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For as he thinks within himself, so he is. He says to you, "Eat and drink!" But his heart is not with you.

11

To receive instruction in wise behavior, Righteousness, justice and equity;

14

There are six things which the LORD hates, Yes, seven which are an abomination to Him:

24

The highway of the upright is to depart from evil; He who watches his way preserves his life.

25

To understand a proverb and a figure, The words of the wise and their riddles.

26

"The beginning of wisdom is: Acquire wisdom; And with all your acquiring, get understanding.

27

Acquire wisdom! Acquire understanding! Do not forget nor turn away from the words of my mouth.

31

"They are all straightforward to him who understands, And right to those who find knowledge.

32

My son, if you will receive my words And treasure my commandments within you,

33

"The LORD possessed me at the beginning of His way, Before His works of old.

36

For if you cry for discernment, Lift your voice for understanding;

40

If they say, "Come with us, Let us lie in wait for blood, Let us ambush the innocent without cause;

44

Which, having no chief, Officer or ruler,

48

Let us swallow them alive like Sheol, Even whole, as those who go down to the pit;

49

Better is a little with the fear of the LORD Than great treasure and turmoil with it.

53

My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings.

54

Open your mouth for the mute, For the rights of all the unfortunate.

55

Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, But he who hates reproof is stupid.

57

For the LORD will plead their case And take the life of those who rob them.

58

We will find all kinds of precious wealth, We will fill our houses with spoil;

60

The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel:

61

My son, do not walk in the way with them Keep your feet from their path,

64

An inheritance gained hurriedly at the beginning Will not be blessed in the end.

66

An evil man is ensnared by the transgression of his lips, But the righteous will escape from trouble.

67

She does not ponder the path of life; Her ways are unstable, she does not know it.

68

But they lie in wait for their own blood; They ambush their own lives.

69

Prepares her food in the summer And gathers her provision in the harvest.

70

Indeed, it is useless to spread the baited net In the sight of any bird;

71

For their feet run to evil And they hasten to shed blood.

72

"How long, O naive ones, will you love being simple-minded? And scoffers delight themselves in scoffing And fools hate knowledge?

73

"Do not forsake her, and she will guard you; Love her, and she will watch over you.

74

A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city, And contentions are like the bars of a citadel.

75

"Take my instruction and not silver, And knowledge rather than choicest gold.

76

The father of the righteous will greatly rejoice, And he who sires a wise son will be glad in him.

77

"Turn to my reproof, Behold, I will pour out my spirit on you; I will make my words known to you.

78

A man lacking in sense pledges And becomes guarantor in the presence of his neighbor.

79

At the head of the noisy streets she cries out; At the entrance of the gates in the city she utters her sayings:

80

So are the ways of everyone who gains by violence; It takes away the life of its possessors.

81

He who goes about as a talebearer reveals secrets, But he who is trustworthy conceals a matter.

82

A man will be satisfied with good by the fruit of his words, And the deeds of a man's hands will return to him.

83

Better is a dish of vegetables where love is Than a fattened ox served with hatred.

84

"Because I called and you refused, I stretched out my hand and no one paid attention;

85

It will be healing to your body And refreshment to your bones.

86

The strutting rooster, the male goat also, And a king when his army is with him.

88

A wise man scales the city of the mighty And brings down the stronghold in which they trust.

89

Passing through the street near her corner; And he takes the way to her house,

90

"Then they will call on me, but I will not answer; They will seek me diligently but they will not find me,

91

And you neglected all my counsel And did not want my reproof;

92

I will also laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your dread comes,

93

How long will you lie down, O sluggard? When will you arise from your sleep?

94

Good understanding produces favor, But the way of the treacherous is hard.

95

For by me your days will be multiplied, And years of life will be added to you.

96

Your poverty will come in like a vagabond And your need like an armed man.

97

Like a trampled spring and a polluted well Is a righteous man who gives way before the wicked.

98

But to those who rebuke the wicked will be delight, And a good blessing will come upon them.

99

"So they shall eat of the fruit of their own way And be satiated with their own devices.

100

"For wisdom is better than jewels; And all desirable things cannot compare with her.

101

With the fruit of a man's mouth his stomach will be satisfied; He will be satisfied with the product of his lips.

102

Now then, my sons, listen to me And do not depart from the words of my mouth.

103

"Prize her, and she will exalt you; She will honor you if you embrace her.

104

He who is guarantor for a stranger will surely suffer for it, But he who hates being a guarantor is secure.

106

"I, wisdom, dwell with prudence, And I find knowledge and discretion.

108

Because they hated knowledge And did not choose the fear of the LORD.

109

Every prudent man acts with knowledge, But a fool displays folly.

110

If you seek her as silver And search for her as for hidden treasures;

111

It is better to be humble in spirit with the lowly Than to divide the spoil with the proud.

112

"By me princes rule, and nobles, All who judge rightly.

113

Wise men store up knowledge, But with the mouth of the foolish, ruin is at hand.

114

In the twilight, in the evening, In the middle of the night and in the darkness.

115

He who digs a pit will fall into it, And he who rolls a stone, it will come back on him.

117

He who loves transgression loves strife; He who raises his door seeks destruction.

118

When your dread comes like a storm And your calamity comes like a whirlwind, When distress and anguish come upon you.

121

On the lips of the discerning, wisdom is found, But a rod is for the back of him who lacks understanding.

123

He is on the path of life who heeds instruction, But he who ignores reproof goes astray.

