¶ The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel:
2 To know wisdom and instruction; to discern the words of understanding;
3 To receive instruction in wise dealing, in righteousness and judgment and
4 To give subtilty to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion:
5 That the wise man may hear, and increase in learning; and that the man of
understanding may attain unto sound counsels:
6 To understand a proverb, and a figure; the words of the wise, and their dark
7 ¶ The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: [but] the foolish
despise wisdom and instruction.
8 My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy
9 For they shall be a chaplet of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck.
10 ¶ My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not.
11 If they say, Come with us, let us lay wait for blood, let us lurk privily for
the innocent without cause;
12 Let us swallow them up alive as Sheol, and whole, as those that go down into
13 We shall find all precious substance, we shall fill our houses with spoil;
14 Thou shalt cast thy lot among us; we will all have one purse:
15 My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their path:
16 For their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed blood.
17 For in vain is the net spread, in the eyes of any bird:
18 And these lay wait for their own blood, they lurk privily for their own
19 So are the ways of every one that is greedy of gain; it taketh away the life
of the owners thereof.
20 ¶ Wisdom crieth aloud in the street; she uttereth her voice in the broad
21 She crieth in the chief place of concourse; at the entering in of the gates,
in the city, she uttereth her words:
22 How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and scorners delight them
in scorning, and fools hate knowledge?
23 Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will
make known my words unto you.
24 Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no
25 But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof:
26 I also will laugh in [the day of] your calamity; I will mock when your fear
27 When your fear cometh as a storm, and your calamity cometh on as a whirlwind;
when distress and anguish come upon you.
28 Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me
diligently, but they shall not find me:
29 For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD:
30 They would none of my counsel; they despised all my reproof:
31 Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with
their own devices.
32 For the backsliding of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of
fools shall destroy them.
33 But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell securely, and shall be quiet without
fear of evil.
1 ¶ My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and lay up my commandments with
2 So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to
3 Yea, if thou cry after discernment, and lift up thy voice for understanding;
4 If thou seek her as silver, and search for her as for hid treasures;
5 Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of
6 For the LORD giveth wisdom; out of his mouth [cometh] knowledge and
7 He layeth up sound wisdom for the upright, [he is] a shield to them that walk
8 That he may guard the paths of judgment, and preserve the way of his saints.
9 Then shalt thou understand righteousness and judgment, and equity, [yea],
every good path.
10 ¶ For wisdom shall enter into thine heart, and knowledge shall be pleasant
unto thy soul;
11 Discretion shall watch over thee, understanding shall keep thee:
12 To deliver thee from the way of evil, from the men that speak froward things;
13 Who forsake the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness;
14 Who rejoice to do evil, and delight in the frowardness of evil;
15 Who are crooked in their ways, and perverse in their paths:
16 To deliver thee from the strange woman, even from the stranger which
flattereth with her words;
17 Which forsaketh the friend of her youth, and forgetteth the covenant of her
18 For her house inclineth unto death, and her paths unto the dead:
19 None that go unto her return again, neither do they attain unto the paths of
20 That thou mayest walk in the way of good men, and keep the paths of the
21 For the upright shall dwell in the land, and the perfect shall remain in it.
22 But the wicked shall be cut off from the land, and they that deal
treacherously shall be rooted out of it.
1 ¶ My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments:
2 For length of days, and years of life, and peace, shall they add to thee.
3 Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them
upon the table of thine heart:
4 So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man.
5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart, and lean not upon thine own
6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
7 ¶ Be not wise in thine own eyes; fear the LORD, and depart from evil:
8 It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.
9 Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine
10 So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy vats shall overflow with
11 My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD; neither be weary of his
12 For whom the LORD loveth he reproveth; even as a father the son in whom he
13 ¶ Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth
14 For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the
gain thereof than fine gold.
15 She is more precious than rubies: and none of the things thou canst desire
are to be compared unto her.
16 Length of days is in her right had; in her left hand are riches and honour.
17 Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.
18 She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one
that retaineth her.
19 The LORD by wisdom founded the earth; by understanding he established the
20 By his knowledge the depths were broken up, and the skies drop down the dew.
21 ¶ My son, let not them depart from thine eyes; keep sound wisdom and
22 So shall they be life unto thy soul, and grace to thy neck.
23 Then shalt thou walk in thy way securely, and thy foot shall not stumble.
24 When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and
thy sleep shall be sweet.
25 Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when
26 For the LORD shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being
27 ¶ Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of
thine hand to do it.
28 Say not unto thy neighbour, Go, and come again, and tomorrow I will give;
when thou hast it by thee.
29 Devise not evil against thy neighbour, seeing he dwelleth securely by thee.
30 Strive not with a man without cause, if he have done thee no harm.
31 Envy thou not the man of violence, and choose none of his ways.
32 For the perverse is an abomination to the LORD: but his secret is with the
33 The curse of the LORD is in the house of the wicked; but he blesseth the
habitation of the righteous.
34 Surely he scorneth the scorners, but he giveth grace unto the lowly.
35 The wise shall inherit glory; but shame shall be the promotion of fools.
1 ¶ Hear, [my] sons, the instruction of a father, and attend to know
2 For I give you good doctrine; forsake ye not my law.
3 For I was a son unto my father, tender and only beloved in the sight of my
4 And he taught me, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my words; keep my
commandments, and live:
5 Get wisdom, get understanding; forget [it] not, neither decline from the words
of my mouth:
6 Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee; love her, and she shall keep
7 Wisdom [is] the principal thing; [therefore] get wisdom: yea, with all thou
hast gotten get understanding.
8 Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour, when
thou dost embrace her.
9 She shall give to thine head a chaplet of grace: a crown of beauty shall she
deliver to thee.
10 Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; and the years of thy life shall be
11 I have taught thee in the way of wisdom; I have led thee in paths of
12 When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened; and if thou runnest, thou
shalt not stumble.
13 Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy life.
14 ¶ Enter not into the path of the wicked, and walk not in the way of evil
15 Avoid it, pass not by it; turn from it, and pass on.
16 For they sleep not, except they have done mischief; and their sleep is taken
away, unless they cause some to fall.
17 For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence.
18 But the path of the righteous is as the shining light, that shineth more and
more unto the perfect day.
19 The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.
20 ¶ My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings.
21 Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart.
22 For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.
23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.
24 Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee.
25 Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before
26 Make level the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established.
27 Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil.
1 ¶ My son, attend unto my wisdom; incline thine ear to my understanding:
2 That thou mayest preserve discretion, and that thy lips may keep knowledge.
3 For the lips of a strange woman drop honey, and her mouth is smoother than
4 But her latter end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two–edged sword.
5 Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on Sheol;
6 So that she findeth not the level path of life: her ways are unstable [and]
she knoweth [it] not.
7 Now therefore, [my] sons, hearken unto me, and depart not from the words of my
8 Remove thy way far from her, and come not nigh the door of her house:
9 Lest thou give thine honour unto others, and thy years unto the cruel:
10 Lest strangers be filled with thy strength; and thy labours [be] in the house
of an alien;
11 And thou mourn at thy latter end, when thy flesh and thy body are consumed,
12 And say, How have I hated instruction, and my heart despised reproof;
13 Neither have I obeyed the voice of my teachers, nor inclined mine ear to them
that instructed me!
14 I was well nigh in all evil in the midst of the congregation and assembly.
15 ¶ Drink waters out of thine own cistern, and running waters out of thine own
16 Should thy springs be dispersed abroad, and rivers of water in the streets?
17 Let them be for thyself alone, and not for strangers with thee.
18 Let thy fountain be blessed; and rejoice in the wife of thy youth.
19 [As] a loving hind and a pleasant doe, let her breasts satisfy thee at all
times; and be thou ravished always with her love.
20 For why shouldest thou, my son, be ravished with a strange woman, and embrace
the bosom of a stranger?
21 For the ways of man are before the eyes of the LORD, and he maketh level all
22 His own iniquities shall take the wicked, and he shall be holden with the
cords of his sin.
23 He shall die for lack of instruction; and in the greatness of his folly he
shall go astray.
1 ¶ My son, if thou art become surety for thy neighbour, if thou hast stricken
thy hands for a stranger,
2 Thou art snared with the words of thy mouth, thou art taken with the words of
3 Do this now, my son, and deliver thyself, seeing thou art come into the hand
of thy neighbour; go, humble thyself, and importune thy neighbour.
4 Give not sleep to thine eyes, nor slumber to thine eyelids.
5 Deliver thyself as a roe from the hand [of the hunter], and as a bird from the
hand of the fowler.
6 ¶ Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise:
7 Which having no chief, overseer, or ruler,
8 Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest.
