Bible: Proverbs 10-31
The First Collection of Solomonic Proverbs 1
10:1 The Proverbs of Solomon:
10:2 Treasures gained by wickedness 6 do not profit,
but the one who sleeps 19 during the harvest
is a son who brings shame to himself. 20
10:6 Blessings 21 are on the head of the righteous,
10:7 The memory 25 of the righteous is a blessing,
but the one who behaves perversely 35 will be found out.
and the one who speaks foolishness 39 will come to ruin.
10:12 Hatred 45 stirs up dissension,
but love covers all transgressions. 46
but the one who rejects 66 rebuke goes astray.
10:18 The one who conceals hatred utters lies, 67
10:19 When words abound, transgression is inevitable, 71
and so is wisdom for the one who has discernment. 90
10:24 What the wicked fears 91 will come on him;
but the righteous are an everlasting foundation. 96
10:26 Like vinegar to the teeth and like smoke to the eyes, 97
so is the sluggard to those 98 who send him.
10:28 The hope 103 of the righteous is joy,
but the expectation of the wicked will remain unfulfilled. 104
10:30 The righteous will never be moved,
but the wicked will not inhabit the land. 110
but the speech 117 of the wicked is perverse.
but an accurate weight 120 is his delight.
11:3 The integrity of the upright guides them, 126
but the crookedness of the unfaithful destroys them. 127
11:4 Wealth does not profit in the day of wrath, 128
but righteousness delivers from mortal danger. 129
11:5 The righteousness of the blameless will make straight their way, 130
but the wicked person will fall by his own wickedness. 131
11:6 The righteousness of the upright will deliver them, 132
11:7 When a wicked person dies, his expectation perishes, 135
11:8 The righteous person is delivered 138 out of trouble,
and the wicked turns up in his stead. 139
but by knowledge 143 the righteous will be delivered.
when the wicked perish, there is joy.
11:11 A city is exalted by the blessing provided from 146 the upright,
but the one who is trustworthy 155 conceals a matter.
11:14 When there is no guidance 156 a nation falls,
but there is success 157 in the abundance of counselors.
11:16 A generous woman 162 gains honor,
but a cruel person brings himself trouble. 168
11:27 The one who diligently seeks 210 good seeks favor,
11:28 The one who trusts in his riches will fall,
11:31 If the righteous are recompensed on earth, 224
12:1 The one who loves discipline loves knowledge, 227
but the one who hates reproof is stupid. 228
12:2 A good person obtains favor from the
but a righteous root 233 cannot be moved.
12:5 The plans 238 of the righteous are just;
the counsels of the wicked are deceitful. 239
but the words 242 of the upright will deliver them.
but the righteous household 245 will stand.
but the one who has a twisted mind 248 is despised.
than one who pretends to be somebody important 251 yet has no food.
12:10 A righteous person cares for 252 the life of his animal,
but even the most compassionate acts 253 of the wicked are cruel.
12:12 The wicked person desires a stronghold, 258
but the righteous person escapes out of trouble. 263
12:14 A person will be satisfied with good from the fruit of his words, 264
but the one who listens to advice is wise. 270
12:18 Speaking recklessly 279 is like the thrusts of a sword,
12:19 The one who tells the truth 283 will endure forever,
12:20 Deceit is in the heart of those who plot evil, 286
but those who promote peace 287 have joy.
but the wicked are filled with calamity. 290
12:26 The righteous person is cautious in his friendship, 308
but the way of the wicked leads them astray.
12:27 The lazy person does not roast 309 his prey,
but personal possessions 310 are precious to the diligent.
12:28 In the path of righteousness there is life,
but another path leads to death. 311
but a scoffer 314 does not listen to rebuke.
13:3 The one who guards his words 320 guards his life,
but the desire of the diligent will be abundantly satisfied. 327
13:5 The righteous person hates anything false, 328
but the wicked person acts in shameful disgrace. 329
but wickedness 332 overthrows the sinner.
13:7 There is one who pretends to be rich 333 and yet has nothing;
but the poor person hears no threat. 338
but wisdom is with the well-advised. 345
13:16 Every shrewd 371 person acts with knowledge,
but a fool displays 372 his folly.
but the one who accepts reproof is honored. 380
13:19 A desire fulfilled is sweet to the soul,
but fools abhor 381 turning away from evil.
13:20 The one who associates 382 with the wise grows wise,
but a companion of fools suffers harm. 383
13:21 Calamity 384 pursues sinners,
but prosperity rewards the righteous. 385
but the wealth of a sinner is stored up for the righteous. 389
13:23 There is abundant food in the field 390 of the poor,
but it is swept away by injustice. 391
13:25 The righteous has enough food to satisfy his appetite, 398
but the belly of the wicked lacks food. 399
but a foolish woman tears it down with her own hands.
