The Prouerbes of Salomon the sonne of Dauid king of Israell:
2 too lerne wisdome instruccion, vnderstanding prudence,
3 righteousnesse, iudgement & equite.
4 That the very babes might haue wit, and that yongmen might haue knowlege &
5 By hearing, the wyse man shall come by more wysedome: & by experience
6 he shalbe more apte to vnderstande a parable, & the interpretacion therof,
şe wordes of the wise, & the darke speaches of the same.
7 The feare of the Lord is the begynnynge of wysdome. But fooles despise wysdome
8 My sonne, heare thy fathers doctryne, & forsake not the lawe of thy
9 for that shall bryng grace vnto thy head, & shall be a cheyne about thy
10 My sonne, consent not vnto sinners,
11 if they entise şe, & say: come with vs, let vs leye wayte for bloud, and
lurke preuely for şe innocent without a cause:
12 let vs swalow them vp like şe hel, let vs deuour them quicke & whole, as
those şt go doune into the pyt.
13 So shal we finde al maner of costely riches, & fil our houses wt spoiles.
14 Cast in thy lot among vs, we shall haue all one purse.
15 My sonne, walke not thou with them, refrayn thy fote from their ways.
16 For their fete runne to euel, & are hasty to shed bloud.
17 But in vayn is şe net laied forth before şe byrdes eyes.
18 Yea, they themselfes laye wayte one for anothers bloud, & one of them
wolde sley another.
19 These are şe ways of all suche as be couetous, şt one wolde rauish anothers
20 Wisdome crieth without, & putteth forth her voyce in the stretes.
21 She calleth before şe congregacion in the open gates, & sheweth her
wordes thorow the citie, saying:
22 O ye chyldren, how longe will ye loue chyldyshnesse? how long wil the,
scorners delite in scorning & the vnwise be enemies vnto knowlege?
23 O turne you vnto my correccion: lo. I wil expres my mynde vnto you, &
make you vnderstande my wordes.
24 Seing then that I haue called & ye refused it: I haue stretched out my
hand, & no man regarded it,
25 but all my counsayls haue ye despysed, & set my corrections at naught.
26 Therfore shall I also laugh in your destruccion, & mocke you, when the
thyng that ye feare cometh vpon you:
27 euen when şe thing that ye be afrayed of, falleth in sodenly lyke a storme,
& your miseri like a tempest: yea, when trouble & heuinesse commeth vpon
28 Then shal they call vpon me, but I will not heare: they shal seke me early,
but thei shal not find me:
29 And şt because thei hated knowlege, & receyued not the feare of şe
30 but abhorred my counsail, & despised my correction.
31 Therfore shal they eate the frutes of their owne way, & be filled with
their oune counsayls:
32 for the turning away of the vnwyse shal sley them, & the prosperitie of
foles shalbe their owne destruccion.
33 But who so harkeneth vnto me shal dwel safely, and haue ynough without any
feare of euell.
My sonne, if thou wilt receyue my wordes, & kepe my commaundementes by the,
2 şt thyne eare may herken vnto wisdome, applie thyne hert then to
3 For if thou cryest after wysdome, & callest for knowledge:
4 if thou sekest after her as after money, & dyggest for her as for
5 then shalt thou vnderstande şe feare of the Lord, & fynde the knowlege of
6 For it is the Lord that geueth wysdome, out of hys mouth commeth knowlege
7 He preserueth the welfare of the righteous, & defendeth them that walke
8 he kepeth them in the right path, & preserueth the waye of his saynctes.
9 Then shalt thou vnderstande righteousnesse, iudgement and equite, yea, &
euery good path.
10 If wisdome entre into thyne hert, and thy soule delyte in knowlege:
11 then shall counsayl preserue the, & vnderstanding shall kepe the.
12 That thou mayest be delyuered from the euell waye, & from the man that
speaketh frowarde thinges
13 From suche as leaue the hye strete, & walke in the wayes of darkenesse:
14 whiche reioyse in doinge euel, and delite in wicked thinges:
15 whose wayes are croked, and their pathes sclaunderous.
16 That thou mayest be deliuered also from the straunge woman, & frome her
that is not thyne owne: whiche geueth swete woordes,
17 forsaketh the housbande of her youth, & forgetteth the couenaunt of her
18 For her house is enclined vnto death, & her pathes vnto hel.
19 Al thei that go in vnto her, come not agayn, neither take they holde of the
way of lyfe.
20 That thou mayest walke in the good way, & kepe the pathes of şe
21 For the iust shal dwell in the lande, & the innocentes shall remayne in
22 but the vngodly shalbe roted oute of the lande, and the wicked doers shalbe
taken out of it.
O my sonne, forget not my law but se that thyne hert kepe my commaundementes.
2 For they shall prolong the dayes & yeares of thy life, & bring şe
3 Let mercy & faythfulnes neuer go from the: bynde them about thy necke,
& write them in the tables of thyne hert.
4 So shalt thou fynde fauour & good vnderstanding in the sight of God &
5 Put thy trust in the Lord wyth all thyne hert, and leane not vnto thyne own
6 In all thy wayes haue respecte vnto hym, & he shal ordre thy goinges.
7 Be not wyse in thyne own conceyte, but feare the Lord, & departe from
8 so shall thy nauell be whole, & thy bones strong.
9 Honour the Lord with thy substaunce, & with the firstlinges of all thyne
10 so shall thy barnes be filled with plenteousnesse, and thy presses shall
flowe ouer with swete wyne.
11 My sonne, despise not the chastening of the Lorde, neyther faynte when thou
arte rebuked of hym.
12 For whome the Lord loueth hym he chasteneth: & yet deliteth in him euen
as a father in his owne sonne.
13 Well is hym that findeth wysdome, and opteyneth vnderstandinge,
14 for the gettinge of it is better then any marchaundise of syluer, and the
profet of it is better then golde.
15 Wysdome is more worth then precyous stones, and all thinges that thou canste
desyre, are not to be compared vnto her.
16 Vpon her righte hande is longe lyfe, and vppon her lefte hande is ryches and
17 Her wayes are pleasaunte wayes, and al her pathes are peaceable.
18 She is a tree of lyfe to them that laye holde vpon her, and blessed are they
that kepe her fast.
19 With wysdome hath the Lorde layed the foundacion of the earth, & thorow
vnderstanding hath he stablished the heauens.
20 Thorow hys wysdome the deapthes breake vp, and the cloudes droppe downe of
21 My sonne, let not these thinges depart from thyne eyes, but kepe my lawe and
22 so shal it be life vnto thy soule, and grace vnto thy mouth.
23 Then shalt thou walke safely in thy waye, and thy fote shal not stomble.
24 If thou slepest, thou shalt not be afraied, but shalt take thy rest and slepe
25 Thou nedest not to be afrayed of any sodaine feare nether for the vyolent
rushynge in of the vngodly, when it commeth.
26 For the Lorde shal be besiege the, and kepe thy fote that thou be not taken.
27 Refuse not to do good vnto hym that shoulde haue it, so longe as thyne hande
is able to do it.
28 Say not vnto thy neyghbour go thy waye and come agayne, to morowe wyll I geue
29 where as thou hast nowe to geue him. Intend no hurt vnto thy neighbour seing
he hopeth to dwel in rest by the.
30 Striue not lightely with any man, wher as he hath done the harme.
31 Folowe not a wycked man, and chose none of hys wayes:
32 for the Lorde abhorreth the froward, but hys secrete is amonge the rightuous.
33 The curse of the Lord is in the house of the vngodly, but he blessed the
dwellynges of the rightuous.
34 As for the scornefull, he shall laugh them to scorne, but he shal geue grace
vnto the lowly.
35 The wise shall haue honour in possession, but shame is the promocion that
foles shall haue.
Heare, O ye children, the fatherly exhortation, and take good hede, that ye maye
2 Yea I shall geue you a good rewarde, if ye wyll not for sake my lawe.
3 For when I my selfe was my fathers deare sonne, and tenderlye beloued of my
4 he taughte me also, saiyng: Let thyne herte receaue my wordes, kepe my
commaundementes, and thou shalt lyue.
5 Get the wysdome, get the vnderstanding forget not the wordes of my mouth,
& shrinke not from them.
6 Forsake her not, she shall preserue the: loue her, and she shal kepe the.
7 The chyefe poynte of wisdom is, that thou be willing to optayne wysdome, and
before all thy goodes to gett the vnderstandynge.
8 Make muche of her and she shall promote the: Yea if thou embrace her, she
shall brynge the vnto honoure.
9 She shall make the a gracyous head, and garnyshe the wyth a crowne of glorye.
10 Heare my sone, and receyue my wordes, that the yeares of thy lyfe maye be
11 I wyll shewe the, the waye of wysdome, and leade the in the ryght pathes,
12 So that if thou goost therin, ther shall not straytenesse hynder the and when
thou runnest thou shalte not fall,
13 Take fast holde of doctryne, let her not go: kepe her, for she is thy lyfe.
14 Come not in the path of the vngodly, and walke not in the waye of the wycked.
15 Eschue it, and go not therein: departe a syde, and passe ouer by it.
16 For they can not slepe, except they haue first done some myschefe: neither
take they anye rest, except they haue fyrst done some harme
17 For they eate the breade of wickednesse, and dryncke the wyne of robberye.
18 The path of the ryghtuous shyneth as the lyghte, and is euer brighter and
brighter vnto the perfecte daye.
19 But the waye of the vngodly is as the darcknes, wherin men fal, or thei be
20 My sonne, marcke my words, and encline thyne eare vnto my saiynges.
21 Let them not depart from thine eyes, kepe them euen in the myddest of thyne
22 For they are lyfe vnto all those that fynde them, and health vnto all their
23 Kepe thyne herte wyth all dilygence, for there vpon hangeth lyfe.
24 Put awaye from the a frowarde mouth, and let the lippes of sclander be farre
25 Let thyne eyes beholde the thinge that is righte, and let thine eye liddes
loke straight before the.
26 Pondre the path of thy fete, so shal al thy waies be sure.
27 Turne not a side, neither to the righte hande ner to the lefte, but withholde
thy fote from euel.
O my sonne, geue hede vnto my wysdome, and bow thyne eare vnto my prudence:
2 that thou mayest regarde good councel, and that thy lyppes may kepe nourtoure.
3 For the lyppes of an harlot are a droppynge combe, and her throte is softer
4 But at the laste she is as bytter as worme wode, and as sharpe as a two edged
5 Her fete go downe vnto death, and her steps pearse thorow vnto hel.
6 She regardeth not the path of life, so vnstedfast are her waies, that thou
canst not know them.