9 How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep?
10 [Yet] a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to
11 So shall thy poverty come as a robber, and thy want as an armed man.
12 ¶ A worthless person, a man of iniquity; he walketh with a froward mouth;
13 He winketh with his eyes, he speaketh with his feet, he maketh signs with his
14 Frowardness is in his heart, he deviseth evil continually; he soweth discord.
15 Therefore shall his calamity come suddenly; on a sudden shall he be broken
and that without remedy.
16 There be six things which the LORD hateth; yea, seven which are an
abomination unto him:
17 Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood;
18 An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to
19 A false witness that uttereth lies, and he that soweth discord among
20 ¶ My son, keep the commandment of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy
21 Bind them continually upon thine heart, tie them about thy neck.
22 When thou walkest, it shall lead thee; when thou sleepest, it shall watch
over thee; and when thou awakest, it shall talk with thee.
23 For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of
instruction are the way of life:
24 To keep thee from the evil woman, from the flattery of the stranger’s
25 Lust not after her beauty in thine heart; neither let her take thee with her
26 For on account of a whorish woman [a man is brought] to a piece of bread: and
the adulteress hunteth for the precious life.
27 Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned?
28 Or can one walk upon hot coals, and his feet not be scorched?
29 So he that goeth in to his nieghbour’s wife; whosoever toucheth her shall
not be unpunished.
30 Men do not despise a thief, if he steal to satisfy his soul when he is
31 But if he be found, he shall restore sevenfold; he shall give all the
substance of his house.
32 He that committeth adultery with a woman is void of understanding: he doeth
it that would destroy his own soul.
33 Wounds and dishonour shall he get; and his reproach shall not be wiped away.
34 For jealousy is the rage of a man; and he will not spare in the day of
35 He will not regard any ransom; neither will he rest content, though thou
givest many gifts.
1 ¶ My son, keep my words, and lay up my commandments with thee.
2 Keep my commandments and live; and my law as the apple of thine eye.
3 Bind them upon thy fingers; write them upon the table of thine heart.
4 Say unto wisdom, Thou art my sister; and call understanding [thy] kinswoman:
5 That they may keep thee from the strange woman, from the stranger which
flattereth with her words.
6 ¶ For at the window of my house I looked forth through my lattice;
7 And I beheld among the simple ones, I discerned among the youths, a young man
void of understanding,
8 Passing through the street near her corner, and he went the way to her house;
9 In the twilight, in the evening of the day, in the blackness of night and the
10 And, behold, there met him a woman with the attire of an harlot, and wily of
11 She is clamorous, and wilful; her feet abide not in her house:
12 Now she is in the streets, now in the broad places, and lieth in wait at
13 So she caught him, and kissed him, [and] with an impudent face she said unto
14 Sacrifices of peace offerings are with me; this day have I paid my vows.
15 Therefore came I forth to meet thee, diligently to seek thy face, and I have
16 I have spread my couch with carpets of tapestry, with striped cloths of the
yarn of Egypt.
17 I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon.
18 Come, let us take our fill of love until the morning; let us solace ourselves
19 For the goodman is not at home, he is gone a long journey:
20 He hath taken a bag of money with him; he will come home at the full moon.
21 With her much fair speech she causeth him to yield, with the flattering of
her lips she forceth him away.
22 He goeth after her straightway, as an ox goeth to the slaughter, or as
fetters to the correction of the fool;
23 Till an arrow strike through his liver; as a bird hasteth to the snare, and
knoweth not that it is for his life.
24 ¶ Now therefore, [my] sons, hearken unto me, and attend to the words of my
25 Let not thine heart decline to her ways, go not astray in her paths.
26 For she hath cast down many wounded: yea, all her slain are a mighty host.
27 Her house is the way to Sheol, going down to the chambers of death.
1 ¶ Doth not wisdom cry, and understanding put forth her voice?
2 In the top of high places by the way, where the paths meet, she standeth;
3 Beside the gates, at the entry of the city, at the coming in at the doors, she
4 Unto you, O men, I call; and my voice is to the sons of men.
5 O ye simple, understand subtilty; and, ye fools, be ye of an understanding
6 Hear, for I will speak excellent things; and the opening of my lips shall be
7 For my mouth shall utter truth; and wickedness is an abomination to my lips.
8 All the words of my mouth are in righteousness; there is nothing crooked or
perverse in them.
9 They are all plain to him that understandeth, and right to them that find
10 Receive my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather than choice
11 For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are
not to be compared unto her.
12 ¶ I wisdom have made subtilty my dwelling, and find out knowledge [and]
13 The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way,
and the froward mouth, do I hate.
14 Counsel is mine, and sound knowledge: I am understanding; I have might.
15 By me kings reign, and princes decree justice.
16 By me princes rule, and nobles, [even] all the judges of the earth.
17 I love them that love me; and those that seek me diligently shall find me.
18 Riches and honour are with me; [yea], durable riches and righteousness.
19 My fruit is better than gold, yea, than fine gold; and my revenue than choice
20 I walk in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of judgment:
21 That I may cause those that love me to inherit substance, and that I may fill
22 ¶ The LORD possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of
23 I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was.
24 When there were no depths, I was brought forth; when there were no fountains
abounding with water.
25 Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I brought forth:
26 While as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the beginning of
the dust of the world.
27 When he established the heavens, I was there: when he set a circle upon the
face of the deep:
28 When he made firm the sides above: when the fountains of the deep became
29 When he gave to the sea its bound, that the waters should not transgress his
commandment: when he marked out the foundations of the earth:
30 Then I was by him, [as] a master workman: and I was daily [his] delight,
rejoicing always before him;
31 Rejoicing in his habitable earth; and my delight was with the sons of men.
32 ¶ Now therefore, [my] sons, hearken unto me: for blessed are they that keep
33 Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not.
34 Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at
the posts of my doors.
35 For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the LORD.
36 But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me
1 ¶ Wisdom hath builded her house, she hath hewn out her seven pillars:
2 She hath killed her beasts; she hath mingled her wine; she hath also furnished
3 She hath sent forth her maidens, she crieth upon the highest places of the
4 Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither: as for him that is void of
understanding, she saith to him,
5 Come, eat ye of my bread, and drink of the wine which I have mingled.
6 Leave off, ye simple ones, and live; and walk in the way of understanding.
7 He that correcteth a scorner getteth to himself shame: and he that reproveth a
wicked man [getteth] himself a blot.
8 Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: reprove a wise man, and he will love
9 Give [instruction] to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a righteous
man, and he will increase in learning.
10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the
Holy One is understanding.
11 For by me thy days shall be multiplied, and the years of thy life shall be
12 If thou art wise, thou art wise for thyself: and if thou scornest, thou alone
shalt bear it.
13 ¶ The foolish woman is clamorous; [she is] simple, and knoweth nothing.
14 And she sitteth at the door of her house, on a seat in the high places of the
15 To call to them that pass by, who go right on their ways,
16 Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither: and as for him that is void of
understanding, she saith to him,
17 Stolen waters are sweet, and bread [eaten] in secret is pleasant.
18 But he knoweth not that the dead are there; that her guests are in the depths
1 ¶ The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish son
is the heaviness of his mother.
2 ¶ Treasures of wickedness profit nothing: but righteousness delivereth from
3 The LORD will not suffer the soul of the righteous to famish: but he thrusteth
away the desire of the wicked.
4 ¶ He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the
diligent maketh rich.
5 ¶ He that gathereth in summer is a wise son: [but] he that sleepeth in
harvest is a son that causeth shame.
6 ¶ Blessings are upon the head of the righteous: but violence covereth the
mouth of the wicked.
7 ¶ The memory of the just is blessed: but the name of the wicked shall rot.
8 ¶ The wise in heart will receive commandments: but a prating fool shall fall.
9 ¶ He that walketh uprightly walketh surely: but he that perverteth his ways
shall be known.
10 ¶ He that winketh with the eye causeth sorrow: but a prating fool shall
11 ¶ The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life: but violence covereth
the mouth of the wicked.
12 ¶ Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all transgressions.
13 ¶ In the lips of him that hath discernment wisdom is found: but a rod is for
the back of him that is void of understanding.
14 ¶ Wise men lay up knowledge: but the mouth of the foolish is a present
15 ¶ The rich man’s wealth is his strong city: the destruction of the poor is
16 ¶ The labour of the righteous [tendeth] to life; the increase of the wicked
17 ¶ He is in the way of life that heedeth correction: but he that forsaketh
18 ¶ He that hideth hatred is of lying lips; and he that uttereth a slander is
19 ¶ In the multitude of words there wanteth not transgression: but he that
refraineth his lips doeth wisely.
20 ¶ The tongue of the righteous is as choice silver: the heart of the wicked
is little worth.
21 The lips of the righteous feed many: but the foolish die for lack of
22 ¶ The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow
23 ¶ It is as sport to a fool to do wickedness: and [so is] wisdom to a man of
24 ¶ The fear of the wicked, it shall come upon him: and the desire of the
righteous shall be granted.
