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
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
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
15 By me kings reign, and princes decree justice.
16 By me princes rule, and nobles, even all the judges of the
17 I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.