The Book of Proverbs

Proverbs Eight

1: Doth not wisdom cry? and understanding put forth her voice? 2: She standeth in the top of high places, by the way in the places of the paths. 3: She crieth at the gates, at the entry of the city, at the coming in at the doors. 4: Unto you, O men, I call; and my voice is to the sons of man. 5: O ye simple, understand wisdom: and, ye fools, be ye of an understanding heart. 6: Hear; for I will speak of excellent things; and the opening of my lips shall be right things. 7: For my mouth shall speak truth; and wickedness is an abomination to my lips. 8: All the words of my mouth are in righteousness; there is nothing froward or perverse in them. 9: They are all plain to him that understandeth, and right to them that find knowledge. 10: Receive my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather than choice gold. 11: For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it. 12: I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of witty inventions. 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 wisdom: I am understanding; I have strength. 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 early 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 silver. 20: I lead 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 I will fill their treasures. 22: The LORD possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old. 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 highest part of the dust of the world. 27: When he prepared the heavens, I was there: when he set a compass upon the face of the depth: 28: When he established the clouds above: when he strengthened the fountains of the deep: 29: When he gave to the sea his decree, that the waters should not pass his commandment: when he appointed the foundations of the earth: 30: Then I was by him, as one brought up with him: and I was daily his delight, rejoicing always before him; 31: Rejoicing in the habitable part of his earth; and my delights were with the sons of men. 32: Now therefore hearken unto me, O ye children: for blessed are they that keep my ways. 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 love death.

NINE

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 her table. 3: She hath sent forth her maidens: she crieth upon the highest places of the city, 4: Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither: as for him that wanteth understanding, she saith to him, 5: Come, eat of my bread, and drink of the wine which I have mingled. 6: Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding. 7: He that reproveth a scorner getteth to himself shame: and he that rebuketh a wicked man getteth himself a blot. 8: Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee. 9: Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning. 10: The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding. 11: For by me thy days shall be multiplied, and the years of thy life shall be increased. 12: If thou be wise, thou shalt be wise for thyself: but if thou scornest, thou alone shalt bear it. 13: A foolish woman is clamourous: she is simple, and knoweth nothing. 14: For she sitteth at the door of her house, on a seat in the high places of the city, 15: To call passengers who go right on their ways: 16: Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither: and as for him that wanteth 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; and that her guests are in the depths of hell.

TEN

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 death. 3: The LORD will not suffer the soul of the righteous to famish: but he casteth away the substance 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 just: 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 fall. 11: The mouth of a righteous man is a well of life: but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked. 12: Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins. 13: In the lips of him that hath understanding 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 near destruction. 15: The rich man's wealth is his strong city: the destruction of the poor is their poverty. 16: The labour of the righteous tendeth to life: the fruit of the wicked to sin. 17: He is in the way of life that keepeth instruction: but he that refuseth reproof erreth. 18: He that hideth hatred with lying lips, and he that uttereth a slander, is a fool. 19: In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise. 20: The tongue of the just is as choice silver: the heart of the wicked is little worth. 21: The lips of the righteous feed many: but fools die for want of wisdom. 22: The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it. 23: It is as sport to a fool to do mischief: but a man of understanding hath wisdom. 24: The fear of the wicked, it shall come upon him: but the desire of the righteous shall be granted. 25: As the whirlwind passeth, so is the wicked no more: but the righteous is an everlasting foundation. 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 shortened. 28: The hope of the righteous shall be gladness: but the expectation of the wicked shall perish. 29: The way of the LORD is strength to the upright: but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity. 30: The righteous shall never be removed: but the wicked shall not inhabit the earth. 31: The mouth of the just bringeth forth wisdom: but the froward tongue shall be cut out. 32: The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable: but the mouth of the wicked speaketh frowardness.

ELEVEN

1: A false balance is abomination to the LORD: but a just weight is his delight. 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 transgressors shall destroy them. 4: Riches profit not in the day of wrath: but righteousness delivereth from death. 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 transgressors shall be taken in their own naughtiness. 7: When a wicked man dieth, his expectation shall perish: and the hope of unjust men perisheth. 8: The righteous is delivered out of trouble, and the wicked cometh in his stead. 9: An hypocrite with his mouth destroyeth his neighbour: but through knowledge shall the just 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 is void of wisdom despiseth his neighbour: but a man of understanding holdeth his peace. 13: A talebearer revealeth secrets: but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter. 14: Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellers there is safety. 15: He that is surety for a stranger shall smart for it: and he that hateth suretiship is sure. 16: A gracious woman retaineth honour: and strong 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 worketh a deceitful work: but to him that soweth righteousness shall be a sure reward. 19: As righteousness tendeth to life: so he that pursueth evil pursueth it to his own death. 20: They that are of a froward heart are abomination to the LORD: but such as are upright in their way are his delight. 21: Though hand join in hand, the wicked 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 without discretion. 23: The desire of the righteous is only good: but the expectation of the wicked is wrath. 24: There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; and there is that withholdeth more than is meet, but it tendeth to poverty. 25: The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall be watered also himself. 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 procureth favour: but he that seeketh mischief, it shall come unto him. 28: He that trusteth in his riches shall fall: but the righteous shall flourish as a branch. 29: He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind: and the fool shall be servant to the wise of heart. 30: The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise. 31: Behold, the righteous shall be recompensed in the earth: much more the wicked and the sinner.