25 When the whirlwind passeth, the wicked is no more: but the righteous is an
26 ¶ As vinegar to the teeth, and as smoke to the eyes, so is the sluggard to
them that send him.
27 ¶ The fear of the LORD prolongeth days: but the years of the wicked shall be
28 The hope of the righteous [shall] be gladness: but the expectation of the
wicked shall perish.
29 ¶ The way of the LORD is a strong hold to the upright; but it is a
destruction to the workers of iniquity.
30 The righteous shall never be removed: but the wicked shall not dwell in the
31 ¶ The mouth of the righteous bringeth forth wisdom: but the froward tongue
shall be cut off.
32 The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable: but the mouth of the
wicked [speaketh] frowardness.
1 ¶ A FALSE balance is an abomination to the LORD: but a just weight is his
2 ¶ When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom.
3 ¶ The integrity of the upright shall guide them: but the perverseness of the
treacherous shall destroy them.
4 ¶ Riches profit not in the day of wrath: but righteousness delivereth from
5 ¶ The righteousness of the perfect shall direct his way: but the wicked shall
fall by his own wickedness.
6 The righteousness of the upright shall deliver them: but they that deal
treacherously shall be taken in their own mischief.
7 ¶ When a wicked man dieth [his] expectation shall perish: and the hope of
8 ¶ The righteous is delivered out of trouble, and the wicked cometh in his
9 ¶ With his mouth the godless man destroyeth his neighbour: but through
knowledge shall the righteous be delivered.
10 ¶ When it goeth well with the righteous, the city rejoiceth: and when the
wicked perish, there is shouting.
11 By the blessing of the upright the city is exalted: but it is overthrown by
the mouth of the wicked.
12 ¶ He that despiseth his neighbour is void of wisdom: but a man of
understanding holdeth his peace.
13 He that goeth about as a talebearer revealeth secrets: but he that is of a
faithful spirit concealeth the matter.
14 ¶ Where no wise guidance is, the people falleth: but in the multitude of
counsellors there is safety.
15 ¶ He that is surety for a stranger shall smart for it: but he that hateth
suretiship is sure.
16 ¶ A gracious woman retaineth honour: and violent men retain riches.
17 ¶ The merciful man doeth good to his own soul: but he that is cruel
troubleth his own flesh.
18 ¶ The wicked earneth deceitful wages: but he that soweth righteousness
[hath] a sure reward.
19 ¶ He that is stedfast in righteousness [shall attain] unto life: and he that
pursueth evil [doeth it] to his own death.
20 ¶ They that are perverse in heart are an abomination to the LORD: but such
as are perfect in [their] way are his delight.
21 ¶ [Though] hand [join] in hand, the evil man shall not be unpunished: but
the seed of the righteous shall be delivered.
22 ¶ [As a] jewel of gold in a swine’s snout, [so is] a fair woman which is
23 ¶ The desire of the righteous is only good: [but] the expectation of the
wicked is wrath.
24 ¶ There is that scattereth, and increaseth yet more; and there is that
withholdeth more than is meet, but [it tendeth] only to want.
25 ¶ The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall be watered
26 ¶ He that withholdeth corn, the people shall curse him: but blessing shall
be upon the head of him that selleth it.
27 ¶ He that diligently seeketh good seeketh favour: but he that searcheth
after mischief, it shall come unto him.
28 ¶ He that trusteth in his riches shall fall: but the righteous shall
flourish as the green leaf.
29 ¶ He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind: and the foolish
shall be servant to the wise of heart.
30 ¶ The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that is wise winneth
31 ¶ Behold, the righteous shall be recompensed in the earth: how much more the
wicked and the sinner!
1 ¶ Whoso loveth correction loveth knowledge: but he that hateth reproof is
2 ¶ A good man shall obtain favour of the LORD: but a man of wicked devices
will he condemn.
3 ¶ A man shall not be established by wickedness: but the root of the righteous
shall never be moved.
4 ¶ A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband: but she that maketh ashamed is
as rottenness in his bones.
5 ¶ The thoughts of the righteous are just: [but] the counsels of the wicked
6 ¶ The words of the wicked are of lying in wait for blood: but the mouth of
the upright shall deliver them.
7 ¶ The wicked are overthrown, and are not: but the house of the righteous
8 ¶ A man shall be commended according to his wisdom: but he that is of a
perverse heart shall be despised.
9 ¶ Better is he that is lightly esteemed, and hath a servant, than he that
honoureth himself, and lacketh bread.
10 ¶ A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of
the wicked are cruel.
11 ¶ He that tilleth his land shall have plenty of bread: but he that followeth
after vain [persons] is void of understanding.
12 ¶ The wicked desireth the net of evil men: but the root of the righteous
13 ¶ In the transgression of the lips is a snare to the evil man: but the
righteous shall come out of trouble.
14 ¶ A man shall be satisfied with good by the fruit of his mouth: and the
doings of a man’s hands shall be rendered unto him.
15 ¶ The way of the foolish is right in his own eyes: but he that is wise
hearkeneth unto counsel.
16 ¶ A fool’s vexation is presently known: but a prudent man concealeth
17 ¶ He that uttereth truth sheweth forth righteousness, but a false witness
18 ¶ There is that speaketh rashly like the piercings of a sword: but the
tongue of the wise is health.
19 ¶ The lip of truth shall be established for ever: but a lying tongue is but
for a moment.
20 ¶ Deceit is in the heart of them that devise evil: but to the counsellors of
peace is joy.
21 ¶ There shall no mischief happen to the righteous: but the wicked shall be
filled with evil.
22 ¶ Lying lips are an abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly are
23 ¶ A prudent man concealeth knowledge: but the heart of fools proclaimeth
24 ¶ The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be put
25 ¶ Heaviness in the heart of a man maketh it stoop; but a good word maketh it
26 ¶ The righteous is a guide to his neighbour: but the way of the wicked
causeth them to err.
27 ¶ The slothful man roasteth not that which he took in hunting: but the
precious substance of men [is to] the diligent.
28 ¶ In the way of righteousness is life; and in the pathway thereof there is
1 ¶ A WISE son [heareth] his father’s instruction: but a scorner heareth not
2 ¶ A man shall eat good by the fruit of his mouth: but the soul of the
treacherous [shall eat] violence.
3 ¶ He that guardeth his mouth keepeth his life: [but] he that openeth wide his
lips shall have destruction.
4 ¶ The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: but the soul of the
diligent shall be made fat.
5 ¶ A righteous man hateth lying: but a wicked man is loathsome, and cometh to
6 ¶ Righteousness guardeth him that is upright in the way: but wickedness
overthroweth the sinner.
7 ¶ There is that maketh himself rich, yet hath nothing: there is that maketh
himself poor, yet hath great wealth.
8 ¶ The ransom of a man’s life is his riches: but the poor heareth no
9 ¶ The light of the righteous rejoiceth: but the lamp of the wicked shall be
10 ¶ By pride cometh only contention: but with the well advised is wisdom.
11 ¶ Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathereth by
labour shall have increase.
12 ¶ Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a
tree of life.
13 ¶ Whoso despiseth the word bringeth destruction on himself: but he that
feareth the commandment shall be rewarded.
14 ¶ The law of the wise is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of
15 ¶ Good understanding giveth favour: but the way of the treacherous is
16 ¶ Every prudent man worketh with knowledge: but a fool spreadeth out folly.
17 ¶ A wicked messenger falleth into evil: but a faithful ambassador is health.
18 ¶ Poverty and shame [shall be to] him that refuseth correction: but he that
regardeth reproof shall be honoured.
19 ¶ The desire accomplished is sweet to the soul: but it is an abomination to
fools to depart from evil.
20 ¶ Walk with wise men, and thou shalt be wise: but the companion of fools
shall smart for it.
21 ¶ Evil pursueth sinners: but the righteous shall be recompensed with good.
22 ¶ A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children’s children; and the
wealth of the sinner is laid up for the righteous.
23 ¶ Much food [is in] the tillage of the poor: but there is that is destroyed
by reason of injustice.
24 ¶ He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth
25 ¶ The righteous eateth to the satisfying of his soul: but the belly of the
wicked shall want.
1 ¶ Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with
her own hands.
2 ¶ He that walketh in his uprightness feareth the LORD: but he that is
perverse in his ways despiseth him.
3 ¶ In the mouth of the foolish is a rod of pride: but the lips of the wise
shall preserve them.
4 ¶ Where no oxen are, the crib is clean: but much increase is by the strength
of the ox.
5 ¶ A faithful witness will not lie: but a false witness uttereth lies.
6 ¶ A scorner seeketh wisdom, and [findeth it] not: but knowledge is easy unto
him that hath understanding.
