1:12 Let us swallow them up alive as the grave; and whole, as those that go down into the pit:
1:13 We shall find all precious substance, we shall fill our houses with spoil:
1:14 Cast in your lot among us; let us all have one purse:
1:15 My son, walk not you in the way with them; refrain your foot from their path:
1:16 For their feet run to evil, and make haste to shed blood.
1:17 Surely in vain the net is spread in the sight of any bird.
1:18 And they lay wait for their own blood; they lurk privily for their own lives.
1:19 So are the ways of every one that is greedy of gain; which takes away the life of the owners thereof.
1:20 Wisdom cries without; she uttereth her voice in the streets:
1:21 She cries in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of the gates: in the city she uttereth her words, saying,
1:22 How long, you simple ones, will you love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge?
1:23 Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you.
1:24 Because I have called, and you refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded;
1:25 But you have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof:
1:26 I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear comes;
1:27 When your fear comes as desolation, and your destruction comes as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish comes upon you.
1:28 Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me:
1:29 For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD:
1:30 They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof.
1:31 Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices.
1:32 For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them.
1:33 But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil.
Proverbs Chapter 2
2:1 My son, if you will receive my words, and hide my commandments with you;
2:2 So that you incline your ear unto wisdom, and apply your heart to understanding;
2:3 Yes, if you criest after knowledge, and lifts up your voice for understanding;
2:4 If you seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures;
2:5 Then shall you understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.
2:6 For the LORD gives wisdom: out of his mouth comes knowledge and understanding.
2:7 He lays up sound wisdom for the righteous: he is a buckler to them that walk uprightly.
2:8 He keeps the paths of judgment, and preserves the way of his saints.
2:9 Then shall you understand righteousness, and judgment, and equity; yea, every good path.
2:10 When wisdom enters into your heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto your soul;
2:11 Discretion shall preserve you, understanding shall keep you:
2:12 To deliver you from the way of the evil man, from the man that speaks froward things;
2:13 Who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness;
2:14 Who rejoice to do evil, and delight in the frowardness of the wicked;
2:15 Whose ways are crooked, and they froward in their paths:
2:16 To deliver you from the strange woman, even from the stranger which flattereth with her words;
2:17 Which forsakes the guide of her youth, and forgets the covenant of her God.
2:18 For her house inclineth unto death, and her paths unto the dead.
2:19 None that go unto her return again, neither take they hold of the paths of life.
2:20 That you mayest walk in the way of good men, and keep the paths of the righteous.
2:21 For the upright shall dwell in the land, and the perfect shall remain in it.
2:22 But the wicked shall be cut off from the earth, and the transgressors shall be rooted out of it.
Proverbs Chapter 3
3:1 My son, forget not my law; but let your heart keep my commandments:
3:2 For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to you.
3:3 Let not mercy and truth forsake you: bind them about your neck; write them upon the table of your heart:
3:4 So shall you find favor and good understanding in the sight of God and man.
3:5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart; and lean not unto your own understanding.
3:6 In all your ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct your paths.
3:7 Be not wise in your own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.
3:8 It shall be health to your navel, and marrow to your bones.
3:9 honor the LORD with your substance, and with the firstfruits of all your increase:
3:10 So shall your barns be filled with plenty, and your presses shall burst out with new wine.
3:11 My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD; neither be weary of his correction:
3:12 For whom the LORD loves he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.
3:13 Happy is the man that finds wisdom, and the man that gets understanding.
3:14 For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold.
3:15 She is more precious than rubies: and all the things you can desire are not to be compared unto her.
3:16 Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches and honor.
3:17 Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.
3:18 She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retaineth her.
3:19 The LORD by wisdom has founded the earth; by understanding has he established the heavens.
3:20 By his knowledge the depths are broken up, and the clouds drop down the dew.
3:21 My son, let not them depart from your eyes: keep sound wisdom and discretion:
3:22 So shall they be life unto your soul, and grace to your neck.
3:23 Then shall you walk in your way safely, and your foot shall not stumble.
3:24 When you liest down, you shall not be afraid: yes, you shall lie down, and your sleep shall be sweet.
3:25 Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it comes.
3:26 For the LORD shall be your confidence, and shall keep your foot from being taken.
3:27 Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of your hand to do it.