124

Keep your way far from her And do not go near the door of her house,

126

"A little sleep, a little slumber, A little folding of the hands to rest"--

127

"Counsel is mine and sound wisdom; I am understanding, power is mine.

128

So your barns will be filled with plenty And your vats will overflow with new wine.

129

Then you will discern the fear of the LORD And discover the knowledge of God.

130

A quick-tempered man acts foolishly, And a man of evil devices is hated.

131

The merciful man does himself good, But the cruel man does himself harm.

132

The wicked earns deceptive wages, But he who sows righteousness gets a true reward.

134

The wise in heart will be called understanding, And sweetness of speech increases persuasiveness.

135

"They would not accept my counsel, They spurned all my reproof.

136

He who gives attention to the word will find good, And blessed is he who trusts in the LORD.

137

As a ring of gold in a swine's snout So is a beautiful woman who lacks discretion.

139

The tongue of the righteous is as choice silver, The heart of the wicked is worth little.

140

"By me kings reign, And rulers decree justice.

141

He who is steadfast in righteousness will attain to life, And he who pursues evil will bring about his own death.

143

If you are wise, you are wise for yourself, And if you scoff, you alone will bear it.

144

Assuredly, the evil man will not go unpunished, But the descendants of the righteous will be delivered.

147

"But he who listens to me shall live securely And will be at ease from the dread of evil."

148

The naive inherit foolishness, But the sensible are crowned with knowledge.

149

No harm befalls the righteous, But the wicked are filled with trouble.

151

For the churning of milk produces butter, And pressing the nose brings forth blood; So the churning of anger produces strife.

152

"She will place on your head a garland of grace; She will present you with a crown of beauty."

153

The rich man's wealth is his fortress, The ruin of the poor is their poverty.

154

"For the waywardness of the naive will kill them, And the complacency of fools will destroy them.

155

Her ways are pleasant ways And all her paths are peace.

156

What is desirable in a man is his kindness, And it is better to be a poor man than a liar.

157

She is more precious than jewels; And nothing you desire compares with her.

159

A wicked messenger falls into adversity, But a faithful envoy brings healing.

160

He who diligently seeks good seeks favor, But he who seeks evil, evil will come to him.

161

Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil, But counselors of peace have joy.

162

The mouth of the righteous flows with wisdom, But the perverted tongue will be cut out.

163

And strangers will be filled with your strength And your hard-earned goods will go to the house of an alien;

164

What the wicked fears will come upon him, But the desire of the righteous will be granted.

165

Who winks with his eyes, who signals with his feet, Who points with his fingers;

167

The lips of the righteous feed many, But fools die for lack of understanding.

169

"Riches and honor are with me, Enduring wealth and righteousness.

170

Hear, my son, and accept my sayings And the years of your life will be many.

171

Poverty and shame will come to him who neglects discipline, But he who regards reproof will be honored.

172

My son, let them not vanish from your sight; Keep sound wisdom and discretion,

173

He who withholds grain, the people will curse him, But blessing will be on the head of him who sells it.

176

She is now in the streets, now in the squares, And lurks by every corner.

177

A false witness who utters lies, And one who spreads strife among brothers.

178

He who has a crooked mind finds no good, And he who is perverted in his language falls into evil.

179

For her profit is better than the profit of silver And her gain better than fine gold.

184

I have directed you in the way of wisdom; I have led you in upright paths.

185

He who despises his neighbor sins, But happy is he who is gracious to the poor.

186

Do not be among those who give pledges, Among those who become guarantors for debts.

187

Take hold of instruction; do not let go Guard her, for she is your life.

188

A worthless person, a wicked man, Is the one who walks with a perverse mouth,

189

Calling to those who pass by, Who are making their paths straight:

190

Folly is joy to him who lacks sense, But a man of understanding walks straight.

191

A lying tongue hates those it crushes, And a flattering mouth works ruin.

192

"Whoever is naive, let him turn in here," And to him who lacks understanding she says,

193

"Stolen water is sweet; And bread eaten in secret is pleasant."

195

And behold, a woman comes to meet him, Dressed as a harlot and cunning of heart.

196

So she seizes him and kisses him And with a brazen face she says to him:

197

She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her, And happy are all who hold her fast.

199

The fear of the LORD is the instruction for wisdom, And before honor comes humility.

200

Adversity pursues sinners, But the righteous will be rewarded with prosperity.

201

For wisdom will enter your heart And knowledge will be pleasant to your soul;

203

Therefore his calamity will come suddenly; Instantly he will be broken and there will be no healing.

204

He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk in integrity,

205

With her many persuasions she entices him; With her flattering lips she seduces him.

206

Or you will give your vigor to others And your years to the cruel one;

208

The heart of the righteous ponders how to answer, But the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things.

209

I passed by the field of the sluggard And by the vineyard of the man lacking sense,

210

Then you will discern righteousness and justice And equity and every good course.

211

Guarding the paths of justice, And He preserves the way of His godly ones.

212

Or you will learn his ways And find a snare for yourself.

214

Discretion will guard you, Understanding will watch over you,

216

To deliver you from the way of evil, From the man who speaks perverse things;

218

Will they not go astray who devise evil? But kindness and truth will be to those who devise good.

219

It is not good to eat much honey, Nor is it glory to search out one's own glory.

220

A wise king winnows the wicked, And drives the threshing wheel over them.

221

For length of days and years of life And peace they will add to you.

222

The woman of folly is boisterous, She is naive and knows nothing.

223

Do not envy a man of violence And do not choose any of his ways.

