Bible, Ethician Version
 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 subtilty 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:
 My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not.
 If they say, Come with us, let us lay wait for blood, let us lurk privily for the innocent without cause:
 Let us swallow them up alive as the grave; and whole, as those that go down into the pit:
 We shall find all precious substance, we shall fill our houses with spoil:
 Cast in thy lot among us; let us all have one purse:
 My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their path:
 For their feet run to evil, and make haste to shed blood.
 Surely in vain the net is spread in the sight of any bird.
 And they lay wait for their own blood; they lurk privily for their own lives.
 So are the ways of every one that is greedy of gain; which taketh away the life of the owners thereof.
 Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets:
 She crieth in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of the gates: in the city she uttereth her words, saying,
 How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge?
 Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you.
 Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded;
 But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof:
 I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh;
 When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you.
 Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me:
 For that they hated knowledge:
 They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof.
 Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices.
 For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them.
 But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil.
 My son, if
thou wilt receive my words;
 So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding;
 Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding;
 If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures;
 Then shalt thou understand, and find the knowledge of God.
 For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.
 God layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous: he is a buckler to them that walk uprightly.
 Then shalt thou understand righteousness, and judgment, and equity; yea, every good path.
 When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul;
 Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee:
 To deliver thee from the way of the evil man, from the man that speaketh froward things;
 Who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness;
 Who rejoice to do evil, and delight in the frowardness of the wicked;
 Whose ways are crooked, and they froward in their paths:
 That thou mayest walk in the way of good men, and keep the paths of the righteous.
 For the upright shall dwell in the land, and the perfect shall remain in it.
 But the wicked shall be cut off from the earth, and the transgressors shall be rooted out of it.
 My son,
forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments:
 For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee.
 Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart:
 So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man.
 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
 Be not wise in thine own eyes: depart from evil.
 So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.
 My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD; neither be weary of correction:
 For whom the LORD loveth the Lord correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.
 Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.
 For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold.
 She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her.
 Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches and honour.
 Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.
 She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retaineth her.
 The LORD by wisdom hath founded the earth; by understanding hath established the heavens.
 My son, let not them depart from thine eyes: keep sound wisdom and discretion:
 So shall they be life unto thy soul, and grace to thy neck.
 Then shalt thou walk in thy way safely, and thy foot shall not stumble.
 When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet.
 Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh.
 For the LORD shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken.
 Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it.
 Say not unto thy neighbour, Go, and come again, and to morrow I will give; when thou hast it by thee.
 Devise not evil against thy neighbour, seeing he dwelleth securely by thee.
 Strive not with a man without cause, if he have done thee no harm.
 Envy thou not the oppressor, and choose none of his ways.
 For the froward is abomination to the LORD: but the secret is with the righteous.
 The curse of the LORD is in the house of the wicked: but he blesseth the habitation of the just.
 The wise shall inherit glory: but shame shall be the promotion of fools.
 Hear, ye
children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding.
 For I give you good doctrine, forsake ye not my law.
 For I was my father's son, tender and only beloved in the sight of my mother.
 He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live.
 Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth.
 Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee.
 Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.
 Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her.
 She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace: a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee.
 Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; and the years of thy life shall be many.
 I have taught thee in the way of wisdom; I have led thee in right paths.
 When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened; and when thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble.
 Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy life.
 Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men.
 Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away.
 For they sleep not, except they have done mischief; and their sleep is taken away, unless they cause some to fall.
 For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence.
 But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.
 The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.
 My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings.
 Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart.
 For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.
 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.
 Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee.
 Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee.
 Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established.
 Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil.
 My son,
attend unto my wisdom, and bow thine ear to my understanding:
 That thou mayest regard discretion, and that thy lips may keep knowledge.
 Hear me now therefore, O ye children, and depart not from the words of my mouth.
 Lest thou give thine honour unto others, and thy years unto the cruel:
 Lest strangers be filled with thy wealth; and thy labours be in the house of a stranger;
 And thou mourn at the last, when thy flesh and thy body are consumed,
 And say, How have I hated instruction, and my heart despised reproof;
 And have not obeyed the voice of my teachers, nor inclined mine ear to them that instructed me!
 I was almost in all evil in the midst of the congregation and assembly.
 Drink waters out of thine own cistern, and running waters out of thine own well.