7 ¶ Go into the presence of a foolish man, and thou shalt not perceive [in him]
the lips of knowledge.
8 ¶ The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way: but the folly of fools
9 ¶ The foolish make a mock at guilt: but among the upright there is good will.
10 ¶ The heart knoweth its own bitterness; and a stranger doth not intermeddle
with its joy.
11 ¶ The house of the wicked shall be overthrown: but the tent of the upright
12 ¶ There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the
ways of death.
13 ¶ Even in laughter the heart is sorrowful; and the end of mirth is
14 ¶ The backslider in heart shall be filled with his own ways: and a good man
[shall be satisfied] from himself.
15 ¶ The simple believeth every word: but the prudent man looketh well to his
16 ¶ A wise man feareth, and departeth from evil: but the fool beareth himself
insolently, and is confident.
17 ¶ He that is soon angry will deal foolishly: and a man of wicked devices is
18 ¶ The simple inherit folly: but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.
19 ¶ The evil bow before the good; and the wicked at the gates of the
20 ¶ The poor is hated even of his own neighbour: but the rich hath many
21 ¶ He that despiseth his neighbour sinneth: but he that hath pity on the
poor, happy is he.
22 ¶ Do they not err that devise evil? but mercy and truth [shall be to] them
that devise good.
23 ¶ In all labour there is profit: but the talk of the lips [tendeth] only to
24 ¶ The crown of the wise is their riches: [but] the folly of fools is [only]
25 ¶ A true witness delivereth souls: but he that uttereth lies [causeth]
26 ¶ In the fear of the LORD is strong confidence: and his children shall have
a place of refuge.
27 The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of
28 ¶ In the multitude of people is the king’s glory: but in the want of
people is the destruction of the prince.
29 ¶ He that is slow to anger is of great understanding: but he that is hasty
of spirit exalteth folly.
30 ¶ A sound heart is the life of the flesh: but envy is the rottenness of the
31 ¶ He that oppresseth the poor reproacheth his Maker: but he that hath mercy
on the needy honoureth him.
32 ¶ The wicked is thrust down in his evil–doing: but the righteous hath hope
in his death.
33 ¶ Wisdom resteth in the heart of him that hath understanding: but [that
which is] in the inward part of fools is made known.
34 ¶ Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.
35 ¶ The king’s favour is toward a servant that dealeth wisely: but his wrath
shall be [against] him that causeth shame.
1 ¶ A SOFT answer turneth away wrath: but a grievous word stirreth up anger.
2 ¶ The tongue of the wise uttereth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools
poureth out folly.
3 ¶ The eyes of the LORD are in every place, keeping watch upon the evil and
4 ¶ A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a
breaking of the spirit.
5 ¶ A fool despiseth his father’s correction: but he that regardeth reproof
6 ¶ In the house of the righteous is much treasure: but in the revenues of the
wicked is trouble.
7 ¶ The lips of the wise disperse knowledge: but the heart of the foolish
[doeth] not so.
8 ¶ The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but the prayer
of the upright is his delight.
9 ¶ The way of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but he loveth him that
followeth after righteousness.
10 ¶ There is grievous correction for him that forsaketh the way: [and] he that
hateth reproof shall die.
11 ¶ Sheol and Abaddon are before the LORD: how much more then the hearts of
the children of men!
12 ¶ A scorner loveth not to be reproved: he will not go unto the wise.
13 ¶ A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of heart the
spirit is broken.
14 ¶ The heart of him that hath understanding seeketh knowledge: but the mouth
of fools feedeth on folly.
15 ¶ All the days of the afflicted are evil: but he that is of a cheerful heart
[hath] a continual feast.
16 ¶ Better is little with the fear of the LORD, than great treasure and
17 Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and hatred
18 ¶ A wrathful man stirreth up contention: but he that is slow to anger
19 ¶ The way of the sluggard is as an hedge of thorns: but the path of the
upright is made an highway.
20 ¶ A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish man despiseth his mother.
21 ¶ Folly is joy to him that is void of wisdom: but a man of understanding
maketh straight his going.
22 ¶ Where there is no counsel, purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude
of counsellors they are established.
23 ¶ A man hath joy in the answer of his mouth: and a word in due season, how
good is it!
24 ¶ To the wise the way of life [goeth] upward, that he may depart from Sheol
25 ¶ The LORD will root up the house of the proud: but he will establish the
border of the widow.
26 ¶ Evil devices are an abomination to the LORD: but pleasant words [are]
27 ¶ He that is greedy of gain troubleth his own house: but he that hateth
gifts shall live.
28 ¶ The heart of the righteous studieth to answer: but the mouth of the wicked
poureth out evil things.
29 ¶ The LORD is far from the wicked: but he heareth the prayer of the
30 ¶ The light of the eyes rejoiceth the heart: [and] good tidings make the
31 ¶ The ear that hearkeneth to the reproof of life shall abide among the wise.
32 ¶ He that refuseth correction despiseth his own soul: but he that hearkeneth
to reproof getteth understanding.
33 ¶ The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom; and before honour [goeth]
1 ¶ The preparations of the heart belong to man: but the answer of the tongue
is from the LORD.
2 ¶ All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes: but the LORD weigheth the
3 ¶ Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.
4 ¶ The LORD hath made every thing for its own end: yea, even the wicked for
the day of evil.
5 ¶ Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD: [though]
hand [join] in hand, he shall not be unpunished.
6 ¶ By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD men
depart from evil.
7 ¶ When a man’s ways please the LORD, he maketh even his enemies to be at
peace with him.
8 ¶ Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues with injustice.
9 ¶ A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.
10 ¶ A divine sentence is in the lips of the king: his mouth shall not
transgress in judgment.
11 ¶ A just balance and scales are the LORD’S: all the weights of the bag are
12 ¶ It is an abomination to kings to commit wickedness: for the throne is
established by righteousness.
13 ¶ Righteous lips are the delight or kings; and they love him that speaketh
14 ¶ The wrath of a king is [as] messengers of death: but a wise man will
15 In the light of the king’s countenance is life; and his favour is as a
cloud of the latter rain.
16 ¶ How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! yea, to get understanding
is rather to be chosen than silver.
17 ¶ The highway of the upright is to depart from evil: he that keepeth his way
preserveth his soul.
18 ¶ Pride [goeth] before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.
19 ¶ Better it is to be of a lowly spirit with the poor, than to divide the
spoil with the proud.
20 ¶ He that giveth heed unto the word shall find good: and whoso trusteth in
the LORD, happy is he.
21 ¶ The wise in heart shall be called prudent: and the sweetness of the lips
22 ¶ Understanding is a wellspring of life unto him that hath it: but the
correction of fools is [their] folly.
23 ¶ The heart of the wise instructeth his mouth, and addeth learning to his
24 ¶ Pleasant words are [as] an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the
25 ¶ There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the
ways of death.
26 ¶ The appetite of the labouring man laboureth for him; for his mouth craveth
it of him.
27 ¶ A worthless man deviseth mischief: and in his lips there is as a scorching
28 A froward man scattereth abroad strife: and a whisperer separateth chief
29 ¶ A man of violence enticeth his neighbour, and leadeth him in a way that is
30 He that shutteth his eyes, [it is] to devise froward things: he that
compresseth his lips bringeth evil to pass.
31 ¶ The hoary head is a crown of glory, it shall be found in the way of
32 ¶ He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his
spirit than he that taketh a city.
33 ¶ The lot is cast into the lap; but the whole disposing thereof is of the
1 ¶ Better is a dry morsel and quietness therewith, than an house full of
feasting with strife.
2 ¶ A servant that dealeth wisely shall have rule over a son that causeth
shame, and shall have part in the inheritance among the brethren.
3 ¶ The fining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold: but the LORD trieth
4 ¶ An evil–doer giveth heed to wicked lips; [and] a liar giveth ear to a
5 ¶ Whoso mocketh the poor reproacheth his Maker: [and] he that is glad at
calamity shall not be unpunished.
6 ¶ Children’s children are the crown of old men; and the glory of children
are their fathers.
7 ¶ Excellent speech becometh not a fool: much less do lying lips a prince.
8 ¶ A gift is [as] a precious stone in the eyes of him that hath it:
whithersoever it turneth, it prospereth.
9 ¶ He that covereth a transgression seeketh love: but he that harpeth on a
matter separateth chief friends.
10 ¶ A rebuke entereth deeper into one that hath understanding than an hundred
stripes into a fool.
11 ¶ An evil man seeketh only rebellion; therefore a cruel messenger shall be
sent against him.
12 ¶ Let a bear robbed of her whelps meet a man, rather than a fool in his
13 ¶ Whoso rewardeth evil for good, evil shall not depart from his house.
14 ¶ The beginning of strife is [as] when one letteth out water: therefore
leave off contention, before there be quarrelling.
