Most Popular Bible Verses in Proverbs
Trust in the LORD with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding.
Train up a child in the way he should go, Even when he is old he will not depart from it.
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; Fools despise wisdom and instruction.
An excellent wife, who can find? For her worth is far above jewels.
There is a way which seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.
Watch over your heart with all diligence, For from it flow the springs of life.
Every word of God is tested; He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him.
Iron sharpens iron, So one man sharpens another.
Where there is no vision, the people are unrestrained, But happy is he who keeps the law.
For as he thinks within himself, so he is. He says to you, "Eat and drink!" But his heart is not with you.
To receive instruction in wise behavior, Righteousness, justice and equity;
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
A joyful heart is good medicine, But a broken spirit dries up the bones.
There are six things which the LORD hates, Yes, seven which are an abomination to Him:
To give prudence to the naive, To the youth knowledge and discretion,
He who conceals his transgressions will not prosper, But he who confesses and forsakes them will find compassion.
Commit your works to the LORD And your plans will be established.
The mind of man plans his way, But the LORD directs his steps.
Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before stumbling.
A gentle answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger.
He who withholds his rod hates his son, But he who loves him disciplines him diligently.
A friend loves at all times, And a brother is born for adversity.
Honor the LORD from your wealth And from the first of all your produce;
The highway of the upright is to depart from evil; He who watches his way preserves his life.
To understand a proverb and a figure, The words of the wise and their riddles.
"The beginning of wisdom is: Acquire wisdom; And with all your acquiring, get understanding.
Acquire wisdom! Acquire understanding! Do not forget nor turn away from the words of my mouth.
My son, do not forget my teaching, But let your heart keep my commandments;
In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.
Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, But a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised.
"They are all straightforward to him who understands, And right to those who find knowledge.
My son, if you will receive my words And treasure my commandments within you,
"The LORD possessed me at the beginning of His way, Before His works of old.
Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.
Go to the ant, O sluggard, Observe her ways and be wise,
For if you cry for discernment, Lift your voice for understanding;
A man of too many friends comes to ruin, But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler, And whoever is intoxicated by it is not wise.
Hear, my son, your father's instruction And do not forsake your mother's teaching;
If they say, "Come with us, Let us lie in wait for blood, Let us ambush the innocent without cause;
He who despises his neighbor lacks sense, But a man of understanding keeps silent.
Many plans are in a man's heart, But the counsel of the LORD will stand.
How blessed is the man who finds wisdom And the man who gains understanding.
He who finds a wife finds a good thing And obtains favor from the LORD.
The king's heart is like channels of water in the hand of the LORD; He turns it wherever He wishes.
The rich rules over the poor, And the borrower becomes the lender's slave.
Let us swallow them alive like Sheol, Even whole, as those who go down to the pit;
Better is a little with the fear of the LORD Than great treasure and turmoil with it.
A good name is to be more desired than great wealth, Favor is better than silver and gold.
He who walks with wise men will be wise, But the companion of fools will suffer harm.
Righteousness exalts a nation, But sin is a disgrace to any people.
My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings.
Open your mouth for the mute, For the rights of all the unfortunate.
Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, But he who hates reproof is stupid.
The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, But the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.
For the LORD will plead their case And take the life of those who rob them.
We will find all kinds of precious wealth, We will fill our houses with spoil;
Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child; The rod of discipline will remove it far from him.
The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel:
My son, do not walk in the way with them Keep your feet from their path,
The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life, To turn aside from the snares of death.
But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, That shines brighter and brighter until the full day.
An inheritance gained hurriedly at the beginning Will not be blessed in the end.
Throw in your lot with us, We shall all have one purse,"
An evil man is ensnared by the transgression of his lips, But the righteous will escape from trouble.
She does not ponder the path of life; Her ways are unstable, she does not know it.
But they lie in wait for their own blood; They ambush their own lives.
Prepares her food in the summer And gathers her provision in the harvest.
Indeed, it is useless to spread the baited net In the sight of any bird;
For their feet run to evil And they hasten to shed blood.
"How long, O naive ones, will you love being simple-minded? And scoffers delight themselves in scoffing And fools hate knowledge?
"Do not forsake her, and she will guard you; Love her, and she will watch over you.
A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city, And contentions are like the bars of a citadel.
"Take my instruction and not silver, And knowledge rather than choicest gold.
The father of the righteous will greatly rejoice, And he who sires a wise son will be glad in him.
"Turn to my reproof, Behold, I will pour out my spirit on you; I will make my words known to you.
A man lacking in sense pledges And becomes guarantor in the presence of his neighbor.
At the head of the noisy streets she cries out; At the entrance of the gates in the city she utters her sayings:
So are the ways of everyone who gains by violence; It takes away the life of its possessors.
He who goes about as a talebearer reveals secrets, But he who is trustworthy conceals a matter.
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.
Better is a dish of vegetables where love is Than a fattened ox served with hatred.
"Because I called and you refused, I stretched out my hand and no one paid attention;
It will be healing to your body And refreshment to your bones.
The strutting rooster, the male goat also, And a king when his army is with him.
A wise man is cautious and turns away from evil, But a fool is arrogant and careless.
A wise man scales the city of the mighty And brings down the stronghold in which they trust.
Passing through the street near her corner; And he takes the way to her house,
"Then they will call on me, but I will not answer; They will seek me diligently but they will not find me,
And you neglected all my counsel And did not want my reproof;
I will also laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your dread comes,
How long will you lie down, O sluggard? When will you arise from your sleep?
Good understanding produces favor, But the way of the treacherous is hard.
For by me your days will be multiplied, And years of life will be added to you.
Your poverty will come in like a vagabond And your need like an armed man.
Like a trampled spring and a polluted well Is a righteous man who gives way before the wicked.
But to those who rebuke the wicked will be delight, And a good blessing will come upon them.
"So they shall eat of the fruit of their own way And be satiated with their own devices.