14:2 The one who walks in his uprightness fears the
but the one who is perverted in his ways 404 despises him.
but the words 408 of the wise protect them.
14:4 Where there are no oxen, the feeding trough is clean,
but an abundant harvest is produced by strong oxen. 409
14:5 A truthful witness 410 does not lie,
but understanding is easy 415 for a discerning person.
14:7 Leave the presence of a foolish person, 416
but the folly of fools is deception. 422
but among the upright there is favor. 425
14:10 The heart knows its own bitterness, 426
14:11 The household 429 of the wicked will be destroyed,
but the tent 430 of the upright will flourish.
14:12 There is a way that seems right to a person, 431
but its end is the way that leads to death. 432
14:13 Even in laughter the heart may ache, 433
but a good person will be rewarded 438 for his.
14:15 A naive person 439 believes everything,
but the shrewd person discerns his steps. 440
14:16 A wise person is cautious 441 and turns from evil,
14:17 A person who has a quick temper 444 does foolish things,
14:18 The naive inherit 447 folly,
14:19 Those who are evil will bow 450 before those who are good,
14:20 A poor person is disliked 453 even by his neighbors,
but those who love the rich are many.
14:21 The one who despises his neighbor sins,
but whoever is kind to the needy is blessed.
14:22 Do not those who devise 454 evil go astray?
14:23 In all hard work 457 there is profit,
14:24 The crown of the wise is their riches, 461
but the folly 462 of fools is folly.
and it will be a refuge 469 for his children.
14:28 A king’s glory is 476 the abundance of people,
14:29 The one who is slow to anger has great understanding,
but whoever shows favor 487 to the needy honors him.
14:32 The wicked will be thrown down in his trouble, 488
14:33 Wisdom rests in the heart of the discerning;
14:34 Righteousness exalts 493 a nation,
but sin is a disgrace 494 to any people.
but his wrath falls 497 on one who acts shamefully.
15:1 A gentle response 498 turns away anger,
but the mouth of the fool spouts out 503 folly.
15:3 The eyes of the
keeping watch 505 on those who are evil and those who are good.
but a perverse tongue 510 breaks the spirit.
15:5 A fool rejects his father’s discipline,
but whoever heeds reproof shows good sense. 511
but the income of the wicked brings trouble. 514
15:7 The lips of the wise spread 515 knowledge,
but not so the heart of fools. 516
15:10 Severe discipline 525 is for the one who abandons the way;
the one who hates reproof 526 will die.
15:11 Death and Destruction 527 are before the
he will not go to 532 the wise.
but by a painful heart the spirit is broken.
15:14 The discerning heart seeks knowledge,
but the mouth of fools feeds on folly. 535
15:16 Better 541 is little with the fear of the
15:17 Better a meal of vegetables where there is love 544
than a fattened ox where there is hatred. 545
15:18 A quick-tempered person 546 stirs up dissension,
15:19 The way of the sluggard is like a hedge of thorns, 550
15:20 A wise child 553 brings joy to his father,
15:21 Folly is a joy to one who lacks sense, 556
15:22 Plans fail 559 when there is no counsel,
but with abundant advisers they are established. 560
and a word at the right time 563 – how good it is!
but he maintains the boundaries of the widow. 569
but whoever hates bribes 578 will live.
but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things. 582
15:30 A bright look 586 brings joy to the heart,
and good news gives health to the body. 587
15:32 The one who refuses correction despises himself, 592
15:33 The fear of the
and before honor comes humility. 596
and your plans will be established. 609
even the wicked for the day of disaster. 612
16:8 Better to have a little with righteousness 626
than to have abundant income without justice. 627
16:11 Honest scales and balances 636 are from the
all the weights 637 in the bag are his handiwork.
16:12 Doing wickedness 638 is an abomination to kings,
because a throne 639 is established in righteousness.
but a wise person appeases it. 647
16:15 In the light of the king’s face 648 there is life,
16:16 How much better it is to acquire 651 wisdom than gold;
to acquire understanding is more desirable 652 than silver.
and a haughty spirit before a fall. 659
16:19 It is better to be lowly in spirit 660 with the afflicted
than to share the spoils 661 with the proud.
but folly leads to the discipline of fools. 674
sweet to the soul and healing 681 to the bones.