224

Do not be afraid of sudden fear Nor of the onslaught of the wicked when it comes;

225

By His knowledge the deeps were broken up And the skies drip with dew.

226

Then you will walk in your way securely And your foot will not stumble.

228

Wisdom is in the presence of the one who has understanding, But the eyes of a fool are on the ends of the earth.

229

Doing wickedness is like sport to a fool, And so is wisdom to a man of understanding.

230

The sluggard buries his hand in the dish, But will not even bring it back to his mouth.

231

My son, if you have become surety for your neighbor, Have given a pledge for a stranger,

234

The LORD is far from the wicked, But He hears the prayer of the righteous.

235

Stripes that wound scour away evil, And strokes reach the innermost parts.

236

"I walk in the way of righteousness, In the midst of the paths of justice,

237

Whose paths are crooked, And who are devious in their ways;

238

The desire of the righteous is only good, But the expectation of the wicked is wrath.

239

To deliver you from the strange woman, From the adulteress who flatters with her words;

244

Even a fool, when he keeps silent, is considered wise; When he closes his lips, he is considered prudent.

245

He who walks in integrity walks securely, But he who perverts his ways will be found out.

246

For the LORD will be your confidence And will keep your foot from being caught.

247

A lazy man does not roast his prey, But the precious possession of a man is diligence.

248

And you groan at your final end, When your flesh and your body are consumed;

249

The path of life leads upward for the wise That he may keep away from Sheol below.

250

The way of the LORD is a stronghold to the upright, But ruin to the workers of iniquity.

252

He who troubles his own house will inherit wind, And the foolish will be servant to the wisehearted.

253

"My fruit is better than gold, even pure gold, And my yield better than choicest silver.

254

And behold, it was completely overgrown with thistles; Its surface was covered with nettles, And its stone wall was broken down.

255

He who winks his eyes does so to devise perverse things; He who compresses his lips brings evil to pass.

256

Like vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes, So is the lazy one to those who send him.

257

The integrity of the upright will guide them, But the crookedness of the treacherous will destroy them.

258

Can a man take fire in his bosom And his clothes not be burned?

259

When it goes well with the righteous, the city rejoices, And when the wicked perish, there is joyful shouting.

260

She sits at the doorway of her house, On a seat by the high places of the city,

261

For the upright will live in the land And the blameless will remain in it;

262

When you lie down, you will not be afraid; When you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.

264

"From everlasting I was established, From the beginning, from the earliest times of the earth.

265

So they will be life to your soul And adornment to your neck.

266

Abundant food is in the fallow ground of the poor, But it is swept away by injustice.

267

She is boisterous and rebellious, Her feet do not remain at home;

269

For her house sinks down to death And her tracks lead to the dead;

272

The way of the lazy is as a hedge of thorns, But the path of the upright is a highway.

273

Do not say, "Thus I shall do to him as he has done to me; I will render to the man according to his work."

274

Loyalty and truth preserve the king, And he upholds his throne by righteousness.

275

My son, give attention to my wisdom, Incline your ear to my understanding;

276

Prepare your work outside And make it ready for yourself in the field; Afterwards, then, build your house.

278

When you walk, your steps will not be impeded; And if you run, you will not stumble.

279

The crown of the wise is their riches, But the folly of fools is foolishness.

280

He who profits illicitly troubles his own house, But he who hates bribes will live.

281

Cease listening, my son, to discipline, And you will stray from the words of knowledge.

284

The righteous has enough to satisfy his appetite, But the stomach of the wicked is in need.

285

The wicked man desires the booty of evil men, But the root of the righteous yields fruit.

288

The righteous will never be shaken, But the wicked will not dwell in the land.

289

With his mouth the godless man destroys his neighbor, But through knowledge the righteous will be delivered.

290

A good man will obtain favor from the LORD, But He will condemn a man who devises evil.

292

From those who leave the paths of uprightness To walk in the ways of darkness;

293

Do not contend with a man without cause, If he has done you no harm.

294

It is also not good to fine the righteous, Nor to strike the noble for their uprightness.

298

"When He established the heavens, I was there, When He inscribed a circle on the face of the deep,

299

Who delight in doing evil And rejoice in the perversity of evil;

300

At the last it bites like a serpent And stings like a viper.

302

If you have been foolish in exalting yourself Or if you have plotted evil, put your hand on your mouth.

303

Make your ear attentive to wisdom, Incline your heart to understanding;

304

Wisdom rests in the heart of one who has understanding, But in the hearts of fools it is made known.

305

The LORD will not allow the righteous to hunger, But He will reject the craving of the wicked.

306

But the wicked will be cut off from the land And the treacherous will be uprooted from it.

309

The righteousness of the blameless will smooth his way, But the wicked will fall by his own wickedness.

310

Do not say to your neighbor, "Go, and come back, And tomorrow I will give it," When you have it with you.

311

My son, keep my words And treasure my commandments within you.

313

"When there were no depths I was brought forth, When there were no springs abounding with water.

316

"Listen, for I will speak noble things; And the opening of my lips will reveal right things.

317

In a multitude of people is a king's glory, But in the dearth of people is a prince's ruin.

320

"All the utterances of my mouth are in righteousness; There is nothing crooked or perverted in them.

321

For the ways of a man are before the eyes of the LORD, And He watches all his paths.

322

To endow those who love me with wealth, That I may fill their treasuries.

323

Blessings are on the head of the righteous, But the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.

324

Avoid it, do not pass by it; Turn away from it and pass on.