15 ¶ He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the righteous, both
of them alike are an abomination to the LORD.
16 ¶ Wherefore is there a price in the hand of a fool to buy wisdom, seeing he
hath no understanding?
17 ¶ A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.
18 ¶ A man void of understanding striketh hands, and becometh surety in the
presence of his neighbour.
19 ¶ He loveth transgression that loveth strife: he that raiseth high his gate
20 ¶ He that hath a froward heart findeth no good: and he that hath a perverse
tongue falleth into mischief.
21 ¶ He that begetteth a fool [doeth it] to his sorrow: and the father of a
fool hath no joy.
22 ¶ A merry heart is a good medicine: but a broken spirit drieth up the bones.
23 ¶ A wicked man taketh a gift out of the bosom, to pervert the ways of
24 ¶ Wisdom is before the face of him that hath understanding: but the eyes of
a fool are in the ends of the earth.
25 ¶ A foolish son is a grief to his father, and bitterness to her that bare
26 ¶ Also to punish the righteous is not good, [nor] to smite the noble for
27 ¶ He that spareth his words hath knowledge: and he that is of a cool spirit
is a man of understanding.
28 Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: when he shutteth his
lips, he is [esteemed as] prudent.
1 ¶ He that separateth himself seeketh [his own] desire, and rageth against all
2 ¶ A fool hath no delight in understanding, but only that his heart may reveal
3 ¶ When the wicked cometh, there cometh also contempt, and with ignominy
4 ¶ The words of a man’s mouth are as deep waters; the wellspring of wisdom
is as a flowing brook.
5 ¶ To accept the person of the wicked is not good, [nor] to turn aside the
righteous in judgment.
6 ¶ A fool’s lips enter into contention, and his mouth calleth for stripes.
7 A fool’s mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul.
8 ¶ The words of a whisperer are as dainty, morsels, and they go down into the
innermost parts of the belly.
9 ¶ He also that is slack in his work is brother to him that is a destroyer.
10 ¶ The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and
11 ¶ The rich man’s wealth is his strong city, and as an high wall in his own
12 ¶ Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honour [goeth]
13 ¶ He that giveth answer before he heareth, it is folly and shame unto him.
14 ¶ The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a broken spirit who
15 ¶ The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge; and the ear of the wise
16 ¶ A man’s gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men.
17 ¶ He that pleadeth his cause first [seemeth] just; but his neighbour cometh
and searcheth him out.
18 ¶ The lot causeth contentions to cease, and parteth between the mighty.
19 ¶ A brother offended [is harder to be won] than a strong city: and [such]
contentions are like the bars of a castle.
20 ¶ A man’s belly shall be filled with the fruit of his mouth; with the
increase of his lips shall he be satisfied.
21 ¶ Death and life are in the power of the tongue; and they that love it shall
eat the fruit thereof.
22 ¶ Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the
23 ¶ The poor useth entreaties: but the rich answereth roughly.
24 ¶ He that maketh many friends [doeth it] to his own destruction: but there
is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.
1 ¶ Better is the poor that walketh in his integrity than he that perverse in
his lips and is a fool.
2 ¶ Also, that the soul be without knowledge is not good; and he that hasteth
with his feet sinneth.
3 ¶ The foolishness of man subverteth his way; and his heart fretteth against
4 ¶ Wealth addeth many friends: but the poor is separated from his friend.
5 ¶ A false witness shall not be unpunished; and he that uttereth lies shall
6 ¶ Many will entreat the favour of the liberal man: and every man is a friend
to him that giveth gifts.
7 All the brethren of the poor do hate him: how much more do his friends go far
from him! he pursueth [them with] words, [but] they are gone.
8 ¶ He that getteth wisdom loveth his own soul: he that keepeth understanding
shall find good.
9 ¶ A false witness shall not be unpunished; and he that uttereth lies shall
10 ¶ Delicate living is not seemly for a fool; much less for a servant to have
rule over princes.
11 ¶ The discretion of a man maketh him slow to anger; and it is his glory to
pass over a transgression.
12 ¶ The king’s wrath is as the roaring of a lion; but his favour is as dew
upon the grass.
13 ¶ A foolish son is the calamity of his father: and the contentions of a wife
are a continual dropping.
14 ¶ House and riches are an inheritance from fathers: but a prudent wife is
from the LORD.
15 ¶ Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep; and the idle soul shall suffer
16 ¶ He that keepeth the commandment keepeth his soul: [but] he that is
careless of his ways shall die.
17 ¶ He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD, and his good deed
will he pay him again.
18 ¶ Chasten thy son, seeing there is hope; and set not thy heart on his
19 ¶ A man of great wrath shall bear the penalty: for if thou deliver [him],
thou must do it yet again.
20 ¶ Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy
21 ¶ There are many devices in a man’s heart; but the counsel of the LORD,
that shall stand.
22 ¶ The desire of a man is [the measure of] his kindness: and a poor man is
better than a liar.
23 ¶ The fear of the LORD [tendeth] to life: and he [that hath it] shall abide
satisfied; he shall not be visited with evil.
24 ¶ The sluggard burieth his hand in the dish, and will not so much as bring
it to his mouth again.
25 ¶ smite a scorner, and the simple will learn prudence: and reprove one that
hath understanding, [and] he will understand knowledge.
26 ¶ He that spoileth his father, and chaseth away his mother, is a son that
causeth shame and bringeth reproach.
27 ¶ Cease, my son, to hear instruction [only] to err from the words of
28 ¶ A worthless witness mocketh at judgment: and the mouth of the wicked
29 ¶ Judgments are prepared for scorners, and stripes for the back of fools.
1 ¶ Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler; and whosoever erreth thereby is
2 ¶ The terror of a king is as the roaring of a lion: he that provoketh him to
anger sinneth [against] his own life.
3 ¶ It is an honour for a man to keep aloof from strife: but every fool will be
4 ¶ The slothful will not plow by reason of the winter; therefore he shall beg
in harvest, and have nothing.
5 ¶ Counsel in the heart of man is [like] deep water; but a man of
understanding will draw it out.
6 ¶ Most men wilt proclaim every one his own kindness: but a faithful man who
7 ¶ A just man that walketh in his integrity, blessed are his children after
8 ¶ A king that sitteth on the throne of judgment scattereth away all evil with
9 ¶ Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin?
10 ¶ Divers weights, and divers measures, both of them alike are an abomination
to the LORD.
11 ¶ Even a child maketh himself known by his doings, whether his work be pure,
and whether it be right.
12 ¶ The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the LORD hath made even both of them.
13 ¶ Love not sleep, lest thou come to poverty; open thine eyes, [and] thou
shalt be satisfied with bread.
14 ¶ It is naught, it is naught, saith the buyer: but when he is gone his way,
then he boasteth.
15 ¶ There is gold, and abundance of rubies: but the lips of knowledge are a
16 ¶ Take his garment that is surety for a stranger; and hold him in pledge
[that is surety] for strangers.
17 ¶ Bread of falsehood is sweet to a man; but afterwards his mouth shall be
filled with gravel.
18 ¶ Every purpose is established by counsel: and by wise guidance make thou
19 ¶ He that goeth about as a talebearer revealeth secrets: therefore meddle
not with him that openeth wide his lips.
20 ¶ Whoso curseth his father or his mother, his lamp shall be put out in the
21 ¶ An inheritance [may be] gotten hastily at the beginning; but the end
thereof shall not be blessed.
22 ¶ Say not thou, I will recompense evil: wait on the LORD, and he shall save
23 ¶ Divers weights are an abomination to the LORD; and a false balance is not
24 ¶ A man’s goings are of the LORD; how then can man understand his way?
25 ¶ It is a snare to a man rashly to say, [It is] holy, and after vows to make
26 ¶ A wise king winnoweth the wicked, and bringeth the [threshing] wheel over
27 ¶ The spirit of man is the lamp of the LORD, searching all the innermost
parts of the belly.
28 ¶ Mercy and truth preserve the king: and his throne is upholden by mercy.
29 ¶ The glory of young men is their strength: and the beauty of old men is the
30 ¶ Stripes that wound cleanse away evil: and strokes [reach] the innermost
parts of the belly.
1 ¶ The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD as the watercourses: he
turneth it whithersoever he will.
2 ¶ Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the LORD weigheth the
3 ¶ To do justice and judgment is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.
4 ¶ An high look, and a proud heart, [even] the lamp of the wicked, is sin.
5 ¶ The thoughts of the diligent [tend] only to plenteousness: but every one
that is hasty [hasteth] only to want.
6 ¶ The getting of treasures by a lying tongue is a vapour driven to and fro;
they [that seek them] seek death.
7 ¶ The violence of the wicked shall sweep them away; because they refuse to do
8 ¶ The way of him that is laden with guilt is exceeding crooked: but as for
the pure, his work is right.