7 Heare me therefore (O my sonne) and departe not from şe wordes of my mouth.
8 Kepe thy way far from her, and come not nye the dores of her house.
9 That thou geue not thyne honoure vnto another, and thy yeares to the cruell.
10 That other men be not filled wt thy goods & şt thy labours come not in a
11 Yea şt thou mourne not at şe last (when thou hast spent thy body &
12 and then say: Alas why hated I nourtoure? why dyd my herte despys correction.
13 Wherfore was not I obedyente vnto şe voyce of my teachers, & herkened
not vnto them that infourmed me?
14 I am come almoste into all mysfortune, in the middest of the multytude and
15 Drinke of the water of thine owne wel, and of the riuers that runne out of
thine owne springes.
16 Let thy welles flowe out abroad, that ther may be ryuers of water in the
17 but let them be only thyne owne, and not strangers wyth the.
18 Let thy well be blessed, and be glad wyth the wyfe of thy youth.
19 Louyng is the hind, & frendly is şe Roo: let her brestes alway satisfye
the, and holde the euer content wyth her loue.
20 My sonne, why wilt thou haue pleasure in an harlotte, and embrace the bosome
of another woman?
21 For euery mannes waies are open in the sight of the Lorde, and he pondreth
all their goynges.
22 The wyckednesses of the vngodly shal catch him selfe, and with the snares of
of his owne synnes shall he be trapped.
23 Because he wold not be refourmed he shall dye: and for his greate folyshnesse
he shalbe destroyed.
My son, if thou be suerty for thy neyghboure, thou hast fastened thyne hand wyth
2 yet thou art bound with thyne owne wordes, & taken wt thine owne speache.
3 Therfore, my sonne, do thys discharge thy selfe, for thou art come into thy
neyghboures daunger. Go thy way then sone and intreate thy neighbour:
4 let not thine eies slepe ner thyne eye lyddes slomber.
5 Saue thy selfe as a doo from the hande, and as a byrde from the handes of the
6 Go to the Emmet (thou slogard) consyder her wayes, and lerne to be wise.
7 She hath no guide, no teacher, no leader:
8 yet in the Sommer she prouideth her meate, and gathereth her foode together in
9 How longe wilt thou slepe? thou slogysh man? When wylte thou aryse out of thy
10 Yea slepe on stil a litle, slomber a lytle, folde thyne handes together yet a
lytle, that thou mayest slepe:
11 so shall pouerte come vnto the as one that trauaileth by the way, and
necessitie lyke a weaponed man.
12 A dissembling person, a wycked man goeth with a frowarde mouth,
13 he wyncketh wyth hys eyes, he tokeneth wyth hys fete, he poynteth wyth his
14 he is euer ymagining mischefe and frowardnesse in his hert, & causeth
15 Therfore shal his destruccyon come hastely vpon him, sodenly shal he be al to
broken, and not be healed.
16 There be sixe thinges which the Lorde hateth, and the seuenth he vtterly
17 A proude loke, a dyssemblynge tonge, handes that shede innocent bloud,
18 an hert that goeth about with wicked ymaginacions, fet that be swift in
rening to do mischefe,
19 a false witnes that bringeth vp lies, and such one as soweth dyscord amonge
20 My son kepe thy fathers commandementes, and forsake not the law of thy
21 Put them vp together in thine herte, and bind them about the neck.
22 That they may leade the where thou goest, preserue the when thou art a sleape,
and that when thou awakest, thou maiest talke of them
23 For the commaundement is a lanterne, and the lawe a lyghtie, a chastening,
and nurtour is the waye of lyfe:
24 that they maye kepe the from the euell woman, and from the flattering tong of
25 that şu lust not after he beuty in thine herte, & lest şu be taken wt
her fayre lokes.
26 An harlot will make a man to begge his breade, but a maried woman wyl hunte
for şe precyous lyfe.
27 May a man take fyre in his bosome and his clothes not be brent?
28 Or can one go vpon hoate coales, & hys fete not be hurte?
29 Euen so, whosoeuer goeth into hys neyghbours wyfe, and toucheth her can not
30 Men do not vtterly despise a thefe that stealeth to satisfye hys soule, when
he is hongry:
31 but if he may be gotten, he restoreth agayne seuen tymes as muche, or els he
maketh recompense with al the good of his house
32 But who so comitteth aduoutry wyth a womanne, he is a fole, and bringeth hys
lyfe to destruccyon.
33 He getteth him selfe also shame & dishonour, such as shal neuer be put
34 For the gelousy and wrath of the man wil not be intreated,
35 no though thou woldest offer him greate giftes to make amendes, he wyll not
My sonne, kepe my wordes, and lay vp my commaundements by the.
2 Kepe my commaundementes and my lawe, euen as the apple of thyne eie, and thou
3 Bind them vpon thy fingers, and wryte them in the table of thyne herte.
4 Saye vnto wysdome: thou art my sister, and cal vnderstandyng thy kynswoman:
5 that she may kepe şe from the starnge woman, and from the harlot which geueth
6 For out of şe window of my house I loked thorow the trealesse,
7 & beheld the simple people: and among other yong folkes I spyed one yonge
8 going ouer the stretes, by the corner in the way toward the harlots house
9 in the twylight of şe euening, when it beganne now to be nyght and darke.
10 And beholde, ther met him a woman in an harlots apparel,
11 a dysceatful, wanton & vnstedfast woman: whose fet could not abide in şe
12 now is she without, now in şe stretes, lurketh in euery corner,
13 she caught the yonge man, kyssed hym, & was not ashamed, sayinge:
14 I had a vowe to paye, & thys daye I perfourme it.
15 Therfore came I forth to mete the, that I mighte seke thy face, and so I haue
16 I haue deckte my bed with couerynges & clothes of Egypte.
17 My bed haue I made to smell of myrre, Aloes, and Cynamon.
18 Come let vs lye together, and take our pleasure tyll it be daye lyghte.
19 For the good man is not at home, he is gone farre of.
20 He hath taken the bagge of money with hym: who can tell when he commeth home?
21 Thus with many swete woordes she ouercome hym, and with her flatteryng lippes
she wanne hym.
22 Immediatly he folowed her, as it were an oxe led to the slaughter (& lyke
as it were to the stockes, where foles are punyshed)
23 so longe tyll she had wounded hys lyuer with her dart: like as if a byrde
hasted to the snare not knowyng that the parell of his lyfe lieth therupon.
24 Heare me now therfore (O my sonne) and marke the wordes of my mouth.
25 Let not thyne herte wandre in her wayes, & be not thou disceyued in her
26 For many one hath she wounded and cast doune yea, many a stronge man hath she
27 Her house is the waye vnto hell, where men go doune into the chambers of
Doth not wysdome crye? doeth not vnderstanding put forth her voyce?
2 Standeth she not in the hye places in the stretes & ways
3 doth she not crie before şe whole citie, and in the gates where men go out
4 It is you, O ye men (saieth she) whom I cal? Vnto you (O ye chyldren of men)
lyft I vp my voyce.
5 Take hede vnto knowlege O ye ignoraunt, be wyse in hert O ye foles.
6 Geue eare, for I will speake of great matters, and open my lyppes to tell
thinges that be right.
7 For my throte shalbe talking of the trueth, & my lyppes abhorre
8 All şe wordes of my mouth are righteous, there is no frowardenesse nor
9 They are all playne to suche as will vnderstande, and ryght to them that fynde
10 Receiue my doctrine therfore, & not siluer: & my knowledge, more then
11 For wysdome is more worth then precious stones, yea, all the thinges that
thou canst desire, are not to be compared vnto it.
12 I wysdome haue my dwelling wt knowledge, & prudent counsaill is myne owne.
13 With me is the feare of the Lorde, and the eschuyng of euell. As for pryde,
dysdayne, & euell waye, & a mouth that speaketh wicked thinges, I
vtterly abhorre them.
14 I can geue counsayl, & be a gyde: I haue vnderstanding I haue strength.
15 Thorow me, kinges reygn: thorow me, prynces make iust lawes.
16 Thorow me, lordes beare rule, and all iudges of the earth execute iudgement.
17 I am louyngevnto those that loue me, & they that seke me early, shall
18 Riches and honoure are with me, yea, excellent goodes & righteousnes.
19 My frute is better then golde & precious stone, & myne encrease more
worth then fyne siluer.
20 I walke in the waye of righteousnes, and in the strete of iudgement.
21 That I may sende prosperitie to those that loue me, & to encrease their
22 The Lord hym self had me in possession in the begynning of hys wayes, or euer
he beganne hys workes afore tyme.
23 I haue bene ordeyned from euerlasting, & from the beginning or euer the
earthe was made.
24 When I was borne, there were nether depthes nor springs of water.
25 Before the foundacions of the mountaynes were layed, yea, before al hylles
was I borne.
26 The earth & all that is vpon the earth was not yet made, no not the
grounde it selfe.
27 For when he made the heauens, I was present: when he sette vp the depthes in
28 when he hanged the cloudes aboue: when he fastened the sprynges of the depe:
29 When he shut the sea within certayn boundes, that the waters should not go
ouer their markes. When he layed the foundacions of the earth
30 I was with hym, ordering all thinges, delytynge dayly, and reioysinge all
waye before hym.
31 As for the rounde compase of his worlde, I make it ioyfull: for my delyte is
to be among the chyldren of men.
32 Therfore herken vnto me, O ye chyldren, for blessed are they şt kepe my
33 O geue eare vnto nurtour, be wyse, and refuse it not.
34 Blessed is the man that heareth me, watchynge dayly at my gates, &
geuynge attendaunce at the postes of my dores.
35 For who so findeth me, findeth life and shall obtayne fauour of the Lorde.
36 But who so offendeth agaynste me, hurteth hys owne soule. All they that hate
me, are the louers of death.
Wysdome hath buylded her selfe an house, & hewen out seuen pyllers:
2 she hath kylled her vitayles, poured out her wyne, & prepared her table.
3 She hath sent forth her maydens to crye vpon the hyest place of şe citie:
4 Who so is ignoraunt, let hym come hither. And to the vnwise she sayd:
5 O come on your way, eat my bred, & drinke my wyne, which I haue poured out
6 Forsake ignoraunce, & ye shall lyue: & se şt ye go in the way of
7 Who so reproueth a scornefull personne, getteth hym self dishonour: & he
that rebuketh şe vngodly stayneth him self.
8 Reproue not a scorner, lest he owe şe euel wil: but rebuke a wise man, &
he wil loue the.
9 Geue a discrete man but an occasion, & he wilbe the wiser, teache a
righteous man, and he will increase.
10 The feare of the Lorde is the beginning of wisdome, and the knowledge of holy
thinges is vnderstandynge.
11 For thorow me thy dayes shalbe prolonged, and the yeares of thy lyfe shalbe
12 If thou be wyse thy wysdome shall do thy selfe good: but if thou thynckeste
scorne therof, it shalbe thyne owne harme.