16:25 There is a way that seems right to a person, 682
but its end is the way that leads to death. 683
16:28 A perverse person 693 spreads dissension,
and a gossip separates the closest friends. 694
and leads him down a path that is terrible. 697
16:30 The one who winks his eyes 698 devises perverse things,
16:32 Better to be slow to anger 706 than to be a mighty warrior,
16:33 The dice are thrown into the lap, 710
than a house full of feasting with strife. 715
17:2 A servant who acts wisely 716 will rule
and will share the inheritance along with the relatives. 720
whoever rejoices over disaster will not go unpunished.
but whoever repeats a matter separates close friends. 749
17:10 A rebuke makes a greater impression on 750 a discerning person
than a hundred blows on a fool. 751
17:11 An evil person seeks only rebellion, 752
17:12 It is better for a person to meet 755 a mother bear being robbed of her cubs,
17:13 As for the one who repays 759 evil for good,
stop it before strife breaks out! 764
17:15 The one who acquits the guilty and the one who condemns the innocent 765 –
both of them are an abomination to the
17:17 A friend 771 loves at all times,
17:19 The one who loves a quarrel loves transgression; 778
whoever builds his gate high seeks destruction. 779
and the one who is deceitful in speech 782 falls into trouble.
and the father of a fool has no joy. 786
17:23 A wicked person receives a bribe secretly 791
to pervert 792 the ways of justice.
17:24 Wisdom is directly in front of 793 the discerning person,
17:25 A foolish child is a grief 796 to his father,
and bitterness to the mother who bore him. 797
and the one who stays calm 804 is discerning.
17:28 Even a fool who remains silent is considered 805 wise,
and the one who holds his tongue is deemed discerning. 806
he rejects 809 all sound judgment.
18:2 A fool takes no pleasure 810 in understanding
and with shame comes 815 a reproach.
by depriving 825 a righteous man of justice.
18:7 The mouth of a fool is his ruin,
and his lips are a snare for his life. 830
they go down into the person’s innermost being. 833
and it is like a high wall in his imagination. 846
18:12 Before destruction the heart 847 of a person is proud,
that is his folly and his shame. 852
18:14 A person’s spirit 853 sustains him through sickness –
18:15 The discerning person 856 acquires knowledge,
18:16 A person’s gift 859 makes room for him,
and leads him 860 before important people.
with the product of his lips is he satisfied.
and those who love its use 879 will eat its fruit.
18:23 A poor person makes supplications, 884
but a rich man answers harshly. 885
but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
19:1 Better is a poor person who walks in his integrity 888
19:4 Wealth adds many friends,
19:5 A false witness 901 will not go unpunished,
how much more do his friends avoid him –
the one who preserves understanding will prosper. 914
19:9 A false witness will not go unpunished,
how much less for a servant to rule over princes! 919
but his favor is like dew on the grass. 926
19:13 A foolish child 927 is the ruin of his father,
19:14 A house and wealth are inherited from parents, 931
but a prudent wife 932 is from the
19:16 The one who obeys commandments guards 937 his life;
19:18 Discipline your child, for 945 there is hope,
19:19 A person with great anger bears the penalty, 948
but if you deliver him from it once, you will have to do it again. 949
19:20 Listen to advice 950 and receive discipline,
and a poor person is better than a liar. 960
19:24 The sluggard plunges 966 his hand in the dish,
and he will not even bring it back to his mouth! 967
correct a discerning person, and as a result he will understand knowledge. 971
is a son 974 who brings shame and disgrace.
19:27 If you stop listening to 975 instruction, my child,
you will stray 976 from the words of knowledge.
19:28 A crooked witness 977 scorns justice,
and the mouth of the wicked devours 978 iniquity.
19:29 Judgments 979 are prepared for scorners,
and floggings for the backs of fools.
whoever goes astray by them is not wise. 982
20:2 The king’s terrifying anger 983 is like the roar of a lion;
but every fool quarrels. 988
but an understanding person 997 draws it out.
20:6 Many people profess their loyalty, 998
blessed are his children after him. 1003
20:8 A king sitting on the throne to judge 1004
I am pure 1009 from my sin”?
20:10 Diverse weights and diverse measures 1010 –
whether his activity is pure and whether it is right. 1014
20:12 The ear that hears and the eye that sees 1015 –
20:13 Do not love sleep, 1017 lest you become impoverished;
but when he goes on his way, he boasts. 1022
20:15 There is gold, and an abundance of rubies,
but afterward his mouth will be filled with gravel. 1033
20:18 Plans 1034 are established by counsel,
20:19 The one who goes about gossiping 1037 reveals secrets;
20:20 The one who curses 1040 his father and his mother,
20:21 An inheritance gained easily 1043 in the beginning
and dishonest scales are wicked. 1051
20:26 A wise king separates out 1061 the wicked;
he turns the threshing wheel over them. 1062
searching all his innermost parts. 1066
20:28 Loyal love and truth 1067 preserve a king,
and his throne is upheld by loyal love. 1068
20:29 The glory 1069 of young men is their strength,
20:30 Beatings and wounds cleanse away 1072 evil,
he turns it wherever he wants.
