Bible: Prov 10:1-22:16

The First Collection of Solomonic Proverbs 1 

10:1 The Proverbs of Solomon:

A wise child 2  makes a father rejoice, 3 

but a foolish child 4  is a grief to his mother. 5 

10:2 Treasures gained by wickedness 6  do not profit,

but righteousness 7  delivers from mortal danger. 8 

10:3 The Lord satisfies 9  the appetite 10  of the righteous,

but he thwarts 11  the craving 12  of the wicked.

10:4 The one who is lazy 13  becomes poor, 14 

but the one who works diligently 15  becomes wealthy. 16 

10:5 The one who gathers crops 17  in the summer is a wise 18  son,

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,

but the speech 22  of the wicked conceals 23  violence. 24 

10:7 The memory 25  of the righteous is a blessing,

but the reputation 26  of the wicked will rot. 27 

10:8 The wise person 28  accepts instructions, 29 

but the one who speaks foolishness 30  will come to ruin. 31 

10:9 The one who conducts himself 32  in integrity 33  will live 34  securely,

but the one who behaves perversely 35  will be found out.

10:10 The one who winks 36  his 37  eye causes 38  trouble,

and the one who speaks foolishness 39  will come to ruin.

10:11 The teaching 40  of the righteous is a fountain of life, 41 

but the speech 42  of the wicked conceals 43  violence. 44 

10:12 Hatred 45  stirs up dissension,

but love covers all transgressions. 46 

10:13 Wisdom is found in the words 47  of the discerning person, 48 

but the one who lacks wisdom 49  will be disciplined. 50 

10:14 Those who are wise 51  store up 52  knowledge,

but foolish speech 53  leads to imminent 54  destruction.

10:15 The wealth of a rich person is like 55  a fortified city, 56 

but the poor are brought to ruin 57  by 58  their poverty.

10:16 The reward 59  which the righteous receive 60  is life;

the recompense 61  which the wicked receive 62  is judgment. 63 

10:17 The one who heeds instruction 64  is on the way to 65  life,

but the one who rejects 66  rebuke goes astray.

10:18 The one who conceals hatred utters lies, 67 

and the one who spreads 68  slander 69  is certainly 70  a fool.

10:19 When words abound, transgression is inevitable, 71 

but the one who restrains 72  his words 73  is wise.

10:20 What the righteous say 74  is like 75  the best 76  silver,

but what the wicked think 77  is of little value. 78 

10:21 The teaching 79  of the righteous feeds 80  many,

but fools die 81  for lack of wisdom. 82 

10:22 The blessing 83  from the Lord 84  makes a person rich, 85 

and he adds no sorrow 86  to 87  it.

10:23 Carrying out a wicked scheme 88  is enjoyable 89  to a fool,

and so is wisdom for the one who has discernment. 90 

10:24 What the wicked fears 91  will come on him;

what the righteous desire 92  will be granted. 93 

10:25 When the storm 94  passes through, the wicked are swept away, 95 

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.

10:27 Fearing the Lord 99  prolongs life, 100 

but the life span 101  of the wicked will be shortened. 102 

10:28 The hope 103  of the righteous is joy,

but the expectation of the wicked will remain unfulfilled. 104 

10:29 The way of the Lord 105  is like 106  a stronghold for the upright, 107 

but it is destruction 108  to evildoers. 109 

10:30 The righteous will never be moved,

but the wicked will not inhabit the land. 110 

10:31 The speech 111  of the righteous bears the fruit of wisdom, 112 

but the one who speaks perversion 113  will be destroyed. 114 

10:32 The lips of the righteous know 115  what is pleasing, 116 

but the speech 117  of the wicked is perverse.

11:1 The Lord abhors 118  dishonest scales, 119 

but an accurate weight 120  is his delight.

11:2 When pride 121  comes, 122  then comes disgrace, 123 

but with humility 124  comes 125  wisdom.

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 

but the faithless will be captured 133  by their own desires. 134 

11:7 When a wicked person dies, his expectation perishes, 135 

and the hope of his strength 136  perishes. 137 

11:8 The righteous person is delivered 138  out of trouble,

and the wicked turns up in his stead. 139 

11:9 With his speech 140  the godless person 141  destroys 142  his neighbor,

but by knowledge 143  the righteous will be delivered.

11:10 When the righteous do well, 144  the city rejoices; 145 

when the wicked perish, there is joy.