13 A folysh restles woman, ful of words, and such one as hath no knowledge,
14 sitteth in the dores of her house vpon a stoole aboue in the cytye,
15 to cal such as go by, & walke streght in their waies,
16 Who so is ignorant (sayeth she) let him come hyther, and to the vnwyse she
17 stollen waters are swete, and the bread that is preuely eaten, hath a good
18 But they consyder not that death is there, and that her gestes go doune to
The Parables of Salomon. A wyse sonne maketh a glad father, but an vndiscrete
sonne is the heuinesse of hys mother.
2 Treasures that are wyckedlye gotten, profit nothing, but rightuousnesse
deliuereth from death,
3 The lorde wyll not let the soule of the ryghtuous suffer honger, but he
putteth the vngodly from his desire.
4 An ydle hand maketh pore, but a quicke laboryng hand maketh ryche.
5 Who so gathereth in Sommer, is wyse: but he that is slougysh in haruest,
bryngeth him selfe to confusyon.
6 Louynge and fauourable is the face of the rightuous, but the forehead of the
vngodly is past shame and presumptuous.
7 The memoryall of the iust shall haue a good reporte but the name of the
vngodly shal styncke.
8 A wyse man wyll receyue warnyng, but a fole wyll soner be smytten in the face.
9 He that leadeth an innocente lyfe, walketh surelye: but who so goeth a wrong
way, shalbe knowne,
10 He that wyncketh wyth hys eye, wyl do some harme: but he that hath a folysh
mouth shalbe beaten.
11 The mouth of a ryghtuos man is a wele of lyfe, but the mouth of the vngodly
is past shame, and presumptuous.
12 Euyll wyll stereth vp strife, but loue couereth the multytude of synnes.
13 In the lyppes of hym that hath vnderstandynge a man shall fynde wysdome, but
the rod belongeth to the backe of the folysh.
14 Wyse men laie vp knowledge, but the mouth of the folysh is nye destruction.
15 The rich mans goodes are his strong hold, but pouerte oppresseth the poore.
16 The ryghtwyse laboureth to do good, but the vngodly vseth his encrease vnto
17 To take hede vnto the chastenyng of nurtoure, is the way of lyfe: but he that
refuseth to be refourmed, goeth wrong.
18 Dissembling lippes kepe hatred secretly, and he that speaketh any sclander,
is a foole.
19 Where much babling is, ther must nedes be offence: he that refraineth his
lippes is wisest of all.
20 An innocent tong is a noble treasure, but the hert of the vngodly is nothynge
21 The lyppes of the rightuous fed a whole multitude, but foles shal die in
their owne folye.
22 The blessing of the Lord maketh rich men, as for carefull trauayle, it doth
23 A fole doth wyckedly and maketh but a sport of it: neuerthelesse it is
wysdome for a man to beware of suche.
24 The thinge that the vngodly are afrayed of, shall come vpon them, but the
rightuous shall haue their desyre.
25 The vngodly is lyke a tempest that passeth ouer, and is no more sene but the
rightuous remayneth sure for euer
26 As vyneger is to the tethe, and as smoke is vnto the eyes, euen so sa
slougysh person to them that send him forth.
27 The feare of the Lorde maketh a long lyfe but the yeares of the vngodly
28 The paciente abydynge of the rightuous shalbe turned to gladness, but şe
hope of şe vngodli shal perish.
29 The waye of the Lorde geueth a corage vnto the godly, but it is a fear for
30 The righteuous shall neuer be ouerthrowen but the vngodly shal remaine in the
31 The mouth of the iust wilbe talkyng of wisdome, but the tonge of the frowarde
32 The lyppes of the ryghtuous are occupied in acceptable thinges, but the mouth
of the vngodly take them to the worst.
A false balance is an abhomynation vnto the Lord, but a true weight pleaseth
2 Wher pryde is, ther is shame also and confusion: but where as is lowlynes,
there is wysdome.
3 The innocente dealyng of the iust shal leade them, but the vnfaithfulnesse of
the despisers shalbe their owne destruccion
4 Riches helpe not in the day of vengeaunce, but rightuousnes deliuereth from
5 The rightuousnes of the innocent ordereth his way, but the vngodly shall fall
in his owne wyckednesse.
6 The rightuousnes of the iuste shall delyuer them, but the despisers shalbe
taken in their owne vngodlynesse.
7 When an vngodlie man dieth, his hope is gone, the confydence of ryches shal
8 The rightuous shalbe delyuered out of trouble, and the vngodly shal come in
9 Thorow the mouth of the dyssembler is hys neyghboure destroyed, but thorowe
knowledge shall the iust be deliuered.
10 When it goeth well with the righteous, the cytye is mery: and when the
vngodly perish, there is gladnesse.
11 When the iust are in wealth, the citie prospereth: but when the vngodly haue
the rule, it decayeth.
12 A foole bringeth vp a sclaunder of his neyghbour, but a wyse man wil kepe it
13 A dissembling person will discouer preuy thinges, but he that is of a
faythful hert, wil kepe counsayl.
14 Where no good counsail is there the people decaye: but where as many are that
can geue counsayll, there is wealth.
15 He that is suerty for a straunger, hurteth him self: but he that medleth not
with suertiship, is sure.
16 A gracious woman manteyneth honesty, as for the mighty, they manteyne ryches.
17 He that hath a gentle liberall stomack is merciful: but who so hurteth hys
neyghbour, is a tyraunt.
18 The labour of the vngodly prospereth not, but he şt soweth righteousnes,
shal receyue a sure rewarde.
19 Like as righteousnes bringeth lyfe: euen so to cleue vnto euel, bringeth
20 The Lord abhorreth a fayned hert, but he hath pleasur in them that are
21 It shal not helpe the wicked, though they laye all their handes together, but
the sede of şe righteous shalbe preserued.
22 A fayre woman without discrete maners, is like a ringe of golde in a swynes
23 The iust labour for peace and tranquyllite, but the vngodly for disquietnesse.
24 Some man geueth out hys goodes, & is the rycher, but the nygard (hauyng
ynough) will departe from nothynge, and yet is euer in pouerty.
25 He that is liberal in geuyng, shal haue plentye: and he that watereth, shalbe
watered also him self.
26 Who so hoordeth vp hys corne, shalbe cursed amonge the people: but blessing
shall light vppon hys head that selleth it.
27 He şt laboureth for honesty findeth hys desire: but who so seketh after
mischiefe, shall happen vnto hym.
28 He that trusteth in hys ryches shall haue a fall, but the righteous shall
florish as the grene leaf.
29 Who so maketh disquyetnes is his owne house, he shall haue wynde for hys
heritage, and the foole shalbe seruant to the wyse.
30 The frute of the righteous is as the tree of lyfe, a wyse man also wynneth
31 If the righteous be recompensed vppon earth, how much more then the vngodly
and the sinner?
Who so loueth wysdome, wil be content to be refourmed: but he that hateth to be
reproued, is a foole.
2 A good man is acceptable vnto the Lord, but the wicked will he condempne.
3 A man can not endure in vngodlinesse, but the rote of şe righteous shall not
4 A stedfast woman is a croune vnto her husband: but she that behaueth her selfe
vnhonestly is a corrupcion in hys bones.
5 The thoughtes of the righteous are righte, but the ymaginacion of the vngodly
6 The talkyng of the vngodlye is howe they maye laye wayte for bloud, but the
mouthe of the righteous wyll deliuer them.
7 Or euer thou canst turne the about, the vngodly shalbe ouerthrowen: but the
house of the righteous shall stande.
8 A man shalbe commended for hys wysdome, but a fole shalbe despised.
9 A simple man which laboureth & worketh, is better then one that is
gorgyous and wanteth bread.
10 A righteous man regardeth the lyfe of his cattell, but the vngodly haue cruel
11 He that tilleth his lande, shal haue plenteousnesse of bread: but he that
foloweth ydelnes, is a very foole.
12 The desyre of the vngodly hunteth after mischief, but the rote of the
righteous bryngeth forth frute.
13 The wicked falleth into the snare thorow the malyce of his own mouth, but the
iust shal escape out of parel.
14 Euery man shall enioye good accordinge to the innocency of his mouth, &
after the workes of his handes shal he be rewarded.
15 Loke what a foole taketh in hande, he thynketh it wel done: but he that is
wyse, wil be counsayled.
16 A foole vttereth his wrath in all the hast, but a discrete man forgeueth
17 A iust man wil tel the trueth, & shewe the thynge that is right: but a
false witnesse disceyueth.
18 A sclaunderous personne pricketh like a swerd, but a wise mans tonge is
19 A true mouth is euer constant, but a dissemblyng tonge is soone chaunged.
20 They that ymagyn euell in their mynde, will disceyue: but the counsaylers of
peace shall haue ioy folowing them.
21 There shall no misfortune happen vnto şe iust but the vngodly shalbe filled
22 The Lord abhorreth disceatful lyppes, but they that laboure for trueth please
23 He that hath vnderstanding, can hyde his wisdome: but an vndiscrete hert
telleth oute hys folishnesse.
24 A diligent hande shal beare rule, but the ydle shalbe vnder tribute.
25 Heauinesse discorageth the hert of man, but a good worde maketh it glad
26 The righteous is liberall vnto hys neyghbour, but the waye of şe vngodly
will disceyue them selfs.
27 A disceatfull man shall fynde no vauntage, but he that is content with that
he hath, is more worthe then golde.
28 In the waye of righteousnesse there is lyfe, as for any other waye it is the
pathe vnto death.
A wyse sonne wyll receaue hys fathers warnynge, but he that is scornefull, wyl
not heare when he is reproued.
2 A good man shall enioye the fruite of hys mouth, but he that hath a froward
mind shalbe spoyled.
3 He that kepeth his mouth, kepeth his lyfe: but who so speaketh vnaduised
4 The slogarde woulde fayne haue, and can not get his dsyre: but the soule of
the diligente shall haue plenty.
5 A ryghtuous man abhorreth lyes, but the vngodlye shameth both other and hym
6 Ryghtuousnesse kepeth the innocente in the waye, but vngodlynesse shal
ouerthrow the sinner.
7 Some men are rych, thoughe they haue nothynge: againe some men are pore hauing
8 With goodes euery man deliuereth his lyfe, and the poore wyll not be reproued.
9 The lyght of the rightuous maketh ioyfull, but the candle of the vngodly
shalbe put out.
10 Among the proud ther is euer strife, but amonge those that do all thynges
wyth aduysemente, ther is wysdome.
11 Hastely gotten goodes are sone spent, but they that be gathered together with
the hand, shall increase
12 Longe taryenge for a thing that is differed, greueth the hert: but when şe
desyre commeth, it is a tre of lyfe.
13 Who so despiseth şe word destroyeth hym selfe: but he that feareth the
commaundemente shal haue peace.