21:2 All of a person’s ways seem right in his own opinion, 1078
21:3 To do righteousness and justice
21:4 Haughty eyes and a proud heart –
the agricultural product 1083 of the wicked is sin.
but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty. 1087
they seek death. 1091
but as for the pure, 1098 his way is upright.
21:9 It is better to live on a corner of the housetop 1099
his neighbor is shown no favor 1104 in his eyes.
21:11 When a scorner is punished, the naive 1105 becomes wise;
when a wise person is instructed, 1106 he gains knowledge.
he overthrows the wicked to their ruin. 1110
he too will cry out and will not be answered. 1113
and terror 1121 to those who do evil.
whoever loves wine and anointing oil 1130 will not be rich.
than with a quarrelsome and easily-provoked 1137 woman.
21:20 There is desirable treasure and olive oil 1138 in the dwelling of the wise,
21:21 The one who pursues righteousness and love 1141
finds life, bounty, 1142 and honor.
21:23 The one who guards his mouth and his tongue 1147
for his hands 1157 refuse to work.
21:26 All day long he craves greedily, 1158
but the righteous gives and does not hold back. 1159
21:27 The wicked person’s sacrifice 1160 is an abomination;
but the one who reports accurately speaks forever. 1165
21:30 There is no wisdom and there is no understanding,
21:31 A horse is prepared for the day of battle,
but the victory is from the
good favor 1175 more than silver or gold.
22:2 The rich and the poor meet together; 1176
is riches and honor and life.
22:5 Thorns and snares 1185 are in the path of the perverse,
but the one who guards himself keeps far from them.
and when he is old he will not turn from it. 1189
22:7 The rich rule over 1190 the poor,
and the borrower is servant 1191 to the lender.
22:8 The one who sows 1192 iniquity will reap trouble,
and the rod of his fury 1193 will end.
for he gives some of his food 1196 to the poor.
22:10 Drive out the scorner 1197 and contention will leave;
strife and insults will cease. 1198
22:11 The one who loves a pure heart 1199
but he overthrows the words of the faithless person. 1204
22:13 The sluggard says, “There is a lion 1205 outside!
I will be killed in the middle of the streets!” 1206
but the rod of discipline 1214 will drive it far from him.
22:16 The one who oppresses the poor to increase his own gain
and the one who gives to the rich 1215 – both end up only in poverty.
The Sayings of the Wise 1216
22:17 Incline your ear 1217 and listen to the words of the wise,
and apply your heart to my instruction. 1218
22:19 So that 1223 your confidence may be in the
I am making them known to you today 1224 – even you.
22:20 Have I not written thirty sayings 1225 for you,
sayings 1226 of counsel and knowledge,
22:21 to show you true and reliable words, 1227
so that you may give accurate answers 1228 to those who sent you?
22:22 Do not exploit 1229 a poor person because he is poor
and do not crush the needy in court, 1230
22:23 for the
and will rob those who are robbing 1232 them.
22:24 Do not make friends with an angry person, 1233
and do not associate with a wrathful person,
22:25 lest you learn 1234 his ways
and entangle yourself in a snare. 1235
22:26 Do not be one who strikes hands in pledge
or who puts up security for debts.
22:27 If you do not have enough to pay,
22:28 Do not move an ancient boundary stone 1239
which was put in place by your ancestors. 1240
22:29 Do you see a person skilled 1241 in his work?
He will take his position before kings;
23:1 When you sit down to eat with a ruler,
23:2 and put a knife to your throat 1246
if you possess a large appetite. 1247
23:3 Do not crave that ruler’s 1248 delicacies,
23:4 Do not wear yourself out to become rich;
be wise enough to restrain yourself. 1251
23:5 When you gaze upon riches, 1252 they are gone,
for they surely make wings for themselves,
and fly off into the sky like an eagle! 1253
23:6 Do not eat the food of a stingy person, 1254
do not crave his delicacies;
“Eat and drink,” he says to you,
but his heart is not with you;
23:8 you will vomit up 1258 the little bit you have eaten,
and will have wasted your pleasant words. 1259
23:9 Do not speak in the ears of a fool, 1260
for he will despise the wisdom of your words. 1261
23:10 Do not move an ancient boundary stone,
or take over 1262 the fields of the fatherless,
23:11 for their Protector 1263 is strong;
he will plead their case against you. 1264
23:12 Apply 1265 your heart to instruction
and your ears to the words of knowledge.
23:13 Do not withhold discipline from a child;
even if you strike him with the rod, he will not die.