9 ¶ It is better to dwell in the corner of the housetop, than with a
contentious woman in a wide house.
10 ¶ The soul of the wicked desireth evil: his neighbour findeth no favour in
11 ¶ When the scorner is punished, the simple is made wise: and when the wise
is instructed, he receiveth knowledge.
12 ¶ The righteous man considereth the house of the wicked; [how] the wicked
are overthrown to [their] ruin.
13 ¶ Whoso stoppeth his ears at the cry of the poor, he also shall cry, but
shall not be heard.
14 ¶ A gift in secret pacifieth anger, and a present in the bosom strong wrath.
15 ¶ It is joy to the righteous to do judgment; but it is a destruction to the
workers of iniquity.
16 ¶ The man that wandereth out of the way of understanding shall rest in the
congregation of the dead.
17 ¶ He that loveth pleasure shall be a poor man: he that loveth wine and oil
shall not be rich.
18 ¶ The wicked is a ransom for the righteous; and the treacherous [cometh] in
the stead of the upright.
19 ¶ It is better to dwell in a desert land, than with a contentious and
20 ¶ There is precious treasure and oil in the dwelling of the wise; but a
foolish man swalloweth it up.
21 ¶ He that followeth after righteousness and mercy findeth life,
righteousness, and honour.
22 ¶ A wise man scaleth the city of the mighty, and bringeth down the strength
of the confidence thereof.
23 ¶ Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles.
24 ¶ The proud and haughty man, scorner is his name, he worketh in the
arrogance of pride.
25 ¶ The desire of the slothful killeth him; for his hands refuse to labour.
26 There is that coveteth greedily all the day long: but the righteous giveth
and withholdeth not.
27 ¶ The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination: how much more, when he
bringeth it with a wicked mind!
28 ¶ A false witness shall perish: but the man that heareth shall speak
29 ¶ A wicked man hardeneth his face: but as for the upright, he ordereth his
30 ¶ There is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against the LORD.
31 The horse is prepared against the day of battle: but victory is of the LORD,
1 ¶ A GOOD name is rather to be chosen than great riches, [and] loving favour
rather than silver and gold.
2 ¶ The rich and the poor meet together: the LORD is the maker of them all.
3 ¶ A prudent man seeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on,
and suffer for it.
4 ¶ The reward of humility [and] the fear of the LORD [is] riches, and honour,
5 ¶ Thorns [and] snares are in the way of the froward: he that keepeth his soul
shall be far from them.
6 ¶ Train up a child in the way he should go, and even when he is old he will
not depart from it.
7 ¶ The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.
8 ¶ He that soweth iniquity shall reap calamity: and the rod of his wrath shall
9 ¶ He that hath a bountiful eye shall be blessed; for he giveth of his bread
to the poor.
10 ¶ Cast out the scorner, and contention shall go out; yea, strife and
ignominy shall cease.
11 ¶ He that loveth pureness of heart, [for] the grace of his lips the king
shall be his friend.
12 ¶ The eyes of the LORD preserve [him that hath] knowledge, but he
overthroweth the words of the treacherous man.
13 ¶ The sluggard saith, There is a lion without: I shall be murdered in the
14 ¶ The mouth of strange women is a deep pit: he that is abhorred of the LORD
shall fall therein.
15 ¶ Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child; [but] the rod of
correction shall drive it far from him.
16 ¶ He that oppresseth the poor to increase his [gain, and] he that giveth to
the rich, [cometh] only to want.
17 ¶ Incline thine ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply thine heart
unto my knowledge.
18 For it is a pleasant thing if thou keep them within thee, if they be
established together upon thy lips.
19 That thy trust may be in the LORD, I have made [them] known to thee this day,
even to thee.
20 Have not I written unto thee excellent things of counsels and knowledge;
21 To make thee know the certainty of the words of truth, that thou mayest carry
back words of truth to them that send thee?
22 ¶ Rob not the poor, because he is poor, neither oppress the afflicted in the
23 For the LORD will plead their cause, and despoil of life those that despoil
24 ¶ Make no friendship with a man that is given to anger; and with a wrathful
man thou shalt not go:
25 Lest thou learn his ways, and get a snare to thy soul.
26 ¶ Be thou not one of them that strike hands, [or] of them that are sureties
27 If thou hast not wherewith to pay, why should he take away thy bed from under
28 ¶ Remove not the ancient landmark, which thy fathers have set.
29 ¶ Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he
shall not stand before mean men.
1 ¶ When thou sittest to eat with a ruler, consider diligently him that is
2 And put a knife to thy throat, if thou be a man given to appetite.
3 Be not desirous of his dainties; seeing they are deceitful meat.
4 ¶ Weary not thyself to be rich; cease from thine own wisdom.
5 Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? for [riches] certainly make
themselves wings, like an eagle that flieth toward heaven.
6 ¶ Eat thou not the bread of him that hath an evil eye, neither desire thou
7 For as he reckoneth within himself, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee;
but his heart is not with thee.
8 The morsel which thou hast eaten shalt thou vomit up, and lose thy sweet
9 ¶ Speak not in the hearing of a fool; for he will despise the wisdom of thy
10 ¶ Remove not the ancient landmark; and enter not into the fields of the
11 For their redeemer is strong; he shall plead their cause against thee.
12 ¶ Apply thine heart unto instruction, and thine ears to the words of
13 Withhold not correction from the child: [for] if thou beat him with the rod,
he shall not die.
14 Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from Sheol.
15 My son, if thine heart be wise, my heart shall be glad, even mine:
16 Yea, my reins shall rejoice, when thy lips speak right things.
17 ¶ Let not thine heart envy sinners: but [be thou] in the fear of the LORD
all the day long:
18 For surely there is a reward; and thy hope shall not be cut off.
19 ¶ Hear thou, my son, and be wise, and guide thine heart in the way.
20 Be not among winebibbers; among gluttonous eaters of flesh:
21 For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness shall
clothe [a man] with rags.
22 Hearken unto thy father that begat thee, and despise not thy mother when she
23 Buy the truth, and sell it not; [yea], wisdom, and instruction, and
24 The father of the righteous shall greatly rejoice: and he that begetteth a
wise child shall have joy of him.
25 Let thy father and thy mother be glad, and let her that bare thee rejoice.
26 My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes delight in my ways.
27 For a whore is a deep ditch; and a strange woman is a narrow pit.
28 Yea, she lieth in wait as a robber, and increaseth the treacherous among men.
29 ¶ Who hath woe? who hath sorrow? who hath contentions? who hath complaining?
who hath wounds without cause? who hath redness of eyes?
30 They that tarry long at the wine; they that go to seek out mixed wine.
31 Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth its colour in the
cup, when it goeth down smoothly.
32 At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder.
33 Thine eyes shall behold strange things, and thine heart shall utter froward
34 Yea, thou shalt be as he that lieth down in the midst of the sea, or as he
that lieth upon the top of a mast.
35 They have stricken me, [shalt thou say], and I was not hurt; they have beaten
me, and I felt it not: when shall I awake? I will seek it yet again.
1 ¶ Be not thou envious against evil men, neither desire to be with them.
2 For their heart studieth oppression, and their lips talk of mischief.
3 ¶ Through wisdom is an house builded; and by understanding it is established:
4 And by knowledge are the chambers filled with all precious and pleasant
5 A wise man is strong; yea, a man of knowledge increaseth might.
6 For by wise guidance thou shalt make thy war: and in the multitude of
counsellors there is safety.
7 ¶ Wisdom is too high for a fool: he openeth not his mouth in the gate.
8 He that deviseth to do evil, men shall call him a mischievous person.
9 The thought of the foolish is sin: and the scorner is an abomination to men.
10 ¶ If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small.
11 ¶ Deliver them that are carried away unto death, and those that are ready to
be slain see that thou hold back.
12 If thou sayest, Behold, we knew not this: doth not he that weigheth the
hearts consider it? and he that keepeth thy soul, doth not he know it? and shall
not he render to every man according to his work?
13 ¶ My son, eat thou honey, for it is good; and the honeycomb, which is sweet
to thy taste:
14 So shalt thou know wisdom to be unto thy soul: if thou hast found it, then
shall there be a reward, and thy hope shall not be cut off.
15 ¶ Lay not wait, O wicked man, against the habitation of the righteous; spoil
not his resting place:
16 For a righteous man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked
are overthrown by calamity.
17 ¶ Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when
he is overthrown:
18 Lest the LORD see it, and it displease him, and he turn away his wrath from
19 ¶ Fret not thyself because of evil–doers; neither be thou envious at the
20 For there will be no reward to the evil man; the lamp of the wicked shall be
21 ¶ My son, fear thou the LORD and the king: [and] meddle not with them that
are given to change:
22 For their calamity shall rise suddenly; and who knoweth the destruction of
23 ¶ These also are [sayings] of the wise. To have respect of persons in
judgment is not good.