14 The law is a wel of life vnto the wise, that it may kepe him from the snares
15 Good vnderstanding geueth fauour, but hard is the way of the despisers.
16 A wyse man doth al thinges with dyscrecyon, but a foole wyl declare his
17 An vngodly messanger bryngeth myschyefe, but a faythfull embassytour is
18 He that thynketh scorne to be refourmed, commeth to pouertie & shame: but
who so receaueth correction, shal come to honour
19 When a desyre, is brought to passe, it delyteth the soule: but fooles abhorre
him that eschueth euell.
20 He that goeth in the company of wyse men, shalbe wyse: but who so is a
companyon of foles, shalbe hurte.
21 Mischefe foloweth vpon synners, but the ryghtuous shal haue a god reward.
22 Which their chylders chyldren shal haue in possession, for the riches of the
synner is layed vp for the iuste.
23 Ther is plentuousnesse of fode in the feldes of the pore, and shalbe
increased out of measure.
24 He that spareth the rod, hateth hys son: but who so loueth hym, holdeth hym
euer in nurtoure.
25 The ryghtuous eateth, and is satisfied, but the belly of şe vngodly hath
A wise woman vpholdeth her house but a folish wife plucketh it doun
2 Who so feareth the Lorde, walketh in the ryght path: and regardeth not hym
that abhorreth the wayes of the Lord.
3 In the mouth of the folyshe is the boastynge of lordshyppe, but the lyppes of
the wyse wylbe ware of such.
4 Where no oxen are, ther şe cribbe is empty: but where the oxen labour ther is
5 A faithful witnesse will not dyssemble, but a false recorde wyll make a lye.
6 A scorneful body seketh wisdom, and findeth it not: but knowlege is easy to
come by, vnto him that wyl vnderstand
7 Se that thou meddle not with a foole, and do as though thou haddest no
8 The wysdome of hym that hath vnderstanding is, to take hede vnto hys way but
the folyshnes of the vnwyse disceaueth.
9 Foles make but a sporte of synne, but ther is fauourable loue amonge the
10 The hert of him that hath vnderstandyng wyll neyther dyspaire for any sorow,
ner be to presumptuous for any sodaine ioy.
11 The houses of the vngodly shalbe ouerthrowne, but şe tabernacles of the
rightuous shal florish.
12 Ther is a waye whiche some men thinke to be ryght, but the ende thereof
leadeth vnto death.
13 The herte is sorowfull euen in a laughter, and the ende of mirth is heuinesse.
14 An vnfaythful personne shalbe filled wyth hys owne wayes, but a good man wyl
beware of suche.
15 An ignoraunt boddy beleueth all thynges, but who so hath vnderstandyng,
loketh well to his goinges.
16 A wyse man feareth, and departeth from euel, but a foole goeth on
17 An vnpacient man dealeth folyshly, but he that is well aduysed doth other
18 The ignoraunte haue folyshnes in possession, but the wyse are crowned with
19 The euel shal bow hem selues before the good, and the vngodly shall wayte at
the dores of the ryghtuous.
20 The poore is hated euen of his owne neyghbours, but the rich hath many frends.
21 Who so despyseth his neyghbour, doth amysse: but blessed is he that hath
pytye of the poore.
22 They that ymagyn wyckednes, shall be disapoynted: but they that muse vpon
good thinges, vnto suche shall happen mercy and faythfulnesse.
23 Diligent laboure bringeth ryches, but wher many vayne wordes are, trulye ther
24 Ryches are an ornamente vnto the wyse, but the ignoraunce of fooles is very
25 A faythfull wytnesse delyuereth soules, but a lyar disceaueth them,
26 The feare of the Lord in a strong hold for vnto his he wyl be a sure defence,
27 The feare of the lorde is a well of lyfe, to auoide the snares of death.
28 The increase and prosperite of the commens is the Kynges honoure, but the
decaye of the people is the confusion of the Prince.
29 Pacyence is a token of wisdom, but wrath & hasty displasure is a token of
30 A merye hert is the life of the bodye, but rancoure consumeth awaye the
31 He that doeth a poore man wrong, blasphemeth hys maker: but who so hathe
pytye of the poore, doeth honoure vnto God,
32 The vngodlye is afrayed of euery parel, but the ryghtuous hath a good hope
euen in death.
33 Wysdome resteth in the herte of him that hath vnderstandynge, and he wyll
teach theym that are vnlearned.
34 Ryghtuousnes setteth vp the people, vut wickednes bringeth folke to
35 A dyscrete seruaunt is a pleasure vnto the Kynge, but one şt is not honest
prouoketh hym vnto wrath.
A soft answere putteth downe displeasure. but frowarde words prouoke vnto anger.
2 A wise tonge commendeth knowledg, a folysh mouth blabbeth oute no thynge but
3 The eyes of the Lord loke on euery place, both vpon the good and badde.
4 A wholsome tonge is a tree of lyfe but he that abuseth it, hath a broken mynde.
5 A foole despyseth hys fathers correccyon, but he that taketh hede whan he is
reproued shalhaue şe more vnderstandyng.
6 In the house of the ryghtuous are greate rytches, but in the increase of the
vngodlye ther is mysorder.
7 A wyse mouth poureth out knowledge, but the herte of the folysh doth not so.
8 The Lorde aborreth the sacryfyce of the vngodlye, but the prayer of the
rightuous is acceptable vnto hym.
9 The waye of the vngodlye is an abhomynacyon vnto the Lorde, but who so
foloweth rightuousnesse, hym he loueth.
10 He that forsaketh the ryghte strete, shalbe sore punyshed: and who so hateth
correccyon, falleth into death.
11 The hell wyth her payne is knowne vnto the Lorde, howe muche more then, the
hertes of men?
12 A scorneful body loueth not one that rebuketh hym, nether wyll he come amonge
13 A mery hert maketh a chearful countinance but an vnquiet mynd maketh it heuy.
14 A wise hert wil seke after knowledge, but the mouth of foles medleth with
15 All the dayes of the pore are myserable, but a quyet herte is as a continnual
16 Better is a litle with the feare of the Lord then great tresure, for they are
not without sorowe.
17 Better is a messe of potage with loue, then a far oxe wyth euel wyll.
18 An angry man stereth vp strife, but he that is pacient stilleth discord.
19 The way of şe slouthful is ful of thornes, but şe strete of the rightuous
is wel cleansed.
20 A wyse son maketh a glad father, but an vndiscrete body shameth hys mother.
21 A foole reioiseth in folyshe thynges but awyse man loketh wel to hys own
22 Vnaduised thoughts shal come to naught but wher as men are şt can geue
councel, ther is stedfastnes.
23 O howe ioyfull a thing is it, a man to geue a conuenyente answere? O how
pleasaunt is a word spoken in due season.
24 The waye of lyfe leadeth vnto heauen, that a man shoulde beware of hell
25 The Lord wyl breake downe the house of the proud, but he shal make fast the
borders of the widdowe,
26 The Lorde abhorreth the ymaginacons of şe wycked, but pure wordes are
pleasaunt vnto him.
27 The couetous man roteth vp his owne house, but who so hateth rewardes shall
28 A ryghtuous man museth in hys mynde howe to do good, but the mynde of the
vngodly ymagineth, howe he may do harme,
29 The Lorde is farre from the vngodly, but he heareth the praier of the
30 Lyke as the clearenesse of the eyes reioiseth the herte so doth a good name
fede the bones.
31 The eare that herkeneth vnto wholsome warnnynge, and enclyneth therto, shal
dwell amonge the wyse.
32 He that refuseth to be refourmed, despyseth his owne soule: but he that
submytteth hym selfe to correccyon, is wyse.
33 (16:1) The feare of the Lord is şe righte scyence of wysdome, and lowlines
goeth before honure.
(16:2) A man may wel purpose a thinge in his herte, but the answere of the tong
commeth of the Lord,
2 (16:3) A man thynketh al his waies to be cleane, but it is şe Lord that
fashyoneth the mindes
3 (16:4) Commit thy workes the Lord, and loke what thou deuisest, it shal
4 (16:5) The Lorde doth al thynges for hys owne sake, yea when he kepeth the
vngodly for the day of wrath.
5 (16:6) The Lorde abhorreth all presumptuous & proude hertes, ther may
neyther strength ner powere scape.
6 (16:7) With louyng mercye and fayethfulnesse synnes be forgeuen, and who so
feareth the Lorde, he eschueth euell.
7 (16:8) When a mans ways please the Lord, he maketh his very enemies to be hys
8 (16:9) Better is it to haue a lyttle thinge with rightuousnes, then greate
rentes wrngeously gotten.
9 (16:10) A man deuyseth awaye in his herte, but it is the Lorde that ordreth
10 (16:11) When the prophecye is in the lyppes of the kynge, hys mouth shal not
go wronge in iudgment.
11 (16:12) A true measure and a true balaunce are the Lordes, he maketh all
12 (16:13) It is a great abhominatyon when kynges are wycked, for a kinges seat
should be holden vp wyth ryghtuousnesse
13 (16:14) Ryghtuous lyppes are pleasaunte vnto kynges, and they loue hym that
speaketh the trueth.
14 (16:15) The kynges dyspleasure is a messaunger of deathe, but a wyse man wyll
15 (16:16) The chearefull conntenaunce of the kynge is lyfe, and hys louynge
fauoure is as the euenynge dewe.
16 (16:17) To haue wysdome in possesstion is better then gold, & to get
vnderstanding is more worth then siluer.
17 (16:18) The path of şe rightuous eschueth euel, & who so loketh wel to
his waies, kepeth hys owne soule.
18 (16:19) Presumptuousnes goth before destruction, & after aproud stomake
ther foloweth a fall.
19 (16:20) Better is it to be of humble mynde with the lowly, then to deuyde the
spoyles wyth the proud.
20 (16:21) He that handleth a matter wisely, opteineth good: and blessed is he,
that putteth his trust in the Lord
21 (16:22) Who so hath a wyse vnderstanding, is called to councel but he that
canne speake faire getteth more riches.
22 (16:23) Vnderstanding is a wel of lyfe vnto him that hath it, as for the
chastenyng of foles, it is but folishnesse.
23 (16:24) The hert of the wyse enfourm his moueth, and amendeth the doctryne in
24 (16:25) Fayre wordes are an hony combe, a refreshynge of the mynde, and helth
of the bones.
25 (16:26) Ther is away şt men thinke to be right but the ende thereof leadeth
26 (16:27) A troublous soule dysquyeteth her selfe, for her owne mouth hath
brought her therto.
27 (16:28) An vngodly personne styreth vp euell, and in hys lipps he is as an
whote burnyng fyre.
28 (16:29) A frowarde bodye causeth stryfe, and he that is a blabbe of his tonge,
maketh deuisyon amonge princes.