23:14 If you strike 1266 him with the rod,
23:15 My child, 1269 if your heart is wise,
then my heart also will be glad;
23:16 my soul 1270 will rejoice
when your lips speak what is right. 1271
23:17 Do not let your heart envy 1272 sinners,
but rather be zealous in fearing the
23:18 For surely there is a future, 1274
and your hope will not be cut off. 1275
23:19 Listen, my child, 1276 and be wise,
and guide your heart on the right way.
among those who eat too much 1279 meat,
23:21 because drunkards and gluttons become impoverished,
23:22 Listen to your father who begot you,
and do not despise your mother when she is old.
23:23 Acquire 1282 truth and do not sell it –
wisdom, and discipline, and understanding.
23:24 The father of a righteous person will rejoice greatly; 1283
whoever fathers a wise child 1284 will have joy in him.
23:25 May your father and your mother have joy;
may she who bore you rejoice. 1285
23:26 Give me your heart, my son, 1286
and let your eyes observe my ways;
23:27 for a prostitute is like 1287 a deep pit;
23:28 Indeed, she lies in wait like a robber, 1291
23:29 Who has woe? 1294 Who has sorrow?
Who has contentions? Who has complaints?
Who has wounds without cause? Who has dullness 1295 of the eyes?
23:30 Those who linger over wine,
those who go looking for mixed wine. 1296
23:31 Do not look on the wine when it is red,
when it sparkles 1297 in the cup,
when it goes down smoothly. 1298
23:32 Afterward 1299 it bites like a snake,
and stings like a viper.
23:33 Your eyes will see strange things, 1300
and your mind will speak perverse things.
23:34 And you will be like one who lies down in the midst 1301 of the sea,
and like one who lies down on the top of the rigging. 1302
23:35 You will say, 1303 “They have struck me, but I am not harmed!
They beat me, but I did not know it! 1304
When will I awake? I will look for another drink.” 1305
24:1 Do not envy evil people, 1306
do not desire 1307 to be with them;
24:2 for their hearts contemplate violence,
and their lips speak harm. 1308
and through understanding it is established;
24:4 by knowledge its rooms are filled
with all kinds of precious and pleasing treasures.
and a man of knowledge makes his strength stronger;
24:6 for with guidance you wage your war,
and with numerous advisers there is victory. 1313
24:7 Wisdom is unattainable 1314 for a fool;
24:8 The one who plans to do evil
will be called a scheming person. 1317
24:9 A foolish scheme 1318 is sin,
and the scorner is an abomination to people. 1319
your strength is small! 1322
24:11 Deliver those being taken away to death,
and hold back those slipping to the slaughter. 1323
24:12 If you say, “But we did not know about this,”
does not the one who evaluates 1324 hearts consider?
Does not the one who guards your life know?
Will he not repay each person according to his deeds? 1325
24:13 Eat honey, 1326 my child, for it is good,
and honey from the honeycomb is sweet to your taste.
and your hope will not be cut off.
24:15 Do not lie in wait like the wicked 1331 against the place where the righteous live;
do not assault 1332 his home.
24:16 Although 1333 a righteous person may fall seven times, he gets up again,
but the wicked will be brought down 1334 by calamity.
24:17 Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, 1335
and when he stumbles do not let your heart rejoice,
24:18 lest the
and turn his wrath away from him. 1337
24:19 Do not fret because of evil people
or be envious of wicked people,
24:20 for the evil person has no future, 1338
and the lamp of the wicked will be extinguished. 1339
24:21 Fear the
24:22 for suddenly their destruction will overtake them, 1343
and who knows the ruinous judgment both the
Further Sayings of the Wise
24:23 These sayings also are from the wise:
peoples will curse him, and nations will denounce 1349 him.
and a pleasing blessing 1353 will come on them.
24:26 Like a kiss on the lips 1354
is the one who gives an honest answer.
24:27 Establish your work outside and get your fields ready;
24:28 Do not be a witness against your neighbor without cause, 1357
and do not deceive with your words. 1358
24:29 Do not say, “I will do to him just as he has done to me;
24:30 I passed by the field of a sluggard,
by the vineyard of one who lacks wisdom. 1361
24:31 I saw 1362 that thorns had grown up all over it,
the ground 1363 was covered with weeds,
and its stone wall was broken down.
24:32 When I saw this, I gave careful consideration to it; 1364
I received instruction from what I saw: 1365
24:33 “A little sleep, a little slumber,
a little folding of the hands to relax,
24:34 and your poverty will come like a bandit,
and your need like an armed robber.” 1366
Proverbs of Solomon Collected by Hezekiah
25:1 These also are proverbs of Solomon,
which the men of King Hezekiah of Judah copied: 1367
and it is the glory of a king to search out a matter.