"For wisdom is better than jewels; And all desirable things cannot compare with her.
With the fruit of a man's mouth his stomach will be satisfied; He will be satisfied with the product of his lips.
Now then, my sons, listen to me And do not depart from the words of my mouth.
"Prize her, and she will exalt you; She will honor you if you embrace her.
He who is guarantor for a stranger will surely suffer for it, But he who hates being a guarantor is secure.
A gracious woman attains honor, And ruthless men attain riches.
"I, wisdom, dwell with prudence, And I find knowledge and discretion.
Do not say, "I will repay evil"; Wait for the LORD, and He will save you.
Because they hated knowledge And did not choose the fear of the LORD.
Every prudent man acts with knowledge, But a fool displays folly.
If you seek her as silver And search for her as for hidden treasures;
It is better to be humble in spirit with the lowly Than to divide the spoil with the proud.
"By me princes rule, and nobles, All who judge rightly.
Wise men store up knowledge, But with the mouth of the foolish, ruin is at hand.
In the twilight, in the evening, In the middle of the night and in the darkness.
He who digs a pit will fall into it, And he who rolls a stone, it will come back on him.
For whom the LORD loves He reproves, Even as a father corrects the son in whom he delights.
He who loves transgression loves strife; He who raises his door seeks destruction.
When your dread comes like a storm And your calamity comes like a whirlwind, When distress and anguish come upon you.
He who guards his mouth and his tongue, Guards his soul from troubles.
The wages of the righteous is life, The income of the wicked, punishment.
On the lips of the discerning, wisdom is found, But a rod is for the back of him who lacks understanding.
A fool's anger is known at once, But a prudent man conceals dishonor.
He is on the path of life who heeds instruction, But he who ignores reproof goes astray.
Keep your way far from her And do not go near the door of her house,
He who speaks truth tells what is right, But a false witness, deceit.
"A little sleep, a little slumber, A little folding of the hands to rest"--
"Counsel is mine and sound wisdom; I am understanding, power is mine.
So your barns will be filled with plenty And your vats will overflow with new wine.
Then you will discern the fear of the LORD And discover the knowledge of God.
A quick-tempered man acts foolishly, And a man of evil devices is hated.
The merciful man does himself good, But the cruel man does himself harm.
The wicked earns deceptive wages, But he who sows righteousness gets a true reward.
He who conceals hatred has lying lips, And he who spreads slander is a fool.
The wise in heart will be called understanding, And sweetness of speech increases persuasiveness.
"They would not accept my counsel, They spurned all my reproof.
He who gives attention to the word will find good, And blessed is he who trusts in the LORD.
As a ring of gold in a swine's snout So is a beautiful woman who lacks discretion.
He kisses the lips Who gives a right answer.
The tongue of the righteous is as choice silver, The heart of the wicked is worth little.
"By me kings reign, And rulers decree justice.
He who is steadfast in righteousness will attain to life, And he who pursues evil will bring about his own death.
The perverse in heart are an abomination to the LORD, But the blameless in their walk are His delight.
If you are wise, you are wise for yourself, And if you scoff, you alone will bear it.
Assuredly, the evil man will not go unpunished, But the descendants of the righteous will be delivered.
Let your father and your mother be glad, And let her rejoice who gave birth to you.
He who trusts in his riches will fall, But the righteous will flourish like the green leaf.
"But he who listens to me shall live securely And will be at ease from the dread of evil."
The naive inherit foolishness, But the sensible are crowned with knowledge.
No harm befalls the righteous, But the wicked are filled with trouble.
Anxiety in a man's heart weighs it down, But a good word makes it glad.
For the churning of milk produces butter, And pressing the nose brings forth blood; So the churning of anger produces strife.
"She will place on your head a garland of grace; She will present you with a crown of beauty."
The rich man's wealth is his fortress, The ruin of the poor is their poverty.
"For the waywardness of the naive will kill them, And the complacency of fools will destroy them.
Her ways are pleasant ways And all her paths are peace.
What is desirable in a man is his kindness, And it is better to be a poor man than a liar.
She is more precious than jewels; And nothing you desire compares with her.
The fear of the LORD leads to life, So that one may sleep satisfied, untouched by evil.
A wicked messenger falls into adversity, But a faithful envoy brings healing.
He who diligently seeks good seeks favor, But he who seeks evil, evil will come to him.
Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil, But counselors of peace have joy.
The mouth of the righteous flows with wisdom, But the perverted tongue will be cut out.
And strangers will be filled with your strength And your hard-earned goods will go to the house of an alien;
What the wicked fears will come upon him, But the desire of the righteous will be granted.
Who winks with his eyes, who signals with his feet, Who points with his fingers;
In the way of righteousness is life, And in its pathway there is no death.
The lips of the righteous feed many, But fools die for lack of understanding.
The hand of the diligent will rule, But the slack hand will be put to forced labor.
"Riches and honor are with me, Enduring wealth and righteousness.
Hear, my son, and accept my sayings And the years of your life will be many.
Poverty and shame will come to him who neglects discipline, But he who regards reproof will be honored.
My son, let them not vanish from your sight; Keep sound wisdom and discretion,
He who withholds grain, the people will curse him, But blessing will be on the head of him who sells it.
The righteous is a guide to his neighbor, But the way of the wicked leads them astray.
Long life is in her right hand; In her left hand are riches and honor.
She is now in the streets, now in the squares, And lurks by every corner.
A false witness who utters lies, And one who spreads strife among brothers.
He who has a crooked mind finds no good, And he who is perverted in his language falls into evil.
For her profit is better than the profit of silver And her gain better than fine gold.
A tranquil heart is life to the body, But passion is rottenness to the bones.
The poor man utters supplications, But the rich man answers roughly.
Understanding is a fountain of life to one who has it, But the discipline of fools is folly.
A hot-tempered man stirs up strife, But the slow to anger calms a dispute.