 Let thy fountains be dispersed abroad, and rivers of waters in the streets.
 Let them be only thine own, and not strangers' with thee.
 Let thy fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of thy youth.
 Let her be as the loving hind and pleasant roe; let her breasts satisfy thee at all times; and be thou ravished always with her love.
 My son, if
thou be surety for thy friend, if thou hast stricken thy hand with a stranger,
 Thou art snared with the words of thy mouth, thou art taken with the words of thy mouth.
 Do this now, my son, deliver thyself, when thou art come into the hand of thy friend; go, humble thyself, and make sure thy friend.
 Give not sleep to thine eyes, nor slumber to thine eyelids.
 Deliver thyself as a roe from the hand of the hunter, and as a bird from the hand of the fowler.
 Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise:
 Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler,
 Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest.
 How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep?
 Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep:
 So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man.
 A naughty person, a wicked man, walketh with a froward mouth.
 He winketh with his eyes, he speaketh with his feet, he teacheth with his fingers;
 Frowardness is in his heart, he deviseth mischief continually; he soweth discord.
 Therefore shall his calamity come suddenly; suddenly shall he be broken without remedy.
 These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:
 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,
 An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,
 A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.
 My son, keep thy father's commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother:
 Bind them continually upon thine heart, and tie them about thy neck.
 When thou goest, it shall lead thee; when thou sleepest, it shall keep thee; and when thou awakest, it shall talk with thee.
 For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life:
 Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned?
 Can one go upon hot coals, and his feet not be burned?
 My son, keep
my words, and lay up my commandments with thee.
 Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of thine eye.
 Bind them upon thy fingers, write them upon the table of thine heart.
 Say unto wisdom, Thou art my sister; and call understanding thy kinswoman:
 Doth not
wisdom cry? and understanding put forth her voice?
 She standeth in the top of high places, by the way in the places of the paths.
 She crieth at the gates, at the entry of the city, at the coming in at the doors.
 Unto you, O men, I call; and my voice is to the sons of man.
 O ye simple, understand wisdom: and, ye fools, be ye of an understanding heart.
 Hear; for I will speak of excellent things; and the opening of my lips shall be right things.
 For my mouth shall speak truth; and wickedness is an abomination to my lips.
 All the words of my mouth are in righteousness; there is nothing froward or perverse in them.
 They are all plain to him that understandeth, and right to them that find knowledge.
 Receive my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather than choice gold.
 For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.
 I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of witty inventions.
 Hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.
 Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom: I am understanding; I have strength.
 I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.
 Riches and honour are with me; yea, durable riches and righteousness.
 My fruit is better than gold, yea, than fine gold; and my revenue than choice silver.
 I lead in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of judgment:
 Now therefore hearken unto me, O ye children: for blessed are they that keep my ways.
 Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not.
 Wisdom hath
builded her house, she hath hewn out her seven pillars:
 Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding.
 Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee.
 Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.
 If thou be wise, thou shalt be wise for thyself: but if thou scornest, thou alone shalt bear it.
 The proverbs
of Solomon. A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish son is the heaviness
of his mother.
 Treasures of wickedness profit nothing: but righteousness delivereth from death.
 The LORD will not suffer the soul of the righteous to famish: but casteth away the substance of the wicked.
 He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich.
 He that gathereth in summer is a wise son: but he that sleepeth in harvest is a son that causeth shame.
 Blessings are upon the head of the just: but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked.
 The memory of the just is blessed: but the name of the wicked shall rot.
 The wise in heart will receive commandments: but a prating fool shall fall.
 He that walketh uprightly walketh surely: but he that perverteth his ways shall be known.
 He that winketh with the eye causeth sorrow: but a prating fool shall fall.
 The mouth of a righteous man is a well of life: but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked.
 Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins.
 In the lips of him that hath understanding wisdom is found: but a rod is for the back of him that is void of understanding.
 Wise men lay up knowledge: but the mouth of the foolish is near destruction.
 The rich man's wealth is his strong city: the destruction of the poor is their poverty.
 The labour of the righteous tendeth to life: the fruit of the wicked to sin.
 He is in the way of life that keepeth instruction: but he that refuseth reproof erreth.
 He that hideth hatred with lying lips, and he that uttereth a slander, is a fool.
 In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise.