11:11 A city is exalted by the blessing provided from 146  the upright,

but it is destroyed by the counsel 147  of the wicked. 148 

11:12 The one who denounces 149  his neighbor lacks wisdom, 150 

but the one who has discernment 151  keeps silent. 152 

11:13 The one who goes about slandering others 153  reveals 154  secrets,

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.

11:15 The one who puts up security for a stranger 158  will surely have trouble, 159 

but whoever avoids 160  shaking hands 161  will be secure.

11:16 A generous woman 162  gains honor,

and ruthless men 163  seize wealth. 164 

11:17 A kind person 165  benefits 166  himself, 167 

but a cruel person brings himself trouble. 168 

11:18 The wicked person 169  earns 170  deceitful wages, 171 

but the one who sows 172  righteousness reaps 173  a genuine 174  reward. 175 

11:19 True 176  righteousness leads to 177  life,

but the one who pursues evil pursues it 178  to his own death. 179 

11:20 The Lord abhors 180  those who are perverse in heart, 181 

but those who are blameless in their ways 182  are his delight. 183 

11:21 Be assured that 184  the evil person will certainly be punished, 185 

but the descendants of the righteous 186  will not suffer unjust judgment. 187 

11:22 Like a gold ring 188  in a pig’s snout 189 

is 190  a beautiful woman who rejects 191  discretion. 192 

11:23 What the righteous desire 193  leads 194  only to good,

but what the wicked hope for 195  leads 196  to wrath.

11:24 One person is generous 197  and yet grows more wealthy, 198 

but another withholds more than he should 199  and comes to poverty. 200 

11:25 A generous person 201  will be enriched, 202 

and the one who provides water 203  for others 204  will himself be satisfied. 205 

11:26 People will curse 206  the one who withholds grain, 207 

but they will praise 208  the one who sells it. 209 

11:27 The one who diligently seeks 210  good seeks favor,

but the one who searches 211  for evil – it will come to him. 212 

11:28 The one who trusts in his riches will fall,

but the righteous 213  will flourish like a green leaf. 214 

11:29 The one who troubles 215  his family 216  will inherit nothing, 217 

and the fool 218  will be a servant to the wise person. 219 

11:30 The fruit of the righteous is like 220  a tree producing life, 221 

and the one who wins souls 222  is wise. 223 

11:31 If the righteous are recompensed on earth, 224 

how much more 225  the wicked sinner! 226 

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 Lord,

but the Lord 229  condemns a person with wicked schemes. 230 

12:3 No one 231  can be established 232  through wickedness,

but a righteous root 233  cannot be moved.

12:4 A noble wife 234  is the crown 235  of her husband,

but the wife 236  who acts shamefully is like rottenness in his bones. 237 

12:5 The plans 238  of the righteous are just;

the counsels of the wicked are deceitful. 239 

12:6 The words of the wicked lie in wait 240  to shed innocent blood, 241 

but the words 242  of the upright will deliver them.

12:7 The wicked are overthrown 243  and perish, 244 

but the righteous household 245  will stand.

12:8 A person 246  is praised in accordance with 247  his wisdom,

but the one who has a twisted mind 248  is despised.

12:9 Better is a person of humble standing 249  who nevertheless has a servant, 250 

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.

12:11 The one who works 254  his field will have plenty 255  of food,

but whoever chases daydreams 256  lacks wisdom. 257 

12:12 The wicked person desires a stronghold, 258 

but the righteous root 259  endures. 260 

12:13 The evil person is ensnared 261  by the transgression of his speech, 262 

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 

and the work of his hands 265  will be rendered to 266  him.

12:15 The way of a fool 267  is right 268  in his own opinion, 269 

but the one who listens to advice is wise. 270 

12:16 A fool’s annoyance 271  is known at once, 272 

but the prudent 273  overlooks 274  an insult.

12:17 The faithful witness 275  tells what is right, 276 

but a false witness 277  speaks 278  deceit.

12:18 Speaking recklessly 279  is like the thrusts of a sword,

but the words 280  of the wise bring 281  healing. 282 

12:19 The one who tells the truth 283  will endure forever,

but the one who lies 284  will last only for a moment. 285 

12:20 Deceit is in the heart of those who plot evil, 286 

but those who promote peace 287  have joy.

12:21 The righteous do not encounter 288  any harm, 289 

but the wicked are filled with calamity. 290 

12:22 The Lord 291  abhors a person who lies, 292 

but those who deal truthfully 293  are his delight. 294 

12:23 The shrewd person 295  conceals 296  knowledge,

but foolish people 297  publicize folly. 298 

12:24 The diligent 299  person 300  will rule,

but the slothful 301  will become a slave. 302 

12:25 Anxiety 303  in a person’s heart 304  weighs him down, 305 

but an encouraging 306  word brings him joy. 307 

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 

13:1 A wise son accepts 312  his father’s discipline, 313 

but a scoffer 314  does not listen to rebuke.