I have directed you in the way of wisdom; I have led you in upright paths.
He who despises his neighbor sins, But happy is he who is gracious to the poor.
Do not be among those who give pledges, Among those who become guarantors for debts.
Take hold of instruction; do not let go Guard her, for she is your life.
A worthless person, a wicked man, Is the one who walks with a perverse mouth,
Calling to those who pass by, Who are making their paths straight:
Folly is joy to him who lacks sense, But a man of understanding walks straight.
A lying tongue hates those it crushes, And a flattering mouth works ruin.
"Whoever is naive, let him turn in here," And to him who lacks understanding she says,
"Stolen water is sweet; And bread eaten in secret is pleasant."
A man has joy in an apt answer, And how delightful is a timely word!
And behold, a woman comes to meet him, Dressed as a harlot and cunning of heart.
So she seizes him and kisses him And with a brazen face she says to him:
She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her, And happy are all who hold her fast.
Differing weights are an abomination to the LORD, And a false scale is not good.
The fear of the LORD is the instruction for wisdom, And before honor comes humility.
Adversity pursues sinners, But the righteous will be rewarded with prosperity.
For wisdom will enter your heart And knowledge will be pleasant to your soul;
The heart of the wise instructs his mouth And adds persuasiveness to his lips.
Therefore his calamity will come suddenly; Instantly he will be broken and there will be no healing.
He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk in integrity,
With her many persuasions she entices him; With her flattering lips she seduces him.
Or you will give your vigor to others And your years to the cruel one;
In the fear of the LORD there is strong confidence, And his children will have refuge.
The heart of the righteous ponders how to answer, But the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things.
I passed by the field of the sluggard And by the vineyard of the man lacking sense,
Then you will discern righteousness and justice And equity and every good course.
Guarding the paths of justice, And He preserves the way of His godly ones.
Or you will learn his ways And find a snare for yourself.
A gray head is a crown of glory; It is found in the way of righteousness.
Discretion will guard you, Understanding will watch over you,
In all labor there is profit, But mere talk leads only to poverty.
To deliver you from the way of evil, From the man who speaks perverse things;
He who is slow to anger has great understanding, But he who is quick-tempered exalts folly.
Will they not go astray who devise evil? But kindness and truth will be to those who devise good.
It is not good to eat much honey, Nor is it glory to search out one's own glory.
A wise king winnows the wicked, And drives the threshing wheel over them.
For length of days and years of life And peace they will add to you.
The woman of folly is boisterous, She is naive and knows nothing.
Do not envy a man of violence And do not choose any of his ways.
Do not be afraid of sudden fear Nor of the onslaught of the wicked when it comes;
By His knowledge the deeps were broken up And the skies drip with dew.
Then you will walk in your way securely And your foot will not stumble.
The fear of the LORD prolongs life, But the years of the wicked will be shortened.
Wisdom is in the presence of the one who has understanding, But the eyes of a fool are on the ends of the earth.
Doing wickedness is like sport to a fool, And so is wisdom to a man of understanding.
The sluggard buries his hand in the dish, But will not even bring it back to his mouth.
My son, if you have become surety for your neighbor, Have given a pledge for a stranger,
A wise son makes a father glad, But a foolish man despises his mother.
He who tills his land will have plenty of bread, But he who pursues worthless things lacks sense.
The LORD is far from the wicked, But He hears the prayer of the righteous.
Stripes that wound scour away evil, And strokes reach the innermost parts.
"I walk in the way of righteousness, In the midst of the paths of justice,
Whose paths are crooked, And who are devious in their ways;
The desire of the righteous is only good, But the expectation of the wicked is wrath.
To deliver you from the strange woman, From the adulteress who flatters with her words;
He who restrains his words has knowledge, And he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding.
The horse is prepared for the day of battle, But victory belongs to the LORD.
He who oppresses the poor taunts his Maker, But he who is gracious to the needy honors Him.
Do not enter the path of the wicked And do not proceed in the way of evil men.
Even a fool, when he keeps silent, is considered wise; When he closes his lips, he is considered prudent.
He who walks in integrity walks securely, But he who perverts his ways will be found out.
For the LORD will be your confidence And will keep your foot from being caught.
A lazy man does not roast his prey, But the precious possession of a man is diligence.
And you groan at your final end, When your flesh and your body are consumed;
The path of life leads upward for the wise That he may keep away from Sheol below.
The way of the LORD is a stronghold to the upright, But ruin to the workers of iniquity.
When the whirlwind passes, the wicked is no more, But the righteous has an everlasting foundation.
He who troubles his own house will inherit wind, And the foolish will be servant to the wisehearted.
"My fruit is better than gold, even pure gold, And my yield better than choicest silver.
And behold, it was completely overgrown with thistles; Its surface was covered with nettles, And its stone wall was broken down.
He who winks his eyes does so to devise perverse things; He who compresses his lips brings evil to pass.
Like vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes, So is the lazy one to those who send him.
The integrity of the upright will guide them, But the crookedness of the treacherous will destroy them.
Can a man take fire in his bosom And his clothes not be burned?
When it goes well with the righteous, the city rejoices, And when the wicked perish, there is joyful shouting.
She sits at the doorway of her house, On a seat by the high places of the city,
For the upright will live in the land And the blameless will remain in it;
When you lie down, you will not be afraid; When you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.
A prudent man conceals knowledge, But the heart of fools proclaims folly.
"From everlasting I was established, From the beginning, from the earliest times of the earth.
So they will be life to your soul And adornment to your neck.
Abundant food is in the fallow ground of the poor, But it is swept away by injustice.
She is boisterous and rebellious, Her feet do not remain at home;
Ill-gotten gains do not profit, But righteousness delivers from death.
For her house sinks down to death And her tracks lead to the dead;
Riches do not profit in the day of wrath, But righteousness delivers from death.