3:28 Say not unto your neighbor, Go, and come again, and to morrow I will give; when you have it by you.
3:29 Devise not evil against your neighbor, seeing he dwells securely by you.
3:30 Strive not with a man without cause, if he have done you no harm.
3:31 Envy you not the oppressor, and choose none of his ways.
3:32 For the froward is abomination to the LORD: but his secret is with the righteous.
3:33 The curse of the LORD is in the house of the wicked: but he blesses the habitation of the just.
3:34 Surely he scorneth the scorners: but he gives grace unto the lowly.
3:35 The wise shall inherit glory: but shame shall be the promotion of fools.
Proverbs Chapter 4
4:1 Hear, you children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding.
4:2 For I give you good doctrine, forsake you not my law.
4:3 For I was my father's son, tender and only beloved in the sight of my mother.
4:4 He taught me also, and said unto me, Let your heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live.
4:5 Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth.
4:6 Forsake her not, and she shall preserve you: love her, and she shall keep you.
4:7 Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all your getting get understanding.
4:8 Exalt her, and she shall promote you: she shall bring you to honor, when you do embrace her.
4:9 She shall give to your head an ornament of grace: a crown of glory shall she deliver to you.
4:10 Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; and the years of your life shall be many.
4:11 I have taught you in the way of wisdom; I have led you in right paths.
4:12 When you goest, your steps shall not be straitened; and when you runnest, you shall not stumble.
4:13 Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is your life.
4:14 Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men.
4:15 Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away.
4:16 For they sleep not, except they have done mischief; and their sleep is taken away, unless they cause some to fall.
4:17 For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence.
4:18 But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shines more and more unto the perfect day.
4:19 The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.
4:20 My son, attend to my words; incline your ear unto my sayings.
4:21 Let them not depart from your eyes; keep them in the midst of your heart.
4:22 For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.
4:23 Keep your heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.
4:24 Put away from you a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from you.
4:25 Let your eyes look right on, and let your eyelids look straight before you.
4:26 Ponder the path of your feet, and let all your ways be established.
4:27 Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove your foot from evil.
Proverbs Chapter 5
5:1 My son, attend unto my wisdom, and bow your ear to my understanding:
5:2 That you mayest regard discretion, and that your lips may keep knowledge.
5:3 For the lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil:
5:4 But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a twoedged sword.
5:5 Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on hell.
5:6 Lest you shouldest ponder the path of life, her ways are moveable, that you can not know them.
5:7 Hear me now therefore, O you children, and depart not from the words of my mouth.
5:8 Remove your way far from her, and come not nigh the door of her house:
5:9 Lest you give your honor unto others, and your years unto the cruel:
5:10 Lest strangers be filled with your wealth; and your labors be in the house of a stranger;
5:11 And you mourn at the last, when your flesh and your body are consumed,
5:12 And say, How have I hated instruction, and my heart despised reproof;
5:13 And have not obeyed the voice of my teachers, nor inclined mine ear to them that instructed me!
5:14 I was almost in all evil in the midst of the congregation and assembly.
5:15 Drink waters out of your own cistern, and running waters out of your own well.
5:16 Let your fountains be dispersed abroad, and rivers of waters in the streets.
5:17 Let them be only your own, and not strangers' with you.
5:18 Let your fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of your youth.
5:19 Let her be as the loving hind and pleasant roe; let her breasts satisfy you at all times; and be you ravished always with her love.
5:20 And why will you, my son, be ravished with a strange woman, and embrace the bosom of a stranger?
5:21 For the ways of man are before the eyes of the LORD, and he pondereth all his goings.
5:22 His own iniquities shall take the wicked himself, and he shall be holden with the cords of his sins.
5:23 He shall die without instruction; and in the greatness of his folly he shall go astray.
6:1 My son, if you be surety for your friend, if you have stricken your hand with a stranger,
6:2 You are snared with the words of your mouth, you are taken with the words of your mouth.
6:3 Do this now, my son, and deliver thyself, when you are come into the hand of your friend; go, humble thyself, and make sure your friend.
6:4 Give not sleep to your eyes, nor slumber to your eyelids.
6:5 Deliver thyself as a roe from the hand of the hunter, and as a bird from the hand of the fowler.
6:6 Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise:
6:7 Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler,
6:8 Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathers her food in the harvest.