 The tongue of the just is as choice silver: the heart of the wicked is little worth.
 The lips of the righteous feed many: but fools die for want of wisdom.
 It is as sport to a fool to do mischief: but a man of understanding hath wisdom.
 The fear of the wicked, it shall come upon him: but the desire of the righteous shall be granted.
 As the whirlwind passeth, so is the wicked no more: but the righteous is an everlasting foundation.
 As vinegar to the teeth, and as smoke to the eyes, so is the sluggard to them that send him.
 But the years of the wicked shall be shortened.
 The hope of the righteous shall be gladness: but the expectation of the wicked shall perish.
 The way of the LORD is strength to the upright: but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity.
 The righteous shall never be removed: but the wicked shall not inhabit the earth.
 The mouth of the just bringeth forth wisdom: but the froward tongue shall be cut out.
 The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable: but the mouth of the wicked speaketh frowardness.
 A false
balance is abomination to the LORD: but a just weight is delight.
 When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom.
 The integrity of the upright shall guide them: but the perverseness of transgressors shall destroy them.
 Riches profit not in the day of wrath: but righteousness delivereth from death.
 The righteousness of the perfect shall direct his way: but the wicked shall fall by his own wickedness.
 The righteousness of the upright shall deliver them: but transgressors shall be taken in their own naughtiness.
 When a wicked man dieth, his expectation shall perish: and the hope of unjust men perisheth.
 The righteous is delivered out of trouble, and the wicked cometh in his stead.
 An hypocrite with his mouth destroyeth his neighbour: but through knowledge shall the just be delivered.
 When it goeth well with the righteous, the city rejoiceth: and when the wicked perish, there is shouting.
 By the blessing of the upright the city is exalted: but it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked.
 He that is void of wisdom despiseth his neighbour: but a man of understanding holdeth his peace.
 A talebearer revealeth secrets: but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter.
 Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellers there is safety.
 He that is surety for a stranger shall smart for it: and he that hateth suretiship is sure.
 A gracious woman retaineth honour: and strong men retain riches.
 The merciful man doeth good to his own soul: but he that is cruel troubleth his own flesh.
 The wicked worketh a deceitful work: but to him that soweth righteousness shall be a sure reward.
 As righteousness tendeth to life: so he that pursueth evil pursueth it to his own death.
 They that are of a froward heart are abomination to the LORD: but such as are upright in their way are his delight.
 Though hand join in hand, the wicked shall not be unpunished: but the seed of the righteous shall be delivered.
 The desire of the righteous is only good: but the expectation of the wicked is wrath.
 He that withholdeth corn, the people shall curse him: but blessing shall be upon the head of him that selleth it.
 He that diligently seeketh good procureth favour: but he that seeketh mischief, it shall come unto him.
 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.
 Behold, the righteous shall be recompensed in the earth: much more the wicked and the sinner.
 Whoso loveth
instruction loveth knowledge: but he that hateth reproof is brutish.
 A good man obtaineth favour of the LORD: but a man of wicked devices will be condemned.
 A man shall not be established by wickedness: but the root of the righteous shall not be moved.
 A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband: but she that maketh ashamed is as rottenness in his bones.
 The thoughts of the righteous are right: but the counsels of the wicked are deceit.
 The words of the wicked are to lie in wait for blood: but the mouth of the upright shall deliver them.
 The wicked are overthrown, and are not: but the house of the righteous shall stand.
 A man shall be commended according to his wisdom: but he that is of a perverse heart shall be despised.
 A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.
 He that tilleth his land shall be satisfied with bread: but he that followeth vain persons is void of understanding.
 The wicked desireth the net of evil men: but the root of the righteous yieldeth fruit.
 The wicked is snared by the transgression of his lips: but the just shall come out of trouble.
 A man shall be satisfied with good by the fruit of his mouth: and the recompence of a man's hands shall be rendered unto him.
 The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.
 A fool's wrath is presently known: but a prudent man covereth shame.
 He that speaketh truth sheweth forth righteousness: but a false witness deceit.
 There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health.
 The lip of truth shall be established for ever: but a lying tongue is but for a moment.
 Deceit is in the heart of them that imagine evil: but to the counsellers of peace is joy.
 There shall no evil happen to the just: but the wicked shall be filled with mischief.