29 (16:30) A wycked man begyleth hys neyghbour, and leadeth hym the waye that is
30 (16:31) He that wyncketh wyth his eyes, ymagineth mischife: and he that
byteth his lyppes wyll do some harme.
31 (16:32) Age is a crowne of worshippe, if it be founde in the waye of
32 (16:33) A pacyente man is better then one stronge: and he that can rule him
selfe, is more worth then he that winneth a city.
33 (16:34) The lotts are caste into the lappe, but there fal standeth in the
Better is a dry morsell with quietnes, then a full house and many fat catell
2 A discrete seruaunt shall haue more rule then the sonnes that haue no wysdom,
and shal haue like heritage with the brethren.
3 Lyke as syluer is tryed in the fyre and golde in the fornace, euen so doeth
the Lorde proue the hertes.
4 A wycked bodye holdeth muche of false lippes, and a dissemblyng personne
geueth eare to a dysceatefull tonge.
5 Who so laugheth the pore to scorne blasphemeth hys maker: & he that is
glad of another mans hurt, shall not be vnpunished.
6 Chylders chyldren are a worshyppe vnto the elders, & the fathers are the
honoure of şe children.
7 An eloquent speach becommeth not a fole, a dissemblyng mouth also besemeth not
8 Liberalite is a precyous stone vnto hym şt hath it, for whersoeuer he
becometh, he prospereth.
9 Who so couereth another mans offence seketh loue: but he şt discloseth şe
faut setteth frends at variance.
10 One reprofe only doth more good to him şt hath vnderstandinge then an .C.
stripes vnto a fole.
11 A sedicious personne seketh myschefe, but a cruell messaunger shall be sent
12 It were better to come against a shee Bere robbed of her whelpes, then
agaynst a fole in his foolyshnes.
13 Who so rewardeth euell for good, the plage shall not departe frome hys house.
14 He that soweth discord & strife, is lyke one that dyggeth vp a water
broke: but an open enemy is like the water that breaketh out & renneth
15 The Lord hateth as wel hym şt iustifyeth the vngodly, as him that condemneth
16 What helpeth it to geue a foole mony in his hand, wher as he hath no mind to
17 He is a frende that alway loueth, and in aduersite a man shal know who is hys
18 Whoso promyseth by the hande, and is suertye: or another, he is a foole.
19 He that loueth stryfe, delyteth in synne: & who so setteth his dore to
hye, seketh after a fall.
20 Who so hath a frowarde herte obtayneth no good: & he that hath an
ouerthwarte tonge, shall fall into myschyefe.
21 An vnwyse body bringeth him selfe into sorow, and the father of a foole can
haue no ioye.
22 A merye hert maketh a lusty age, but a sorowful mind dryeth vp the bones.
23 The vngodlye taketh gyftes out of the bosome, to wrest the waies of iudgment.
24 Wysdome shineth in the face of hym that hath vnderstanding, but the eies of
fooles wander thorow out all landes.
25 An vndiscrete sonne is a grefe vnto his father, & an heuynesse vnto hys
mother that bare him
26 To punish the innocent, and to smite the princes that geue true iudgmente,
are both euell.
27 He is wyse and discrete, that tempereth his wordes: and he is a man of
vnderstandinge, that maketh much of his spirite.
28 Yea a verye foole (when he holdeth his tonge) is counted wyse, and to haue
vnderstandinge, when he shutteth his lyppes.
Who so hath pleasure to sow dyscorde, pyketh a quarel in euery thyng.
2 A foole hath no delite in understanding, but only in those thynges wherin his
3 Wher vngodlynes is, there is also disdayne: and so there foloweth shame and
4 The wordes of mans mouth are lyke depe waters, and the well of wysdome is lyke
a full streame.
5 It is not good to a regarde the personne of the vngodly, or to put backe the
ryghteous in iudgmente.
6 A fooles lippes are euer brawling, and his mouth prouoketh vnto battayll.
7 A fooles mouth is hys owne destruccion and his lippes are the snare for his
8 The words of a sclanderer are very woundes, and go thorow vnto the inmost
parts of şe body.
9 Who so is slouthful & slacke in his laboure, is the brother of him that is
10 The name of şe Lord is a strong castel, the righteous flieth vnto it, and
11 But şe rich mans goods are his strong hold, yea he taketh them for an hie
wall rounde aboute hym.
12 After pryde commeth destruccion, and honour after lowlines.
13 He şt geueth sentence in a matter before he heare it, is a foole, &
worthy to be confounded.
14 A good stomacke driueth awaye a mans disease, but when the sptrite is vexed,
who may abide it?
15 A wyse herte laboureth for knowledge, and a prudent eare seketh vnderstanding
16 Liberalitye bryngeth a man to honoure and worship, and setteth him among
17 The rightuous accuseth hym selfe firste of al, if his neyghbour come, he shal
18 The lot pacifieth the variaunce, and parteth şe mighty a sunder.
19 The vnitie of brethren is stronger then a castel, and they that hold together
are like the barre of a palayce.
20 A mans belly shalbe satisfied wyth the fruyte of hys owne mouthe, and wyth
the increase of hys lyppes shall he be fylled.
21 Death & lyfe stand in the power of the tong, he that loueth it shal enioy
the frute thereof.
22 Who so fyndeth a wyfe fyndeth a good thynge, and receyueth an wholsome
benefyte of şe Lord.
23 The poore maketh supplicacyon & prayeth mekelye, but the ryche geueth a
24 A frende that delyteth in loue, doeth a man more frenshyppe, and stycketh
faster vnto hym then a brother.
Better is the poore that lyueth godly then the blasphemer that is but a foole.
2 Where no discrecion is, ther the soule is not well: and who so is swyft on
fote, stombleth hastly,
3 Folyshuesse maketh a man to go out of his waye, and then is his hert vnpacient
agaynst the Lorde.
4 Ryches make many frendes, but the poore is forsaken of his own frendes.
5 A false witnesse shall not remayne vnpunished, & he that speaketh lyes
shal not escape.
6 The multitude hangeth vpon great men, and euery man fauoureth him that geueth
7 As for the poore, he is hated amonge all hys brethren: yea, hys owne frendes
forsake hym, & he that geueth credence vnto wordes getteth nothyng.
8 He that is wyse, loueth his owne soule: & who so hath vnderstandynge,
9 A false witnesse shall not remayne vnpunished, & he şt speaketh lyes shal
10 Delicate ease becommeth not a foole much more vnsemely is it, a bonde man too
haue the rule of princes.
11 A wyse man putteth of displeasure, & it is his honour to let some fautes
12 The kynges disfauour is lyke the roaryng of a Lyon, but hys frendship is lyke
the dewe vpon the grasse.
13 An vndiscrete sonne is the heuynes of hys father, & a braulyng wyfe is
lyke the top of an house, where thorow it is euer droppyng.
14 House & ryches maye a man haue by the heritage of hys elders, but a
discrete woman is the gifte of the Lord.
15 Slouthfulnes bringeth slepe, & an ydel soule shall suffer hunger.
16 Who so kepeth the commaundement, kepeth hys owne soule: but he that regardeth
not hys way, shal dye.
17 He that hath pittie vppon the poore, lendeth vnto the Lord: & loke what
he layeth oute, it shalbe payed hym agayn.
18 Chasten thy sonne whyle there is hope, but let not thy soule be moued to
19 For great wrath bryngeth harme, therfore let hym go, & so mayest thou
teache hym more nurtoure.
20 O geue eare vnto good counsayll, & be content to be refourmed, that thou
mayest be wyse here after.
21 There are many deuises in a mans hert, neuertheles the counsayll of the Lorde
22 It is a mans worship to do good & better it is to be a poore man, then
23 The feare of the Lord preserueth the life yea, it geueth plenteousnes,
without the visitacion of any plage.
24 A slouthful body shuteth hys hande into hys bosome, so that he cannot put it
to his mouth.
25 If thou smitest a scorneful personne, the ignoraunt shall take better hede:
& if thou reprouest one that hath vnderstanding, he will be şe wyser.
26 He that hurteth hys father or shuteth out his mother, is a shamefull & an
27 My sonne, heare nomore the doctrine that leadeth the awaye from the wordes of
28 A false witnes laugheth iudgement to scorn & the mouth of the vngodly
eateth vp wickednes.
29 Punishmentes are ordeyned for the scornefull, and strypes for fooles backes.
Wine is a volupteous thynge, & dronckennes causeth sedicion: who so deliteth
therin, shal neuer be wyse.
2 The kyng oughte to be feared as the roarynge of a Lyon, who so prouoketh hym
vnto anger, offendeth agaynst hys owne soule.
3 It is a mans honour to kepe him selfe from stryfe, but they that haue pleasure
in braulinge, are fooles euery one.
4 A slouthfull body will not go to plowe for colde, therefore shall he go a
beggynge in Sommer, and haue nothynge.
5 Wyse counsayll in the herte of man is lyke a water in the depe of the earth,
but he şt hathe vnderstanding, bringeth it forth.
6 Many there be that are called good doers, but whereshal one fynde a true
7 Who so leadeth a godly and an innocent lyfe, happy shal his chyldren be whome
he leaueth behynde hym.
8 A kynge that sitteth in iudgement, and loketh well aboute hym, dryueth awaye
9 Who can saye: my herte is cleane, I am innocent from sinne?
10 To vse two maner of weyghtes, or twoo maner of measures, both these are
abhominable vnto the Lorde.
11 A chylde is knowen by hys conuersacion, whether hys workes be pure &
12 As for the hearing of the eare & the sight of the eye, the Lord hath made
13 Delyte not thou in slepe, lest thou come vnto pouerte: but open thyne eyes,
and thou shalt haue bread ynough.
14 It is naught, It is naught (say men) when they haue it, but when it is gone,
they geue it a good woorde.
15 A mouth of vnderstanding is more worth then gold, many precious stones, &
16 Take his garment that is suerty for a straunger, & take a pledge of him
for the vnknowen mans sake.
17 Euery man liketh the bread that is gotten with disceate, but at the laste hys
mouth shalbe filled with grauell.
18 Thorow counsayl the thynges that men deuise go forward: and with discrecion
ought warres to be taken in hande.
19 Medle not with hym that bewrayeth secretes, and is a sclaunderer, and
disceaueth with hys lippes.
20 Whoso curseth hys father and mother, hys lyght shalbe put outin the myddest
21 The herytage that commeth to hastely at the fyrste, shall not be praised at
22 Saye not thou: I wyll recompence euel, but put thy truste in the Lorde, and
he shall defende the.
23 The Lorde, abhorreth two maner of weyghtes, and a false balaunce is an euell
24 The Lorde ordreth euery mans goinges, for what is he that vnderstandeth his
25 It is a snare for a man to to blaspheme that which is holy, and then to go
aboute wyth vowes.