6:9 How long will you sleep, O sluggard? when will you arise out of your sleep?
6:10 Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep:
6:11 So shall your poverty come as one that travelleth, and your want as an armed man.
6:12 A naughty person, a wicked man, walks with a froward mouth.
6:13 He winketh with his eyes, he speaks with his feet, he teaches with his fingers;
6:14 Frowardness is in his heart, he deviseth mischief continually; he sows discord.
6:15 Therefore shall his calamity come suddenly; suddenly shall he be broken without remedy.
6:16 These six things does the LORD hate: yes, seven are an abomination unto him:
6:17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,
6:18 An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,
6:19 A false witness that speaks lies, and he that sows discord among brethren.
6:20 My son, keep your father's commandment, and forsake not the law of your mother:
6:21 Bind them continually upon your heart, and tie them about your neck.
6:22 When you goest, it shall lead you; when you sleepest, it shall keep you; and when you awakest, it shall talk with you.
6:23 For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life:
6:24 To keep you from the evil woman, from the flattery of the tongue of a strange woman.
6:25 Lust not after her beauty in your heart; neither let her take you with her eyelids.
6:26 For by means of a whorish woman a man is brought to a piece of bread: and the adulteress will hunt for the precious life.
6:27 Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned?
6:28 Can one go upon hot coals, and his feet not be burned?
6:29 So he that goes in to his neighbor's wife; whosoever toucheth her shall not be innocent.
6:30 Men do not despise a thief, if he steal to satisfy his soul when he is hungry;
6:31 But if he be found, he shall restore sevenfold; he shall give all the substance of his house.
6:32 But whoso commits adultery with a woman lacketh understanding: he that does it destroys his own soul.
6:33 A wound and dishonor shall he get; and his reproach shall not be wiped away.
6:34 For jealousy is the rage of a man: therefore he will not spare in the day of vengeance.
6:35 He will not regard any ransom; neither will he rest content, though you givest many gifts.
Proverbs Chapter 7
7:1 My son, keep my words, and lay up my commandments with you.
7:2 Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of your eye.
7:3 Bind them upon your fingers, write them upon the table of your heart.
7:4 Say unto wisdom, You art my sister; and call understanding thy kinswoman:
7:5 That they may keep you from the strange woman, from the stranger which flattereth with her words.
7:6 For at the window of my house I looked through my casement,
7:7 And beheld among the simple ones, I discerned among the youths, a young man void of understanding,
7:8 Passing through the street near her corner; and he went the way to her house,
7:9 In the twilight, in the evening, in the black and dark night:
7:10 And, behold, there met him a woman with the attire of an harlot, and subtil of heart.
7:11 (She is loud and stubborn; her feet abide not in her house:
7:12 Now is she without, now in the streets, and lies in wait at every corner.)
7:13 So she caught him, and kissed him, and with an impudent face said unto him,
7:14 I have peace offerings with me; this day have I payed my vows.
7:15 Therefore came I forth to meet you, diligently to seek your face, and I have found you.
7:16 I have decked my bed with coverings of tapestry, with carved works, with fine linen of Egypt.
7:17 I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon.
7:18 Come, let us take our fill of love until the morning: let us solace ourselves with loves.
7:19 For the goodman is not at home, he is gone a long journey:
7:20 He has taken a bag of money with him, and will come home at the day appointed.
7:21 With her much fair speech she caused him to yield, with the flattering of her lips she forced him.
7:22 He goes after her straightway, as an ox goes to the slaughter, or as a fool to the correction of the stocks;
7:23 Till a dart strike through his liver; as a bird hasteth to the snare, and knows not that it is for his life.
7:24 Hearken unto me now therefore, O you children, and attend to the words of my mouth.
7:25 Let not your heart decline to her ways, go not astray in her paths.
7:26 For she has cast down many wounded: yes, many strong men have been slain by her.
7:27 Her house is the way to hell, going down to the chambers of death.
Proverbs Chapter 8
8:1 Doth not wisdom cry? and understanding put forth her voice?
8:2 She stands in the top of high places, by the way in the places of the paths.
8:3 She cries at the gates, at the entry of the city, at the coming in at the doors.
8:4 Unto you, O men, I call; and my voice is to the sons of man.
8:5 O you simple, understand wisdom: and, you fools, be you of an understanding heart.