 Lying lips are abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly are his delight.
 The heart of fools proclaimeth foolishness.
 The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute.
 Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad.
 The righteous is more excellent than his neighbour: but the way of the wicked seduceth them.
 The slothful man roasteth not that which he took in hunting: but the substance of a diligent man is precious.
 In the way of righteousness is life; and in the pathway thereof there is no death.
 A wise son
heareth his father's instruction: but a scorner heareth not rebuke.
 A man shall eat good by the fruit of his mouth: but the soul of the transgressors shall eat violence.
 He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: but he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction.
 The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.
 A righteous man hateth lying: but a wicked man is loathsome, and cometh to shame.
 Righteousness keepeth him that is upright in the way: but wickedness overthroweth the sinner.
 There is that maketh himself rich, yet hath nothing: there is that maketh himself poor, yet hath great riches.
 The light of the righteous rejoiceth: but the lamp of the wicked shall be put out.
 Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom.
 Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathereth by labour shall increase.
 Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.
 Good understanding giveth favour: but the way of transgressors is hard.
 Every prudent man dealeth with knowledge: but a fool layeth open his folly.
 A wicked messenger falleth into mischief: but a faithful ambassador is health.
 Poverty and shame shall be to him that refuseth instruction: but he that regardeth reproof shall be honoured.
 The desire accomplished is sweet to the soul: but it is abomination to fools to depart from evil.
 He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.
 Evil pursueth sinners: but to the righteous good shall be repayed.
 Much food is in the tillage of the poor: but there is that is destroyed for want of judgment.
 The righteous eateth to the satisfying of his soul: but the belly of the wicked shall want.
 Every wise
woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands.
 In the mouth of the foolish is a rod of pride: but the lips of the wise shall preserve them.
 Where no oxen are, the crib is clean: but much increase is by the strength of the ox.
 A faithful witness will not lie: but a false witness will utter lies.
 A scorner seeketh wisdom, and findeth it not: but knowledge is easy unto him that understandeth.
 Go from the presence of a foolish man, when thou perceivest not in him the lips of knowledge.
 The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way: but the folly of fools is deceit.
 Fools make a mock at sin: but among the righteous there is favour.
 The house of the wicked shall be overthrown: but the tabernacle of the upright shall flourish.
 Even in laughter the heart is sorrowful; and the end of that mirth is heaviness.
 The backslider in heart shall be filled with his own ways: and a good man shall be satisfied from himself.
 The simple believeth every word: but the prudent man looketh well to his going.
 A wise man feareth, and departeth from evil: but the fool rageth, and is confident.
 He that is soon angry dealeth foolishly: and a man of wicked devices is hated.
 The simple inherit folly: but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.
 The evil bow before the good; and the wicked at the gates of the righteous.
 He that despiseth his neighbour sinneth: but he that hath mercy on the poor, happy is he.
 Do they not err that devise evil? but mercy and truth shall be to them that devise good.
 In all labour there is profit: but the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury.
 The crown of the wise is their riches: but the foolishness of fools is folly.
 A true witness delivereth souls: but a deceitful witness speaketh lies.
 He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding: but he that is hasty of spirit exalteth folly.
 A sound heart is the life of the flesh: but envy the rottenness of the bones.
 He that oppresseth the poor reproacheth his Maker: but he that honoureth him hath mercy on the poor.
 The wicked is driven away in his wickedness: but the righteous hath hope in his death.
 Wisdom resteth in the heart of him that hath understanding: but that which is in the midst of fools is made known.
 Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.
 A soft answer
turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.
 The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness.
 The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.
 A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit.
 A fool despiseth his father's instruction: but he that regardeth reproof is prudent.
 In the house of the righteous is much treasure: but in the revenues of the wicked is trouble.
 The lips of the wise disperse knowledge: but the heart of the foolish doeth not so.
 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but the prayer of the upright is his delight.
 The way of the wicked is an abomination unto the LORD: but he loveth him that followeth after righteousness.
 Correction is grievous unto him that forsaketh the way: and he that hateth reproof shall die.
 A scorner loveth not one that reproveth him: neither will he go unto the wise.
 A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.
 The heart of him that hath understanding seeketh knowledge: but the mouth of fools feedeth on foolishness.
 All the days of the afflicted are evil: but he that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast.
 Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and hatred therewith.
 A wrathful man stirreth up strife: but he that is slow to anger appeaseth strife.
 The way of the slothful man is as an hedge of thorns: but the way of the righteous is made plain.
 A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish man despiseth his mother.
 Folly is joy to him that is destitute of wisdom: but a man of understanding walketh uprightly.
 A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due season, how good is it!
 The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the LORD: but the words of the pure are pleasant words.
 He that is greedy of gain troubleth his own house.
 The heart of the righteous studieth to answer: but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things.
 The LORD is far from the wicked: but heareth the prayer of the righteous.
 The ear that heareth the reproof of life abideth among the wise.
 He that refuseth instruction despiseth his own soul: but he that heareth reproof getteth understanding.
 It is an
abomination to kings to commit wickedness: for the throne is established by
 How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! and to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver!
 The highway of the upright is to depart from evil: he that keepeth his way preserveth his soul.
 Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.
 Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.
 He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good.
 The wise in heart shall be called prudent: and the sweetness of the lips increaseth learning.
 Understanding is a wellspring of life unto him that hath it: but the instruction of fools is folly.
 The heart of the wise teacheth his mouth, and addeth learning to his lips.
 Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.
 A violent man enticeth his neighbour, and leadeth him into the way that is not good.
 He shutteth his eyes to devise froward things: moving his lips he bringeth evil to pass.
 A wicked doer
giveth heed to false lips; and a liar giveth ear to a naughty tongue.
 Whoso mocketh the poor reproacheth his Maker: and he that is glad at calamities shall not be unpunished.
 Children's children are the crown of old men; and the glory of children are their fathers.
 Excellent speech becometh not a fool: much less do lying lips a prince.
 A gift is as a precious stone in the eyes of him that hath it: whithersoever it turneth, it prospereth.
 A reproof entereth more into a wise man than an hundred stripes into a fool.
 An evil man seeketh only rebellion: therefore a cruel messenger shall be sent against him.
 Whoso rewardeth evil for good, evil shall not depart from his house.
 He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the just, even they both are abomination to the LORD.
 He that hath a froward heart findeth no good: and he that hath a perverse tongue falleth into mischief.
 He that begetteth a fool doeth it to his sorrow: and the father of a fool hath no joy.
 A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.
 A foolish son is a grief to his father, and bitterness to her that bare him.
 He that hath knowledge spareth his words: and a man of understanding is of an excellent spirit.
 Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.
 The words of
a man's mouth are as deep waters, and the wellspring of wisdom as a flowing
 It is not good to accept the person of the wicked, to overthrow the righteous in judgment.
 A fool's mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul.
 The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.
 He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster.
 The rich man's wealth is his strong city, and as an high wall in his own conceit.
 Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honour is humility.
 He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him.
 The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear?
 The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge; and the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge.
 A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city: and their contentions are like the bars of a castle.
 A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.
 Better is the
poor that walketh in his integrity, than he that is perverse in his lips, and
is a fool.
 Also, that the soul be without knowledge, it is not good.
 A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall not escape.
 He that getteth wisdom loveth his own soul: he that keepeth understanding shall find good.
 A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall perish.
 The discretion of a man deferreth his anger; and it is his glory to pass over a transgression.
 A foolish son is the calamity of his father: and the contentions of a wife are a continual dropping.
 Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep; and an idle soul shall suffer hunger.
 He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.
 He that wasteth his father, and chaseth away his mother, is a son that causeth shame, and bringeth reproach.
 Cease, my son, to hear the instruction that causeth to err from the words of knowledge.
 An ungodly witness scorneth judgment: and the mouth of the wicked devoureth iniquity.
 Judgments are prepared for scorners, and stripes for the back of fools.
 Wine is a
mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.
 It is an honour for a man to cease from strife: but every fool will be meddling.
 The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore shall he beg in harvest, and have nothing.
 Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water; but a man of understanding will draw it out.
 The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him.
 There is gold, and a multitude of rubies: but the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel.
 Bread of deceit is sweet to a man; but afterwards his mouth shall be filled with gravel.
 He that goeth about as a talebearer revealeth secrets: therefore meddle not with him that flattereth with his lips.
 Whoso curseth his father or his mother, his lamp shall be put out in obscure darkness.