26 A wyse kynge destroyeth the vngodly, & bringeth the whele ouer them.
27 The lanterne of şe Lord is the breath of man, and goeth thorow al the inward
partes of the body.
28 Mercy and faithfulnes preserue the kynge, and wyth louyng kyndnes his seate
is holden vp.
29 The strength of yong men is their worship, and a gray head, is an honour vnto
30 Woundes dryue away euel, and so do strips the inward partes of the body.
The kinges hert is in the hand of the Lord, lyke as are the ryuers of water: he
maye turne it whether so euer he wyll.
2 Euery man thynketh hys owne waye to be ryght, but the Lord iudgeth the herts.
3 To do ryghtuousnes & iudgment is more acceptable to the Lorde then
4 A presumptuous loke, a proude stomacke, and the lanterne of the vngodly is
5 The deuyces of one şt is diligente, brynge plentuousnes: but he that is
vnaduised, commeth vnto pouerte.
6 Who so hoordeth vp ryches wyth the disceatfulnes of his tonge, he is a foole,
and lyke vnto them şt seke their own death.
7 şe robberies of the vngodlye shalbe their owne destruccyon, for they wolde
not do the thinge that was right.
8 The waies of the froward are straunge, but the worckes of him that is cleane,
9 It is better to dwell in a corner vnder the house toppe, then wyth a braulynge
woman in a wyde house.
10 The soule of the vngodlye wysheth euell, and hath no pytye vpon hys
11 When the scornefull is punyshed, the ignoraunt take the better hede: and when
a wyse man is warned, he wyll receaue the more vnderstandynge.
12 The ryghtuous enfourmeth the house of the vngodlye, but the vngodlye goo on
styll after their owne wyckednesse.
13 Who so stoppeth hys eare at the cryenge of the pore he shal cry him selfe and
not be herd
14 A preuy rewarde pacyfyeth displeasure & a gift in the bosome stilleth
15 The iust delyteth in doinge the thing that is ryghte, but the worckers of
wyckednesse abhorre the same.
16 The man that wandereth out of the way of wysdome, shall remayne in the
congregacion of the dead.
17 He that hath pleasure in banckettes, shalbe a poore man: Who so deliteth in
wyne and delicates, shall not be ryche.
18 The vngodlye shalbe geuen for the ryghtuous, and the wicked for şe iust.
19 It is better to dwell in a wyldernesse, then wyth a chidynge and an angrye
20 In a wyse mans house there is a greate treasure and a plenteousnesse, but a
foolish body spendeth vp all.
21 Who so foloweth ryghtuousnes and mercy, fyndeth both life, ryghtuousnes and
22 A wyse man wynneth the citye of the mighty, and as for strength that they
trust in, he bryngeth it downe.
23 Who so kepeth his mouth and his tong, the same kepeth hys soule from
24 He that is proud & presumptuous, is called a scorneful man, whyche in
wrath darre worke malycyouslye.
25 The voluptuousnesse of the slouthfull is hys owne death, for hys handes wyll
26 He coueteth and desyreth all the day longe, but the ryghtuous is alwaye
geuynge, and kepeth nothynge backe.
27 The sacrifyce of the vngodly is abhominacion, for they offer the thyng that
is gotten with wickednes.
28 A false witnesse shall perish, but he that wilbe content to heare, shall
alway haue power to speake him selfe.
29 An vngodly man goeth forth rashlye, but the iuste refourmeth his owne waie.
30 There is no wysdome ther is no vnderstandyng, there is no councell agaynste
31 The horse is prepared against the day of battail, but the Lord geueth the
A good name is more worthe then greate ryches. and louyng fauoure is better then
siluer and golde.
2 Whether ryches or pouerty do mete vs, it commeth al of God.
3 A wise man seith the plage and hideth him self, but the folysh go on styl and
4 The ende of lowlines and şe feare of God, is riches, honour, prosperity and
5 Speres and snares are in the way of the froward, bot he that wyll kepe his
soule, let hym fle from such.
6 If thou teachest a child in his youth what waye he shuld go, he shal not leaue
it when he is old
7 The rich ruleth şe pore, & şe borower is seruant to the lender.
8 He şt soweth wickednes shal repe sorow, & şe rod of his plage shal
9 A louing eie shalbe blessed, for he geueth of his bread vnto şe pore.
10 Cast out şe scorneful man, & so shal strife go out wt him, yea variance
& sclander shal cease.
11 Who so deliteth to be of a cleane herte and of gracious lyppes, the king
shall be his frend.
12 The eies of the Lord preserue knowledge, but as for şe words of şe
despyteful, he bringeth them to naught.
13 The slouthful body sayeth: ther is a lyon wythoute, I myghte be slayne in the
14 The mouth of an harlot is a depe pyt, wherein he falleth şt the Lorde is
angrye wyth all.
15 Foolishnes sticketh in şe herte of the lad, but the rod of correccion
dryueth it awaye.
16 Who so doth a pore man wrong to increase his owne riches, geueth (commenly)
vnto the rych, & at the last commeth to pouerte him selfe.
17 My sonne, bow down thine eare, and herken vnto the wordes of wysdome, applye
thy mynde vnto my doctryne:
18 for it is a plesaunt thyng if thou kepe it in thyne hert, and practise it in
19 that thou mayest alwaye put thy truste in the Lorde.
20 Haue not I warned the very oft with counsel & lerning?
21 that I might shew the truth andt that thou with the verity myghtest answere
them that lay any thynge agaynst the?
22 Se that thou robbe not the pore because he is weake, & oppresse not the
simple in iudgment:
23 for the Lorde him selfe wyll defende their cause, and do vyolence vnto them
that haue vsed vyolence.
24 Make no frendship with an angry wilful man, and kepe no company wt the
25 lest thou learne hys wayes, and receaue hurte vnto thy soule.
26 Be not thou one of them that bind their hand vpon promyse, and are suerttye:
27 for if thou hast nothing to paye, he shall take awaye thy bed from vnder the.
28 Thou shalte not remoue the lande marke, which thy fore elders haue sette.
29 Seyst thou nat, that they whyche be diligent in ther busines stand before
kinges and not among the simple people?
When thou syttest at the table to eate with a lorde, order thy selfe manerly
with the thinges that are set before şe.
2 Measure thine appetite: and if thou wilt rule thyne owne selfe,
3 be not ouer gredye of his meate, for meate begyleth and disceaueth
4 Take not ouer greate trauayle and labour to be ryche, beware of suche a
5 Why wylt thou set thyne eie vpon the thing, which sodenly vanysheth awaye? For
ryches make them selues wynges, & take their flight lyke an Aegle into the
6 Eat not şu wt the enuious, & desire not his meat,
7 for he hath a meruelus hert. He saith vnto the: eate & drinke as wher, as
his hert is not wt şe.
8 Yea, şe morsels şt thou hast eaten shalt şu perbrake, & lese those
9 Tel nothyng into the eares of a fole, for he wyll despise the wysdome of thy
10 Remoue not the olde lande marke, and come not within the feld of the
11 For he that delyuereth them is myghty, euen he shall defend their cause
12 Applie thine herte vnto learning, and thine eare to şe words of knowledge.
13 With holde not correction from the childe, for if thou beatest him with the
rodde, he shall not dye thereof.
14 Thou smitest him with the rod. but thou deliuerest his soule from hel.
15 My son, if thy herte receaue wysdome, my herte also shal reioyce
16 yea my reines shalbe very gladde, if thy lyppes speake the thynge that is
17 Let not thine herte be gelous to folowe synners, but kepe the styl in the
feare of the Lord al the daye long:
18 for the ende is not yet come & thy pacient abydyng shal not be in vaine.
19 My sone, geue eare and be wise, so shal thine herte prospere in the way.
20 Kepe no company with wine bybbers & ryotous eaters of flesh
21 for such as be dronkards & riotous shal come to pouerte, & he şt is
geuen to much slepe shall go wt a ragged cote.
22 Geue eare vnto thy father şt begat şe, & despise not thy mother when
she is olde.
23 Labour for to get şe truth: sell not away wisdome, nurtour and vnderstanding
24 (for a rightuous father is maruelous glad of a wyse son, and deliteth in him)
25 so shal thy father be glad, & thy mother şt bare the shal reioyse.
26 My sonne, geue thyne hert, & let thyne eies haue pleasure in my wayes.
27 For an whore is a depe graue, and an harlot is a narow pyt.
28 She lurketh lyke a thefe, and those şt be not aware she bryngeth vnto her.
29 Wher is wo? wher is sorow? where is strife? where is brauling? wher are
wounds without cause? wher be reed eies?
30 Euen among those that be euer at the wyne, and seke out where the best is.
31 Loke not thou vpon the wyne, how redde it is, & what a coloure it geueth
in the glasse
32 It goeth downe softly, but at the laste it byteth lyke a serpent, &
styngeth, as an Adder.
33 So shall thyne eyes loke vnto straunge wemen, and thyne herte shal muse vpon
34 Yea thou shalt be as thoughe thou sleptest in the middest of şt sea, or vpon
şe toppe of the mast.
35 They wounded me (shalte thou say) but it hath not hurte me, they smote me,
but I felt it not. When I am well wakened, I will go to the dryncke agayne.
Be not thou gelous ouer wycked men, and desyre not thou to be among them.
2 For their herte imagineth to do hurte, and their lippes talke of mischiefe.
3 Thorow wysdome an house shalbe builded, & wt vnderstandyng shalbe set vp.
4 Thorow discrecion shal the chambers he fylled wyth al costly & plesant
5 A wise man is strong, yea a man of vnderstanding is better then he şt is
myghti of strength
6 For wt discrecion must warres be taken in hand, & wher as are many şu can
geue councell, there is the victorye.
7 Wisdome is an hye thyng, yea euen to the foole for he dar not open his mouth
in the gate.
8 He that Imagyneth myschefe, maye welbe called an vngracious personne.
9 The thoughte of the folysh is synne, & the scorneful is an abhominacion
10 If şu be ouersene & negligent in tyme of nede, then is thy strength but
11 Delyuer them şt go into death, and are led away to be slayne, & be not
12 If thou wylt saye: I knewe not of it. Thinkest thou şt he which made the
herts, doth not consider it? & şt he which regardeth thy soule, seyth it
not? Shall not he recompence euerye man accordynge to his workes?
13 My sonne, thou eatest hony & the swete hony combe. because it is good
& swete in thy mouthe.
14 Euen so shall the knowledge of wysedome be vnto thy soule, as soone as thou
hast gotten it. And there is good hope, yea thy hope shall not be in vanyte.
15 Laye no preuy waite wyckedly vpon the house of the rightuous, and disquiete
not his resting place.
16 For a iust man falleth seuen tymes, and riseth vp againe, but the vngodly fal
17 Reioyce not thou at the fall of thyne enemye, and let not thyne herte be glad
when he stombleth.