Give me your heart, my son, And let your eyes delight in my ways.
The way of the lazy is as a hedge of thorns, But the path of the upright is a highway.
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."
Loyalty and truth preserve the king, And he upholds his throne by righteousness.
My son, give attention to my wisdom, Incline your ear to my understanding;
Prepare your work outside And make it ready for yourself in the field; Afterwards, then, build your house.
The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, That one may avoid the snares of death.
When you walk, your steps will not be impeded; And if you run, you will not stumble.
The crown of the wise is their riches, But the folly of fools is foolishness.
He who profits illicitly troubles his own house, But he who hates bribes will live.
Cease listening, my son, to discipline, And you will stray from the words of knowledge.
Evil plans are an abomination to the LORD, But pleasant words are pure.
A foolish son is a grief to his father And bitterness to her who bore him.
The righteous has enough to satisfy his appetite, But the stomach of the wicked is in need.
The wicked man desires the booty of evil men, But the root of the righteous yields fruit.
Who with perversity in his heart continually devises evil, Who spreads strife.
By the blessing of the upright a city is exalted, But by the mouth of the wicked it is torn down.
The righteous will never be shaken, But the wicked will not dwell in the land.
With his mouth the godless man destroys his neighbor, But through knowledge the righteous will be delivered.
A good man will obtain favor from the LORD, But He will condemn a man who devises evil.
The hope of the righteous is gladness, But the expectation of the wicked perishes.
From those who leave the paths of uprightness To walk in the ways of darkness;
Do not contend with a man without cause, If he has done you no harm.
It is also not good to fine the righteous, Nor to strike the noble for their uprightness.
When a wicked man dies, his expectation will perish, And the hope of strong men perishes.
Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, And hands that shed innocent blood,
He who gathers in summer is a son who acts wisely, But he who sleeps in harvest is a son who acts shamefully.
"When He established the heavens, I was there, When He inscribed a circle on the face of the deep,
Who delight in doing evil And rejoice in the perversity of evil;
At the last it bites like a serpent And stings like a viper.
That leaves the companion of her youth And forgets the covenant of her God;
If you have been foolish in exalting yourself Or if you have plotted evil, put your hand on your mouth.
Make your ear attentive to wisdom, Incline your heart to understanding;
Wisdom rests in the heart of one who has understanding, But in the hearts of fools it is made known.
The LORD will not allow the righteous to hunger, But He will reject the craving of the wicked.
But the wicked will be cut off from the land And the treacherous will be uprooted from it.
The wise of heart will receive commands, But a babbling fool will be ruined.
The wicked is thrust down by his wrongdoing, But the righteous has a refuge when he dies.
The righteousness of the blameless will smooth his way, But the wicked will fall by his own wickedness.
Do not say to your neighbor, "Go, and come back, And tomorrow I will give it," When you have it with you.
My son, keep my words And treasure my commandments within you.
Though He scoffs at the scoffers, Yet He gives grace to the afflicted.
"When there were no depths I was brought forth, When there were no springs abounding with water.
"Proud," "Haughty," "Scoffer," are his names, Who acts with insolent pride.
Man's steps are ordained by the LORD, How then can man understand his way?
"Listen, for I will speak noble things; And the opening of my lips will reveal right things.
In a multitude of people is a king's glory, But in the dearth of people is a prince's ruin.
A heart that devises wicked plans, Feet that run rapidly to evil,
The thoughts of the righteous are just, But the counsels of the wicked are deceitful.
"All the utterances of my mouth are in righteousness; There is nothing crooked or perverted in them.
For the ways of a man are before the eyes of the LORD, And He watches all his paths.
To endow those who love me with wealth, That I may fill their treasuries.
Blessings are on the head of the righteous, But the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.
Avoid it, do not pass by it; Turn away from it and pass on.
None who go to her return again, Nor do they reach the paths of life.
Do not desire her beauty in your heart, Nor let her capture you with her eyelids.
And you say, "How I have hated instruction! And my heart spurned reproof!
The righteousness of the upright will deliver them, But the treacherous will be caught by their own greed.
He who winks the eye causes trouble, And a babbling fool will be ruined.
He who sires a fool does so to his sorrow, And the father of a fool has no joy.
A man will not be established by wickedness, But the root of the righteous will not be moved.
For they cannot sleep unless they do evil; And they are robbed of sleep unless they make someone stumble.
Do not devise harm against your neighbor, While he lives securely beside you.
"O naive ones, understand prudence; And, O fools, understand wisdom.
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.
"I have not listened to the voice of my teachers, Nor inclined my ear to my instructors!
So you will walk in the way of good men And keep to the paths of the righteous.
For the lips of an adulteress drip honey And smoother than oil is her speech;
To keep you from the evil woman, From the smooth tongue of the adulteress.
A man will be praised according to his insight, But one of perverse mind will be despised.
Then he taught me and said to me, "Let your heart hold fast my words; Keep my commandments and live;
"I was almost in utter ruin In the midst of the assembly and congregation."
The wicked are overthrown and are no more, But the house of the righteous will stand.
Put away from you a deceitful mouth And put devious speech far from you.
"For my mouth will utter truth; And wickedness is an abomination to my lips.
The way of the wicked is like darkness; They do not know over what they stumble.
His own iniquities will capture the wicked, And he will be held with the cords of his sin.
For I give you sound teaching; Do not abandon my instruction.
The righteous is delivered from trouble, But the wicked takes his place.
On top of the heights beside the way, Where the paths meet, she takes her stand;
Then I was beside Him, as a master workman; And I was daily His delight, Rejoicing always before Him,
"I was due to offer peace offerings; Today I have paid my vows.
Watch the path of your feet And all your ways will be established.
While He had not yet made the earth and the fields, Nor the first dust of the world.
A rascally witness makes a mockery of justice, And the mouth of the wicked spreads iniquity.
Better is he who is lightly esteemed and has a servant Than he who honors himself and lacks bread.
