1 Better is a dry
morsel, and quietness therewith, than an house full of sacrifices
2 A wise servant shall have rule over a son that causeth shame,
and shall have part of the inheritance among the brethren.
3 The fining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold: but
the LORD trieth the hearts.
4 A wicked doer giveth heed to false lips; and a liar giveth
ear to a naughty tongue.
5 Whoso mocketh the poor reproacheth his Maker: and he that
is glad at calamities 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
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
repeateth a matter separateth very friends.
10 A reproof entereth more into a wise man 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 folly.
13 Whoso rewardeth evil for good, evil shall not depart from
14 The beginning of strife is as when one letteth out water:
therefore leave off contention, before it be meddled with.
15 He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the
just, even they both are abomination to the LORD.
16 Wherefore is there a price in the hand of a fool to get wisdom,
seeing he hath no heart to it?
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 friend.
19 He loveth transgression that loveth strife: and he that exalteth
his gate seeketh destruction.
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 doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit
drieth the bones.
23 A wicked man taketh a gift out of the bosom to pervert the
ways of judgment.
24 Wisdom is before 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 him.
26 Also to punish the just is not good, nor to strike princes
27 He that hath knowledge spareth his words: and a man of understanding
is of an excellent spirit.
28 Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise:
and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.
1 Through desire
a man, having separated himself, seeketh and intermeddleth with
2 A fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart
may discover itself.
3 When the wicked cometh, then cometh also contempt, and with
4 The words of a man's mouth are as deep waters, and the wellspring
of wisdom as a flowing brook.
5 It is not good to accept the person of the wicked, to overthrow
the righteous in judgment.
6 A fool's lips enter into contention, and his mouth calleth
7 A fool's mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare
of his soul.
8 The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down
into the innermost parts of the belly.
9 He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that
is a great waster.
10 The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth
into it, and is safe.
11 The rich man's wealth is his strong city, and as an high
wall in his own conceit.
12 Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before
honour is humility.
13 He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly
and shame unto him.
14 The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded
spirit who can bear?
15 The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge; and the ear of
the wise seeketh knowledge.
16 A man's gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before
17 He that is first in his own cause seemeth just; but his neighbour
cometh and searcheth him.
18 The lot causeth contentions to cease, and parteth between
19 A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city:
and their contentions are like the bars of a castle.
20 A man's belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth;
and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled.
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 LORD.
23 The poor useth intreaties; but the rich answereth roughly.
24 A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there
is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.
1 Better is the
poor that walketh in his integrity, than he that is perverse
in his lips, and is a fool.
2 Also, that the soul be without knowledge, it is not good;
and he that hasteth with his feet sinneth.
3 The foolishness of man perverteth his way: and his heart fretteth
against the LORD.
4 Wealth maketh many friends; but the poor is separated from
5 A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh
lies shall not escape.
6 Many will intreat the favour of the prince: 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, yet
they are wanting to him.
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 speaketh
lies shall perish.
10 Delight is not seemly for a fool; much less for a servant
to have rule over princes.
11 The discretion of a man deferreth his 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 the inheritance of fathers and a prudent
wife is from the LORD.
15 Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep; and an idle soul
shall suffer hunger.
16 He that keepeth the commandment keepeth his own soul; but
he that despiseth his ways shall die.
17 He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and
that which he hath given will he pay him again.
18 Chasten thy son while there is hope, and let not thy soul
spare for his crying.
19 A man of great wrath shall suffer punishment: for if thou
deliver him, yet thou must do it again.
20 Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be
wise in thy latter end.
21 There are many devices in a man's heart; nevertheless the
counsel of the LORD, that shall stand.
22 The desire of a man is 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 A slothful man hideth his hand in his bosom, and will not
so much as bring it to his mouth again.
25 Smite a scorner, and the simple will beware: and reprove
one that hath understanding, and he will understand knowledge.
26 He that wasteth his father, and chaseth away his mother,
is a son that causeth shame, and bringeth reproach.
27 Cease, my son, to hear the instruction that causeth to err
from the words of knowledge.
28 An ungodly witness scorneth judgment: and the mouth of the
wicked devoureth iniquity.
29 Judgments are prepared for scorners, and stripes for the
back of fools.