325

None who go to her return again, Nor do they reach the paths of life.

328

The righteousness of the upright will deliver them, But the treacherous will be caught by their own greed.

329

He who winks the eye causes trouble, And a babbling fool will be ruined.

331

A man will not be established by wickedness, But the root of the righteous will not be moved.

332

For they cannot sleep unless they do evil; And they are robbed of sleep unless they make someone stumble.

333

Do not devise harm against your neighbor, While he lives securely beside you.

334

"O naive ones, understand prudence; And, O fools, understand wisdom.

335

And you will be like one who lies down in the middle of the sea, Or like one who lies down on the top of a mast.

336

"I have not listened to the voice of my teachers, Nor inclined my ear to my instructors!

337

So you will walk in the way of good men And keep to the paths of the righteous.

338

For the lips of an adulteress drip honey And smoother than oil is her speech;

339

To keep you from the evil woman, From the smooth tongue of the adulteress.

340

A man will be praised according to his insight, But one of perverse mind will be despised.

341

Then he taught me and said to me, "Let your heart hold fast my words; Keep my commandments and live;

342

"I was almost in utter ruin In the midst of the assembly and congregation."

343

The wicked are overthrown and are no more, But the house of the righteous will stand.

345

"For my mouth will utter truth; And wickedness is an abomination to my lips.

347

His own iniquities will capture the wicked, And he will be held with the cords of his sin.

348

For I give you sound teaching; Do not abandon my instruction.

349

The righteous is delivered from trouble, But the wicked takes his place.

350

On top of the heights beside the way, Where the paths meet, she takes her stand;

351

Then I was beside Him, as a master workman; And I was daily His delight, Rejoicing always before Him,

352

"I was due to offer peace offerings; Today I have paid my vows.

353

Watch the path of your feet And all your ways will be established.

354

While He had not yet made the earth and the fields, Nor the first dust of the world.

355

A rascally witness makes a mockery of justice, And the mouth of the wicked spreads iniquity.

356

Better is he who is lightly esteemed and has a servant Than he who honors himself and lacks bread.

357

Beside the gates, at the opening to the city, At the entrance of the doors, she cries out:

358

For they are life to those who find them And health to all their body.

359

As a loving hind and a graceful doe, Let her breasts satisfy you at all times; Be exhilarated always with her love.

360

Bind them continually on your heart; Tie them around your neck.

361

"Before the mountains were settled, Before the hills I was brought forth;

362

The words of the wicked lie in wait for blood, But the mouth of the upright will deliver them.

363

When I was a son to my father, Tender and the only son in the sight of my mother,

364

The poor is hated even by his neighbor, But those who love the rich are many.

365

For a harlot is a deep pit And an adulterous woman is a narrow well.

366

For they eat the bread of wickedness And drink the wine of violence.

367

If you have been snared with the words of your mouth, Have been caught with the words of your mouth,

368

But he does not know that the dead are there, That her guests are in the depths of Sheol.

369

When you walk about, they will guide you; When you sleep, they will watch over you; And when you awake, they will talk to you.

370

Do this then, my son, and deliver yourself; Since you have come into the hand of your neighbor, Go, humble yourself, and importune your neighbor.

371

For on account of a harlot one is reduced to a loaf of bread, And an adulteress hunts for the precious life.

372

"To you, O men, I call, And my voice is to the sons of men.

373

The evil will bow down before the good, And the wicked at the gates of the righteous.

374

"I have sprinkled my bed With myrrh, aloes and cinnamon.

375

Do not let them depart from your sight; Keep them in the midst of your heart.

376

When He set for the sea its boundary So that the water would not transgress His command, When He marked out the foundations of the earth;

377

Men do not despise a thief if he steals To satisfy himself when he is hungry;

378

When He made firm the skies above, When the springs of the deep became fixed,

379

He will die for lack of instruction, And in the greatness of his folly he will go astray.

380

Let them be yours alone And not for strangers with you.

381

Deliver yourself like a gazelle from the hunter's hand And like a bird from the hand of the fowler.

382

"Come, let us drink our fill of love until morning; Let us delight ourselves with caresses.

383

But in the end she is bitter as wormwood, Sharp as a two-edged sword.

384

Should your springs be dispersed abroad, Streams of water in the streets?

385

Do not be a witness against your neighbor without cause, And do not deceive with your lips.

386

The desire of the sluggard puts him to death, For his hands refuse to work;

388

Suddenly he follows her As an ox goes to the slaughter, Or as one in fetters to the discipline of a fool,

389

Her feet go down to death, Her steps take hold of Sheol.

390

For why should you, my son, be exhilarated with an adulteress And embrace the bosom of a foreigner?

391

Desire realized is sweet to the soul, But it is an abomination to fools to turn away from evil.

392

A worker's appetite works for him, For his hunger urges him on.

393

Give no sleep to your eyes, Nor slumber to your eyelids;

394

Or can a man walk on hot coals And his feet not be scorched?

395

That you may observe discretion And your lips may reserve knowledge.

396

"Therefore I have come out to meet you, To seek your presence earnestly, and I have found you.

397

Keep my commandments and live, And my teaching as the apple of your eye.

398

He who corrects a scoffer gets dishonor for himself, And he who reproves a wicked man gets insults for himself.

399

Rejoicing in the world, His earth, And having my delight in the sons of men.

400

Now therefore, my sons, listen to me, And pay attention to the words of my mouth.

401

So is the one who goes in to his neighbor's wife; Whoever touches her will not go unpunished.

