1 As snow in summer,
and as rain in harvest, so honour is not seemly for a fool.
2 As the bird by wandering, as the swallow by flying, so the
curse causeless shall not come.
3 A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, and a rod for
the fool's back.
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
6 He that sendeth a message by the hand of a fool cutteth off
the feet, and drinketh damage.
7 The legs of the lame are not equal: so is a parable in the
mouth of fools.
8 As he that bindeth a stone in a sling, so is he that giveth
honour to a fool.
9 As a thorn goeth up into the hand of a drunkard, so is a parable
in the mouth of fools.
10 The great God that formed all things both rewardeth the fool,
and rewardeth transgressors.
11 As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his
12 Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope
of a fool than of him.
13 The slothful man saith, There is a lion in the way; a lion
is in the streets.
14 As the door turneth upon his hinges, so doth the slothful
upon his bed.
15 The slothful hideth his hand in his bosom; it grieveth him
to bring it again to his mouth.
16 The sluggard is wiser in his own conceit than seven men that
can render a reason.
17 He that passeth by, and meddleth with strife belonging not
to him, is like one that taketh a dog by the ears.
18 As a mad man who casteth firebrands, arrows, and death,
19 So is the man that deceiveth his neighbour, and saith, Am
not I in sport?
20 Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out: so where there
is no talebearer, the strife ceaseth.
21 As coals are to burning coals, and wood to fire; so is a
contentious man to kindle strife.
22 The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down
into the innermost parts of the belly.
23 Burning lips and a wicked heart are like a potsherd covered
with silver dross.
24 He that hateth dissembleth with his lips, and layeth up deceit
25 When he speaketh fair, believe him not: for there are seven
abominations in his heart.
26 Whose hatred is covered by deceit, his wickedness shall be
shewed before the whole congregation.
27 Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein: and he that rolleth
a stone, it will return upon him.
28 A lying tongue hateth those that are afflicted by it; and
a flattering mouth worketh ruin.
1 Boast not thyself
of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.
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 wrath
is heavier than them both.
4 Wrath is cruel, and anger is outrageous; but who is able to
stand before envy?
5 Open rebuke is better than secret love.
6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an
enemy are deceitful.
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 place.
9 Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart: so doth the sweetness
of a man's friend by hearty counsel.
10 Thine own friend, and thy father's friend, forsake not; neither
go into thy brother's house in the day of thy calamity: for
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 reproacheth me.
12 A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself; but
the simple pass on, and are punished.
13 Take his garment that is surety for a stranger, and take
a pledge of him 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 alike.
16 Whosoever hideth her hideth the wind, and the ointment of
his right hand, which bewrayeth itself.
17 Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance
of his friend.
18 Whoso keepeth the fig tree shall eat the fruit thereof: so
he that waiteth on his master shall be honoured.
19 As in water face answereth to face, so the heart of man to
20 Hell and destruction are never full; so the eyes of man are
21 As the fining pot for silver, and the furnace for gold; so
is a man to his praise.
22 Though thou shouldest bray a fool in a mortar among wheat
with a pestle, yet will not his foolishness depart from him.
23 Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look
well to thy herds.
24 For riches are not for ever: and doth the crown endure to
25 The hay appeareth, and the tender grass sheweth itself, and
herbs of the mountains are gathered.
26 The lambs are for thy clothing, and the goats are the price
of the field.
27 And thou shalt have goats' milk enough for thy food, for
the food of thy household, and for the 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 a man of understanding and knowledge the state thereof
shall be prolonged.
3 A poor 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 all things.
6 Better is the poor that walketh in his uprightness, 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 riotous men shameth his father.
8 He that by usury and unjust gain increaseth his substance,
he shall gather it for him that will pity the poor.
9 He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his
prayer shall be abomination.
10 Whoso causeth the righteous to go astray in an evil way,
he shall fall himself into his own pit: but the upright shall
have good things in possession.
11 The rich man is wise in his own conceit; but the poor that
hath understanding searcheth him out.
12 When righteous men do rejoice, there is great glory: but
when the wicked rise, a man is hidden.
13 He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth
and forsaketh them shall have 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 the poor people.
16 The prince that wanteth understanding is also a great oppressor:
but he that hateth covetousness shall prolong his days.
17 A man that doeth violence to the blood of any person shall
flee to the pit; let no man stay him.
18 Whoso walketh uprightly shall be saved: 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 innocent.
21 To have respect of persons is not good: for for a piece of
bread that man will transgress.
22 He that hasteth to be rich hath an evil eye, and considereth
not that poverty shall come upon him.
23 He that rebuketh a man afterwards shall 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 proud heart 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 righteous increase.