24 He that saith unto the wicked, Thou art righteous; peoples shall curse him,
nations shall abhor him:
25 But to them that rebuke [him] shall be delight, and a good blessing shall
come upon them.
26 He kisseth the lips that giveth a right answer.
27 ¶ Prepare thy work without, and make it ready for thee in the field; and
afterwards build thine house.
28 ¶ Be not a witness against thy neighbour without cause; and deceive not with
29 Say not, I will do so to him as he hath done to me; I will render to the man
according to his work.
30 ¶ I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void
31 And, lo, it was all grown over with thorns, the face thereof was covered with
nettles, and the stone wall thereof was broken down.
32 Then I beheld, and considered well: I saw, and received instruction.
33 [Yet] a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to
34 So shall thy poverty come as a robber; and thy want as an armed man.
1 ¶ These also are proverbs of Solomon, which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah
2 ¶ It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the glory of kings is to
search out a matter.
3 The heaven for height, and the earth for depth, and the heart of kings is
4 ¶ Take away the dross from the silver, and there cometh forth a vessel for
5 Take away the wicked [from] before the king, and his throne shall be
established in righteousness.
6 ¶ Put not thyself forward in the presence of the king, and stand not in the
place of great men:
7 For better is it that it be said unto thee, Come up hither; than that thou
shouldest be put lower in the presence of the prince, whom thine eyes have seen.
8 ¶ Go not forth hastily to strive, lest [thou know not] what to do in the end
thereof, when thy neighbour hath put thee to shame.
9 Debate thy cause with thy neighbour [himself], and disclose not the secret of
10 Lest he that heareth it revile thee, and thine infamy turn not away.
11 ¶ A word fitly spoken is [like] apples of gold in baskets of silver.
12 [As] an earring of gold, and an ornament of fine gold, [so is] a wise
reprover upon an obedient ear.
13 ¶ As the cold of snow in the time of harvest, [so is] a faithful messenger
to them that send him; for he refresheth the soul of his masters.
14 ¶ [As] clouds and wind without rain, [so is] he that boasteth himself of his
15 ¶ By long forbearing is a ruler persuaded, and a soft tongue breaketh the
16 ¶ Hast thou found honey? eat so much as is sufficient for thee; lest thou be
filled therewith, and vomit it.
17 ¶ Let thy foot be seldom in thy neighbour’s house; lest he be weary of
thee, and hate thee.
18 ¶ A man that beareth false witness against his neighbour is a maul, and a
sword, and a sharp arrow.
19 ¶ Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble is [like] a broken
tooth, and a foot out of joint.
20 ¶ [As] one that taketh off a garment in cold weather, [and as] vinegar upon
nitre, so is he that singeth songs to an heavy heart.
21 ¶ If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be thirsty,
give him water to drink:
22 For thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head, and the LORD shall reward
23 ¶ The north wind bringeth forth rain: so doth a backbiting tongue an angry
24 ¶ It is better to dwell in the comer of the housetop, than with a
contentious woman in a wide house.
25 ¶ [As] cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.
26 ¶ [As] a troubled fountain, and a corrupted spring, [so is] a righteous man
that giveth way before the wicked.
27 ¶ It is not good to eat much honey: so [for men] to search out their own
glory is [not] glory.
28 ¶ He whose spirit is without restraint is [like] a city that is broken down
and hath no wall.
1 ¶ As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, so honour is not seemly for a
2 ¶ As the sparrow in her wandering, as the swallow in her flying, so the curse
that is causeless lighteth not.
3 ¶ A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, and a rod for the back of
4 ¶ Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him.
5 Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit.
6 ¶ He that sendeth a message by the hand of a fool cutteth off [his own] feet,
[and] drinketh in damage.
7 The legs of the lame hang loose: so is a parable in the mouth of fools.
8 As a bag of gems in a heap of stones, so is he that giveth honour to a fool.
9 [As] a thorn that goeth up into the hand of a drunkard, so is a parable in the
month of fools.
10 ¶ [As] an archer that woundeth all, so is he that hireth the fool and he
that hireth them that pass by.
11 ¶ As a dog that returneth to his vomit, [so is] a fool that repeateth his
12 ¶ Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope of a fool
than of him.
13 ¶ The sluggard saith, There is a lion in the way; a lion is in the streets.
14 ¶ [As] the door turneth upon its hinges, so doth the sluggard upon his bed.
15 ¶ The sluggard burieth his hand in the dish; it wearieth him to bring it
again to his mouth.
16 ¶ The sluggard is wiser in his own conceit than seven men that can render a
17 ¶ He that passeth by, [and] vexeth himself with strife belonging not to him,
is [like] one that taketh a dog by the ears.
18 ¶ As a madman who casteth firebrands, arrows, and death;
19 So is the man that deceiveth his neighbour, and saith, Am not I in sport?
20 ¶ For lack of wood the fire goeth out: and where there is no whisperer,
21 [As] coals are to hot embers, and wood to fire; so is a contentious man to
22 The words of a whisperer are as dainty morsels, and they go down into the
innermost parts of the belly.
23 ¶ Fervent lips and a wicked heart are [like] an earthen vessel overlaid with
24 ¶ He that hateth dissembleth with his lips, but he layeth up deceit within
25 When he speaketh fair, believe him not; for there are seven abominations in
26 Though [his] hatred cover itself with guile, his wickedness shall be openly
shewed before the congregation.
27 ¶ Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein: and he that rolleth a stone, it
shall return upon him.
28 ¶ A lying tongue hateth those whom it hath wounded; and a flattering mouth
1 ¶ Boast not thyself of tomorrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring
2 ¶ Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not
thine own lips.
3 ¶ A stone is heavy, and the sand weighty; but a fool’s vexation is heavier
than them both.
4 Wrath is cruel, and anger is outrageous; but who is able to stand before
5 ¶ Better is open rebuke than love that is hidden.
6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend: but the kisses of an enemy are profuse.
7 ¶ The full soul loatheth an honeycomb: but to the hungry soul every bitter
thing is sweet.
8 ¶ As a bird that wandereth from her nest, so is a man that wandereth from his
9 ¶ Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart: so doth the sweetness of a man’s
friend [that cometh] of hearty counsel.
10 Thine own friend, and thy father’s friend, forsake not; and go not to thy
brother’s house in the day of thy calamity: better is a neighbour that is near
than a brother far off.
11 ¶ My son, be wise, and make my heart glad, that I may answer him that
12 ¶ A prudent man seeth the evil, [and] hideth himself: [but] the simple pass
on, [and] suffer for it.
13 ¶ Take his garment that is surety for a stranger; and hold him in pledge
[that is surety] for a strange woman.
14 ¶ He that blesseth his friend with a loud voice, rising early in the
morning, it shall be counted a curse to him.
15 ¶ A continual dropping in a very rainy day and a contentious woman are
16 He that would restrain her restraineth the wind, and his right hand
17 ¶ Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.
18 ¶ Whoso keepeth the fig tree shall eat the fruit thereof; and he that
waiteth on his master shall be honoured.
19 ¶ As in water face [answereth] to face, so the heart of man to man.
20 ¶ Sheol and Abaddon are never satisfied; and the eyes of man are never
21 ¶ The fining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold, and a man is
[tried] by his praise.
22 ¶ Though thou shouldest bray a fool in a mortar with a pestle among bruised
corn, yet will not his foolishness depart from him.
23 ¶ Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, [and] look well to thy
24 For riches are not for ever; and doth the crown endure unto all generations?
25 The hay is carried, and the tender grass sheweth itself, and the herbs of the
mountains are gathered in.
26 The lambs are for thy clothing, and the goats are the price of the field:
27 And [there will be] goats’ milk enough for thy food, for the food of thy
household; and maintenance for thy maidens.
1 ¶ The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.
2 ¶ For the transgression of a land many are the princes thereof: but by men of
understanding [and] knowledge the state [thereof] shall be prolonged.
3 ¶ A needy man that oppresseth the poor is [like] a sweeping rain which
leaveth no food.
4 ¶ They that forsake the law praise the wicked: but such as keep the law
contend with them.
5 ¶ Evil men understand not judgment: but they that seek the LORD understand
6 ¶ Better is the poor that walketh in his integrity, than he that is perverse
in [his] ways, though he be rich.
7 ¶ Whoso keepeth the law is a wise son: but he that is a companion of
gluttonous men shameth his father.
8 ¶ He that augmenteth his substance by usury and increase, gathereth it for
him that hath pity on the poor.
9 ¶ He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer is an
10 ¶ Whoso causeth the upright to go astray in an evil way, he shall fall
himself into his own pit: but the perfect shall inherit good.