TWELVE

1: Whoso loveth instruction loveth knowledge: but he that hateth reproof is brutish. 2: A good man obtaineth 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 not 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 right: but the counsels of the wicked are deceit. 6: The words of the wicked are to lie 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 shall stand. 8: A man shall be commended according to his wisdom: but he that is of a perverse heart shall be despised. 9: He that is despised, and hath a servant, is better 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 be satisfied with bread: but he that followeth vain persons is void of understanding. 12: The wicked desireth the net of evil men: but the root of the righteous yieldeth fruit. 13: The wicked is snared by the transgression of his lips: but the just shall come out of trouble. 14: A man shall be satisfied with good by the fruit of his mouth: and the recompence of a man's hands shall be rendered unto him. 15: The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise. 16: A fool's wrath is presently known: but a prudent man covereth shame. 17: He that speaketh truth sheweth forth righteousness: but a false witness deceit. 18: There is that speaketh 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 imagine evil: but to the counsellers of peace is joy. 21: There shall no evil happen to the just: but the wicked shall be filled with mischief. 22: Lying lips are abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly are his delight. 23: A prudent man concealeth knowledge: but the heart of fools proclaimeth foolishness. 24: The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute. 25: Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad. 26: The righteous is more excellent than his neighbour: but the way of the wicked seduceth them. 27: The slothful man roasteth not that which he took in hunting: but the substance of a diligent man is precious. 28: In the way of righteousness is life; and in the pathway thereof there is no death.

THIRTEEN

1: A wise son heareth his father's instruction: but a scorner heareth not rebuke. 2: A man shall eat good by the fruit of his mouth: but the soul of the transgressors shall eat violence. 3: He that keepeth 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 shame. 6: Righteousness keepeth 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 riches. 8: The ransom of a man's life are his riches: but the poor heareth not rebuke. 9: The light of the righteous rejoiceth: but the lamp of the wicked shall be put out. 10: Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom. 11: Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathereth by labour shall increase. 12: Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life. 13: Whoso despiseth the word shall be destroyed: 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 death. 15: Good understanding giveth favour: but the way of transgressors is hard. 16: Every prudent man dealeth with knowledge: but a fool layeth open his folly. 17: A wicked messenger falleth into mischief: but a faithful ambassador is health. 18: Poverty and shame shall be to him that refuseth instruction: but he that regardeth reproof shall be honoured. 19: The desire accomplished is sweet to the soul: but it is abomination to fools to depart from evil. 20: He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed. 21: Evil pursueth sinners: but to the righteous good shall be repayed. 22: A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children's children: and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just. 23: Much food is in the tillage of the poor: but there is that is destroyed for want of judgment. 24: He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes. 25: The righteous eateth to the satisfying of his soul: but the belly of the wicked shall want.

FOURTEEN

1: Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her 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 will utter lies. 6: A scorner seeketh wisdom, and findeth it not: but knowledge is easy unto him that understandeth. 7: Go from the presence of a foolish man, when thou perceivest not in him the lips of knowledge. 8: The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way: but the folly of fools is deceit. 9: Fools make a mock at sin: but among the righteous there is favour. 10: The heart knoweth his own bitterness; and a stranger doth not intermeddle with his joy. 11: The house of the wicked shall be overthrown: but the tabernacle of the upright shall flourish. 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 that mirth is heaviness. 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 going. 16: A wise man feareth, and departeth from evil: but the fool rageth, and is confident. 17: He that is soon angry dealeth foolishly: and a man of wicked devices is hated. 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 righteous. 20: The poor is hated even of his own neighbour: but the rich hath many friends. 21: He that despiseth his neighbour sinneth: but he that hath mercy 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 penury. 24: The crown of the wise is their riches: but the foolishness of fools is folly. 25: A true witness delivereth souls: but a deceitful witness speaketh lies. 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 death. 28: In the multitude of people is the king's honour: but in the want of people is the destruction of the prince. 29: He that is slow to wrath 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 the rottenness of the bones. 31: He that oppresseth the poor reproacheth his Maker: but he that honoureth him hath mercy on the poor. 32: The wicked is driven away in his wickedness: 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 midst 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 wise servant: but his wrath is against him that causeth shame.

FIFTEEN

1: A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger. 2: The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness. 3: The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good. 4: A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit. 5: A fool despiseth his father's instruction: but he that regardeth reproof is prudent. 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 unto the LORD: but he loveth him that followeth after righteousness. 10: Correction is grievous unto him that forsaketh the way: and he that hateth reproof shall die. 11: Hell and destruction are before the LORD: how much more then the hearts of the children of men? 12: A scorner loveth not one that reproveth him: neither will he go unto the wise. 13: A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken. 14: The heart of him that hath understanding seeketh knowledge: but the mouth of fools feedeth on foolishness. 15: All the days of the afflicted are evil: but he that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast. 16: Better is little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and trouble therewith. 17: Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and hatred therewith. 18: A wrathful man stirreth up strife: but he that is slow to anger appeaseth strife. 19: The way of the slothful man is as an hedge of thorns: but the way of the righteous is made plain. 20: A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish man despiseth his mother. 21: Folly is joy to him that is destitute of wisdom: but a man of understanding walketh uprightly. 22: Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counsellers they are established. 23: A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due season, how good is it! 24: The way of life is above to the wise, that he may depart from hell beneath. 25: The LORD will destroy the house of the proud: but he will establish the border of the widow. 26: The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the LORD: but the words of the pure are pleasant words. 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 righteous. 30: The light of the eyes rejoiceth the heart: and a good report maketh the bones fat. 31: The ear that heareth the reproof of life abideth among the wise. 32: He that refuseth instruction despiseth his own soul: but he that heareth reproof getteth understanding. 33: The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom; and before honour is humility.


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