402

Her house is the way to Sheol, Descending to the chambers of death.

403

Give instruction to a wise man and he will be still wiser, Teach a righteous man and he will increase his learning.

404

Do not look on the wine when it is red, When it sparkles in the cup, When it goes down smoothly;

405

That they may keep you from an adulteress, From the foreigner who flatters with her words.

406

For at the window of my house I looked out through my lattice,

407

Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you, Reprove a wise man and he will love you.

408

The curse of the LORD is on the house of the wicked, But He blesses the dwelling of the righteous.

409

Indeed, they are a graceful wreath to your head And ornaments about your neck.

412

"I have spread my couch with coverings, With colored linens of Egypt.

413

Say to wisdom, "You are my sister," And call understanding your intimate friend;

414

He whose ear listens to the life-giving reproof Will dwell among the wise.

416

Until an arrow pierces through his liver; As a bird hastens to the snare, So he does not know that it will cost him his life.

418

When you sit down to dine with a ruler, Consider carefully what is before you,

419

He has taken a bag of money with him, At the full moon he will come home."

420

It is the blessing of the LORD that makes rich, And He adds no sorrow to it.

421

Like apples of gold in settings of silver Is a word spoken in right circumstances.

422

It is a trap for a man to say rashly, "It is holy!" And after the vows to make inquiry.

428

And I saw among the naive, And discerned among the youths A young man lacking sense,

429

"For my husband is not at home, He has gone on a long journey;

430

Does not wisdom call, And understanding lift up her voice?

431

Do not let your heart turn aside to her ways, Do not stray into her paths.

432

Wisdom has built her house, She has hewn out her seven pillars;

433

For many are the victims she has cast down, And numerous are all her slain.

435

All day long he is craving, While the righteous gives and does not hold back.

437

Bind them on your fingers; Write them on the tablet of your heart.

439

She has prepared her food, she has mixed her wine; She has also set her table;

442

The words of King Lemuel, the oracle which his mother taught him:

444

"Whoever is naive, let him turn in here!" To him who lacks understanding she says,

445

When a man's ways are pleasing to the LORD, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.

448

The words of Agur the son of Jakeh, the oracle. The man declares to Ithiel, to Ithiel and Ucal:

451

She has sent out her maidens, she calls From the tops of the heights of the city:

452

"Come, eat of my food And drink of the wine I have mixed.

454

He who separates himself seeks his own desire, He quarrels against all sound wisdom.

455

If you have nothing with which to pay, Why should he take your bed from under you?

456

A righteous man who walks in his integrity-- How blessed are his sons after him.

458

Surely she lurks as a robber, And increases the faithless among men.

459

Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, When it is in your power to do it.

466

A wicked man receives a bribe from the bosom To pervert the ways of justice.

468

Do not let kindness and truth leave you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart.

469

The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination, How much more when he brings it with evil intent!

472

The generous man will be prosperous, And he who waters will himself be watered.

473

When pride comes, then comes dishonor, But with the humble is wisdom.

476

Who has ascended into heaven and descended? Who has gathered the wind in His fists? Who has wrapped the waters in His garment? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is His name or His son's name? Surely you know!

477

There is no wisdom and no understanding And no counsel against the LORD.

481

"Blessed is the man who listens to me, Watching daily at my gates, Waiting at my doorposts.

483

There is one who scatters, and yet increases all the more, And there is one who withholds what is justly due, and yet it results only in want.

486

The naive believes everything, But the sensible man considers his steps.

489

The wise woman builds her house, But the foolish tears it down with her own hands.

490

Wisdom shouts in the street, She lifts her voice in the square;

491

By lovingkindness and truth iniquity is atoned for, And by the fear of the LORD one keeps away from evil.

494

If the righteous will be rewarded in the earth, How much more the wicked and the sinner!

496

When the righteous increase, the people rejoice, But when a wicked man rules, people groan.

497

A truthful witness saves lives, But he who utters lies is treacherous.

498

Like a dog that returns to its vomit Is a fool who repeats his folly.

499

There is one who speaks rashly like the thrusts of a sword, But the tongue of the wise brings healing.

500

To know wisdom and instruction, To discern the sayings of understanding,

501

Keep deception and lies far from me, Give me neither poverty nor riches; Feed me with the food that is my portion,

504

Let your eyes look directly ahead And let your gaze be fixed straight in front of you.

505

By wisdom a house is built, And by understanding it is established;

506

The spirit of man is the lamp of the LORD, Searching all the innermost parts of his being.

507

A false witness will perish, But the man who listens to the truth will speak forever.

508

Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has contentions? Who has complaining? Who has wounds without cause? Who has redness of eyes?

510

As in water face reflects face, So the heart of man reflects man.

512

Like a city that is broken into and without walls Is a man who has no control over his spirit.

513

The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD, But the prayer of the upright is His delight.

514

The LORD by wisdom founded the earth, By understanding He established the heavens.

516

He who gives an answer before he hears, It is folly and shame to him.

520

The prudent sees the evil and hides himself, But the naive go on, and are punished for it.

521

Also it is not good for a person to be without knowledge, And he who hurries his footsteps errs.

526

Drink water from your own cistern And fresh water from your own well.

527

Deliver those who are being taken away to death, And those who are staggering to slaughter, Oh hold them back.

528

Buy truth, and do not sell it, Get wisdom and instruction and understanding.

531

When there are many words, transgression is unavoidable, But he who restrains his lips is wise.