25:3 As the heaven is high 1370 and the earth is deep
so the hearts of kings are unsearchable. 1371
25:4 Remove the dross from the silver,
and material 1372 for the silversmith will emerge;
25:5 remove the wicked from before the king, 1373
25:6 Do not honor yourself before the king,
and do not stand in the place of great men;
than to put you lower 1378 before a prince,
whom your eyes have seen. 1379
25:8 Do not go out hastily to litigation, 1380
or 1381 what will you do afterward
when your neighbor puts you to shame?
25:9 When you argue a case 1382 with your neighbor,
do not reveal the secret of another person, 1383
25:10 lest the one who hears it put you to shame
and your infamy 1384 will never go away.
25:11 Like apples of gold in settings of silver, 1385
so is a word skillfully spoken. 1386
25:12 Like an earring of gold and an ornament of fine gold, 1387
so is a wise reprover to the ear of the one who listens. 1388
25:13 Like the cold of snow in the time of harvest, 1389
so is a faithful messenger to those who send him,
for he refreshes the heart 1390 of his masters.
25:14 Like cloudy skies and wind that produce no rain, 1391
25:16 When you find 1398 honey, eat only what is sufficient for you,
25:17 Don’t set foot too frequently 1401 in your neighbor’s house,
lest he become weary 1402 of you and hate you.
25:18 Like a club or a sword or a sharp arrow, 1403
25:19 Like a bad tooth or a foot out of joint, 1406
25:20 Like one who takes off a garment on a cold day, 1409
or like vinegar poured on soda, 1410
so is one who sings songs to a heavy heart. 1411
25:21 If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat,
and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink,
25:22 for you will heap coals of fire on his head, 1412
25:23 The north wind 1414 brings forth rain,
25:24 It is better to live on a corner of the housetop
than in a house in company with a quarrelsome wife. 1418
25:25 Like cold water to a weary person, 1419
so is good news from a distant land. 1420
so is a righteous person who gives way 1423 before the wicked.
25:27 It is not good 1424 to eat too much honey,
nor is it honorable for people to seek their own glory. 1425
25:28 Like a city that is broken down and without a wall,
so is a person who cannot control his temper. 1426
26:1 Like snow in summer or rain in harvest,
26:2 Like a fluttering bird or like a flying swallow,
26:3 A whip for the horse and a bridle for the donkey,
and a rod for the backs of fools! 1431
26:4 Do not answer a fool according to his folly, 1432
lest you yourself also be like him. 1433
26:5 Answer a fool according to his folly, 1434
lest he be wise in his own estimation. 1435
26:6 Like cutting off the feet or drinking violence, 1436
26:7 Like legs that hang limp 1439 from the lame,
26:8 Like tying a stone in a sling, 1442
so is giving honor to a fool.
26:9 Like a thorn 1443 that goes into the hand of a drunkard,
so is a proverb in the mouth of a fool. 1444
26:10 Like an archer who wounds at random, 1445
so is the one who hires 1446 a fool or hires any passer-by.
26:11 Like a dog that returns to its vomit, 1447
so a fool repeats his folly. 1448
There is more hope for a fool 1451 than for him.
26:13 The sluggard 1452 says, “There is a lion in the road!
A lion in the streets!” 1453
so a sluggard turns 1456 on his bed.
26:15 The sluggard plunges 1457 his hand in the dish;
he is too lazy to bring it back to his mouth. 1458
26:16 The sluggard is wiser in his own estimation 1459
than seven people who respond with good sense. 1460
26:17 Like one who grabs a wild dog by the ears, 1461
so is the person passing by who becomes furious 1462 over a quarrel not his own.
26:18 Like a madman 1463 who shoots
firebrands and deadly arrows, 1464
26:19 so is a person 1465 who deceives his neighbor,
and says, “Was I not only joking?” 1466
26:20 Where there is no wood, a fire goes out,
26:21 Like charcoal is to burning coals, and wood to fire,
26:22 The words of a gossip are like delicious morsels;
they go down into a person’s innermost being. 1471
26:23 Like a coating of glaze 1472 over earthenware
26:24 The one who hates others disguises 1475 it with his lips,
his evil will be uncovered 1485 in the assembly.
26:27 The one who digs a pit 1486 will fall into it;
the one who rolls a stone – it will come back on him.
26:28 A lying tongue 1487 hates those crushed by it,
and a flattering mouth works ruin. 1488
for you do not know 1491 what a day may bring forth.
someone else, 1494 and not your own lips.
27:3 A stone is heavy and sand is weighty,
27:4 Wrath is cruel and anger is overwhelming, 1497
but who can stand before jealousy? 1498
27:5 Better is open 1499 rebuke
than hidden 1500 love.
27:6 Faithful 1501 are the wounds of a friend,
27:7 The one whose appetite 1504 is satisfied loathes honey,
but to the hungry mouth 1505 every bitter thing is sweet.
