1 The Proverbs of Solomon, son of David, king of Israel:
2 To know wisdom and instruction; to discern the words of understanding;
3 to receive instruction in wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity;
4 to give prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the young man.
5 The wise hears and increases learning, and the one of understanding gets wise counsel,
6 to understand a proverb and an enigma; the words of the wise, and their difficult
7 The fear of Jehovah is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and
8 My son, hear the instruction of your father, and do not forsake the law of your mother;
9 for they shall be an ornament of grace to your head, and chains around your neck.
10 My son, if sinners entice you, do not consent.
11 If they say, Walk with us, let us lie in wait for blood, let us lurk secretly for the
innocent without cause,
12 let us swallow them up alive as Sheol, and whole, as those who go down into the Pit,
13 we shall find all sorts of precious stuff, we shall fill our houses with plunder;
14 cast in your lot among us, let us all have one purse.
15 My son, do not walk in the way with them! Withhold your foot from their path;
16 for their feet run to evil and they make haste to shed blood.
17 Surely in vain the net is spread in the sight of any bird.
18 And they lie in wait for their own blood; they lurk secretly for their own souls.
19 So are the ways of everyone who gets unjust gain; it takes away the soul of its master.
20 Wisdom cries aloud outside; she utters her voice in the square;
21 she calls out over the tumult; at the openings of the gates, in the city she utters her
22 How long, you simple ones, will you love simplicity; and those who scorn desire their
scorning; and fools hate knowledge?
23 Turn back at my reproof; behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you; I will make my
words known to you.
24 Because I have called, and you refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no one pays
25 but you have ignored all my counsel, and have not desired my reproof:
26 I also will laugh at your calamity, I will mock when your terror comes;
27 when your terror comes like a storm; and your devastation arrives like a tempest,
when distress and anguish come upon you.
28 Then they shall call upon me, and I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they
shall not find me.
29 Because they hated knowledge and chose not the fear of Jehovah.
30 They did not desire my counsel; they despised all my reproof.
31 Therefore they shall eat of the fruit of their own way and be filled with their own
32 For the turning away of the simple kills them, and the ease of fools destroys them.
33 But whoever listens to me shall live in confidence, and shall rest securely from the
dread of evil.
1 My son, if you will receive my words, and treasure up my commandments within you,
2 so that you incline your ear to wisdom, and extend your heart to understanding;
3 yes, if you cry out for discernment, lifting up your voice for understanding;
4 if you seek her as silver, and search for her as for hidden treasures,
5 then you shall understand the fear of Jehovah, and find the knowledge of God.
6 For Jehovah gives wisdom; out of His mouth come knowledge and understanding.
7 He lays up sound wisdom for the upright; a shield to those who walk in integrity,
8 to guard the paths of judgment; and He keeps watch over the way of His saints.
9 Then you shall understand righteousness and justice and equity and every good path.
10 When wisdom enters into your heart, and knowledge is pleasant to your soul,
11 discretion shall keep watch over you, understanding shall guard you,
12 to deliver you from the way of evil, from the man who speaks perverse things,
13 those who leave the paths of uprightness to walk in the ways of darkness,
14 who rejoice to do evil, and delight in the perversities of the wicked,
15 whose paths are crooked, who are devious in their tracks;
16 to deliver you from the strange woman, from the foreigner who flatters with her
17 who forsakes the guide of her youth and has forgotten the covenant of her God.
18 For her house leads down to death, and her tracks to the spirits of the dead.
19 No one going in to her returns, nor do they attain unto the ways of life.
20 That you may walk in the ways of the good and keep the ways of the righteous.
21 For the upright shall dwell in the land, and the perfect shall remain in it.
22 But the wicked shall be cut off from the earth, and those who act deceitfully shall be
rooted out of it.
1 My son, do not forget my law, but let your heart keep my commandments,
2 for they shall add length of days and long life and peace to you.
3 Let not mercy and truth forsake you; tie them around your neck, write them on the
tablet of your heart;
4 so you shall find favor and good understanding in the sight of God and man.
5 Trust in Jehovah with all your heart, and lean not unto your own understanding.
6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.
7 Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear Jehovah and depart from evil.
8 It shall be healing to your navel and refreshment to your bones.
9 Honor Jehovah with your substance, and with the firstfruits of all your increase,
10 and your barns shall be filled with plenty, and your vats shall be bursting with new
11 My son, do not reject the chastening of Jehovah, and do not loathe His correction;
12 for whom Jehovah loves He corrects, even as a father corrects the son with whom he
13 Happy is the man who finds wisdom, and the man who gets understanding;
14 for its profit is better than the gain from silver, and its increase more than fine gold.
15 She is more precious than rubies, and all the things you can desire are not to be
compared with her.
16 Length of days is in her right hand, riches and honor in her left hand.
17 Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.
18 She is a tree of life to those who lay hold upon her, and happy is everyone who holds
fast to her.
19 Jehovah has founded the earth by wisdom; He has established the heavens by
20 the depths were broken up by His knowledge, and the clouds drop down the dew.
21 My son, do not let them depart from your eyes; keep sound wisdom and discretion,
22 and they shall be life to your soul, and grace to your neck;
23 then you shall walk in your way safely, and your foot shall not stumble.
24 When you lie down, you shall not be in dread; yea, you shall lie down and your sleep
shall be sweet.
25 Do not be afraid of sudden terror, nor of the devastation of the wicked when it comes.
26 For Jehovah shall be at your side, and He shall keep your foot from being caught.
27 Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in the power of your
hand to do it.
28 Do not say to your neighbor, Go and come back again, and tomorrow I will give,
when you have it with you.
