hastily at the beginning, but the end thereof shall not be blessed.
  320. Say not, I will recompense evil — but wait on the Lord, and he shall save you.
  321. Diverse weights are an abomination unto the Lord, and a false balance is not good.
  322. Man’s goings are of the Lord; how can a man then understand his own way?
  323. It is a snare to the man who devours that which is holy, and after, vows to make inquiry.
  324. A wise king scatters the wicked, and brings the wheel over them.
  325. The spirit of man is the candle of the Lord, searching all the inward parts of the belly.
  326. Mercy and truth preserve the king, and his throne is upheld by mercy.
  327. The glory of young men is their strength, and the beauty of old men is the gray head.
  328. The blueness of a wound cleanses away evil, so do stripes the inward parts of the belly.
  329. The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord as the rivers of water: he turns it wherever he will.
  330. Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, but the Lord ponders the hearts.
  331. To do justice and judgment is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.
  332. A haughty look, and a proud heart, and the plowing of the wicked is sin.
  333. The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness; but of everyone that is hasty, only to lack.
  334. The getting of treasures by a lying tongue is a vanity tossed to and fro of them that seek death.
  335. The robbery of the wicked shall destroy them, because they refuse to do judgment.
  336. The way of man is froward and strange; but as for the pure, his work is right.
  337. It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop than with a brawling woman in a wide house.
  338. The soul of the wicked desires evil, his neighbor finds no favor in his eyes.
  339. When the scorner is punished, the simple is made wise; and when the wise is instructed, he receives knowledge.
  340. The righteous man wisely considers the house of the wicked, but God overthrows the wicked for their wickedness.
  341. Whoever stops his ears at the cry of the poor, he also shall cry himself, but shall not be heard.
  342. A gift in secret pacifies anger, and a reward in the bosom, strong wrath.
  343. It is joy to the just to do judgment, but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity.
  344. The man that wanders out of the way of understanding shall remain in the congregation of the dead.
  345. He that loves pleasure shall be a poor man; he that loves wine and oil shall not be rich.
  346. The wicked shall be a ransom for the righteous, and the transgressor for the upright.
  347. It is better to dwell in the wilderness than with a contentious and an angry woman.
  348. There is treasure to be desired, and oil, in the dwelling of the wise; but a foolish man spends it up.
  349. He that follows after righteousness and mercy finds life, righteousness, and honor.
  350. A wise man scales the city of the mighty, and casts down the strength of the confidence thereof.
  351. Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps his soul from troubles.
  352. Proud and haughty scorner is his name, who deals in proud wrath.
  353. The desire of the slothful kills him, for his hands refuse to labor. He covets greedily all the day long, but the righteous gives and spares not.
  354. The sacrifice of the wicked is abomination; how much more when he brings it with a wicked mind!
  355. A false witness shall perish, but the man that hears speaks constantly.
  356. A wicked man hardens his face, but as for the upright, he directs his way.
  357. There is no wisdom, nor understanding, nor counsel against the Lord.
  358. The horse is prepared against the day of battle, but safety is of the Lord.
  359. A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favor rather than silver and gold.
  360. The rich and poor meet together, the Lord is the maker of them all.
  361. A prudent man foresees the evil and hides himself, but the simple pass on and are punished.
  362. By humility and the fear of the Lord are riches, and honor, and life.
  363. Thorns and snares are in the way of the froward; he that does keep his soul shall be far from them.
  364. Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
  365. The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.
  366. He that sows iniquity shall reap vanity, and the rod of his anger shall fail.
  367. He that has a bountiful eye shall be blessed, for he gives of his bread to the poor.
  368. Cast out the scorner, and contention shall go out; yea, strife and reproach shall cease.
  369. He that loves pureness of heart, for the grace of his lips, the king shall be his friend; for the eyes of the Lord preserve knowledge, but he overthrows the words of the transgressor.
  370. The slothful man says, There is a lion outside, I shall be slain in the streets.
  371. The mouth of strange women is a deep pit; he that is abhorred of the Lord shall fall therein.
  372. Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child, but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.
  373. He that oppresses the poor to increase his riches, and he that gives to the rich, shall surely come to lack.






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