8:6 Hear; for I will speak of excellent things; and the opening of my lips shall be right things.
8:7 For my mouth shall speak truth; and wickedness is an abomination to my lips.
8:8 All the words of my mouth are in righteousness; there is nothing froward or perverse in them.
8:9 They are all plain to him that understands, and right to them that find knowledge.
8:10 Receive my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather than choice gold.
8:11 For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.
8:12 I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of witty inventions.
8:13 The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.
8:14 Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom: I am understanding; I have strength.
8:15 By me kings reign, and princes decree justice.
8:16 By me princes rule, and nobles, even all the judges of the earth.
8:17 I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.
8:18 Riches and honor are with me; yea, durable riches and righteousness.
8:19 My fruit is better than gold, yes, than fine gold; and my revenue than choice silver.
8:20 I lead in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of judgment:
8:21 That I may cause those that love me to inherit substance; and I will fill their treasures.
8:22 The LORD possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old.
8:23 I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was.
8:24 When there were no depths, I was brought forth; when there were no fountains abounding with water.
8:25 Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I brought forth:
8:26 While as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the highest part of the dust of the world.
8:27 When he prepared the heavens, I was there: when he set a compass upon the face of the depth:
8:28 When he established the clouds above: when he strengthened the fountains of the deep:
8:29 When he gave to the sea his decree, that the waters should not pass his commandment: when he appointed the foundations of the earth:
8:30 Then I was by him, as one brought up with him: and I was daily his delight, rejoicing always before him;
8:31 Rejoicing in the habitable part of his earth; and my delights were with the sons of men.
8:32 Now therefore hearken unto me, O you children: for blessed are they that keep my ways.
8:33 Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not.
8:34 Blessed is the man that hears me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors.
8:35 For whoso finds me finds life, and shall obtain favor of the LORD.
8:36 But he that sins against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me love death.
Proverbs Chapter 9
9:1 Wisdom has builded her house, she has hewn out her seven pillars:
9:2 She has killed her beasts; she has mingled her wine; she has also furnished her table.
9:3 She has sent forth her maidens: she cries upon the highest places of the city,
9:4 Whoso is simple, let him turn in here: as for him that wants understanding, she says to him,
9:5 Come, eat of my bread, and drink of the wine which I have mingled.
9:6 Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding.
9:7 He that reproveth a scorner gets to himself shame: and he that rebuketh a wicked man gets himself a blot.
9:8 Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate you: rebuke a wise man, and he will love you.
9:9 Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.
9:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.
9:11 For by me your days shall be multiplied, and the years of your life shall be increased.
9:12 If you be wise, you shall be wise for thyself: but if you scornest, you alone shall bear it.
9:13 A foolish woman is clamorous: she is simple, and knows nothing.
9:14 For she sits at the door of her house, on a seat in the high places of the city,
9:15 To call passengers who go right on their ways:
9:16 Whoso is simple, let him turn in here: and as for him that wants understanding, she says to him,
9:17 Stolen waters are sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant.
9:18 But he knows not that the dead are there; and that her guests are in the depths of hell.
Proverbs Chapter 10
10:1 The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son makes a glad father: but a foolish son is the heaviness of his mother.
10:2 Treasures of wickedness profit nothing: but righteousness delivers from death.
10:3 The LORD will not suffer the soul of the righteous to famish: but he casts away the substance of the wicked.
10:4 He becomes poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent makes rich.
10:5 He that gathers in summer is a wise son: but he that sleeps in harvest is a son that causes shame.
10:6 Blessings are upon the head of the just: but violence covers the mouth of the wicked.
10:7 The memory of the just is blessed: but the name of the wicked shall rot.
10:8 The wise in heart will receive commandments: but a prating fool shall fall.
10:9 He that walks uprightly walks surely: but he that perverteth his ways shall be known.
10:10 He that winketh with the eye causes sorrow: but a prating fool shall fall.
10:11 The mouth of a righteous man is a well of life: but violence covers the mouth of the wicked.
10:12 Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covers all sins.
10:13 In the lips of him that has understanding wisdom is found: but a rod is for the back of him that is void of understanding.
10:14 Wise men lay up knowledge: but the mouth of the foolish is near destruction.
10:15 The rich man's wealth is his strong city: the destruction of the poor is their poverty.