13:2 From the fruit of his speech 315  a person eats good things, 316 

but the faithless 317  desire 318  the fruit of violence. 319 

13:3 The one who guards his words 320  guards his life,

but 321  whoever is talkative 322  will come to ruin. 323 

13:4 The appetite 324  of the sluggard 325  craves 326  but gets nothing,

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 

13:6 Righteousness 330  guards the one who lives with integrity, 331 

but wickedness 332  overthrows the sinner.

13:7 There is one who pretends to be rich 333  and yet has nothing;

another pretends to be poor 334  and yet possesses great wealth. 335 

13:8 The ransom 336  of a person’s 337  life is his wealth,

but the poor person hears no threat. 338 

13:9 The light 339  of the righteous shines brightly, 340 

but the lamp 341  of the wicked goes out. 342 

13:10 With pride 343  comes only 344  contention,

but wisdom is with the well-advised. 345 

13:11 Wealth gained quickly 346  will dwindle away, 347 

but the one who gathers it little by little 348  will become rich. 349 

13:12 Hope 350  deferred 351  makes the heart sick, 352 

but a longing fulfilled 353  is like 354  a tree of life.

13:13 The one who despises instruction 355  will pay the penalty, 356 

but whoever esteems instruction 357  will 358  be rewarded. 359 

13:14 Instruction 360  from the wise 361  is like 362  a life-giving fountain, 363 

to turn 364  a person 365  from deadly snares. 366 

13:15 Keen insight 367  wins 368  favor,

but the conduct 369  of the unfaithful is harsh. 370 

13:16 Every shrewd 371  person acts with knowledge,

but a fool displays 372  his folly.

13:17 An unreliable 373  messenger falls 374  into trouble, 375 

but a faithful envoy 376  brings 377  healing.

13:18 The one who neglects 378  discipline ends up in 379  poverty and shame,

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 

13:22 A benevolent 386  person leaves an inheritance 387  for his grandchildren, 388 

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 

13:24 The one who spares his rod 392  hates 393  his child, 394 

but the one who loves his child 395  is diligent 396  in disciplining 397  him.

13:25 The righteous has enough food to satisfy his appetite, 398 

but the belly of the wicked lacks food. 399 

14:1 Every wise woman 400  builds 401  her household, 402 

but a foolish woman tears it down with her own hands.

14:2 The one who walks in his uprightness fears the Lord, 403 

but the one who is perverted in his ways 404  despises him.

14:3 In 405  the speech 406  of a fool is a rod for his back, 407 

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 a false witness 411  breathes out lies. 412 

14:6 The scorner 413  seeks wisdom but finds none, 414 

but understanding is easy 415  for a discerning person.

14:7 Leave the presence of a foolish person, 416 

or 417  you will not understand 418  wise counsel. 419 

14:8 The wisdom of the shrewd person 420  is to discern 421  his way,

but the folly of fools is deception. 422 

14:9 Fools mock 423  at reparation, 424 

but among the upright there is favor. 425 

14:10 The heart knows its own bitterness, 426 

and with its joy no one else 427  can share. 428 

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 

and the end 434  of joy may be 435  grief.

14:14 The backslider 436  will be paid back 437  from his own ways,

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,

but a fool throws off restraint 442  and is overconfident. 443 

14:17 A person who has a quick temper 444  does foolish things,

and a person with crafty schemes 445  is hated. 446 

14:18 The naive inherit 447  folly,

but the shrewd 448  are crowned 449  with knowledge.

14:19 Those who are evil will bow 450  before those who are good,

and the wicked will bow 451  at the gates 452  of the righteous.

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?

But those who plan good exhibit 455  faithful covenant love. 456 

14:23 In all hard work 457  there is profit,

but merely talking about it 458  only brings 459  poverty. 460 

14:24 The crown of the wise is their riches, 461 

but the folly 462  of fools is folly.

14:25 A truthful witness 463  rescues lives, 464 

but the one who breathes lies brings 465  deception. 466 

14:26 In the fear of the Lord one has 467  strong confidence, 468 

and it will be a refuge 469  for his children.

14:27 The fear of the Lord 470  is like 471  a life-giving fountain, 472 

to turn 473  people 474  from deadly snares. 475 

14:28 A king’s glory is 476  the abundance of people,

but the lack of subjects 477  is the ruin 478  of a ruler.