18 Lest the Lord (when he seyth it) be angrie, & turne hys wrath from him
19 Let not thy wrath and gelosy moue the, to folowe the wycked and vngodlye.
20 And why? the wycked hath nothyng to hope for, and the candle of the vngodly
shal be put oute.
21 My sonne, feare thou the Lord and the kyng, and kepe no company with the
22 for their destruccion shal come sodenly, and who knoweth the far of them
23 These are also the sayenges of the wyse. it is not good, to haue respect ofe
any person in iudgment.
24 He that saieth to the vngodly: thou art rightuous, him shal the people curse
yea the comenty shal abhorre hym.
25 But they that rebuke the vngodly shalbe commended and a ryche blessynge shall
come vpon them.
26 He maketh him selfe to be well loued, that geueth a good answere.
27 Fyrste make vp thy worke that is wythout, & loke wel vnto that which şu
hast in the felde, & then buyld thyne house.
28 Be no false witnesse against thy neighbour hurte hym not with thy lyppes.
29 Saye not I wil handle him, euen as he hath delte wt me and wil reward euery
man according to his dedes.
30 I went by the felde of şe slouthful, and by the vineiarde of the feld of the
slouthful and by the vyneyeardes of şe folish man.
31 And lo, it was all couered wyth nettels, and stode ful of thistles. and the
stone wall was broken doune.
32 Thys I saw, and consydered it well I loked vpon it, and toke it for a warnyng.
33 Yea slepe on styl a lytle, slomber a lytle, fold thyne handes together yet a
34 so shal pouertye come vnto the as one that trauayleth by the way, and
necessite like a weapened man.
These also are the sayinges of Salomon, which the men of Ezekiah Kynge of Iuda
2 It is şe honour of God to kepe a thing secret, but the kings honour is to
serch out a thing
3 The heauen is hye, the earth is depe, şe kings hert is vnsearcheable.
4 Take the drosse from the syluer, and ther shalbe a cleane vessel therof.
5 Take awaye vngodlynes from the king, & his seat shalbe stablished wt
6 Put not forth thy self in the presence of şe king, & prayse not into the
place of great men.
7 Better is it that it be sayde vnto the: come vp hyther, then thou to be set
doun in the presence of the prince whom thou seist with thine eyes.
8 Be not hastye to go to the law, lest happely thou order thy selfe so at the
laste, that thy neighbour put the to shame.
9 Handle thy mater wt thy neyghbour him self, and dyscouer not an other mans
10 lest when men heare therof, it turne to thy dishonoure, and lest thine euell
name do not ceasse.
11 A worde speken in due season, is lyke apples of golde in a syluer dish.
12 The correction of the wise is to an obedient eare, a golden cheine & a
Iewel of gold.
13 Lyke as the wynter coole in the haruest, so is a faithfull messenger to him
şt sent him, & refresheth his masters mynd.
14 Whoso maketh great boasts & geueth nothing, is like cloudes & wind
15 With pacience may a prince be pacified, & wt a soft tong may rigoriousnes
16 If thou findest hony, eate so much as is sufficient forth lest thou be
ouerful, & perbrake it out agayne.
17 Wythdraw thy fote from thy neighbours house, lest he be wery of the, and so
18 Who so beareth false wytnesse agaynst hys neyghboure, he is a verye speare, a
swearde, and a sharpe arowe.
19 The hope of the vngodlye in tyme of neade, is lyke a rotten toth and a
20 Who so singeth a song to a wycked her hert, clotheth him wt rags in the cold
& poureth vynegar vpon chalke.
21 If thyne enemy honger, fead him: if he thyrst, geue hym drinke:
22 for so shalt şu heape coles of fyre vpon his head, and the Lord shal reward
23 The North wind driueth away the raine, euen so doth an earnest sober
countenances backbyters tong.
24 It is better to sit in a corner vnder şe rose, then wt a brauling woman in a
25 A good reporte out of a farre contre, is like could water to a thirsty soule.
26 A ryghtuous man falling down before şe vngodlye, is like a troubled wel
& a spring şt is destroyed.
27 Like as it is not good to eate to much hony, euen so he şt wil search out
hyghe things, it shalbe to heuy for him.
28 He şt can not rule him self, is like a city which is broken doune, &
hath no walles.
Like as snow is not mete in sommer, nor raine in haruest: euen so is worship
vnsemelye for a foole
2 Like as the bryd and the swalowe take their flyght and fle here and ther, so
the curse that is geuen in vayne, shall not lighte vpon a man.
3 Vnto the horse belongeth a whyppe, to the Asse a brydle, and a rodde to the
4 Geue not the foole an answere after hys folyshnesse, lest thou become lyke
5 but make the fole an answer to his folishnes, lest he be wise in his own
6 He is lame of his fete yea dronken is he in vanite, şt committeth any thing
to a fole.
7 Like as it is an vnsemely thing to haue legs & yet to halt euen so is a
parable in şe foles mouthe.
8 He that setteth a foole in hye dignity, that is euen as if a man did cast a
precious stone vp on the gallous.
9 A parable in a fooles mouth is lyke a thorne that prycketh a dronken man in
10 A man of experience dyscerneth all thynges well, but whoso hyreth a foole,
hyreth such one as will take no hede.
11 Lyke as the dogge turueth agayne to hys vomyte, euen so a foole beginneth hys
folishnesse agayne a fresh.
12 If thou seiest a man that is wyse in his owne conceate, there is more hope in
a fole then in him.
13 The slouthful sayeth: there is a leopard in the way, and a lion in the
myddest of the stretes.
14 Lyke as the dore turneth aboute vpon the thresholde, euen so doth the
slouthfull welter hym self in his bedde.
15 The slouthful bodye thrusteth his hand into his bosome, and it greueth him to
put it agayne to his mouth.
16 The slogard thynketh hym selfe wyser then? .vij. men şt sit & teach.
17 Who so goeth by & medleth wyth other mens stryfe, he is lyke one that
taketh a dog by the eares.
18 Lyke os one shutteth deadly arowes and dartes out of a preuy place, euen so
doth a dissembler wyth his neighboure.
19 And then saith he: I dyd it but in sporte.
20 Where no wodde is, there the fyre goeth oute: and where the backcbyter is
taken awaye, there the stryfe ceaseth.
21 Coales kyndle heate, and wode the fire: euen so doth a braulynge felowe stere
22 A slaunderers wordes are lyke flaterye, but they pearse the inwarde partes of
23 Venimous lippes and a wicked herte, are lyke a potsherde couered with syluer
24 An enemy dissembleth with hys lyps, and in the meane season he ymagineth
25 but when he speaketh fayre, beleue hym not, for ther are seuen abhomynacons
in hys herte.
26 Who so kepeth euel wil, secretly to do hurte, his malice shalbe shewed before
the whole congregacion.
27 Who diggeth vp a pyt, shal fal therin: and he that weltreth a stone shal
stomble vpon it him selfe.
28 A dissembling tong hateth one that rebuketh hym, and a flattering mouth
Make not thy boaste of to morow, for thou knowest not what maye happen to day.
2 Let another man praise the, & not thine own mouth yea other folkes lips,
& not thine.
3 The stone is heuy, and the sand weyghty: but a foles wrath is heuier then then
4 Wrath is a cruel thing, and furyousnesse is a verye tempeste: yea who is able
to abyde enuye?
5 An open rebuke is beter then a secrete loue.
6 Faythfull are the woundes of a louer, but the kysses of an enemy are
7 He that is ful, abhorreth an hony combe: but vnto him that is hongry, euery
sower thing is swete.
8 He that oft times flytteth, is like a bird şt forsaketh her nest.
9 The hert is glad of a swet ointment and sauoure, but a stomake that can geue
good councel, reioiseth a mans neyghboure.
10 Thine owne frend, and thy fathers frend se thou forsake not, but go not into
thy brothers house in tyme of thy trouble. Better is a frend at hand, then a
brother far of.
11 My son, be wyse, and thou shalt make me a glad herte: so that I shall make
answere vnto my rebukers.
12 A wyse man seynge the plage wyll hyde hym selfe, as for fooles they go on
styll, and suffer harme.
13 Take hys garmente that is suertye for a straunger, & take a pledge of him
for the vnknowne mans sake.
14 He that is to hasty to prayse his neyghbour aboue measure, shalbe taken as
one şt geueth hym and euel report.
15 A braulling woman and the rose of the house dropping in a rainy day may wel
be compared together.
16 He that refrayneth her, refrayneth the wynde, and holdeth oyle fast in hys
17 Lyke as one yron whetteth another, so doth one man conforte another.
18 Who so kepeth his fyggetre, shall enioye the fruytes therof he that wayteth
vpon hys master, shal come to honoure.
19 Lyke as in one water there appeare diuerse faces, euen so diuerse men haue
20 Lyke as hell and destruccyon are neuer full, euen so the eyes of men canne
neuer be satysfyed.
21 Siluer is tryed in the mold, and golde in the fornace and so is a man, when
he is openlye praysed to his face.
22 Though thou shouldest bray a foole wyth a pestell in morter like otemel, yet
wyll not his folyshnesse go from hym.
23 Se that thou know the number of thy catell thy selfe, and loke wel to thy
24 For riches abyde not alway, & the crowne endureth not for euer.
25 The hey groweth, the grasse commeth vp, & herbes are gathered in the
26 The lambes shall clothe the, and for the gotes
27 thou shalt haue goates mylcke ynough to fede the, to vpholde thy housholde,
and to susteyne thy maydens.
The vngodly flyeth no man chasyng him, but the rightuous standeth styf as lyon.
2 Because of synne the lande doth oft chang her prynce: but thorowe men of
vnderstandynge and wysdome a realme endureth long.
3 One pore man oppressinge another by uiolence is lyke a continuall rayne that
destroieth the fruyte.
4 They that forsake the lawe, prayse the vngodly: but such as kepe the law
5 Wycked men discerue not the thynge that is ryght, but they that seke after the
Lord, discusse al thynges.
6 A poore man leadyng a godly lyfe, is better then the rych şt goeth in froward
7 Who so kepeth the lawe, is a childe of vnderstandynge: but he that fedeth
ryotous men shameth hys father.
8 Who so increaseth hys ryches by vauntage and wynnynge, let hym gather them to
helpe the poore wyth al.
9 He that turneth away his eare from hearing the lawe, his prayer shalbe
10 Who so leadeth the ryghtuous into an euel waye, shal fal into his owne pit,
but, the iust shall haue the good in possession.
11 The rych man thyncketh him selfe to be wyse, but the poore that hath
vnderstandynge can perceaue him well ynough.
12 When ryghtuous men are in prosperite, then doth honoure floryshe: but when
the vngodly come vp, the state of men chaungeth.
13 He that hydeth hys synnes, shall not prospere: but who so knowledgeth them
and forsaketh them shal haue mercy.