29 Do not devise evil against your neighbor, since he dwells by you securely.
30 Do not strive with a man without cause, if he has done you no harm.
31 Do not be envious of the violent man, and choose none of his ways;
32 for the perverse one is an abomination to Jehovah, but His secret counsel is with the
33 The curse of Jehovah is in the house of the wicked, but He blesses the abode of the
34 Surely He scorns the scorners, but He gives grace to the lowly.
35 The wise inherit honor, but the exaltation of fools is shame.
1 Children, hear the instruction of a father, and pay attention to know understanding,
2 for I give you good teaching; do not forsake my law.
3 For I was my father's son, tender and an only one in the sight of my mother.
4 And he taught me and said to me, Let your heart cling to my words; keep my
commandments and live.
5 Get wisdom, get understanding; do not forget, and do not turn away from the words of
6 Do not forsake her, and she will preserve you; love her, and she will keep you.
7 The first thing about wisdom is: Get wisdom. And with all your getting, get
8 Exalt her, and she will lift you up; she shall bring you to honor when you embrace her.
9 She shall bestow a wreath of grace upon your head; she shall give you a crown of
10 Oh my son, hear and receive my sayings, and the years of your life shall be many.
11 I have taught you in the way of wisdom; I have led you in straight tracks;
12 when you go, your steps shall not be constricted, and when you run, you shall not
13 Take fast hold of instruction, do not let her go; keep her, for she is your life.
14 Do not enter the path of the wicked, and do not go in the way of evil.
15 Avoid it, do not pass by it; turn from it and pass on.
16 For they do not sleep unless they have done evil, and their sleep is taken away unless
they cause someone to fall.
17 For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence.
18 But the path of the just is as the brightness of dawn, that keeps getting brighter until it
is fully daytime.
19 The way of the wicked is as darkness; they do not know at what they stumble.
20 My son, pay attention to my sayings; extend your ear to my words;
21 let them not depart from your eyes; keep them in the center of your heart;
22 for they are life to those who find them, and health to all their flesh.
23 Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it are the issues of life.
24 Turn away from you the crooked mouth, and put perverse lips far from you.
25 Let your eyes look straight ahead, and let your eyelids look straight before you.
26 Ponder the path of your feet, then all your ways will be established.
27 Do not turn to the right hand or to the left; remove your foot from evil.
1 My son, pay attention to my wisdom; extend your ear to my understanding;
2 so that you may keep discretion, and your lips may guard knowledge.
3 For the lips of a strange woman drip honey, and her mouth is smoother than oil,
4 but in the end she is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a cleaver;
5 her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on Sheol;
6 lest you should ponder the path of life, her paths are unstable; you cannot know them.
7 Therefore hear me now, O children, and do not depart from the words of my mouth.
8 Remove your ways far from her, and do not come near the door of her house,
9 lest you give your honor to others, and your years to the cruel;
10 that strangers not be filled with your strength, nor your labors be in the house of a
11 and you moan in the end, when your flesh and body are spent;
12 and say, How I have hated instruction, and my heart despised correction;
13 and I have not given heed to the voice of my teachers, nor extended my ear to those
14 I was almost in all evil in the midst of the congregation and assembly.
15 Drink waters out of your own cistern, and running waters out of your own well.
16 Should your springs be dispersed abroad, like streams of water in the streets?
17 Let them be only your own, and not for strangers with you.
18 Let your fountain be blessed, and rejoice with the wife of your youth,
19 as a loving deer and a graceful doe, let her breasts satisfy you at all times, and always
be intoxicated in her love.
20 For why, my son, will you be ravished with a strange woman, and embrace the bosom
of a foreigner?
21 For the ways of man are before the eyes of Jehovah, and He ponders all his tracks.
22 His own iniquities shall capture the wicked, and he shall be held with the cords of his
23 He shall die without instruction, and in the greatness of his folly he shall go astray.
1 My son, if you are surety for your friend, if you have struck your hands with a
2 you are snared with the words of your mouth; you are captured with the words of your
3 My son, do this then, and deliver yourself when you come into the hand of your friend:
go humble yourself and entreat your friend.
4 Do not give sleep to your eyes, nor slumber to your eyelids.
5 Deliver yourself like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter, and as a bird from the hand
of the fowler.
6 Go to the ant, you sluggard! Consider her ways and be wise;
7 who, having no commander, overseer or ruler,
8 provides her bread in the summer, and gathers her food in the harvest.
9 How long will you rest, O sluggard? When will you arise out of your sleep?
10 A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest;
11 so shall your poverty come as one walking, and your need like an armed man.
12 A worthless person, a wicked man, walks with a perverse mouth,
13 winking with his eyes, speaking with his feet, pointing with his fingers.
14 Perversity is in his heart, he devises evil all the time, he spreads strife.
15 Therefore his calamity shall come suddenly; he shall be broken in an instant without
16 These six things Jehovah hates; yea, seven are an abomination to his soul:
17 Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,
18 a heart that devises evil plans, feet hurrying to run to evil,
19 a false witness who breathes lies, and he who spreads strife among brothers.
20 My son, keep your father's commands, and do not forsake the instruction of your
21 Bind them perpetually to your heart; tie them around your neck.
22 When you go, it shall lead you; when you sleep, it shall watch over you; and when
you awake, it will speak with you.
23 For the commandment is a lamp, and the law a light; and reproofs of instruction are
the way of life,
24 to keep you from the evil woman, from the seductiveness of the foreign tongue.
25 Do not lust after her beauty in your heart, and do not let her captivate you with her
26 For on account of a promiscuous woman, a man comes to a loaf of bread; for the
man's wife hunts for the precious soul.
