1 Wine is a mocker,
strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is
2 The fear of a king is as the roaring of a lion: whoso provoketh
him to anger sinneth against his own soul.
3 It is an honour for a man to cease from strife: but every
fool will be meddling.
4 The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore
shall he 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 will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful
man who can find?
7 The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed
8 A king that sitteth in the throne of judgment scattereth away
all evil with his eyes.
9 Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my
10 Divers weights, and divers measures, both of them are alike
abomination to the LORD.
11 Even a child is 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 a multitude of rubies: but the lips of
knowledge are a precious jewel.
16 Take his garment that is surety for a stranger: and take
a pledge of him for a strange woman.
17 Bread of deceit is sweet to a man; but afterwards his mouth
shall be filled with gravel.
18 Every purpose is established by counsel: and with good advice
19 He that goeth about as a talebearer revealeth secrets: therefore
meddle not with him that flattereth with his lips.
20 Whoso curseth his father or his mother, his lamp shall be
put out in obscure darkness.
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; but wait on the LORD,
and he shall save thee.
23 Divers weights are an abomination unto the LORD; and a false
balance is not good.
24 Man's goings are of the LORD; how can a man then understand
his own way?
25 It is a snare to the man who devoureth that which is holy,
and after vows to make enquiry.
26 A wise king scattereth the wicked, and bringeth the wheel
27 The spirit of man is the candle of the LORD, searching all
the inward parts of the belly.
28 Mercy and truth preserve the king: and his throne is upholden
29 The glory of young men is their strength: and the beauty
of old men is the gray head.
30 The blueness of a wound cleanseth away evil: so do stripes
the inward parts of the belly.
1 The king's heart
is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth
it whithersoever he will.
2 Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the LORD
pondereth the hearts.
3 To do justice and judgment is more acceptable to the LORD
4 An high look, and a proud heart, and the plowing of the wicked,
5 The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness; but
of every one that is hasty only to want.
6 The getting of treasures by a lying tongue is a vanity tossed
to and fro of them that seek death.
7 The robbery of the wicked shall destroy them; because they
refuse to do judgment.
8 The way of man is froward and strange: but as for the pure,
his work is right.
9 It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop, than with
a brawling woman in a wide house.
10 The soul of the wicked desireth evil: his neighbour findeth
no favour in his eyes.
11 When the scorner is punished, the simple is made wise: and
when the wise is instructed, he receiveth knowledge.
12 The righteous man wisely considereth the house of the wicked:
but God overthroweth the wicked for their wickedness.
13 Whoso stoppeth his ears at the cry of the poor, he also shall
cry himself, but shall not be heard.
14 A gift in secret pacifieth anger: and a reward in the bosom
15 It is joy to the just to do judgment: but destruction shall
be to the workers of iniquity.
16 The man that wandereth out of the way of understanding shall
remain 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 shall be a ransom for the righteous, and the transgressor
for the upright.
19 It is better to dwell in the wilderness, than with a contentious
and an angry woman.
20 There is treasure to be desired and oil in the dwelling of
the wise; but a foolish man spendeth 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 casteth down
the strength of the confidence thereof.
23 Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from
24 Proud and haughty scorner is his name, who dealeth in proud
25 The desire of the slothful killeth him; for his hands refuse
26 He coveteth greedily all the day long: but the righteous
giveth and spareth not.
27 The sacrifice of the wicked is abomination: how much more,
when he bringeth it with a wicked mind?
28 A false witness shall perish: but the man that heareth speaketh
29 A wicked man hardeneth his face: but as for the upright,
he directeth his way.
30 There is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against
31 The horse is prepared against the day of battle: but safety
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 poor meet together: the LORD is the maker of
3 A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but
the simple pass on, and are punished.
4 By humility and the fear of the LORD are riches, and honour,
5 Thorns and snares are in the way of the froward: he that doth
keep his soul shall be far from them.
6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and 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 vanity: and the rod of
his anger shall fail.
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 reproach 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 knowledge, and he overthroweth
the words of the transgressor.
13 The slothful man saith, There is a lion without, I shall
be slain in the streets.
14 The mouth of strange women is a deep pit: he that is abhorred
of the LORD shall fall therein.
15 Foolishness is bound 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 riches, and he
that giveth to the rich, shall surely come to want.
17 Bow down 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;
they shall withal be fitted in thy lips.
19 That thy trust may be in the LORD, I have made known to thee
this day, even to thee.
20 Have not I written to thee excellent things in counsels and
21 That I might make thee know the certainty of the words of
truth; that thou mightest answer the words of truth to them
that send unto thee?
22 Rob not the poor, because he is poor: neither oppress the
afflicted in the gate:
23 For the LORD will plead their cause, and spoil the soul of
those that spoiled them.
24 Make no friendship with an angry man; and with a furious
man thou shalt not go:
25 Lest thou learn his ways, and get a snare to thy soul.
26 Be not thou one of them that strike hands, or of them that
are sureties for debts.
27 If thou hast nothing to pay, why should he take away thy
bed from under thee?
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.