14 Well is hym şt standeth alwaye in awe: as for hym that hardeneth his hert,
he shall fal into myschyefe.
15 Lyke as a roarynge lyon and an hongry beare, euen so is an vngodly prynce
ouer the pore people.
16 Wher the prynce is wythout vnderstandyng, ther is greate oppression and
wronge: but if he be such one as hateth couetousnesse he shall longe raygne.
17 He that by vyolence sheddeth anye mannes bloude, shall be a rennagate vnto
his graue, and no man shall be able to succoure hym.
18 Who so leadetth a godly and an inocent life, shalbe, safe: but he that goeth
frowarde wayes, shall once haue a fall.
19 He that tylleth his lande, shall haue plenteousnesse of bread: but he that
foloweth ydilnesse, shall haue pouerte ynough.
20 A faithfull man is greatlye to be commended, but he that maketh to much haste
for to be rych, shall not be vngyltye.
21 To haue respecte of persons in iudgment is not good: And why? he wil do
wrong, yea euen for a pece of bread.
22 He that wyll be ritch all to soone, hath an euell eye, and considereth not,
that pouertye shall come vpon him.
23 He that rebuketh a man, shal fynde more fauoure at the laste, then he that
24 Who so robbeth hys father and mother, and sayeth it is no synne: the same is
like vnto a murtherer.
25 He that is of a proud stomacke, stereth vp strife but he that putteth hys
truste in the Lorde, shalbe wel fedde.
26 He that trusteth in his own hert, is a foole: but he şt dealeth wysely, shal
27 He that geueth vnto the poore, shall not wante: but he that turneth awaye hys
eyes from suche as be in necessytye, shal suffer greate pouertye hym selfe.
28 When the vngodlye are come vp, men are fayne to hyde them selues: but when
they perysh, the ryghtuous increase.
He that is styfnecked and wyll not be refourmed, shal sodenly be destroied
without any helpe
2 Wher the rightuous haue the ouer hand the people are in prosperitye: but wher
the vngodly beareth rule, ther the people mourne.
3 Who so loueth wysdome, maketh his father a glad man: but he şt kepeth
harlottes, spendeth away şt he hath.
4 With true iudgment the kyng setteth vp the land, but if he be a man that
taketh giftes, he turneth it vpsyde downe.
5 Whoso flattereth hys neyghboure, layeth a nette for hys fete.
6 The synne of the wycked is his owne snare, but the ryghtuons shall be glad and
7 The rightuous consydereth the cause of şe poore, but the vngodly regardeth no
8 Wycked people brynge a cytye in decay, but wyse men sette it vp agayne.
9 If a wyse man go to lawe wyth a foole (whether he deale wyth hym frendly or
roughly) he getteth no rest.
10 The bloude thyrstye hate the ryghtuous, but the iust seke his soule.
11 A foole poureth out his spirit altogether, but a wyse man kepeth it in till
12 If a prynce delyte iu lyes, all his seruauntes are vngodly.
13 The pore and the lender mete together, the Lord lyghteneth both their eies
14 The seate of the Kynge that faythfully iudgeth the poore, shall contynue sure
15 The rod and correction myuister wysdome, but if a chylde be not loked vnto,
he bringeth his mother to shame.
16 When the vngodly come vp, wyckednesse increaseth: but the rightuous shall se
17 Nurtour thy sonne with correction, and he shall comforte the, yea he shall do
the good at thyne herte.
18 Wher no Prophete is ther the people perysh: but wel is hym that kepeth the
19 A seruaunte wyll not be the better for wordes for thoughe he vnderstande, yet
wyll he not regarde them,
20 Yf thou seist a man that is hastye to speake vnaduysed, thou, mayest trust a
foole more then hym.
21 He that delicately bringeth vp his seruaunt from a chyld, shall make hym hys
master at length.
22 An angrye man stereth vp stryfe, and he that beareth euell wyll in hys mynde,
doeth muche euill.
23 After pryde commeth a fal, but a lowly spirit bringeth great worshippe.
24 Who so kepeth companye wyth a thyefe, hateth hys owne soule: he heareth
blasphemyes, and telleth it not fourth.
25 He that feareth men, shall haue a fall: but whoso putteth his trust in the
Lorde shall come to honoure.
26 Manye there be that seke the Princes fauoure, but euery mans iudgement
commeth from the Lorde.
27 The ryghtuous abhorreth the vngodlye: but as for those that be in the ryght
way, the wicked hate them.
The wordes of Agur the sunne. of Iakeh. The prophecye of a true faithful man,
whom God hath helped, whom God had comforted and norished.
2 For though I am şe least of al, & haue no mans vnderstanding
3 (for I neuer learned wysdom) yet haue I vnderstanding, & am wel infourmed
in godly thinges.
4 Who hath climed vp into heauen? Who hath come down from thence? Who hath
holden the wynd fast in his hand? Who hath comprehended the waters in a garment?
Who hath set al the endes of the worlde? What is his name, or his sonnes name?
Canst thou tel?
5 All the wordes of God are pure & cleane, for he is a shyeld vnto al them,
şt put theyr trust in him.
6 Put thou nothing therfore vnto hys wordes, lest he reproue the, and thou be
founde a lyar.
7 Two thynges I requyre of the, that thou wilt not denye me before I dye,
8 Remoue fro me vanite and lyes: geue me neither pouerte nor ryches, onely
graunte me a necessary lyuyng.
9 Lest if I be to full, I denye the, & say: what felow is the Lord? And lest
I beynge constrayned thorow pouerte, fall vnto stealyng, and forsweare the name
of my God.
10 Accuse not a seruaunt vnto hys master, lest he speake euell of the also, and
thou be hurt.
11 He that bringeth vp an euell reporte vpon şe generacion of hys father and
mother, is not worthy to be commended.
12 The generacion that thynke them selfes cleane, shall not be clensed from
13 There are people that haue a proude loke, and cast vp their eye lyddes.
14 This peoples teth are swerdes, and with their chafte bones they consume and
deuour the simple of the earth, and the poore from among men.
15 This generacion (whiche is lyke an horslech) hath two daughters: the one is
called, fetch hither, and the other bring hyther.
16 There be thre thinges that are neuer satisfied, and the forth sayeth neuer
hoo. The hell, a womans wombe, and the earthe hath neuer water ynough. As for
fyre, it sayeth neuer, hoo.
17 Who so laugheth hys father to scorne, and setteth his mothers commaundement
at naughte: the rauens pycke out hys eyes in the valley, and deuoured be he of
the yonge Aegles.
18 There be thre thinges to hye for me, and as for the forth, it passeth my
19 The way of an Aegle in the ayre, the way of a serpent ouer a stone, the waye
of a shyp in the sea, and the waye of a man with a yonge woman.
20 Such is the way also of a wife that breaketh wedlocke, which wipeth her mouth
like as when she hath eaten, & sayeth. As for me, I haue done no harme.
21 Thorow thre thinges the earth is disquieted, & the fourthe may it not
22 Thorow a seruaunt that beareth rule, thorow a foole that hath greate ryches,
23 thorow an ydle houswyfe, & thorow an handmayden that is heyre to her
24 There be foure thinges in the earth, şt which are very litle: but in
wysedome they exceade the wyse.
25 The Emmettes are but a weake people, yet gather they their meate together in
26 The Conyes are but a feble folke, yet make they their couches amonge the
27 The greshoppers haue not a gyde, yet go thei forth together by heapes.
28 The spyder laboureth with her handes, & that in the kynges palace.
29 There be thre thinges that go stifly, but the going of the fourth is the
godlyest of all.
30 A Lyon, which is kinge of beastes, & geueth place to no man:
31 A cock ready to fight: A ramme and a kyng that goeth forth with his people.
32 If thou be so folish to magnifie thy selfe, or medlest with any such thing,
then laye thine hande vpon thy mouth.
33 Who so cherneth mylke, maketh butter: he that rubbeth hys nose, maketh it
blede: and he that causeth wrath, bringeth forth stryfe.
The wordes of kyng Lamuell, and the Prophecye that his mother taughte hym.
2 My sonne, thou sonne of my body: O my deare beloued sonne,
3 geue not ouer thy substaunce & mynde vnto women, whiche are the
destruction euen of kinges.
4 O Lamuel, geue kynges no wyne, geue kynges & princes no strong drincke:
5 lest they beyng dronken forget the law, & regarde not the cause of the
poore, and of al such as be in aduersite.
6 Geue strong drinke vnto suche as are condempned to death, & wyne vnto
those that mourne:
7 that they may drinke it, & forget their misery and aduersitie.
8 Be thou an aduocate, and stande in iudgement thy selfe, to speake for all such
as be domme & socourles.
9 With thy mouth defende the thyng that is lawful and right, and the cause of şe
poore and helpelesse.
10 Aleph. Who so fyndeth an honest faythfull woman, she is much more worth then
11 Beth. The hert of her husband may safely trust in her, so şt he shal haue no
nede of spoyles.
12 Gimel. She will do him good & not euell all the dayes of her lyfe.
13 Daleth. She occupyeth woll and flax, and laboureth gladly with her handes.
14 He. She is lyke a merchauntes shyppe, that bringeth her vitayles from a farre.
15 Vau. She is vp in the night season, to prouyde meate for her housholde, and
foode for her maydens.
16 Zain. She considreth lande, & byeth it, & wyth şe frute of her
handes she planteth a vyneyarde.
17 Heth. She gyrdeth her loynes with strength, and courageth her armes.
18 Teth. And if she perceyue that her houswyfrye doth good, her candle goeth not
out by night.
19 Iod. She layeth her fingers to the spyndle, & her hande taketh holde of
20 Caph. She openeth her hande to the poore, yea, she stretched forthe her
handes too suche as haue nede.
21 Lamed. She feareth not that the colde of wynter shall hurte her house, for
all her housholde folkes are double clothed.
22 Mem. She maketh her selfe fayre ornamentes, her clothyng is whyte silke and
23 Nun. Her husband is much set by in the gates, when he sitteth among the
rulers of the lande.
24 Samech. She maketh cloth of silke & selleth it, and deliuereth a gyrdle
vnto the marchaunt.
25 Ain. Strength and honour is her clothynge, & in the latter daye she shall
26 Phe. She openeth her mouth with wysdome, and in her tonge is the lawe of
27 Zade. She loketh well to the wayes of her housholde, & eateth not her
bread with ydelnes.
28 Koph. Her chyldren arise, and call her blessed: & her husbande maketh
much of her.
29 Res. Many daughters there be that gather riches together, but thou goest
aboue them all.
30 Sin. As for fauour, it is disceatfull, & beuty is a vayne thing: but a
woman that feareth the Lord, she is worthy to be praysed.
31 Thau. Geue her of the frute of her handes, & let her owne workes prayse
her in the gates.