27 Can a man take fire into his bosom and his clothes not be burned?
28 Or can a man walk on hot coals and his feet not be scorched?
29 So is he who goes in to his neighbor's wife; whoever touches her shall not be
30 They do not despise a thief, if he steals to satisfy his soul when he is hungry.
31 But if he is found, he shall restore sevenfold; he shall give all the wealth of his house.
32 He who commits adultery with a woman lacks heart; he who does so destroys his own
33 Wounds and dishonor shall befall him, and his reproach shall not be wiped away.
34 For jealousy is the rage of a man, and he will not spare in the day of vengeance.
35 He will not regard any bribes, nor will he yield to the giving of many gifts.
1 My son, keep my words and treasure up my commandments within you.
2 Keep my commandments and live, and my law as the pupil of your eye.
3 Tie them upon your fingers; write them upon the tablet of your heart.
4 Say to wisdom, You are my sister, and call understanding your kinsman,
5 that they may keep you from the strange woman, from the foreigner who makes
smooth her words.
6 For I looked through my lattice, at the window of my house,
7 and I saw among the simple ones, I observed among the children a young man lacking
8 passing through the street near her corner; and he went the way to her house,
9 in the twilight, in the evening of the day, in the middle of the darkness of night.
10 And behold, a woman came to meet him, with the attire of a harlot, and a heart of
11 (She is boisterous and stubborn; her feet do not settle down in her own house.
12 At one moment she is outside, the next in the streets, and she lies in wait at every
13 So she has seized him and kissed him; and with straight face says to him,
14 Regarding my peace offerings, today I have completed my vows;
15 therefore I came out to meet you, earnestly to seek your face, and I have found you.
16 I have spread my bed with coverings, with striped cloths of linen from Egypt.
17 I have sprinkled my bed with myrrh, aloes and cinnamon.
18 Come, let us take our fill of love until the morning; let us delight ourselves with
19 For my husband is not at home; he has gone on a long journey.
20 He has taken in hand a bag of money, and will come home on the day of the full
21 With great persuasion she influences him; with her seductive lips she moves him.
22 In an instant he goes after her, as an ox goes to the slaughter, or as a fool goes to
correction in fetters;
23 till an arrow strikes through his liver, as a bird hastens to the snare; and does not realize that it is for his soul.
24 Now then, listen to me, O sons, and pay attention to the words of my mouth:
25 Do not let your heart turn aside to her ways; do not go astray in her paths.
26 For many are the wounded she has caused to fall, and countless are the ones slain by
27 Her house is the way to Sheol, going down to the rooms of death.
1 Does not wisdom call out? And does not understanding put forth her voice?
2 She stands at the top of high places, by the wayside, where the paths meet,
3 beside the gates; at the opening to the city, at the doors of entry, she cries aloud:
4 I call out to you, O men, and my voice is to the sons of men.
5 Understand wisdom, you simple ones; and you fools, be of an understanding heart.
6 Listen, for I will speak of excellent things, and from the opening of my lips shall be
7 For my mouth shall utter truth, and wickedness is an abomination to my lips.
8 All the words of my mouth are in righteousness; nothing crooked or perverse is in
9 they are all plain to the one who understands; and right to those who find knowledge.
10 Receive my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge, rather than choice gold.
11 For wisdom is better than jewels, and all delightful things cannot be compared to it.
12 I, wisdom, dwell with prudence, and I find out the knowledge of devices.
13 The fear of Jehovah is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, and the evil way, and
the perverse mouth.
14 Counsel and sound wisdom are mine; I am understanding; I have strength.
15 By me kings reign, and judges decree justice.
16 Rulers and nobles rule by me; even all the judges of the earth.
17 I love those who love me, and those who seek me early find me.
18 Riches and honor are with me; enduring wealth and righteousness.
19 My fruit is better than gold, yea, than fine gold; and my revenue than choice silver.
20 I walk in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of justice;
21 to cause those who love me to inherit substance, and I will fill up their treasuries.
22 Jehovah possessed me in the beginning of His way; His works from antiquity.
23 I was anointed from eternity, from the beginning, before the earth.
24 When there were no depths, I was brought forth; when there were no springs
abounding with water.
25 Before the mountains were settled, before the hills, I was brought forth;
26 before He had made the earth and the fields, or the highest part of the dust of the
27 When He established the heavens, I was there; when He inscribed a circle upon the
face of the deep,
28 when He made firm the clouds above, when He made strong the fountains of the
29 when He gave to the sea its limit, that the waters should not pass beyond His
command; when He engraved the foundations of the earth,
30 then I was at His side, like a master workman; and I was His delight day by day,
being in merriment before Him at all times;
31 making merry in the world, His earth; and my delight was with the sons of men.
32 Now therefore listen to me, O children, for blessed are those who keep my ways.
33 Hear instruction, and be wise, and do not refuse it.
34 Blessed is the man who gives heed to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the
posts of my doors.
35 For whoever finds me finds life, and shall obtain favor from Jehovah.
36 But he who sins against me does violence to his own soul; all who hate me love
1 Wisdom has built her house; she has hewn out her seven pillars;
2 she has slaughtered her meat; she has mixed her wine; she has also set her table.
3 She has sent out her maidens; she calls out from the highest places of the city:
4 Whoever is simple, turn in here; and to the one lacking heart, she says to him:
5 Come, eat of my bread, and drink of the wine that I have mixed.
6 Forsake simplicity, and live; and go in the way of understanding.
7 He who reproves a scorner gets shame to himself; and he who rebukes a wicked man
gets himself a blemish.