10:16 The labor of the righteous tendeth to life: the fruit of the wicked to sin.
10:17 He is in the way of life that keeps instruction: but he that refuseth reproof erreth.
10:18 He that hides hatred with lying lips, and he that uttereth a slander, is a fool.
10:19 In the multitude of words there wants not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise.
10:20 The tongue of the just is as choice silver: the heart of the wicked is little worth.
10:21 The lips of the righteous feed many: but fools die for want of wisdom.
10:22 The blessing of the LORD, it makes rich, and he adds no sorrow with it.
10:23 It is as sport to a fool to do mischief: but a man of understanding has wisdom.
10:24 The fear of the wicked, it shall come upon him: but the desire of the righteous shall be granted.
10:25 As the whirlwind passes, so is the wicked no more: but the righteous is an everlasting foundation.
10:26 As vinegar to the teeth, and as smoke to the eyes, so is the sluggard to them that send him.
10:27 The fear of the LORD prolongeth days: but the years of the wicked shall be shortened.
10:28 The hope of the righteous shall be gladness: but the expectation of the wicked shall perish.
10:29 The way of the LORD is strength to the upright: but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity.
10:30 The righteous shall never be removed: but the wicked shall not inhabit the earth.
10:31 The mouth of the just brings forth wisdom: but the froward tongue shall be cut out.
10:32 The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable: but the mouth of the wicked speaketh frowardness.
Proverbs Chapter 11
11:1 A false balance is abomination to the LORD: but a just weight is his delight.
11:2 When pride comes, then comes shame: but with the lowly is wisdom.
11:3 The integrity of the upright shall guide them: but the perverseness of transgressors shall destroy them.
11:4 Riches profit not in the day of wrath: but righteousness delivers from death.
11:5 The righteousness of the perfect shall direct his way: but the wicked shall fall by his own wickedness.
11:6 The righteousness of the upright shall deliver them: but transgressors shall be taken in their own naughtiness.
11:7 When a wicked man dies, his expectation shall perish: and the hope of unjust men perishes.
11:8 The righteous is delivered out of trouble, and the wicked comes in his stead.
11:9 An hypocrite with his mouth destroys his neighbor: but through knowledge shall the just be delivered.
11:10 When it goes well with the righteous, the city rejoices: and when the wicked perish, there is shouting.
11:11 By the blessing of the upright the city is exalted: but it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked.
11:12 He that is void of wisdom despiseth his neighbor: but a man of understanding holds his peace.
11:13 A talebearer revealeth secrets: but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter.
11:14 Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety.
11:15 He that is surety for a stranger shall smart for it: and he that hates suretiship is sure.
11:16 A gracious woman retaineth honor: and strong men retain riches.
11:17 The merciful man does good to his own soul: but he that is cruel troubleth his own flesh.
11:18 The wicked works a deceitful work: but to him that sows righteousness shall be a sure reward.
11:19 As righteousness tendeth to life: so he that pursueth evil pursueth it to his own death.
11:20 They that are of a froward heart are abomination to the LORD: but such as are upright in their way are his delight.
11:21 Though hand join in hand, the wicked shall not be unpunished: but the seed of the righteous shall be delivered.
11:22 As a jewel of gold in a swine's snout, so is a fair woman which is without discretion.
11:23 The desire of the righteous is only good: but the expectation of the wicked is wrath.
11:24 There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; and there is that withholdeth more than is meet, but it tendeth to poverty.
11:25 The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall be watered also himself.
11:26 He that withholdeth corn, the people shall curse him: but blessing shall be upon the head of him that sells it.
11:27 He that diligently seeks good procureth favor: but he that seeks mischief, it shall come unto him.
11:28 He that trusts in his riches shall fall: but the righteous shall flourish as a branch.
11:29 He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind: and the fool shall be servant to the wise of heart.
11:30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.
11:31 Behold, the righteous shall be recompensed in the earth: much more the wicked and the sinner.
Proverbs Chapter 12
12:1 Whoso loves instruction loves knowledge: but he that hates reproof is brutish.
12:2 A good man obtaineth favor of the LORD: but a man of wicked devices will he condemn.
12:3 A man shall not be established by wickedness: but the root of the righteous shall not be moved.
12:4 A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband: but she that makes ashamed is as rottenness in his bones.