14:29 The one who is slow to anger has great understanding,

but the one who has a quick temper 479  exalts 480  folly.

14:30 A tranquil spirit 481  revives the body, 482 

but envy 483  is rottenness to the bones. 484 

14:31 The one who oppresses 485  the poor insults 486  his Creator,

but whoever shows favor 487  to the needy honors him.

14:32 The wicked will be thrown down in his trouble, 488 

but the righteous have refuge 489  even in the threat of death. 490 

14:33 Wisdom rests in the heart of the discerning;

it is known 491  even in the heart 492  of fools.

14:34 Righteousness exalts 493  a nation,

but sin is a disgrace 494  to any people.

14:35 The king shows favor 495  to a wise 496  servant,

but his wrath falls 497  on one who acts shamefully.

15:1 A gentle response 498  turns away anger,

but a harsh word 499  stirs up wrath. 500 

15:2 The tongue of the wise 501  treats knowledge correctly, 502 

but the mouth of the fool spouts out 503  folly.

15:3 The eyes of the Lord 504  are in every place,

keeping watch 505  on those who are evil and those who are good.

15:4 Speech 506  that heals 507  is like 508  a life-giving tree, 509 

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 

15:6 In the house 512  of the righteous is abundant wealth, 513 

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 

15:8 The Lord abhors 517  the sacrifices 518  of the wicked, 519 

but the prayer 520  of the upright pleases him. 521 

15:9 The Lord abhors 522  the way of the wicked,

but he loves those 523  who pursue 524  righteousness.

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 Lord

how much more 528  the hearts of humans! 529 

15:12 The scorner does not love 530  one who corrects him; 531 

he will not go to 532  the wise.

15:13 A joyful heart 533  makes the face cheerful, 534 

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 

15:15 All the days 536  of the afflicted 537  are bad, 538 

but one with 539  a cheerful heart has a continual feast. 540 

15:16 Better 541  is little with the fear of the Lord

than great wealth and turmoil 542  with it. 543 

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,

but one who is slow to anger 547  calms 548  a quarrel. 549 

15:19 The way of the sluggard is like a hedge of thorns, 550 

but the path of the upright is like 551  a highway. 552 

15:20 A wise child 553  brings joy to his father,

but a foolish person 554  despises 555  his mother.

15:21 Folly is a joy to one who lacks sense, 556 

but one who has understanding 557  follows an upright course. 558 

15:22 Plans fail 559  when there is no counsel,

but with abundant advisers they are established. 560 

15:23 A person has joy 561  in giving an appropriate answer, 562 

and a word at the right time 563 how good it is!

15:24 The path of life is upward 564  for the wise person, 565 

to 566  keep him from going downward to Sheol. 567 

15:25 The Lord tears down the house of the proud, 568 

but he maintains the boundaries of the widow. 569 

15:26 The Lord abhors 570  the plans 571  of the wicked, 572 

but pleasant words 573  are pure. 574 

15:27 The one who is greedy for gain 575  troubles 576  his household, 577 

but whoever hates bribes 578  will live.

15:28 The heart of the righteous considers 579  how 580  to answer, 581 

but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things. 582 

15:29 The Lord is far 583  from the wicked,

but he hears 584  the prayer of the righteous. 585 

15:30 A bright look 586  brings joy to the heart,

and good news gives health to the body. 587 

15:31 The person 588  who hears the reproof that leads to life 589 

is at home 590  among the wise. 591 

15:32 The one who refuses correction despises himself, 592 

but whoever hears 593  reproof acquires understanding. 594 

15:33 The fear of the Lord provides wise instruction, 595 

and before honor comes humility. 596 

16:1 The intentions of the heart 597  belong to a man, 598 

but the answer of the tongue 599  comes from 600  the Lord. 601 

16:2 All a person’s ways 602  seem right 603  in his own opinion, 604 

but the Lord evaluates 605  the motives. 606 

16:3 Commit 607  your works 608  to the Lord,

and your plans will be established. 609 

16:4 The Lord works 610  everything for its own ends 611 

even the wicked for the day of disaster. 612 

16:5 The Lord abhors 613  every arrogant person; 614 

rest assured 615  that they will not go unpunished. 616 

16:6 Through loyal love and truth 617  iniquity is appeased; 618 

through fearing the Lord 619  one avoids 620  evil. 621 

16:7 When a person’s 622  ways are pleasing to the Lord, 623 

he 624  even reconciles his enemies to himself. 625 

16:8 Better to have a little with righteousness 626 

than to have abundant income without justice. 627 

16:9 A person 628  plans his course, 629 

but the Lord directs 630  his steps. 631 

16:10 The divine verdict 632  is in the words 633  of the king,

his pronouncements 634  must not act treacherously 635  against justice.