8 Do not reprove a scorner, lest he hate you; rebuke a wise man, and he will love you.
9 Give to a wise one, and he will become wiser; teach a just one, and he will increase in
10 The fear of Jehovah is the beginning of wisdom; and the knowledge of the Holy One
11 For by me your days shall be multiplied, and the years of your life shall be increased.
12 If you are wise, you shall be wise for yourself, and if you scorn, you alone shall bear
13 A foolish woman is boisterous; she is naive, and knows nothing.
14 And she sits at the door of her house, on a seat in the high places of the city,
15 to call out to those who pass by, who are going straight on their ways:
16 Whoever is simple, let him turn in here; and to the one lacking heart, she says to
17 Stolen waters are sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant.
18 But he does not know that the spirits of the dead are there; the ones she summons are
in the depths of Sheol.
1 The proverbs of Solomon: A wise son makes a father rejoice, but a foolish son is a
grief to his mother.
2 Treasures of wickedness profit nothing, but righteousness delivers from death.
3 Jehovah will not allow the soul of the righteous to go hungry, but He thrusts away the
desire of the wicked.
4 He who works with a slack hand becomes poor, but the hand of the diligent makes
5 He who gathers in summer is a prudent son; he who sleeps in harvest is a son who
6 Blessings are upon the head of the just, but violence covers the mouth of the wicked.
7 The memory of the just is blessed, but the name of the wicked shall rot.
8 The wise in heart accepts commands, but the foolish of lips shall be thrown down.
9 He who walks in integrity walks securely, but he who perverts his ways shall be
10 He who winks with the eye causes sorrow, but the foolish of lips shall be thrown
11 The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, but violence covers the mouth of the
12 Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all transgressions.
13 Wisdom is found in the lips of him who has discernment, but a rod is for the back of
him who lacks heart.
14 The wise treasure up knowledge, but the mouth of the fool is near destruction.
15 The rich man's wealth is his strong city; the destruction of the poor is their poverty.
16 The labor of the righteous is life; the gain of the wicked is sin.
17 He who heeds instruction is in the way of life, but he who forsakes reproof wanders.
18 He who hides hatred with lying lips, and he who sends out a slander, is a fool.
19 In the abundance of words there is no end of transgression, but he who restrains his
lips is prudent.
20 The tongue of the just is as choice silver; the heart of the wicked is as little.
21 The lips of the righteous feed many, but fools die for lack of heart.
22 The blessing of Jehovah, it makes rich, with no sorrow added.
23 It is as jest to a fool to do wickedness; so is wisdom to a man of understanding.
24 That which the wicked fears shall come upon him, but the desire of the righteous is
25 As the storm passes, so the wicked is no more; but the righteous is an everlasting
26 Like vinegar to the teeth, and like smoke to the eyes, so is the sluggard to those who
27 The fear of Jehovah prolongs days, but the years of the wicked shall be shortened.
28 The hope of the righteous is gladness, but the expectation of the wicked shall perish.
29 The way of Jehovah is a refuge to the upright, but destruction to doers of iniquity.
30 The righteous shall never be moved, but the wicked shall not dwell on the earth.
31 The mouth of the just bears fruit with wisdom, but the perverse tongue shall be cut
32 The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable, but the mouth of the wicked,
1 A deceitful scale is an abomination to Jehovah, but a perfect weight stone is His
2 Pride comes, then comes shame; but with the lowly is wisdom.
3 The integrity of the upright guides them, but the perversity of traitors shall destroy
4 Riches do not profit in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death.
5 The righteousness of the perfect shall make his way right, but the wicked shall fall by
his own wickedness.
6 The righteousness of the upright shall deliver them, but traitors shall be taken in their
7 In the death of a wicked man, his expectation shall perish, and the hope of the wicked
8 The righteous is delivered from distress, and the wicked goes in instead of him.
9 The hypocrite destroys his neighbor with his mouth, but the just is delivered through
10 When the righteous prosper, the city rejoices; and when the wicked perish, there is
11 A city is exalted by the blessing of the upright, but by the mouth of the wicked it is
12 One who despises his neighbor is without heart, but a man of understanding keeps
13 One who goes around with slander reveals secrets, but the faithful spirit keeps the
14 In the absence of counsel the people fall, but there is safety in the abundance of
15 He who is surety for a stranger will suffer, but he who hates striking of hands is
16 A gracious woman holds on to honor, and ruthless men hold on to riches.
17 A merciful man does good to his own soul, but the cruel troubles his own flesh.
18 The wicked does deceitful work, but one sowing righteousness receives honest
19 As righteousness leads to life, so the one pursuing evil does so to his own death.
20 Those who are of a perverse heart are an abomination to Jehovah, but the perfect in
their way are His delight.
21 Though hand join to hand, the wicked shall not be held innocent, but the seed of the
righteous shall be delivered.
22 As a ring of gold in a swine's snout, so is a beautiful woman who has turned aside
23 The desire of the righteous is only good, but the expectation of the wicked is wrath.
24 There is one who scatters, yet increases more; but the one who withholds more than
is right, tends to poverty.
25 The blessed soul will be made fat; he who waters shall also be watered himself.
26 He who holds back grain, the people curse him; but a blessing is on the head of him
who sells it.
27 He who diligently seeks good seeks favor; but he who inquires after evil, it shall
come to him.
28 He who trusts in his riches shall fall, but the righteous shall sprout like foliage.
29 He who troubles his own house inherits the wind; and the fool is servant to the wise
30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he who leads souls is wise.
31 Behold, the righteous shall be recompensed on the earth; much more the wicked and
1 Whoever loves instruction loves knowledge; but he who hates correction is brutish.
2 The good man obtains favor from Jehovah, but He will condemn a man of wicked
3 A man shall not be established by wickedness, but the root of the righteous shall not
4 A woman of strength is a crown to her husband, but she who causes shame is like
rottenness in his bones.