Beside the gates, at the opening to the city, At the entrance of the doors, she cries out:
For they are life to those who find them And health to all their body.
As a loving hind and a graceful doe, Let her breasts satisfy you at all times; Be exhilarated always with her love.
Bind them continually on your heart; Tie them around your neck.
"Before the mountains were settled, Before the hills I was brought forth;
The words of the wicked lie in wait for blood, But the mouth of the upright will deliver them.
When I was a son to my father, Tender and the only son in the sight of my mother,
The poor is hated even by his neighbor, But those who love the rich are many.
For a harlot is a deep pit And an adulterous woman is a narrow well.
For they eat the bread of wickedness And drink the wine of violence.
If you have been snared with the words of your mouth, Have been caught with the words of your mouth,
But he does not know that the dead are there, That her guests are in the depths of Sheol.
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.
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.
For on account of a harlot one is reduced to a loaf of bread, And an adulteress hunts for the precious life.
"To you, O men, I call, And my voice is to the sons of men.
The evil will bow down before the good, And the wicked at the gates of the righteous.
"I have sprinkled my bed With myrrh, aloes and cinnamon.
Do not let them depart from your sight; Keep them in the midst of your heart.
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;
Men do not despise a thief if he steals To satisfy himself when he is hungry;
When He made firm the skies above, When the springs of the deep became fixed,
He will die for lack of instruction, And in the greatness of his folly he will go astray.
Let them be yours alone And not for strangers with you.
Deliver yourself like a gazelle from the hunter's hand And like a bird from the hand of the fowler.
"Come, let us drink our fill of love until morning; Let us delight ourselves with caresses.
But in the end she is bitter as wormwood, Sharp as a two-edged sword.
Should your springs be dispersed abroad, Streams of water in the streets?
Do not be a witness against your neighbor without cause, And do not deceive with your lips.
The desire of the sluggard puts him to death, For his hands refuse to work;
Do not turn to the right nor to the left; Turn your foot from evil.
Suddenly he follows her As an ox goes to the slaughter, Or as one in fetters to the discipline of a fool,
Her feet go down to death, Her steps take hold of Sheol.
For why should you, my son, be exhilarated with an adulteress And embrace the bosom of a foreigner?
Desire realized is sweet to the soul, But it is an abomination to fools to turn away from evil.
A worker's appetite works for him, For his hunger urges him on.
Give no sleep to your eyes, Nor slumber to your eyelids;
Or can a man walk on hot coals And his feet not be scorched?
That you may observe discretion And your lips may reserve knowledge.
"Therefore I have come out to meet you, To seek your presence earnestly, and I have found you.
Keep my commandments and live, And my teaching as the apple of your eye.
He who corrects a scoffer gets dishonor for himself, And he who reproves a wicked man gets insults for himself.
Rejoicing in the world, His earth, And having my delight in the sons of men.
Now therefore, my sons, listen to me, And pay attention to the words of my mouth.
So is the one who goes in to his neighbor's wife; Whoever touches her will not go unpunished.
Her house is the way to Sheol, Descending to the chambers of death.
Give instruction to a wise man and he will be still wiser, Teach a righteous man and he will increase his learning.
Do not look on the wine when it is red, When it sparkles in the cup, When it goes down smoothly;
That they may keep you from an adulteress, From the foreigner who flatters with her words.
For at the window of my house I looked out through my lattice,
Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you, Reprove a wise man and he will love you.
The curse of the LORD is on the house of the wicked, But He blesses the dwelling of the righteous.
Indeed, they are a graceful wreath to your head And ornaments about your neck.
"The fear of the LORD is to hate evil; Pride and arrogance and the evil way And the perverted mouth, I hate.
One who is gracious to a poor man lends to the LORD, And He will repay him for his good deed.
"I have spread my couch with coverings, With colored linens of Egypt.
Say to wisdom, "You are my sister," And call understanding your intimate friend;
He whose ear listens to the life-giving reproof Will dwell among the wise.
Hatred stirs up strife, But love covers all transgressions.
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.
For the LORD gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding.
When you sit down to dine with a ruler, Consider carefully what is before you,
He has taken a bag of money with him, At the full moon he will come home."
It is the blessing of the LORD that makes rich, And He adds no sorrow to it.
Like apples of gold in settings of silver Is a word spoken in right circumstances.
It is a trap for a man to say rashly, "It is holy!" And after the vows to make inquiry.
Do not hold back discipline from the child, Although you strike him with the rod, he will not die.
Where there is no guidance the people fall, But in abundance of counselors there is victory.
The name of the LORD is a strong tower; The righteous runs into it and is safe.
A perverse man spreads strife, And a slanderer separates intimate friends.
A wise son accepts his father's discipline, But a scoffer does not listen to rebuke.
And I saw among the naive, And discerned among the youths A young man lacking sense,
"For my husband is not at home, He has gone on a long journey;
Does not wisdom call, And understanding lift up her voice?
Do not let your heart turn aside to her ways, Do not stray into her paths.
Wisdom has built her house, She has hewn out her seven pillars;
For many are the victims she has cast down, And numerous are all her slain.
"Forsake your folly and live, And proceed in the way of understanding."
All day long he is craving, While the righteous gives and does not hold back.
The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, But a wise man is he who listens to counsel.
Bind them on your fingers; Write them on the tablet of your heart.
My son, do not reject the discipline of the LORD Or loathe His reproof,
She has prepared her food, she has mixed her wine; She has also set her table;
Do not boast about tomorrow, For you do not know what a day may bring forth.
The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, But the soul of the diligent is made fat.
The words of King Lemuel, the oracle which his mother taught him:
All the ways of a man are clean in his own sight, But the LORD weighs the motives.
"Whoever is naive, let him turn in here!" To him who lacks understanding she says,
When a man's ways are pleasing to the LORD, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.
The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, And he who is wise wins souls.