16:11 Honest scales and balances 636  are from the Lord;

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.

16:13 The delight of kings 640  is righteous counsel, 641 

and they love the one who speaks 642  uprightly. 643 

16:14 A king’s wrath 644  is like 645  a messenger of death, 646 

but a wise person appeases it. 647 

16:15 In the light of the king’s face 648  there is life,

and his favor is like the clouds 649  of the spring rain. 650 

16:16 How much better it is to acquire 651  wisdom than gold;

to acquire understanding is more desirable 652  than silver.

16:17 The highway 653  of the upright is to turn 654  away from evil;

the one who guards 655  his way safeguards his life. 656 

16:18 Pride 657  goes 658  before destruction,

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.

16:20 The one who deals wisely 662  in a matter 663  will find success, 664 

and blessed 665  is the one who trusts in the Lord. 666 

16:21 The one who is wise in heart 667  is called 668  discerning,

and kind speech 669  increases persuasiveness. 670 

16:22 Insight 671  is like 672  a life-giving fountain 673  to the one who possesses it,

but folly leads to the discipline of fools. 674 

16:23 A wise person’s heart 675  makes his speech wise 676 

and it adds persuasiveness 677  to his words. 678 

16:24 Pleasant words are like 679  a honeycomb, 680 

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 

16:26 A laborer’s 684  appetite 685  works on his behalf, 686 

for his hunger 687  urges him to work. 688 

16:27 A wicked scoundrel 689  digs up 690  evil,

and his slander 691  is like a scorching fire. 692 

16:28 A perverse person 693  spreads dissension,

and a gossip separates the closest friends. 694 

16:29 A violent person 695  entices 696  his neighbor,

and leads him down a path that is terrible. 697 

16:30 The one who winks his eyes 698  devises perverse things,

and 699  one who compresses his lips 700  brings about 701  evil.

16:31 Gray hair is like 702  a crown of glory; 703 

it is attained 704  in the path of righteousness. 705 

16:32 Better to be slow to anger 706  than to be a mighty warrior,

and one who controls his temper 707  is better than 708  one who captures a city. 709 

16:33 The dice are thrown into the lap, 710 

but their every decision 711  is from the Lord. 712 

17:1 Better is a dry crust of bread 713  where there is quietness 714 

than a house full of feasting with strife. 715 

17:2 A servant who acts wisely 716  will rule

over 717  an heir 718  who behaves shamefully, 719 

and will share the inheritance along with the relatives. 720 

17:3 The crucible 721  is for refining 722  silver and the furnace 723  is for gold,

likewise 724  the Lord tests 725  hearts.

17:4 One who acts wickedly 726  pays attention to evil counsel; 727 

a liar listens 728  to a malicious tongue. 729 

17:5 The one who mocks the poor 730  insults 731  his Creator;

whoever rejoices over disaster will not go unpunished.

17:6 Grandchildren 732  are like 733  a crown 734  to the elderly,

and the glory 735  of children is their parents. 736 

17:7 Excessive 737  speech 738  is not becoming for a fool; 739 

how much less are lies 740  for a ruler! 741 

17:8 A bribe works like 742  a charm 743  for the one who offers it; 744 

in whatever he does 745  he succeeds. 746 

17:9 The one who forgives 747  an offense seeks 748  love,

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 

and so 753  a cruel messenger 754  will be sent against him.

17:12 It is better for a person to meet 755  a mother bear being robbed of her cubs,

than 756  to encounter 757  a fool in his folly. 758 

17:13 As for the one who repays 759  evil for good,

evil will not leave 760  his house. 761 

17:14 Starting a quarrel 762  is like letting out water; 763 

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 Lord. 766 

17:16 Of what 767  use is money in the hand of a fool, 768 

since he has no intention 769  of acquiring wisdom? 770 

17:17 A friend 771  loves at all times,

and a relative 772  is born to help in adversity. 773 

17:18 The one who lacks wisdom 774  strikes hands in pledge, 775 

and puts up financial security 776  for his neighbor. 777 

17:19 The one who loves a quarrel loves transgression; 778 

whoever builds his gate high seeks destruction. 779 

17:20 The one who has a perverse heart 780  does not find good, 781 

and the one who is deceitful in speech 782  falls into trouble.