5 The thoughts of the righteous are right; the counsels of the wicked are deceit.
6 The words of the wicked are to lie in wait for blood; but the mouth of the upright
shall deliver them.
7 The wicked are overthrown, and are gone; but the house of the righteous shall stand.
8 A man shall be commended according to his wisdom, but he who is of a perverse
heart shall be despised.
9 Better is one who is despised and has a servant, than he who honors himself but lacks
10 A righteous man understands the soul of his animal, but the tender mercies of the
wicked are cruel.
11 He who tills his land shall be satisfied with bread, but he who follows vanities lacks
12 The wicked desires the net full of evils, but the root of the righteous yields fruit.
13 The wicked is snared by the transgression of his lips, but the just shall come out of
14 A man shall be satisfied with good by the fruit of his mouth, and the recompense of
a man's hands shall be returned to him.
15 The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but he who gives heed to counsel is wise.
16 A fool's anger is known in a day, but the prudent one covers shame.
17 He who utters truth declares righteousness, but a false witness, deceit.
18 There are those who speak like the thrusts of a sword, but the tongue of the wise
19 The lips of truth shall be established forever, but a lying tongue is but for a
20 Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil, but to counselors of peace there is
21 No evil shall happen to the just, but the wicked shall be filled with evil.
22 Lying lips are an abomination to Jehovah, but those who deal in faithfulness are His
23 A prudent man conceals knowledge, but the heart of fools proclaims foolishness.
24 The hand of the diligent shall rule, but the slothful shall be under servitude.
25 Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, but a good word makes it glad.
26 The righteous searches out his friends, but the way of the wicked makes him
27 The slothful does not roast his game taken in hunting, but the substance of a diligent
man is precious.
28 In the way of righteousness is life, and in that pathway there is no death.
1 A wise son hears his father's instruction, but a scorner does not heed rebuke.
2 By the fruit of his mouth a man shall eat well, but the soul of the treacherous feeds on
3 He who watches his mouth keeps his life; he who opens his lips wide shall have
4 The soul of the sluggard desires and has nothing, but the soul of the diligent shall be
5 The righteous hates lying, but the wicked one is odious and acts shamefully.
6 Righteousness guards the one whose way is perfect, but wickedness subverts the
7 There are those who pretend to be rich, yet have nothing; and those who act poor, yet
have great riches.
8 The ransom of a man's life is his riches, but the poor does not hear rebuke.
9 The light of the righteous rejoices, but the lamp of the wicked shall be put out.
10 By pride comes nothing but strife, but with those who deliberate is wisdom.
11 Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished, but he who gathers with the labor of
his hands shall increase.
12 Hope postponed makes the heart sick, but when desire comes to pass it is a tree of
13 Whoever despises the Word shall be destroyed, but he who fears the commandment
shall be rewarded.
14 The law of the wise is a fountain of life, to turn away from the snares of death.
15 Good understanding gives favor, but the way of traitors is ever flowing.
16 Every prudent one acts with knowledge, but a fool lays open his folly.
17 A wicked messenger falls into evil, but a faithful ambassador is health.
18 Poverty and shame shall be to him who ignores correction, but he who heeds reproof
shall be honored.
19 The desire accomplished is sweet to the soul, but it is an abomination to fools to
turn from evil.
20 He who walks with the wise will be wise, but a companion of fools shall be
21 Evil pursues sinners, but to the righteous, good shall be repaid.
22 A good man leaves an inheritance to his children's children, but the wealth of the
sinner is treasured up for the just.
23 There is much food in the cultivated land of the poor, but when there is no justice, it
is snatched away.
24 He who withholds the rod hates his son, but he who loves him chastens him
25 The righteous eats to the satisfying of his soul, but the belly of the wicked shall lack.
1 A wise woman builds her house, but the foolish tears it down with her hands.
2 He who walks in his uprightness fears Jehovah, but he who is perverse in his ways
3 In the mouth of the fool is a rod of pride, but the lips of the wise shall keep them.
4 Where no oxen are, the stall is clean, but much revenue comes by the strength of the
5 A faithful witness does not lie, but a false witness speaks lies.
6 A scorner seeks wisdom, and does not find it; but knowledge is easy to him who
7 Go from the presence of a foolish man when you do not perceive in him the lips of
8 The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way, but the folly of fools is deceit.
9 Fools mock at sin, but among the upright there is favor.
10 The heart knows its own bitterness, and a stranger does not share in its joy.
11 The house of the wicked shall be overthrown, but the tent of the upright shall
12 There is a way which seems right to a man, but the end of it is the ways of death.
13 Even in laughter the heart may sorrow, and the end of that mirth is heaviness.
14 The backslider in heart shall be filled with his own ways, but a good man from
15 The simple believes every word, but the prudent considers well his steps.
16 A wise one fears and departs from evil, but the fool rages and is confident.
17 One who is short-tempered acts foolishly, and a man of wicked devices is hated.
18 The simple inherit folly, but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.
19 The evil bow before the good, and the wicked at the gates of the righteous.
20 The poor is hated even by his own neighbor, but the rich has many friends.
21 He who despises his neighbor sins, but he who has mercy on the poor, happy is he.
22 Do not those who devise evil wander? But mercy and truth shall be to those who
23 In all labor there is profit, but the talk of the lips tends only to poverty.
24 The crown of the wise is their wealth; the foolishness of fools is folly.
25 A true witness delivers souls, but a deceitful witness speaks lies.
26 In the fear of Jehovah is strong confidence, and His children shall have a place of
27 The fear of Jehovah is a fountain of life, to avoid the snares of death.
28 In the multitude of people is the king's honor, but in the lack of people is the ruin of
29 He who is slow to wrath is of great understanding, but he who is impatient exalts
30 A sound heart is life to the flesh, but envy is rottenness to the bones.
31 He who oppresses the poor reproaches his Maker, but he who honors Him has mercy
upon the needy.