A fool does not delight in understanding, But only in revealing his own mind.
The words of Agur the son of Jakeh, the oracle. The man declares to Ithiel, to Ithiel and Ucal:
Do not weary yourself to gain wealth, Cease from your consideration of it.
The fear of man brings a snare, But he who trusts in the LORD will be exalted.
She has sent out her maidens, she calls From the tops of the heights of the city:
"Come, eat of my food And drink of the wine I have mixed.
There is a way which seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.
He who separates himself seeks his own desire, He quarrels against all sound wisdom.
If you have nothing with which to pay, Why should he take your bed from under you?
A righteous man who walks in his integrity-- How blessed are his sons after him.
Without consultation, plans are frustrated, But with many counselors they succeed.
Surely she lurks as a robber, And increases the faithless among men.
Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, When it is in your power to do it.
A righteous man has regard for the life of his animal, But even the compassion of the wicked is cruel.
It is better to live in a corner of a roof Than in a house shared with a contentious woman.
Faithful are the wounds of a friend, But deceitful are the kisses of an enemy.
A false balance is an abomination to the LORD, But a just weight is His delight.
The LORD has made everything for its own purpose, Even the wicked for the day of evil.
Let your fountain be blessed, And rejoice in the wife of your youth.
A wicked man receives a bribe from the bosom To pervert the ways of justice.
The rod and reproof give wisdom, But a child who gets his own way brings shame to his mother.
Do not let kindness and truth leave you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart.
The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination, How much more when he brings it with evil intent!
Better is a dry morsel and quietness with it Than a house full of feasting with strife.
He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, And he who rules his spirit, than he who captures a city.
The generous man will be prosperous, And he who waters will himself be watered.
When pride comes, then comes dishonor, But with the humble is wisdom.
The one who guards his mouth preserves his life; The one who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.
Hope deferred makes the heart sick, But desire fulfilled is a tree of life.
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!
There is no wisdom and no understanding And no counsel against the LORD.
The wicked flee when no one is pursuing, But the righteous are bold as a lion.
A man's discretion makes him slow to anger, And it is his glory to overlook a transgression.
Do not be envious of evil men, Nor desire to be with them;
"Blessed is the man who listens to me, Watching daily at my gates, Waiting at my doorposts.
My son, observe the commandment of your father And do not forsake the teaching of your mother;
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.
Wealth obtained by fraud dwindles, But the one who gathers by labor increases it.
If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; And if he is thirsty, give him water to drink;
The naive believes everything, But the sensible man considers his steps.
The proverbs of Solomon A wise son makes a father glad, But a foolish son is a grief to his mother.
It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, But the glory of kings is to search out a matter.
The wise woman builds her house, But the foolish tears it down with her own hands.
Wisdom shouts in the street, She lifts her voice in the square;
By lovingkindness and truth iniquity is atoned for, And by the fear of the LORD one keeps away from evil.
Poor is he who works with a negligent hand, But the hand of the diligent makes rich.
Better is a poor man who walks in his integrity Than he who is perverse in speech and is a fool.
If the righteous will be rewarded in the earth, How much more the wicked and the sinner!
"I love those who love me; And those who diligently seek me will find me.
When the righteous increase, the people rejoice, But when a wicked man rules, people groan.
A truthful witness saves lives, But he who utters lies is treacherous.
Like a dog that returns to its vomit Is a fool who repeats his folly.
There is one who speaks rashly like the thrusts of a sword, But the tongue of the wise brings healing.
To know wisdom and instruction, To discern the sayings of understanding,
Keep deception and lies far from me, Give me neither poverty nor riches; Feed me with the food that is my portion,
Discipline your son while there is hope, And do not desire his death.
The eyes of the LORD are in every place, Watching the evil and the good.
Let your eyes look directly ahead And let your gaze be fixed straight in front of you.
By wisdom a house is built, And by understanding it is established;
The spirit of man is the lamp of the LORD, Searching all the innermost parts of his being.
A false witness will perish, But the man who listens to the truth will speak forever.
Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has contentions? Who has complaining? Who has wounds without cause? Who has redness of eyes?
The reward of humility and the fear of the LORD Are riches, honor and life.
As in water face reflects face, So the heart of man reflects man.
He who oppresses the poor to make more for himself Or who gives to the rich, will only come to poverty.
Like a city that is broken into and without walls Is a man who has no control over his spirit.
The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD, But the prayer of the upright is His delight.
The LORD by wisdom founded the earth, By understanding He established the heavens.
The plans of the diligent lead surely to advantage, But everyone who is hasty comes surely to poverty.
He who gives an answer before he hears, It is folly and shame to him.
Do not associate with a man given to anger; Or go with a hot-tempered man,
Every man's way is right in his own eyes, But the LORD weighs the hearts.
She opens her mouth in wisdom, And the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.
The prudent sees the evil and hides himself, But the naive go on, and are punished for it.
Also it is not good for a person to be without knowledge, And he who hurries his footsteps errs.
Bright eyes gladden the heart; Good news puts fat on the bones.
The glory of young men is their strength, And the honor of old men is their gray hair.
Do not move the ancient boundary Which your fathers have set.
Give strong drink to him who is perishing, And wine to him whose life is bitter.
Drink water from your own cistern And fresh water from your own well.
Deliver those who are being taken away to death, And those who are staggering to slaughter, Oh hold them back.
Buy truth, and do not sell it, Get wisdom and instruction and understanding.
Do not be with heavy drinkers of wine, Or with gluttonous eaters of meat;
He who conceals a transgression seeks love, But he who repeats a matter separates intimate friends.
When there are many words, transgression is unavoidable, But he who restrains his lips is wise.
It is by his deeds that a lad distinguishes himself If his conduct is pure and right.
A fool's lips bring strife, And his mouth calls for blows.
The heart of her husband trusts in her, And he will have no lack of gain.