532

It is by his deeds that a lad distinguishes himself If his conduct is pure and right.

534

The heart of her husband trusts in her, And he will have no lack of gain.

536

The plans of the heart belong to man, But the answer of the tongue is from the LORD.

537

For a righteous man falls seven times, and rises again, But the wicked stumble in time of calamity.

541

The backslider in heart will have his fill of his own ways, But a good man will be satisfied with his.

542

He who walks in his uprightness fears the LORD, But he who is devious in his ways despises Him.

544

All the days of the afflicted are bad, But a cheerful heart has a continual feast.

548

The first to plead his case seems right, Until another comes and examines him.

550

The lot is cast into the lap, But its every decision is from the LORD.

552

Everyone who is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD; Assuredly, he will not be unpunished.

554

Do not claim honor in the presence of the king, And do not stand in the place of great men;

555

These also are proverbs of Solomon which the men of Hezekiah, king of Judah, transcribed.

558

If a ruler pays attention to falsehood, All his ministers become wicked.

564

The memory of the righteous is blessed, But the name of the wicked will rot.

565

Do not answer a fool according to his folly, Or you will also be like him.

566

He who pursues righteousness and loyalty Finds life, righteousness and honor.

571

Do not add to His words Or He will reprove you, and you will be proved a liar.

572

The words of a man's mouth are deep waters; The fountain of wisdom is a bubbling brook.

573

Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; A stranger, and not your own lips.

574

She looks well to the ways of her household, And does not eat the bread of idleness.

577

Wisdom is too exalted for a fool, He does not open his mouth in the gate.

578

Hear, O sons, the instruction of a father, And give attention that you may gain understanding,

579

The one who despises the word will be in debt to it, But the one who fears the commandment will be rewarded.

582

A good man leaves an inheritance to his children's children, And the wealth of the sinner is stored up for the righteous.

587

The one who commits adultery with a woman is lacking sense; He who would destroy himself does it.

589

Truthful lips will be established forever, But a lying tongue is only for a moment.

590

So you will find favor and good repute In the sight of God and man.

591

The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold, But the LORD tests hearts.

592

There is precious treasure and oil in the dwelling of the wise, But a foolish man swallows it up.

599

If you are slack in the day of distress, Your strength is limited.

600

Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will stand before kings; He will not stand before obscure men.

601

Incline your ear and hear the words of the wise, And apply your mind to my knowledge;

602

For lack of wood the fire goes out, And where there is no whisperer, contention quiets down.

603

He who is generous will be blessed, For he gives some of his food to the poor.

604

A constant dripping on a day of steady rain And a contentious woman are alike;

606

Drive out the scoffer, and contention will go out, Even strife and dishonor will cease.

609

A wicked man displays a bold face, But as for the upright, he makes his way sure.

611

It is not for kings, O Lemuel, It is not for kings to drink wine, Or for rulers to desire strong drink,

612

Strike a scoffer and the naive may become shrewd, But reprove one who has understanding and he will gain knowledge.

613

He who goes about as a slanderer reveals secrets, Therefore do not associate with a gossip.

615

Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, And do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles;

617

Those who linger long over wine, Those who go to taste mixed wine.

618

Your eyes will see strange things And your mind will utter perverse things.

619

What, O my son? And what, O son of my womb? And what, O son of my vows?

620

Like snow in summer and like rain in harvest, So honor is not fitting for a fool.

621

Give her the product of her hands, And let her works praise her in the gates.

622

The leech has two daughters, "Give," "Give." There are three things that will not be satisfied, Four that will not say, "Enough":

624

She looks for wool and flax And works with her hands in delight.

625

A plan in the heart of a man is like deep water, But a man of understanding draws it out.

627

He also who is slack in his work Is brother to him who destroys.

631

He who tills his land will have plenty of food, But he who follows empty pursuits will have poverty in plenty.

633

She does him good and not evil All the days of her life.

636

A false witness will not go unpunished, And he who tells lies will not escape.

637

From the fruit of a man's mouth he enjoys good, But the desire of the treacherous is violence.

638

Sheol and Abaddon are never satisfied, Nor are the eyes of man ever satisfied.

639

A man's gift makes room for him And brings him before great men.

641

Listen, my son, and be wise, And direct your heart in the way.

642

Have I not written to you excellent things Of counsels and knowledge,

643

He who neglects discipline despises himself, But he who listens to reproof acquires understanding.

647

There are three things which are too wonderful for me, Four which I do not understand:

649

Do not let your heart envy sinners, But live in the fear of the LORD always.

650

Two things I asked of You, Do not refuse me before I die:

652

"But he who sins against me injures himself; All those who hate me love death."

653

Apply your heart to discipline And your ears to words of knowledge.

654

The spirit of a man can endure his sickness, But as for a broken spirit who can bear it?

656

Where no oxen are, the manger is clean, But much revenue comes by the strength of the ox.

657

The mind of the prudent acquires knowledge, And the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.

659

There is one who pretends to be rich, but has nothing; Another pretends to be poor, but has great wealth.

660

The mind of the intelligent seeks knowledge, But the mouth of fools feeds on folly.

662

She extends her hand to the poor, And she stretches out her hands to the needy.

663

When I saw, I reflected upon it; I looked, and received instruction.

664

The terror of a king is like the growling of a lion; He who provokes him to anger forfeits his own life.

665

The words of a whisperer are like dainty morsels, And they go down into the innermost parts of the body.

669

And put a knife to your throat If you are a man of great appetite.

671

"For he who finds me finds life And obtains favor from the LORD.