32 The wicked is cast down in his wickedness, but the righteous has refuge in his death.
33 Wisdom rests in the heart of him who has understanding, but that which is within
fools is made known.
34 Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.
35 The king's favor is toward a wise servant, but his wrath is against him who causes
1 A soft answer turns away wrath, but grievous words stir up anger.
2 The tongue of the wise uses knowledge rightly, but the mouth of fools pours out
3 The eyes of Jehovah are in every place, keeping watch over the evil and the good.
4 A wholesome tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness in it is a break in the spirit.
5 A fool despises his father's instruction, but he who restrains himself because of
reproof is prudent.
6 In the house of the righteous is much treasure, but in the revenue of the wicked is
7 The lips of the wise disperse knowledge, but the heart of the fool is not so.
8 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to Jehovah, but the prayer of the
upright is His delight.
9 The way of the wicked is an abomination to Jehovah, but He loves him who pursues
10 Correction is grievous to him who forsakes the way; he who hates reproof shall die.
11 Sheol and Abaddon are before Jehovah; even more, the hearts of the sons of men.
12 A scorner does not love one who corrects him, nor will he go to the wise.
13 A merry heart makes a cheerful face, but by sorrow of heart the spirit is broken.
14 The heart of him who has understanding seeks knowledge, but the mouth of fools
feeds on folly.
15 All the days of the afflicted are evil, but gladness of heart is a continual feast.
16 Better is a little with the fear of Jehovah than great treasure and turmoil with it.
17 Better is a dinner of vegetables where love is, than a fattened cow and hatred with it.
18 A wrathful man stirs up strife, but one who is slow to anger calms the dispute.
19 The way of the sluggard is like a hedge of thorns, but the way of the upright is a
20 A wise son makes a glad father, but a foolish man despises his mother.
21 Folly is joy to him who is without heart, but a man of understanding walks uprightly.
22 Without counsel, plans are frustrated, but in the multitude of counselors they are
23 A man has joy by the answer of his mouth, and a word in due season, how good it is!
24 The way of life is upward to the wise, so that he may turn away from Sheol below.
25 Jehovah will destroy the house of the proud, but He will establish the territory of the
26 The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to Jehovah, but the words of the
pure are pleasant.
27 He who is greedy for gain troubles his own house, but he who hates bribes shall live.
28 The heart of the righteous studies how to answer, but the mouth of the wicked pours
29 Jehovah is far from the wicked, but He hears the prayer of the righteous.
30 The light of the eyes rejoices the heart; a good report makes the bones fat.
31 The ear that hears the reproof of life shall remain among the wise.
32 He who neglects instruction despises his own soul, but he who heeds reproof gets
33 The fear of Jehovah is the instruction of wisdom, and before honor is humility.
1 The arrangement of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, are from
2 All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, but Jehovah weighs the spirits.
3 Roll your works upon Jehovah, and your thoughts will be established.
4 Jehovah has made all things for a witness; yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.
5 Everyone who is proud in heart is an abomination to Jehovah; though hand join in
hand, he shall not go unpunished.
6 By mercy and truth iniquity is purged, and by the fear of Jehovah men turn away from
7 When a man's ways please Jehovah, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with
8 Better is a little with righteousness than great revenue without justice.
9 A man's heart devises his way, but Jehovah arranges his steps.
10 A divine sentence is in the lips of the king; his mouth does not transgress in
11 A just weight and balance are Jehovah's; all the weight stones of the bag are His
12 It is an abomination for kings to commit wickedness; for the throne is established by
13 Righteous lips are the delight of kings, and they love him who speaks what is right.
14 The wrath of a king is as messengers of death, but a wise man will appease it.
15 In the light of the king's face is life, and his favor is like a cloud of the latter rain.
16 How much better it is to get wisdom than gold! And to get understanding is rather to
be chosen than silver!
17 The way of the upright is to turn away from evil; he who keeps his way guards his
18 Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.
19 It is better to be of a humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoils with the
20 He who handles a matter wisely shall find good, and whoever trusts in Jehovah,
happy is he.
21 The wise in heart shall be called prudent, and the sweetness of the lips increases
22 Understanding is a fountain of life to him who has it, but the correction of fools is
23 The heart of the wise teaches his mouth, and adds learning to his lips.
24 Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.
25 There is a way that seems right to a man, but the end of it is the ways of death.
26 He who labors, labors for himself, for his mouth craves it of him.
27 A worthless man digs up evil, and his lips are like a burning fire.
28 A perverse man sows strife, and a whisperer separates intimate friends.
29 A violent man entices his neighbor, and makes him go in a way that is not good.
30 He shuts his eyes to invent perverse things; pursing his lips he brings evil to pass.
31 The gray head is a crown of glory, if it is found in the way of righteousness.
32 He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he
who takes a city.
33 The lot is cast into the lap, but the whole disposition of it is from Jehovah.
1 Better is a dry morsel with quietness, than a house full of sacrifices with strife.
2 A wise servant shall have rule over a son who causes shame, and shall share in the
inheritance among the brothers.