Who can say, "I have cleansed my heart, I am pure from my sin"?
The plans of the heart belong to man, But the answer of the tongue is from the LORD.
For a righteous man falls seven times, and rises again, But the wicked stumble in time of calamity.
Strength and dignity are her clothing, And she smiles at the future.
Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the LORD and turn away from evil.
The foolishness of man ruins his way, And his heart rages against the LORD.
The backslider in heart will have his fill of his own ways, But a good man will be satisfied with his.
He who walks in his uprightness fears the LORD, But he who is devious in his ways despises Him.
Grandchildren are the crown of old men, And the glory of sons is their fathers.
All the days of the afflicted are bad, But a cheerful heart has a continual feast.
He who turns away his ear from listening to the law, Even his prayer is an abomination.
He who trusts in his own heart is a fool, But he who walks wisely will be delivered.
How much better it is to get wisdom than gold! And to get understanding is to be chosen above silver.
The first to plead his case seems right, Until another comes and examines him.
House and wealth are an inheritance from fathers, But a prudent wife is from the LORD.
The lot is cast into the lap, But its every decision is from the LORD.
He who shuts his ear to the cry of the poor Will also cry himself and not be answered.
Everyone who is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD; Assuredly, he will not be unpunished.
My son, if sinners entice you, Do not consent.
Do not claim honor in the presence of the king, And do not stand in the place of great men;
These also are proverbs of Solomon which the men of Hezekiah, king of Judah, transcribed.
He who curses his father or his mother, His lamp will go out in time of darkness.
Her children rise up and bless her; Her husband also, and he praises her, saying:
If a ruler pays attention to falsehood, All his ministers become wicked.
A wise man will hear and increase in learning, And a man of understanding will acquire wise counsel,
Do not rob the poor because he is poor, Or crush the afflicted at the gate;
A man of violence entices his neighbor And leads him in a way that is not good.
Pleasant words are a honeycomb, Sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.
He who assaults his father and drives his mother away Is a shameful and disgraceful son.
The memory of the righteous is blessed, But the name of the wicked will rot.
Do not answer a fool according to his folly, Or you will also be like him.
He who pursues righteousness and loyalty Finds life, righteousness and honor.
A faithful man will abound with blessings, But he who makes haste to be rich will not go unpunished.
He who justifies the wicked and he who condemns the righteous, Both of them alike are an abomination to the LORD.
Better is open rebuke Than love that is concealed.
A joyful heart makes a cheerful face, But when the heart is sad, the spirit is broken.
Do not add to His words Or He will reprove you, and you will be proved a liar.
The words of a man's mouth are deep waters; The fountain of wisdom is a bubbling brook.
Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; A stranger, and not your own lips.
She looks well to the ways of her household, And does not eat the bread of idleness.
Leave the presence of a fool, Or you will not discern words of knowledge.
The rich and the poor have a common bond, The LORD is the maker of them all.
Wisdom is too exalted for a fool, He does not open his mouth in the gate.
Hear, O sons, the instruction of a father, And give attention that you may gain understanding,
The one who despises the word will be in debt to it, But the one who fears the commandment will be rewarded.
Through insolence comes nothing but strife, But wisdom is with those who receive counsel.
A man who hardens his neck after much reproof Will suddenly be broken beyond remedy.
A good man leaves an inheritance to his children's children, And the wealth of the sinner is stored up for the righteous.
A soothing tongue is a tree of life, But perversion in it crushes the spirit.
An angry man stirs up strife, And a hot-tempered man abounds in transgression.
A man's pride will bring him low, But a humble spirit will obtain honor.
For the commandment is a lamp and the teaching is light; And reproofs for discipline are the way of life
The one who commits adultery with a woman is lacking sense; He who would destroy himself does it.
Lying lips are an abomination to the LORD, But those who deal faithfully are His delight.
Truthful lips will be established forever, But a lying tongue is only for a moment.
So you will find favor and good repute In the sight of God and man.
The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold, But the LORD tests hearts.
There is precious treasure and oil in the dwelling of the wise, But a foolish man swallows it up.
A worthless man digs up evil, While his words are like scorching fire.
Listen to your father who begot you, And do not despise your mother when she is old.
A fool always loses his temper, But a wise man holds it back.
An excellent wife is the crown of her husband, But she who shames him is like rottenness in his bones.
Keeping away from strife is an honor for a man, But any fool will quarrel.
Listen to counsel and accept discipline, That you may be wise the rest of your days.
If you are slack in the day of distress, Your strength is limited.
Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will stand before kings; He will not stand before obscure men.
Incline your ear and hear the words of the wise, And apply your mind to my knowledge;
For lack of wood the fire goes out, And where there is no whisperer, contention quiets down.
He who is generous will be blessed, For he gives some of his food to the poor.
A constant dripping on a day of steady rain And a contentious woman are alike;
The tongue of the wise makes knowledge acceptable, But the mouth of fools spouts folly.
Drive out the scoffer, and contention will go out, Even strife and dishonor will cease.
It is better to live in a desert land Than with a contentious and vexing woman.
Oil and perfume make the heart glad, So a man's counsel is sweet to his friend.
A wicked man displays a bold face, But as for the upright, he makes his way sure.
Know well the condition of your flocks, And pay attention to your herds;
It is not for kings, O Lemuel, It is not for kings to drink wine, Or for rulers to desire strong drink,
Strike a scoffer and the naive may become shrewd, But reprove one who has understanding and he will gain knowledge.
He who goes about as a slanderer reveals secrets, Therefore do not associate with a gossip.
He who gives to the poor will never want, But he who shuts his eyes will have many curses.
Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, And do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles;
Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, But humility goes before honor.
Those who linger long over wine, Those who go to taste mixed wine.
Your eyes will see strange things And your mind will utter perverse things.
What, O my son? And what, O son of my womb? And what, O son of my vows?
Like snow in summer and like rain in harvest, So honor is not fitting for a fool.