672

He who rebukes a man will afterward find more favor Than he who flatters with the tongue.

673

Like a sparrow in its flitting, like a swallow in its flying, So a curse without cause does not alight.

676

He who increases his wealth by interest and usury Gathers it for him who is gracious to the poor.

677

A prudent man sees evil and hides himself, The naive proceed and pay the penalty.

678

For the devious are an abomination to the LORD; But He is intimate with the upright.

679

Excellent speech is not fitting for a fool, Much less are lying lips to a prince.

680

Have you found honey? Eat only what you need, That you not have it in excess and vomit it.

683

A scoffer seeks wisdom and finds none, But knowledge is easy to one who has understanding.

684

Four things are small on the earth, But they are exceedingly wise:

688

Wrath is fierce and anger is a flood, But who can stand before jealousy?

690

"A little sleep, a little slumber, A little folding of the hands to rest,"

693

These also are sayings of the wise To show partiality in judgment is not good.

694

Why is there a price in the hand of a fool to buy wisdom, When he has no sense?

695

The sluggard says, "There is a lion outside; I will be killed in the streets!"

697

By the transgression of a land many are its princes, But by a man of understanding and knowledge, so it endures.

698

Do not eat the bread of a selfish man, Or desire his delicacies;

700

A wise man is strong, And a man of knowledge increases power.

701

He who sows iniquity will reap vanity, And the rod of his fury will perish.

703

You shall strike him with the rod And rescue his soul from Sheol.

705

An arrogant man stirs up strife, But he who trusts in the LORD will prosper.

706

The hearing ear and the seeing eye, The LORD has made both of them.

707

Like one who takes a dog by the ears Is he who passes by and meddles with strife not belonging to him.

708

Prepare plans by consultation, And make war by wise guidance.

709

The heart knows its own bitterness, And a stranger does not share its joy.

710

For by wise guidance you will wage war, And in abundance of counselors there is victory.

711

"They struck me, but I did not become ill; They beat me, but I did not know it When shall I awake? I will seek another drink."

712

The lips of the righteous bring forth what is acceptable, But the mouth of the wicked what is perverted.

714

He who blesses his friend with a loud voice early in the morning, It will be reckoned a curse to him.

716

If you say, "See, we did not know this," Does He not consider it who weighs the hearts? And does He not know it who keeps your soul? And will He not render to man according to his work?

717

Thorns and snares are in the way of the perverse; He who guards himself will be far from them.

719

A divine decision is in the lips of the king; His mouth should not err in judgment.

720

He who keeps the commandment keeps his soul, But he who is careless of conduct will die.

721

A rebuke goes deeper into one who has understanding Than a hundred blows into a fool.

723

The light of the righteous rejoices, But the lamp of the wicked goes out.

724

The way of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD, But He loves one who pursues righteousness.

725

A man of great anger will bear the penalty, For if you rescue him, you will only have to do it again.

726

Bread obtained by falsehood is sweet to a man, But afterward his mouth will be filled with gravel.

727

Like a madman who throws Firebrands, arrows and death,

728

Grievous punishment is for him who forsakes the way; He who hates reproof will die.

730

My son, eat honey, for it is good, Yes, the honey from the comb is sweet to your taste;

732

Like an earthen vessel overlaid with silver dross Are burning lips and a wicked heart.

733

Surely I am more stupid than any man, And I do not have the understanding of a man.

734

An evildoer listens to wicked lips; A liar pays attention to a destructive tongue.

735

In the mouth of the foolish is a rod for his back, But the lips of the wise will protect them.

736

"Many daughters have done nobly, But you excel them all."

739

Open your mouth, judge righteously, And defend the rights of the afflicted and needy.

740

Do not slander a slave to his master, Or he will curse you and you will be found guilty.

741

A man who wanders from the way of understanding Will rest in the assembly of the dead.

743

A whip is for the horse, a bridle for the donkey, And a rod for the back of fools.

744

Like clouds and wind without rain Is a man who boasts of his gifts falsely.

745

She is not afraid of the snow for her household, For all her household are clothed with scarlet.

746

A man with an evil eye hastens after wealth And does not know that want will come upon him.

748

Do not give your strength to women, Or your ways to that which destroys kings.

749

She girds herself with strength And makes her arms strong.

750

He who hates disguises it with his lips, But he lays up deceit in his heart.

751

To show partiality to the wicked is not good, Nor to thrust aside the righteous in judgment.

752

Do not forsake your own friend or your father's friend, And do not go to your brother's house in the day of your calamity; Better is a neighbor who is near than a brother far away.

753

A rich man's wealth is his strong city, And like a high wall in his own imagination.

754

He who gets wisdom loves his own soul; He who keeps understanding will find good.

755

Let a man meet a bear robbed of her cubs, Rather than a fool in his folly.

756

A servant who acts wisely will rule over a son who acts shamefully, And will share in the inheritance among brothers.

758

Righteousness guards the one whose way is blameless, But wickedness subverts the sinner.

759

The cast lot puts an end to strife And decides between the mighty ones.

760

"Heed instruction and be wise, And do not neglect it.

761

Those who forsake the law praise the wicked, But those who keep the law strive with them.

762

Be wise, my son, and make my heart glad, That I may reply to him who reproaches me.

763

Wealth adds many friends, But a poor man is separated from his friend.

764

She stretches out her hands to the distaff, And her hands grasp the spindle.

765

He who loves purity of heart And whose speech is gracious, the king is his friend.