12:5 The thoughts of the righteous are right: but the counsels of the wicked are deceit.
12:6 The words of the wicked are to lie in wait for blood: but the mouth of the upright shall deliver them.
12:7 The wicked are overthrown, and are not: but the house of the righteous shall stand.
12:8 A man shall be commended according to his wisdom: but he that is of a perverse heart shall be despised.
12:9 He that is despised, and has a servant, is better than he that honors himself, and lacketh bread.
12:10 A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.
12:11 He that tilleth his land shall be satisfied with bread: but he that follows vain persons is void of understanding.
12:12 The wicked desires the net of evil men: but the root of the righteous yieldeth fruit.
12:13 The wicked is snared by the transgression of his lips: but the just shall come out of trouble.
12:14 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.
12:15 The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.
12:16 A fool's wrath is presently known: but a prudent man covers shame.
12:17 He that speaks truth shows forth righteousness: but a false witness deceit.
12:18 There is that speaks like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health.
12:19 The lip of truth shall be established for ever: but a lying tongue is but for a moment.
12:20 Deceit is in the heart of them that imagine evil: but to the counsellors of peace is joy.
12:21 There shall no evil happen to the just: but the wicked shall be filled with mischief.
12:22 Lying lips are abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly are his delight.
12:23 A prudent man concealeth knowledge: but the heart of fools proclaimeth foolishness.
12:24 The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute.
12:25 Heaviness in the heart of man makes it stoop: but a good word makes it glad.
12:26 The righteous is more excellent than his neighbor: but the way of the wicked seduceth them.
12:27 The slothful man roasteth not that which he took in hunting: but the substance of a diligent man is precious.
12:28 In the way of righteousness is life; and in the pathway thereof there is no death.
13:1 A wise son heareth his father's instruction: but a scorner hears not rebuke.
13:2 A man shall eat good by the fruit of his mouth: but the soul of the transgressors shall eat violence.
13:3 He that keeps his mouth keeps his life: but he that opens wide his lips shall have destruction.
13:4 The soul of the sluggard desires, and hath nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.
13:5 A righteous man hates lying: but a wicked man is loathsome, and comes to shame.
13:6 Righteousness keeps him that is upright in the way: but wickedness overthroweth the sinner.
13:7 There is that makes himself rich, yet hath nothing: there is that makes himself poor, yet hath great riches.
13:8 The ransom of a man's life are his riches: but the poor hears not rebuke.
13:9 The light of the righteous rejoices: but the lamp of the wicked shall be put out.
13:10 Only by pride comes contention: but with the well advised is wisdom.
13:11 Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathers by labor shall increase.
13:12 Hope deferred makes the heart sick: but when the desire comes, it is a tree of life.
13:13 Whoso despiseth the word shall be destroyed: but he that fears the commandment shall be rewarded.
13:14 The law of the wise is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.
13:15 Good understanding gives favor: but the way of transgressors is hard.
13:16 Every prudent man dealeth with knowledge: but a fool lays open his folly.
13:17 A wicked messenger falls into mischief: but a faithful ambassador is health.
13:18 Poverty and shame shall be to him that refuseth instruction: but he that regardeth reproof shall be honored.
13:19 The desire accomplished is sweet to the soul: but it is abomination to fools to depart from evil.
13:20 He that walks with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.
13:21 Evil pursueth sinners: but to the righteous good shall be repayed.
13:22 A good man leaves an inheritance to his children's children: and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just.
13:23 Much food is in the tillage of the poor: but there is that is destroyed for want of judgment.
13:24 He that spareth his rod hates his son: but he that loves him chasteneth him betimes.
13:25 The righteous eats to the satisfying of his soul: but the belly of the wicked shall want.
Proverbs Chapter 14
14:1 Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands.
14:2 He that walks in his uprightness fears the LORD: but he that is perverse in his ways despiseth him.
14:3 In the mouth of the foolish is a rod of pride: but the lips of the wise shall preserve them.
14:4 Where no oxen are, the crib is clean: but much increase is by the strength of the ox.
14:5 A faithful witness will not lie: but a false witness will utter lies.
14:6 A scorner seeks wisdom, and findeth it not: but knowledge is easy unto him that understands.
14:7 Go from the presence of a foolish man, when you perceive not in him the lips of knowledge.