17:21 Whoever brings a fool 783  into the world 784  does so 785  to his grief,

and the father of a fool has no joy. 786 

17:22 A cheerful heart 787  brings good healing, 788 

but a crushed spirit 789  dries up the bones. 790 

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,

but the eyes of a fool run 794  to the ends of the earth. 795 

17:25 A foolish child is a grief 796  to his father,

and bitterness to the mother who bore him. 797 

17:26 It is terrible 798  to punish 799  a righteous person,

and to flog 800  honorable men is wrong. 801 

17:27 The truly wise person 802  restrains 803  his words,

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 

18:1 One who has isolated himself 807  seeks his own desires; 808 

he rejects 809  all sound judgment.

18:2 A fool takes no pleasure 810  in understanding

but only in disclosing 811  what is on his mind. 812 

18:3 When a wicked person 813  arrives, contempt 814  shows up with him,

and with shame comes 815  a reproach.

18:4 The words of a person’s mouth are like 816  deep waters, 817 

and 818  the fountain of wisdom 819  is like 820  a flowing brook. 821 

18:5 It is terrible 822  to show partiality 823  to the wicked, 824 

by depriving 825  a righteous man of justice.

18:6 The lips of a fool 826  enter into strife, 827 

and his mouth invites 828  a flogging. 829 

18:7 The mouth of a fool is his ruin,

and his lips are a snare for his life. 830 

18:8 The words of a gossip 831  are like choice morsels; 832 

they go down into the person’s innermost being. 833 

18:9 The one who 834  is slack 835  in his work

is a brother 836  to one who destroys. 837 

18:10 The name of the Lord 838  is like 839  a strong tower; 840 

the righteous person runs 841  to it and is set safely on high. 842 

18:11 The wealth 843  of a rich person is like 844  a strong city, 845 

and it is like a high wall in his imagination. 846 

18:12 Before destruction the heart 847  of a person is proud,

but humility comes 848  before honor. 849 

18:13 The one who gives an answer 850  before he listens 851 

that is his folly and his shame. 852 

18:14 A person’s spirit 853  sustains him through sickness

but who can bear 854  a crushed spirit? 855 

18:15 The discerning person 856  acquires knowledge,

and the wise person 857  seeks 858  knowledge.

18:16 A person’s gift 859  makes room for him,

and leads him 860  before important people.

18:17 The first to state his case 861  seems 862  right,

until his opponent 863  begins to 864  cross-examine him. 865 

18:18 A toss of a coin 866  ends 867  disputes,

and settles the issue 868  between strong opponents. 869 

18:19 A relative 870  offended 871  is harder to reach than 872  a strong city,

and disputes are like the barred gates 873  of a fortified citadel. 874 

18:20 From the fruit of a person’s mouth 875  his stomach is satisfied, 876 

with the product of his lips is he satisfied.

18:21 Death and life are in the power 877  of the tongue, 878 

and those who love its use 879  will eat its fruit.

18:22 The one who finds 880  a wife finds what is enjoyable, 881 

and receives a pleasurable gift 882  from the Lord. 883 

18:23 A poor person makes supplications, 884 

but a rich man answers harshly. 885 

18:24 A person who has friends 886  may be harmed by them, 887 

but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

19:1 Better is a poor person who walks in his integrity 888 

than one who is perverse in his speech 889  and is a fool. 890 

19:2 It is dangerous 891  to have zeal 892  without knowledge,

and the one who acts hastily 893  makes poor choices. 894 

19:3 A person’s folly 895  subverts 896  his way,

and 897  his heart rages 898  against the Lord.

19:4 Wealth adds many friends,

but a poor person is separated 899  from his friend. 900 

19:5 A false witness 901  will not go unpunished,

and the one who spouts out 902  lies will not escape punishment. 903 

19:6 Many people entreat the favor 904  of a generous person, 905 

and everyone is the friend 906  of the person who gives gifts. 907 

19:7 All the relatives 908  of a poor person hate him; 909 

how much more do his friends avoid him –

he pursues them 910  with words, but they do not respond. 911 

19:8 The one who acquires wisdom 912  loves himself; 913 

the one who preserves understanding will prosper. 914 

19:9 A false witness will not go unpunished,

and the one who spouts out 915  lies will perish. 916 

19:10 Luxury is not appropriate 917  for a fool; 918 

how much less for a servant to rule over princes! 919 

19:11 A person’s wisdom 920  makes him slow to anger, 921 

and it is his glory 922  to overlook 923  an offense.