27:8 Like a bird that wanders 1506 from its nest,
so is a person who wanders from his home. 1507
27:9 Ointment and incense make the heart rejoice, 1508
likewise the sweetness of one’s friend from sincere counsel. 1509
27:10 Do not forsake your friend and your father’s friend,
and do not enter your brother’s house in the day of your disaster;
a neighbor nearby is better than a brother far away. 1510
27:11 Be wise, my son, 1511 and make my heart glad,
27:12 A shrewd person sees danger and hides himself,
but the naive keep right on going 1514 and suffer for it.
27:13 Take a man’s 1515 garment when he has given security for a stranger,
it will be counted as a curse to him. 1520
27:15 A continual dripping on a rainy day
27:16 Whoever hides her hides the wind 1523
and whoever takes care of 1532 his master will be honored.
27:19 As in water the face is reflected as a face, 1533
so a person’s heart 1534 reflects the person.
27:21 As the crucible is for silver and the furnace is for gold, 1539
27:22 If you should pound 1543 the fool in the mortar
among the grain 1544 with the pestle,
his foolishness would not depart from him. 1545
give careful attention 1548 to your herds,
27:24 for riches do not last 1549 forever,
nor does a crown last 1550 from generation to generation.
27:25 When the hay is removed and new grass appears,
and the grass from the hills is gathered in,
27:26 the lambs will be for your clothing,
and the goats will be for the price of a field. 1551
27:27 And there will be enough goat’s milk for your food, 1552
for the food of your household,
and for the sustenance 1553 of your servant girls.
28:1 The wicked person flees when there is no one pursuing, 1554
but the righteous person is as confident 1555 as a lion.
28:3 A poor person 1560 who oppresses the weak
but those who keep the law contend 1565 with them.
but those who seek the
28:6 A poor person 1569 who walks in his integrity is better
28:8 The one who increases his wealth by increasing interest 1577
gathers it for someone who is gracious 1578 to the needy.
28:9 The one who turns away his ear 1579 from hearing the law,
28:10 The one who leads the upright astray in an evil way
will himself fall into his own pit, 1582
but the blameless will inherit what is good. 1583
but a discerning poor person can evaluate him properly. 1586
but when the wicked rise to power, people are sought out. 1589
but whoever confesses them and forsakes them will find mercy. 1592
28:14 Blessed is the one who is always cautious, 1593
but whoever hardens his heart 1594 will fall into evil.
so is a wicked ruler over a poor people. 1597
28:16 The prince who is a great oppressor lacks wisdom, 1598
but the one who hates 1599 unjust gain will prolong his days.
let no one support him.
28:18 The one who walks blamelessly will be delivered, 1603
28:19 The one who works his land will be satisfied with food, 1606
28:20 A faithful person 1609 will have an abundance of blessings,
but the one who hastens 1610 to gain riches will not go unpunished.
for a person will transgress over the smallest piece of bread. 1613
28:22 The stingy person 1614 hastens after riches
and does not know that poverty will overtake him. 1615
than the one who flatters 1619 with the tongue.
28:24 The one who robs 1620 his father and mother and says, “There is no transgression,”
28:26 The one who trusts in his own heart 1627 is a fool,
28:27 The one who gives to the poor will not lack, 1630
but when they perish, 1637 the righteous increase.
29:2 When the righteous become numerous, 1642 the people rejoice;
when the wicked rule, the people groan. 1643
but one who exacts tribute 1651 tears it down.
29:6 In the transgression of an evil person there is a snare, 1656
the wicked does not understand such 1661 knowledge.
but those who are wise turn away wrath.
as for the upright, they seek his life. 1671
29:11 A fool lets fly with all his temper, 1672
but a wise person keeps it back. 1673
29:14 If a king judges the poor in truth, 1681
his throne 1682 will be established forever.
29:16 When the wicked increase, 1688 transgression increases,
but the righteous will see 1689 their downfall.
29:17 Discipline your child, and he will give you rest; 1690
There is more hope for a fool than for him. 1703
29:21 If 1704 someone pampers his servant from youth,
he will be a weakling 1705 in the end.
29:22 An angry person 1706 stirs up dissension,
but one who has a lowly spirit 1711 will gain honor.
he hears the oath to testify, 1714 but does not talk.
but whoever trusts in the
29:26 Many people seek the face 1719 of a ruler,
but it is from the
29:27 An unjust person is an abomination to the righteous,
and the one who lives an upright life is an abomination to the wicked. 1721
The Words of Agur 1722
30:1 The words of Agur, the son of Jakeh; an oracle: 1723
and I do not have human understanding; 1730
30:3 I have not learned wisdom,
30:4 Who has ascended into heaven, and then descended? 1733
Who has gathered up the winds in his fists? 1734
Who has bound up the waters in his cloak? 1735
Who has established all the ends of the earth? 1736
What is his name, and what is his son’s name? 1737 – if you know!