 An inheritance may be gotten hastily at the beginning; but the end thereof shall not be blessed.
 The blueness of a wound cleanseth away evil: so do stripes the inward parts of the belly.
 To do justice
and judgment is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.
 The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness; but of every one that is hasty only to want.
 It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman in a wide house.
 The soul of the wicked desireth evil: his neighbour findeth no favour in his eyes.
 When the scorner is punished, the simple is made wise: and when the wise is instructed, he receiveth knowledge.
 Whoso stoppeth his ears at the cry of the poor, he also shall cry himself, but shall not be heard.
 It is joy to the just to do judgment: but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity.
 The man that wandereth out of the way of understanding shall remain in the congregation of the dead.
 It is better to dwell in the wilderness, than with a contentious and an angry woman.
 There is treasure to be desired and oil in the dwelling of the wise; but a foolish man spendeth it up.
 He that followeth after righteousness and mercy findeth life, righteousness, and honour.
 Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles.
 Proud and haughty scorner is his name, who dealeth in proud wrath.
 The desire of the slothful killeth him; for his hands refuse to labour.
 He coveteth greedily all the day long: but the righteous giveth and spareth not.
 The sacrifice of the wicked is abomination: how much more, when he bringeth it with a wicked mind?
 A good name
is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver
 The rich and poor meet together: the LORD is the maker of them all.
 Thorns and snares are in the way of the froward: he that doth keep his soul shall be far from them.
 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
 The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.
 He that hath a bountiful eye shall be blessed; for he giveth of his bread to the poor.
 Cast out the scorner, and contention shall go out; yea, strife and reproach shall cease.
 He that oppresseth the poor to increase his riches, and he that giveth to the rich, shall surely come to want.
 Rob not the poor, because he is poor: neither oppress the afflicted in the gate:
 Make no friendship with an angry man; and with a furious man thou shalt not go:
 Lest thou learn his ways, and get a snare to thy soul.
 If thou hast nothing to pay, why should he take away thy bed from under thee?
 Remove not the ancient landmark, which thy fathers have set.
 Speak not in
the ears of a fool: for he will despise the wisdom of thy words.
 Apply thine heart unto instruction, and thine ears to the words of knowledge.
 My son, if thine heart be wise, my heart shall rejoice, even mine.
 Yea, my reins shall rejoice, when thy lips speak right things.
 Hear thou, my son, and be wise, and guide thine heart in the way.
 For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags.
 Hearken unto thy father that begat thee, and despise not thy mother when she is old.
 Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.
 The father of the righteous shall greatly rejoice: and he that begetteth a wise child shall have joy of him.
 Thy father and thy mother shall be glad, and she that bare thee shall rejoice.
 Be not thou
envious against evil men, neither desire to be with them.
 For their heart studieth destruction, and their lips talk of mischief.
 Through wisdom is an house builded; and by understanding it is established:
 And by knowledge shall the chambers be filled with all precious and pleasant riches.
 A wise man is strong; yea, a man of knowledge increaseth strength.
 He that deviseth to do evil shall be called a mischievous person.
 Shall not he render to every man according to his works?
 My son, eat thou honey, because it is good; and the honeycomb, which is sweet to thy taste:
 So shall the knowledge of wisdom be unto thy soul: when thou hast found it, then there shall be a reward, and thy expectation shall not be cut off.
 Lay not wait, O wicked man, against the dwelling of the righteous; spoil not his resting place:
 For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief.
 Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth:
 Fret not thyself because of evil men, neither be thou envious at the wicked;
 For there shall be no reward to the evil man; the candle of the wicked shall be put out.
 But to them that rebuke him shall be delight, and a good blessing shall come upon them.
 Be not a witness against thy neighbour without cause; and deceive not with thy lips.
 Say not, I will do so to him as he hath done to me: I will render to the man according to his work.
 I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding;
 And, lo, it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was broken down.
 As an
earring of gold, and an ornament of fine gold, so is a wise reprover upon an
 Withdraw thy foot from thy neighbour's house; lest he be weary of thee, and so hate thee.
 A man that beareth false witness against his neighbour is a maul, and a sword, and a sharp arrow.
 Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble is like a broken tooth, and a foot out of joint.
 If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink:
 It is better to dwell in the corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman and in a wide house.
 He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.