11 ¶ The rich man is wise in his own conceit; but the poor that hath
understanding searcheth him out.
12 ¶ When the righteous triumph, there is great glory: but when the wicked
rise, men hide themselves.
13 ¶ He that covereth his transgressions shall not prosper: but whoso
confesseth and forsaketh them shall obtain mercy.
14 ¶ Happy is the man that feareth alway: but he that hardeneth his heart shall
fall into mischief.
15 ¶ [As] a roaring lion, and a ranging bear; [so is] a wicked ruler over a
16 ¶ The prince that lacketh understanding is also a great oppressor: [but] he
that hateth covetousness shall prolong his days.
17 ¶ A man that is laden with the blood of any person shall flee unto the pit;
let no man stay him.
18 ¶ Whoso walketh uprightly shall be delivered: but he that is perverse in
[his] ways shall fall at once.
19 ¶ He that tilleth his land shall have plenty of bread: but he that followeth
after vain [persons] shall have poverty enough.
20 ¶ A faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he that maketh haste to be
rich shall not be unpunished.
21 ¶ To have respect of persons is not good: neither that a man should
transgress for a piece of bread.
22 ¶ He that hath an evil eye hasteth after riches, and knoweth not that want
shall come upon him.
23 ¶ He that rebuketh a man shall afterward find more favour than he that
flattereth with the tongue.
24 ¶ Whoso robbeth his father or his mother, and saith, It is no transgression;
the same is the companion of a destroyer.
25 ¶ He that is of a greedy spirit stirreth up strife: but he that putteth his
trust in the LORD shall be made fat.
26 ¶ He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he
shall be delivered.
27 ¶ He that giveth unto the poor shall not lack: but he that hideth his eyes
shall have many a curse.
28 ¶ When the wicked rise, men hide themselves: but when they perish, the
1 ¶ He that being often reproved hardeneth his neck shall suddenly be broken,
and that without remedy.
2 ¶ When the righteous are increased, the people rejoice: but when a wicked man
beareth rule, the people sigh.
3 ¶ Whoso loveth wisdom rejoiceth his father: but he that keepeth company with
harlots wasteth [his] substance.
4 ¶ The king by judgment establisheth the land: but he that exacteth gifts
5 ¶ A man that flattereth his neighbour spreadeth a net for his steps.
6 ¶ In the transgression of an evil man there is a snare: but the righteous
doth sing and rejoice.
7 ¶ The righteous taketh knowledge of the cause of the poor: the wicked hath
not understanding to know [it].
8 ¶ Scornful men set a city in a flame: but wise men turn away wrath.
9 ¶ If a wise man hath a controversy with a foolish man, whether he be angry or
laugh, there will be no rest.
10 ¶ The bloodthirsty hate him that is perfect: and as for the upright, they
seek his life.
11 ¶ A fool uttereth all his anger: but a wise man keepeth it back and stilleth
12 ¶ If a ruler hearkeneth to falsehood, all his servants are wicked.
13 ¶ The poor man and the oppressor meet together: the LORD lighteneth the eyes
of them both.
14 ¶ The king that faithfully judgeth the poor, his throne shall be established
15 ¶ The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself causeth shame
to his mother.
16 ¶ When the wicked are increased, transgression increaseth: but the righteous
shall look upon their fall.
17 ¶ Correct thy son, and he shall give thee rest; yea, he shall give delight
unto thy soul.
18 ¶ Where there is no vision, the people cast off restraint: but he that
keepeth the law, happy is he.
19 ¶ A servant will not be corrected by words: for though he understand he will
not give heed.
20 ¶ Seest thou a man that is hasty in his words? there is more hope of a fool
than of him.
21 ¶ He that delicately bringeth up his servant from a child shall have him
become a son at the last.
22 ¶ An angry man stirreth up strife, and a wrathful man aboundeth in
23 ¶ A man’s pride shall bring him low: but he that is of a lowly spirit
shall obtain honour.
24 ¶ Whoso is partner with a thief hateth his own soul: he heareth the
adjuration and uttereth nothing.
25 ¶ The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD
shall be safe.
26 ¶ Many seek the ruler’s favour: but a man’s judgment [cometh] from the
27 ¶ An unjust man is an abomination to the righteous: and he that is upright
in the way is an abomination to the wicked.
1 ¶ The words of Agur the son of Jakeh; the oracle. The man saith unto Ithiel,
unto Ithiel and Ucal:
2 Surely I am more brutish than any man, and have not the understanding of a
3 And I have not learned wisdom, neither have I the knowledge of the Holy One.
4 Who hath ascended up into heaven, and descended? who hath gathered the wind in
his fists? who hath bound the waters in his garment? who hath established all
the ends of the earth? what is his name, and what is his son’s name, if thou
5 Every word of God is tried: he is a shield unto them that trust in him.
6 Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.
7 ¶ Two things have I asked of thee; deny me [them] not before I die:
8 Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed
me with the food that is needful for me:
9 Lest I be full, and deny [thee], and say, Who is the LORD? or lest I be poor,
and steal, and use profanely the name of my God.
10 ¶ Slander not a servant unto his master, lest he curse thee, and thou be
11 There is a generation that curseth their father, and doth not bless their
12 There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes; and [yet] are not
washed from their filthiness.
13 There is a generation, Oh how lofty are their eyes! and their eyelids are
14 There is a generation whose teeth are [as] swords, and their jaw teeth [as]
knives, to devour the poor from off the earth, and the needy from among men.
15 ¶ The horseleach hath two daughters, [Crying], Give, give. There are three
things that are never satisfied, [yea], four that say not, Enough:
16 The grave; and the barren womb; the earth that is not satisfied with water;
and the fire that saith not, Enough.
17 The eye that mocketh at his father, and despiseth to obey his mother, the
ravens of the valley shall pick it out, and the young eagles shall eat it.
18 ¶ There be three things which are too wonderful for me, yea, four which I
19 The way of an eagle in the air; the way of a serpent upon a rock; the way of
a ship in the midst of the sea; and the way of a man with a maid.
20 So is the way of an adulterous woman; she eateth, and wipeth her mouth, and
saith, I have done no wickedness.
21 For three things the earth doth tremble, and for four, [which] it cannot
22 For a servant when he is king; and a fool when he is filled with meat;
23 For an odious woman when she is married; and an handmaid that is heir to her
24 ¶ There be four things which are little upon the earth, but they are
25 The ants are a people not strong, yet they provide their meat in the summer;
26 The conies are but a feeble folk, yet make they their houses in the rocks;
27 The locusts have no king, yet go they forth all of them by bands;
28 The lizard taketh hold with her hands, yet is she in kings’ palaces,
29 ¶ There be three things which are stately in their march, yea, four which
are stately in going:
30 The lion, which is mightiest among beasts, and turneth not away for any;
31 The greyhound; the he–goat also; and the king, against whom there is no
32 If thou hast done foolishly in lifting up thyself, or if thou hast thought
evil, [lay] thine hand upon thy mouth.
33 For the churning of milk bringeth forth butter, and the wringing of the nose
bringeth forth blood: so the forcing of wrath bringeth forth strife.
1 ¶ The words of king Lemuel; the oracle which his mother taught him.
2 What, my son? and what, O son of my womb, and what, O son of my vows?
3 Give not thy strength unto women, nor thy ways to that which destroyeth kings.
4 It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine; nor for
princes [to say], Where is strong drink?
5 Lest they drink, and forget the law, and pervert the judgment of any that is
6 Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, and wine unto the bitter
7 Let him drink, and forget his poverty, and remember his misery no more.
8 Open thy mouth for the dumb, in the cause of all such as are left desolate.
9 Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and minister judgment to the poor and
10 ¶ A virtuous woman who can find? for her price is far above rubies.
11 The heart of her husband trusteth in her, and he shall have no lack of gain.
12 She doeth him good and not evil all the days of her life.
13 She seeketh wool and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.
14 She is like the merchant–ships; she bringeth her food from afar.
15 She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and
their task to her maidens.
16 She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she
planteth a vineyard.
17 She girdeth her loins with strength, and maketh strong her arms.
18 She perceiveth that her merchandise is profitable: her lamp goeth not out by
19 She layeth her hands to the distaff, and her hands hold the spindle.
20 She spreadeth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to
21 She is not afraid of the snow for her household; for all her household are
clothed with scarlet.
22 She maketh for herself carpets of tapestry; her clothing is fine linen and
23 Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the
24 She maketh linen garments and selleth them; and delivereth girdles unto the
25 Strength and dignity are her clothing; and she laugheth at the time to come.
26 She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and the law of kindness is on her tongue.
27 She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of
28 Her children rise up, and call her blessed; her husband [also], and he
praiseth her, [saying]:
29 Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.
30 Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: [but] a woman that feareth the LORD,
she shall be praised.
31 Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her works praise her in the