30:5 Every word of God is purified; 1738
30:6 Do not add to his words,
lest he reprove you, and prove you to be a liar. 1741
do not refuse me before I die:
30:8 Remove falsehood and lies 1744 far from me;
do not give me poverty or riches,
30:9 lest I become satisfied and act deceptively 1747
and say, “Who is the
Or lest I become poor and steal
and demean 1748 the name of my God.
30:10 Do not slander 1749 a servant to his master,
lest he curse you, and you are found guilty. 1750
30:11 There is a generation 1751 who curse their fathers
and do not bless their mothers. 1752
30:12 There is a generation who are pure in their own eyes
30:13 There is a generation whose eyes are so lofty, 1755
and whose eyelids are lifted up disdainfully. 1756
and whose molars 1759 are like knives
to devour 1760 the poor from the earth
and the needy from among the human race.
“Give! Give!” 1763
There are three things that are never satisfied,
land that is not satisfied with water,
and fire that never says, “Enough!” 1768
30:17 The eye 1769 that mocks at a father
and despises obeying 1770 a mother –
the ravens of the valley will peck it out
and the young vultures will eat it. 1771
30:18 There are three things that are too wonderful for me, 1772
four that I do not understand:
30:19 the way 1773 of an eagle in the sky,
the way of a snake on a rock,
the way of a ship in the sea,
and the way of a man with a woman. 1774
she eats and wipes her mouth 1777
and says, “I have not done wrong.” 1778
30:21 Under three things the earth trembles, 1779
and under four things it cannot bear up:
30:22 under a servant 1780 who becomes king,
under a fool who is stuffed with food, 1781
30:23 under an unloved 1782 woman who is married,
and under a female servant who dispossesses 1783 her mistress.
30:24 There are four things on earth that are small, 1784
but they are exceedingly wise: 1785
30:25 ants are creatures with little strength,
but they prepare 1786 their food in the summer;
30:26 rock badgers 1787 are creatures with little power,
but they make their homes in the crags;
30:27 locusts have no king,
but they all go forward by ranks; 1788
30:28 a lizard 1789 you can catch with the hand,
but it gets into the palaces of the king. 1790
30:29 There are three things that are magnificent 1791 in their step,
four things that move about magnificently: 1792
30:30 a lion, mightiest 1793 of the beasts,
who does not retreat from anything;
30:31 a strutting rooster, 1794 a male goat,
and a king with his army around him. 1795
30:32 If you have done foolishly by exalting yourself 1796
or if you have planned evil,
put 1797 your hand over your mouth!
30:33 For as the churning 1798 of milk produces butter
and as punching the nose produces blood,
The Words of Lemuel
31:1 The words of King Lemuel, 1801
an oracle 1802 that his mother taught him:
31:2 O 1803 my son, O son of my womb,
O son 1804 of my vows,
31:3 Do not give your strength 1805 to women,
31:4 It is not for kings, 1808 O Lemuel,
it is not for kings to drink wine, 1809
or for rulers to crave strong drink, 1810
31:5 lest they drink and forget what is decreed,
31:6 Give strong drink to the one who is perishing, 1814
and wine to those who are bitterly distressed; 1815
and remember their misery no more.
for the legal rights of all the dying. 1820
31:9 Open your mouth, judge in righteousness, 1821
and plead the cause 1822 of the poor and needy.
The Wife of Noble Character 1823
For her value 1827 is far more than rubies.
31:11 The heart of her husband has confidence 1828 in her,
and he has no lack of gain. 1829
all the days of her life.
31:13 She obtains 1832 wool and flax,
and she is pleased to work with her hands. 1833
she brings her food from afar.
31:15 She also gets up 1836 while it is still night,
31:16 She considers 1839 a field and buys it;
from her own income 1840 she plants a vineyard.
31:17 She begins 1841 her work vigorously,
and she strengthens 1842 her arms.
31:18 She knows 1843 that her merchandise is good,
and her lamp 1844 does not go out in the night.
and her hands grasp the spindle.
and reaches out her hand to the needy.
for all of her household are clothed with scarlet. 1851
31:22 She makes for herself coverlets; 1852
her clothing is fine linen and purple. 1853
when he sits with the elders 1856 of the land.
31:24 She makes linen garments 1857 and sells them,
and supplies the merchants 1858 with sashes.
31:26 She opens her mouth 1864 with wisdom,
and loving instruction 1865 is on her tongue.
31:27 She watches over 1866 the ways of her household,
and does not eat the bread of idleness. 1867
31:28 Her children rise up 1868 and call her blessed,
her husband 1869 also praises her:
but you surpass them all!”
but a woman who fears the