 As snow in
summer, and as rain in harvest, so honour is not seemly for a fool.
 Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him.
 Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit.
 As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly.
 Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope of a fool than of him.
 Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out: so where there is no talebearer, the strife ceaseth.
 As coals are to burning coals, and wood to fire; so is a contentious man to kindle strife.
 The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.
 Whose hatred is covered by deceit, his wickedness shall be shewed before the whole congregation.
 Boast not
thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.
 A stone is heavy, and the sand weighty; but a fool's wrath is heavier than them both.
 Wrath is cruel, and anger is outrageous; but who is able to stand before envy?
 Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.
 Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart: so doth the sweetness of a man's friend by hearty counsel.
 Thine own friend, and thy father's friend, forsake not; neither go into thy brother's house in the day of thy calamity: for better is a neighbour that is near than a brother far off.
 My son, be wise, and make my heart glad, that I may answer him that reproacheth me.
 A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself; but the simple pass on, and are punished.
 A continual dropping in a very rainy day and a contentious woman are alike.
 Hell and destruction are never full.
 Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herds.
 The hay appeareth, and the tender grass sheweth itself, and herbs of the mountains are gathered.
 The lambs are for thy clothing, and the goats are the price of the field.
 And thou shalt have goats' milk enough for thy food, for the food of thy household, and for the maintenance for thy maidens.
 The wicked
flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.
 Better is the poor that walketh in his uprightness, than he that is perverse in his ways, though he be rich.
 Whoso keepeth the law is a wise son: but he that is a companion of riotous men shameth his father.
 He that by usury and unjust gain increaseth his substance, he shall gather it for him that will pity the poor.
 Whoso causeth the righteous to go astray in an evil way, he shall fall himself into his own pit: but the upright shall have good things in possession.
 He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.
 Whoso walketh uprightly shall be saved: but he that is perverse in his ways shall fall at once.
 He that tilleth his land shall have plenty of bread: but he that followeth after vain persons shall have poverty enough.
 A faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent.
 He that hasteth to be rich hath an evil eye, and considereth not that poverty shall come upon him.
 He that rebuketh a man afterwards shall find more favour than he that flattereth with the tongue.
 Whoso robbeth his father or his mother, and saith, It is no transgression; the same is the companion of a destroyer.
 He that is of a proud heart stirreth up strife: but he that putteth his trust in the LORD shall be made fat.
 When the
righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth
rule, the people mourn.
 In the transgression of an evil man there is a snare: but the righteous doth sing and rejoice.
 The righteous considereth the cause of the poor: but the wicked regardeth not to know it.
 When the wicked are multiplied, transgression increaseth: but the righteous shall see their fall.
 Correct thy son, and he shall give thee rest; yea, he shall give delight unto thy soul.
 Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.
 Seest thou a man that is hasty in his words? there is more hope of a fool than of him.
 An angry man stirreth up strife, and a furious man aboundeth in transgression.
 A man's pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit.
 Whoso is partner with a thief hateth his own soul: he heareth cursing, and bewrayeth it not.
 An unjust man is an abomination to the just: and he that is upright in the way is abomination to the wicked.
 Remove far
from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food
convenient for me:
 There is a generation that curseth their father, and doth not bless their mother.
 There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes, and yet is not washed from their filthiness.
 There is a generation, whose teeth are as swords, and their jaw teeth as knives, to devour the poor from off the earth, and the needy from among men.
 The eye that mocketh at his father, and despiseth to obey his mother, the ravens of the valley shall pick it out, and the young eagles shall eat it.
 There be four things which are little upon the earth, but they are exceeding wise:
 The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer;
 The conies are but a feeble folk, yet make they their houses in the rocks;
 The locusts have no king, yet go they forth all of them by bands;
 The spider taketh hold with her hands, and is in kings' palaces.
 Surely the churning of milk bringeth forth butter, and the wringing of the nose bringeth forth blood: so the forcing of wrath bringeth forth strife.
 Let him
drink, and forget his poverty, and remember his misery no more.
 Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.
 Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.
 The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her.
 She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.
 She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.
 She is like the merchants' ships; she bringeth her food from afar.
 She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.
 She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.
 She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.
 She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night.
 She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.
 She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.
 She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet.
 She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.
 Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.
 She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.
 Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.
 She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.
 She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.
 Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.
 Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.
 Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.