3 The refining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold, but Jehovah tries the hearts.
4 An evildoer gives heed to false lips; a liar listens to a destructive tongue.
5 He who mocks the poor reproaches his Maker; he who is glad at calamities shall not
6 Children's children are the crown of old men, and the glory of children are their
7 Excellent speech is not befitting a fool; much less lying lips a prince.
8 A bribe is like a precious stone in the eyes of him who has it; wherever he turns, he
9 He who covers a transgression seeks love, but he who repeats a matter separates
10 A reproof enters more into a wise man than a thousand stripes into a fool.
11 An evil man seeks only rebellion; therefore a cruel messenger shall be sent against
12 Let a man meet a bear robbed of her cubs, rather than a fool in his folly.
13 Whoever rewards evil for good, evil shall not depart from his house.
14 The beginning of strife is like letting out water; therefore leave off contention,
before it breaks out.
15 He who justifies the wicked, and he who condemns the just, both of them alike are
an abomination to Jehovah.
16 Why is there a price in the hand of a fool to buy wisdom, since he has no heart?
17 A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.
18 A man lacking heart strikes hands; he becomes surety in the presence of his friend.
19 He who loves transgression loves strife; he who exalts his gate seeks destruction.
20 He who has a perverse heart finds no good, and he who has a crooked tongue falls
21 He who begets a fool does it to his sorrow; the father of a fool has no joy.
22 A merry heart does good like medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones.
23 A wicked man accepts a bribe out of the bosom to pervert the ways of justice.
24 Wisdom is before him who has understanding, but the eyes of a fool are on the ends
of the earth.
25 A foolish son is a grief to his father, and bitterness to her who bore him.
26 It is also not good to punish the just, nor to strike princes for uprightness.
27 He who has knowledge restrains his words; a man of understanding is of a calm
28 Even a fool, when he is silent, is counted wise; and he who shuts his lips, as a man of
1 He that separates himself seeks his own desire; he breaks out against all sound
2 A fool has no delight in understanding, but only that his heart may reveal itself.
3 When the wicked comes, contempt also comes, and with dishonor comes reproach.
4 The words of a man's mouth are like deep waters; the fountain of wisdom is like a
5 It is not good to favor the person of the wicked, nor to overthrow the righteous in
6 A fool's lips enter into strife, and his mouth calls for strokes.
7 A fool's mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul.
8 The words of a talebearer are gulped down, and they go down into the innermost
parts of the belly.
9 He, also, who is slothful in his work is brother to a ruler who destroys.
10 The name of Jehovah is a strong tower; the righteous one runs into it and is safe.
11 The rich man's wealth is his strong city, and as a high wall in his own imagination.
12 Prior to shattering, the heart of man is haughty; and before honor is humility.
13 He who answers a matter before he hears it, it is folly and shame to him.
14 The spirit of a man will sustain him in sickness, but who can bear a stricken spirit?
15 The heart of the prudent acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks
16 A man's gift makes room for him, and brings him before great men.
17 The first to plead his case seems just, until his neighbor comes and cross-examines
18 Casting lots puts an end to contentions, and separates the mighty from each other.
19 A brother offended is like a strong city, and their contentions are like the bars of a
20 A man's belly shall be satisfied from the fruit of his mouth; he shall be satisfied
with the produce of his lips.
21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it shall eat the
fruit of it.
22 He who finds a wife finds a good thing, and obtains favor from Jehovah.
23 The poor speaks humble requests, but the rich answers roughly.
24 A man and his friends may be broken up, but there is a love that sticks closer than a
1 Better is the poor who walks in his integrity than he who is perverse in his lips, and is
2 Also for the soul to be without knowledge is not good, and he who hurries with his
3 The foolishness of man perverts his way, and his heart frets against Jehovah.
4 Wealth makes many friends; but the poor is separated from his neighbor.
5 A false witness shall not go unpunished, and he who utters lies shall not escape.
6 Many entreat the favor of the nobility, and everyone is friends with him who gives
7 All the brothers of the poor man hate him; how much more do his friends go far from
him? He pursues them with words, yet they are nowhere to be found.
8 He who gets wisdom loves his own soul; he who keeps understanding shall find good.
9 A false witness shall not go unpunished, and he who speaks lies shall perish.
10 Luxury is not befitting a fool; much less for a servant to rule over princes.
11 The prudence of a man puts off his anger; and it is his glory to sweep aside a
12 The king's wrath is like the roaring of a lion; but his favor is like dew on the grass.
13 A foolish son is the ruin of his father, and the contentions of a wife, a continual
14 Houses and riches are the inheritance from fathers, but a prudent wife is from
15 Laziness causes one to fall into a deep sleep, and an idle soul shall suffer hunger.
16 He who keeps the Commandment keeps his own soul; he who despises His ways
17 He who has pity upon the poor lends to Jehovah, and He will make compensation
for what he has given.
18 Chasten your son while there is hope, and let not your soul hold back, lest he be put
19 A man of great wrath shall suffer punishment; for if you rescue him, you will have
to do it again.
20 Give heed to counsel, and receive instruction, so that you may be wise in your latter
21 There are many plans in a man's heart; nevertheless the counsel of Jehovah shall
22 What is desired of a man is his kindness; and a poor man is better than a liar.
23 The fear of Jehovah tends to life, and he rests satisfied; he shall not be visited with
24 A sluggard puts his hand in a dish, and he will not even return it to his mouth.
25 Strike a scorner, and the simple will beware; reprove one who has understanding,
and he will understand knowledge.
26 He who assaults his father and chases away his mother is a son who causes shame
and brings reproach.
27 My son, cease to hear correction, and you will stray from the words of knowledge.
28 A worthless witness scorns justice, and the mouth of the wicked devours iniquity.
29 Judgments are prepared for scorners, and stripes for the backs of fools.
1 Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging, and whoever goes astray by it is not wise.
2 The fear of a king is as the roaring of a lion; whoever stirs him up to anger sins
against his own soul.