Give her the product of her hands, And let her works praise her in the gates.
The leech has two daughters, "Give," "Give." There are three things that will not be satisfied, Four that will not say, "Enough":
Like cold water to a weary soul, So is good news from a distant land.
She looks for wool and flax And works with her hands in delight.
A plan in the heart of a man is like deep water, But a man of understanding draws it out.
To do righteousness and justice Is desired by the LORD more than sacrifice.
He also who is slack in his work Is brother to him who destroys.
When you set your eyes on it, it is gone. For wealth certainly makes itself wings Like an eagle that flies toward the heavens.
The wisdom of the sensible is to understand his way, But the foolishness of fools is deceit.
A foolish son is destruction to his father, And the contentions of a wife are a constant dripping.
He who tills his land will have plenty of food, But he who follows empty pursuits will have poverty in plenty.
He who loves pleasure will become a poor man; He who loves wine and oil will not become rich.
She does him good and not evil All the days of her life.
The righteous is concerned for the rights of the poor, The wicked does not understand such concern.
He who mocks the poor taunts his Maker; He who rejoices at calamity will not go unpunished.
A false witness will not go unpunished, And he who tells lies will not escape.
From the fruit of a man's mouth he enjoys good, But the desire of the treacherous is violence.
Sheol and Abaddon are never satisfied, Nor are the eyes of man ever satisfied.
A man's gift makes room for him And brings him before great men.
A fool rejects his father's discipline, But he who regards reproof is sensible.
Listen, my son, and be wise, And direct your heart in the way.
Have I not written to you excellent things Of counsels and knowledge,
He who neglects discipline despises himself, But he who listens to reproof acquires understanding.
The eye that mocks a father And scorns a mother, The ravens of the valley will pick it out, And the young eagles will eat it.
The LORD will tear down the house of the proud, But He will establish the boundary of the widow.
"Now therefore, O sons, listen to me, For blessed are they who keep my ways.
There are three things which are too wonderful for me, Four which I do not understand:
The king gives stability to the land by justice, But a man who takes bribes overthrows it.
Do not let your heart envy sinners, But live in the fear of the LORD always.
Two things I asked of You, Do not refuse me before I die:
A trustworthy witness will not lie, But a false witness utters lies.
"But he who sins against me injures himself; All those who hate me love death."
Apply your heart to discipline And your ears to words of knowledge.
The spirit of a man can endure his sickness, But as for a broken spirit who can bear it?
The acquisition of treasures by a lying tongue Is a fleeting vapor, the pursuit of death.
Where no oxen are, the manger is clean, But much revenue comes by the strength of the ox.
The mind of the prudent acquires knowledge, And the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.
Sheol and Abaddon lie open before the LORD, How much more the hearts of men!
There is one who pretends to be rich, but has nothing; Another pretends to be poor, but has great wealth.
The mind of the intelligent seeks knowledge, But the mouth of fools feeds on folly.
The beginning of strife is like letting out water, So abandon the quarrel before it breaks out.
She extends her hand to the poor, And she stretches out her hands to the needy.
When I saw, I reflected upon it; I looked, and received instruction.
The terror of a king is like the growling of a lion; He who provokes him to anger forfeits his own life.
The words of a whisperer are like dainty morsels, And they go down into the innermost parts of the body.
Fools mock at sin, But among the upright there is good will.
A scoffer does not love one who reproves him, He will not go to the wise.
For the heavy drinker and the glutton will come to poverty, And drowsiness will clothe one with rags.
And put a knife to your throat If you are a man of great appetite.
Judgments are prepared for scoffers, And blows for the back of fools.
"For he who finds me finds life And obtains favor from the LORD.
He who rebukes a man will afterward find more favor Than he who flatters with the tongue.
Like a sparrow in its flitting, like a swallow in its flying, So a curse without cause does not alight.
Better is a little with righteousness Than great income with injustice.
Many a man proclaims his own loyalty, But who can find a trustworthy man?
He who increases his wealth by interest and usury Gathers it for him who is gracious to the poor.
A prudent man sees evil and hides himself, The naive proceed and pay the penalty.
For the devious are an abomination to the LORD; But He is intimate with the upright.
Excellent speech is not fitting for a fool, Much less are lying lips to a prince.
Have you found honey? Eat only what you need, That you not have it in excess and vomit it.
A righteous man hates falsehood, But a wicked man acts disgustingly and shamefully.
By forbearance a ruler may be persuaded, And a soft tongue breaks the bone.
A scoffer seeks wisdom and finds none, But knowledge is easy to one who has understanding.
Four things are small on the earth, But they are exceedingly wise:
A just balance and scales belong to the LORD; All the weights of the bag are His concern.
Her husband is known in the gates, When he sits among the elders of the land.
The mouth of an adulteress is a deep pit; He who is cursed of the LORD will fall into it.
Wrath is fierce and anger is a flood, But who can stand before jealousy?
Haughty eyes and a proud heart, The lamp of the wicked, is sin.
"A little sleep, a little slumber, A little folding of the hands to rest,"
The sluggard does not plow after the autumn, So he begs during the harvest and has nothing.
Do not love sleep, or you will become poor; Open your eyes, and you will be satisfied with food.
These also are sayings of the wise To show partiality in judgment is not good.
Why is there a price in the hand of a fool to buy wisdom, When he has no sense?
The sluggard says, "There is a lion outside; I will be killed in the streets!"
Even in laughter the heart may be in pain, And the end of joy may be grief.
By the transgression of a land many are its princes, But by a man of understanding and knowledge, so it endures.
Do not eat the bread of a selfish man, Or desire his delicacies;
Do you see a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.
A wise man is strong, And a man of knowledge increases power.
He who sows iniquity will reap vanity, And the rod of his fury will perish.
Laziness casts into a deep sleep, And an idle man will suffer hunger.
You shall strike him with the rod And rescue his soul from Sheol.