766

Do not go out hastily to argue your case; Otherwise, what will you do in the end, When your neighbor humiliates you?

767

Take his garment when he becomes surety for a stranger; And for foreigners, hold him in pledge.

768

A false witness will not go unpunished, And he who tells lies will perish.

770

She is like merchant ships; She brings her food from afar.

771

The ants are not a strong people, But they prepare their food in the summer;

772

Like a roaring lion and a rushing bear Is a wicked ruler over a poor people.

773

A king who sits on the throne of justice Disperses all evil with his eyes.

774

Under three things the earth quakes, And under four, it cannot bear up:

775

The house of the wicked will be destroyed, But the tent of the upright will flourish.

777

Do not speak in the hearing of a fool, For he will despise the wisdom of your words.

778

A poor man who oppresses the lowly Is like a driving rain which leaves no food.

779

The exercise of justice is joy for the righteous, But is terror to the workers of iniquity.

780

Answer a fool as his folly deserves, That he not be wise in his own eyes.

781

Like a club and a sword and a sharp arrow Is a man who bears false witness against his neighbor.

782

Like one who takes off a garment on a cold day, or like vinegar on soda, Is he who sings songs to a troubled heart.

783

Many will seek the favor of a generous man, And every man is a friend to him who gives gifts.

784

A bribe is a charm in the sight of its owner; Wherever he turns, he prospers.

785

The crucible is for silver and the furnace for gold, And each is tested by the praise accorded him.

786

She makes coverings for herself; Her clothing is fine linen and purple.

787

One who plans to do evil, Men will call a schemer.

788

She makes linen garments and sells them, And supplies belts to the tradesmen.

790

Like the cold of snow in the time of harvest Is a faithful messenger to those who send him, For he refreshes the soul of his masters.

791

Do not fret because of evildoers Or be envious of the wicked;

792

Luxury is not fitting for a fool; Much less for a slave to rule over princes.

793

He who walks blamelessly will be delivered, But he who is crooked will fall all at once.

794

Great wealth is in the house of the righteous, But trouble is in the income of the wicked.

795

My son, if your heart is wise, My own heart also will be glad;

797

The sluggard says, "There is a lion in the road! A lion is in the open square!"

798

He who tends the fig tree will eat its fruit, And he who cares for his master will be honored.

799

She senses that her gain is good; Her lamp does not go out at night.

801

Like a bad tooth and an unsteady foot Is confidence in a faithless man in time of trouble.

802

For their Redeemer is strong; He will plead their case against you.

803

He who is a partner with a thief hates his own life; He hears the oath but tells nothing.

804

The lips of the wise spread knowledge, But the hearts of fools are not so.

805

For jealousy enrages a man, And he will not spare in the day of vengeance.

806

A sated man loathes honey, But to a famished man any bitter thing is sweet.

807

Do you see a man who is hasty in his words? There is more hope for a fool than for him.

808

The lion which is mighty among beasts And does not retreat before any,

810

Let your foot rarely be in your neighbor's house, Or he will become weary of you and hate you.

811

A leader who is a great oppressor lacks understanding, But he who hates unjust gain will prolong his days.

812

There is gold, and an abundance of jewels; But the lips of knowledge are a more precious thing.

814

The king's wrath is like the roaring of a lion, But his favor is like dew on the grass.

815

There are three things which are stately in their march, Even four which are stately when they walk:

816

Righteous lips are the delight of kings, And he who speaks right is loved.

817

A rebellious man seeks only evil, So a cruel messenger will be sent against him.

818

The fury of a king is like messengers of death, But a wise man will appease it.

819

The way of an eagle in the sky, The way of a serpent on a rock, The way of a ship in the middle of the sea, And the way of a man with a maid.

820

Evil men do not understand justice, But those who seek the LORD understand all things.

821

He who returns evil for good, Evil will not depart from his house.

822

This is the way of an adulterous woman: She eats and wipes her mouth, And says, "I have done no wrong."

823

He who says to the wicked, "You are righteous," Peoples will curse him, nations will abhor him;

824

Know that wisdom is thus for your soul; If you find it, then there will be a future, And your hope will not be cut off.

825

A man who flatters his neighbor Is spreading a net for his steps.

826

A gift in secret subdues anger, And a bribe in the bosom, strong wrath.

827

So that your trust may be in the LORD, I have taught you today, even you.

828

When a wicked man comes, contempt also comes, And with dishonor comes scorn.

829

The ransom of a man's life is his wealth, But the poor hears no rebuke.

830

A man who is laden with the guilt of human blood Will be a fugitive until death; let no one support him.

831

He who pampers his slave from childhood Will in the end find him to be a son.

832

The words of a whisperer are like dainty morsels, And they go down into the innermost parts of the body.

833

Do not desire his delicacies, For it is deceptive food.

834

The wicked is a ransom for the righteous, And the treacherous is in the place of the upright.

835

Under an unloved woman when she gets a husband, And a maidservant when she supplants her mistress.

836

When the scoffer is punished, the naive becomes wise; But when the wise is instructed, he receives knowledge.

837

Though you pound a fool in a mortar with a pestle along with crushed grain, Yet his foolishness will not depart from him.

838

Scorners set a city aflame, But wise men turn away anger.

839

But when he is found, he must repay sevenfold; He must give all the substance of his house.

840

Like an archer who wounds everyone, So is he who hires a fool or who hires those who pass by.

841

He who leads the upright astray in an evil way Will himself fall into his own pit, But the blameless will inherit good.

843
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