19:12 A king’s wrath is like 924  the roar of a lion, 925 

but his favor is like dew on the grass. 926 

19:13 A foolish child 927  is the ruin of his father,

and a contentious wife 928  is like 929  a constant dripping. 930 

19:14 A house and wealth are inherited from parents, 931 

but a prudent wife 932  is from the Lord.

19:15 Laziness brings on 933  a deep sleep, 934 

and the idle person 935  will go hungry. 936 

19:16 The one who obeys commandments guards 937  his life;

the one who despises his ways 938  will die. 939 

19:17 The one who is gracious 940  to the poor lends 941  to the Lord,

and the Lord 942  will repay him 943  for his good deed. 944 

19:18 Discipline your child, for 945  there is hope,

but do not set your heart 946  on causing his death. 947 

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,

that 951  you may become wise 952  by the end of your life. 953 

19:21 There are many plans 954  in a person’s mind, 955 

but it 956  is the counsel 957  of the Lord which will stand.

19:22 What is desirable 958  for a person is to show loyal love, 959 

and a poor person is better than a liar. 960 

19:23 Fearing the Lord 961  leads 962  to life, 963 

and one who does so will live 964  satisfied; he will not be afflicted 965  by calamity.

19:24 The sluggard plunges 966  his hand in the dish,

and he will not even bring it back to his mouth! 967 

19:25 Flog 968  a scorner, and as a result the simpleton 969  will learn prudence; 970 

correct a discerning person, and as a result he will understand knowledge. 971 

19:26 The one who robs 972  his father 973  and chases away his mother

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.

20:1 Wine 980  is a mocker 981  and strong drink is a brawler;

whoever goes astray by them is not wise. 982 

20:2 The king’s terrifying anger 983  is like the roar of a lion;

whoever provokes him 984  sins against himself. 985 

20:3 It is an honor for a person 986  to cease 987  from strife,

but every fool quarrels. 988 

20:4 The sluggard will not plow 989  during the planting season, 990 

so at harvest time he looks 991  for the crop 992  but has nothing.

20:5 Counsel 993  in a person’s heart 994  is like 995  deep water, 996 

but an understanding person 997  draws it out.

20:6 Many people profess their loyalty, 998 

but a faithful person 999 who can find? 1000 

20:7 The righteous person 1001  behaves in integrity; 1002 

blessed are his children after him. 1003 

20:8 A king sitting on the throne to judge 1004 

separates out 1005  all evil with his eyes. 1006 

20:9 Who can say, 1007 I have kept my heart clean; 1008 

I am pure 1009  from my sin?

20:10 Diverse weights and diverse measures 1010 

the Lord abhors 1011  both of them.

20:11 Even a young man 1012  is known 1013  by his actions,

whether his activity is pure and whether it is right. 1014 

20:12 The ear that hears and the eye that sees 1015 

the Lord has made them both. 1016 

20:13 Do not love sleep, 1017  lest you become impoverished;

open your eyes so that 1018  you might be satisfied with food. 1019 

20:14It’s worthless! It’s worthless!” 1020  says the buyer, 1021 

but when he goes on his way, he boasts. 1022 

20:15 There is gold, and an abundance of rubies,

but 1023  words of knowledge 1024  are like 1025  a precious jewel.

20:16 Take a man’s 1026  garment 1027  when he has given security for a stranger, 1028 

and when he gives surety for strangers, 1029  hold him 1030  in pledge.

20:17 Bread gained by deceit 1031  tastes sweet to a person, 1032 

but afterward his mouth will be filled with gravel. 1033 

20:18 Plans 1034  are established by counsel,

so 1035  make war 1036  with guidance.

20:19 The one who goes about gossiping 1037  reveals secrets;

therefore do not associate 1038  with someone who is always opening his mouth. 1039 

20:20 The one who curses 1040  his father and his mother,

his lamp 1041  will be extinguished in the blackest 1042  darkness.

20:21 An inheritance gained easily 1043  in the beginning

will not be blessed 1044  in the end. 1045 

20:22 Do not say, 1046 I will pay back 1047  evil!”

Wait 1048  for the Lord, so that he may vindicate you. 1049 

20:23 The Lord abhors 1050  differing weights,

and dishonest scales are wicked. 1051 

20:24 The steps of a person 1052  are ordained by 1053  the Lord

so how can anyone 1054  understand his own 1055  way?