14:8 The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way: but the folly of fools is deceit.
14:9 Fools make a mock at sin: but among the righteous there is favor.
14:10 The heart knows his own bitterness; and a stranger does not intermeddle with his joy.
14:11 The house of the wicked shall be overthrown: but the tabernacle of the upright shall flourish.
14:12 There is a way which seems right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
14:13 Even in laughter the heart is sorrowful; and the end of that mirth is heaviness.
14:14 The backslider in heart shall be filled with his own ways: and a good man shall be satisfied from himself.
14:15 The simple believes every word: but the prudent man looks well to his going.
14:16 A wise man fears, and departeth from evil: but the fool rageth, and is confident.
14:17 He that is soon angry dealeth foolishly: and a man of wicked devices is hated.
14:18 The simple inherit folly: but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.
14:19 The evil bow before the good; and the wicked at the gates of the righteous.
14:20 The poor is hated even of his own neighbor: but the rich hath many friends.
14:21 He that despiseth his neighbor sins: but he that has mercy on the poor, happy is he.
14:22 Do they not err that devise evil? but mercy and truth shall be to them that devise good.
14:23 In all labor there is profit: but the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury.
14:24 The crown of the wise is their riches: but the foolishness of fools is folly.
14:25 A true witness delivers souls: but a deceitful witness speaks lies.
14:26 In the fear of the LORD is strong confidence: and his children shall have a place of refuge.
14:27 The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.
14:28 In the multitude of people is the king's honor: but in the want of people is the destruction of the prince.
14:29 He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding: but he that is hasty of spirit exalteth folly.
14:30 A sound heart is the life of the flesh: but envy the rottenness of the bones.
14:31 He that oppresses the poor reproacheth his Maker: but he that honors him has mercy on the poor.
14:32 The wicked is driven away in his wickedness: but the righteous has hope in his death.
14:33 Wisdom resteth in the heart of him that has understanding: but that which is in the midst of fools is made known.
14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.
14:35 The king's favor is toward a wise servant: but his wrath is against him that causes shame.
Proverbs Chapter 15
15:1 A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.
15:2 The tongue of the wise uses knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness.
15:3 The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.
15:4 A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit.
15:5 A fool despiseth his father's instruction: but he that regardeth reproof is prudent.
15:6 In the house of the righteous is much treasure: but in the revenues of the wicked is trouble.
15:7 The lips of the wise disperse knowledge: but the heart of the foolish doeth not so.
15:8 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but the prayer of the upright is his delight.
15:9 The way of the wicked is an abomination unto the LORD: but he loves him that follows after righteousness.
15:10 Correction is grievous unto him that forsakes the way: and he that hates reproof shall die.
15:11 Hell and destruction are before the LORD: how much more then the hearts of the children of men?
15:12 A scorner loves not one that reproveth him: neither will he go unto the wise.
15:13 A merry heart makes a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.
15:14 The heart of him that has understanding seeks knowledge: but the mouth of fools feedeth on foolishness.
15:15 All the days of the afflicted are evil: but he that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast.
15:16 Better is little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and trouble therewith.
15:17 Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and hatred therewith.
15:18 A wrathful man stirreth up strife: but he that is slow to anger appeaseth strife.
15:19 The way of the slothful man is as an hedge of thorns: but the way of the righteous is made plain.
15:20 A wise son makes a glad father: but a foolish man despiseth his mother.
15:21 Folly is joy to him that is destitute of wisdom: but a man of understanding walks uprightly.
15:22 Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counsellors they are established.
15:23 A man has joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due season, how good is it!
15:24 The way of life is above to the wise, that he may depart from hell beneath.
15:25 The LORD will destroy the house of the proud: but he will establish the border of the widow.
15:26 The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the LORD: but the words of the pure are pleasant words.
15:27 He that is greedy of gain troubleth his own house; but he that hates gifts shall live.
15:28 The heart of the righteous studieth to answer: but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things.
15:29 The LORD is far from the wicked: but he hears the prayer of the righteous.
15:30 The light of the eyes rejoices the heart: and a good report makes the bones fat.
15:31 The ear that hears the reproof of life abides among the wise.
15:32 He that refuseth instruction despiseth his own soul: but he that hears reproof gets understanding.
15:33 The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom; and before honor is humility.