20:25 It is a snare 1056  for a person 1057  to rashly cry, 1058  “Holy!”

and only afterward to consider 1059  what he has vowed. 1060 

20:26 A wise king separates out 1061  the wicked;

he turns the threshing wheel over them. 1062 

20:27 The human spirit 1063  is like 1064  the lamp 1065  of the Lord,

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,

and the splendor 1070  of old men is gray hair. 1071 

20:30 Beatings and wounds cleanse away 1072  evil,

and floggings cleanse 1073  the innermost being. 1074 

21:1 The king’s heart 1075  is in the hand 1076  of the Lord like channels of water; 1077 

he turns it wherever he wants.

21:2 All of a person’s ways seem right in his own opinion, 1078 

but the Lord evaluates 1079  the motives. 1080 

21:3 To do righteousness and justice

is more acceptable 1081  to the Lord than sacrifice. 1082 

21:4 Haughty eyes and a proud heart

the agricultural product 1083  of the wicked is sin.

21:5 The plans of the diligent 1084  lead 1085  only to plenty, 1086 

but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty. 1087 

21:6 Making a fortune 1088  by a lying tongue is like 1089  a vapor driven back and forth; 1090 

they seek death. 1091 

21:7 The violence 1092  done by the wicked 1093  will drag them away

because 1094  they refuse to do what is right. 1095 

21:8 The way of the guilty person 1096  is devious, 1097 

but as for the pure, 1098  his way is upright.

21:9 It is better to live on a corner of the housetop 1099 

than in a house in company 1100  with a quarrelsome wife. 1101 

21:10 The appetite 1102  of the wicked desires 1103  evil;

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.

21:12 The Righteous One 1107  considers 1108  the house 1109  of the wicked;

he overthrows the wicked to their ruin. 1110 

21:13 The one who shuts his ears 1111  to the cry 1112  of the poor,

he too will cry out and will not be answered. 1113 

21:14 A gift given 1114  in secret subdues 1115  anger,

and a bribe given secretly 1116  subdues 1117  strong wrath. 1118 

21:15 Doing 1119  justice brings 1120  joy to the righteous

and terror 1121  to those who do evil.

21:16 The one who wanders 1122  from the way of wisdom 1123 

will end up 1124  in the company of the departed. 1125 

21:17 The one who loves 1126  pleasure 1127  will be 1128  a poor person; 1129 

whoever loves wine and anointing oil 1130  will not be rich.

21:18 The wicked become 1131  a ransom 1132  for the righteous,

and the faithless 1133  are taken 1134  in the place of the upright.

21:19 It is better to live 1135  in a desert land 1136 

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,

but a foolish person 1139  devours all he has. 1140 

21:21 The one who pursues righteousness and love 1141 

finds life, bounty, 1142  and honor.

21:22 The wise person 1143  can scale 1144  the city of the mighty

and bring down the stronghold 1145  in which they trust. 1146 

21:23 The one who guards his mouth and his tongue 1147 

keeps his life 1148  from troubles. 1149 

21:24 A proud 1150  and arrogant 1151  person, whose name is “Scoffer,” 1152 

acts 1153  with overbearing pride. 1154 

21:25 What the sluggard desires 1155  will kill him, 1156 

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;

how much more 1161  when he brings it with evil intent! 1162 

21:28 A lying witness 1163  will perish, 1164 

but the one who reports accurately speaks forever. 1165 

21:29 A wicked person 1166  shows boldness with his face, 1167 

but as for the upright, 1168  he discerns 1169  his ways.

21:30 There is no wisdom and there is no understanding,

and there is no counsel against 1170  the Lord. 1171 

21:31 A horse is prepared for the day of battle,

but the victory is from the Lord. 1172 

22:1 A good name 1173  is to be chosen 1174  rather than great wealth,

good favor 1175  more than silver or gold.

22:2 The rich and the poor meet together; 1176 

the Lord is the creator of them both. 1177 

22:3 A shrewd person 1178  sees danger 1179  and hides himself,

but the naive keep right on going 1180  and suffer for it. 1181 

22:4 The reward 1182  for humility 1183  and fearing the Lord 1184 

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.

22:6 Train 1186  a child 1187  in the way that he should go, 1188 

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.

22:9 A generous person 1194  will be blessed, 1195 

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 

and whose speech is gracious 1200 the king will be his friend. 1201 

22:12 The eyes of the Lord 1202  guard knowledge, 1203 

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 

22:14 The mouth 1207  of an adulteress is like 1208  a deep pit; 1209 

the one against whom the Lord is angry 1210  will fall into it. 1211 

22:15 Folly is bound up 1212  in the heart of a child, 1213 

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.

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