3 It is an honor for a man to cease from strife, but every fool exposes himself.
4 The sluggard will not plow; after the autumn he shall beg during harvest and have
5 Advice in the heart of man is like deep water, but a man of understanding will draw it
6 Most men will proclaim each one his own goodness, but who can find a faithful man?
7 The just walks in his integrity; his children are blessed after him.
8 A king who sits on the throne of judgment scatters away all evil with his eyes.
9 Who can say, I have made my heart clean; I am pure from my sin?
10 Different sets of weight stones, different sets of measures, both are an abomination
11 Even a child is known by his deeds, whether his work is pure and right.
12 The hearing ear and the seeing eye, Jehovah has made them both.
13 Do not love sleep, lest you come to poverty; open your eyes and you shall be
satisfied with bread.
14 No good! It is no good! says the buyer; but when he has gone his way, then he
15 There is gold and a multitude of rubies; but the lips of knowledge are a prized
16 Take the garment of him who is surety for a stranger; and take a pledge from him
17 Bread of deceit is sweet to a man, but afterwards his mouth shall be filled with
18 Plans are established by counsel; and wage war with good advice.
19 A gossip is a revealer of secrets; therefore do not fellowship with him who flatters
with his lips.
20 Whoever curses his father or his mother, his lamp shall be put out in deep darkness.
21 An inheritance obtained by greed in the beginning will not be blessed in the end.
22 Do not say, I will recompense evil; wait on Jehovah, and He will save you.
23 Different sets of weight stones are an abomination to Jehovah, and dishonest scales
are not good.
24 Man's steps are of Jehovah; how then can a man understand his own way?
25 It is a snare for a man to rashly devote something as holy, and afterward to
reconsider his vows.
26 A wise king winnows the wicked and brings the threshing wheel over them.
27 The spirit of man is the lamp of Jehovah, searching all the inward parts of the belly.
28 Mercy and truth preserve the king; and his throne is upheld by goodness.
29 The glory of young men is their strength; and the honor of old men is the gray head.
30 The bruises of a wound cleanse away evil, and stripes the inward parts of the belly.
1 The king's heart is in the hand of Jehovah; like rivers of water, He turns it wherever He pleases.
2 Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, but Jehovah ponders the hearts.
3 With Jehovah, to do righteousness and justice is to be chosen over sacrifice.
4 A haughty look, a proud heart, and the plowing of the wicked are sin.
5 The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenty; but the thoughts of everyone who is
hasty only to poverty.
6 The acquisition of treasures by a lying tongue is a vanity driven about by those who
7 The violence of the wicked shall destroy them, because they refuse to do justice.
8 The way of a guilty man is perverted; but as for the pure, his work is right.
9 It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop than to share a house with a
10 The soul of the wicked desires evil; his neighbor finds no favor in his eyes.
11 When the scorner is punished, the simple is made wise; and when the wise is
instructed, he receives knowledge.
12 The righteous wisely considers the house of the wicked, subverting the wicked for
13 Whoever stops his ears at the cry of the poor, he also shall cry himself, but shall not
14 A gift in secret pacifies anger; and a bribe in the bosom, strong wrath.
15 It is joy to the just to do justice, but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity.
16 The man who wanders out of the way of understanding shall rest in the assembly of the spirits of the dead.
17 He who loves pleasure will be a poor man; he who loves wine and oil will not be
18 The wicked shall be a ransom for the righteous, and the traitor for the upright.
19 It is better to dwell in the wilderness, than with a contentious and angry woman.
20 There is desirable treasure and oil in the dwelling of the wise; but a foolish man
21 He who follows after righteousness and mercy finds life, righteousness, and honor.
22 A wise man scales the city of the mighty and brings down the strength of its refuge.
23 Whoever watches his mouth and his tongue keeps his soul from troubles.
24 Proud, haughty scorner is his name, who acts with arrogant pride.
25 The desire of the sluggard kills him, for his hands have refused to work.
26 He covets greedily all day long, but the righteous gives and spares not.
27 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination; how much more when he brings it
with wicked intent!
28 A false witness shall perish, but the man who hears speaks enduringly.
29 A wicked man hardens his face, but the upright establishes his way.
30 There is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against Jehovah.
31 The horse is prepared for the day of battle, but deliverance is from Jehovah.
1 A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches; and loving favor rather than
silver or gold.
2 The rich and poor have this in common: Jehovah is the maker of them all.
3 The prudent foresees the evil and hides himself, but the simple pass along and are
4 By humility and the fear of Jehovah are riches and honor and life.
5 Thorns and snares are in the way of the perverse; he who keeps his soul shall be far
6 Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old, he will not depart from
7 The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.
8 He who sows iniquity shall reap vanity; and the rod of his anger shall fail.
9 He who has a beneficent eye shall be blessed; for he gives of his bread to the poor.
10 Cast out the scorner, and contention shall leave; yes, condemnation and shame shall
11 He who loves pureness of heart and has grace on his lips; the king will be his friend.
12 The eyes of Jehovah have preserved knowledge, and He overthrows the words of
those who deal treacherously.
13 The sluggard says, There is a lion outside! I shall be killed in the streets!
14 The mouth of strange women is a deep pit; those abhorred by Jehovah shall fall
15 Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child; the rod of correction shall drive it far
16 He who oppresses the poor to make increase for himself, and he who gives to the
rich, shall surely come to poverty.
17 Extend your ear and hear the words of the wise, and apply your heart to my
18 for it is a pleasant thing if you keep them within you; they shall all be fixed upon your
19 so that your trust may be in Jehovah; I have made known to you this day, even to you.
20 Have I not written to you excellent things in counsels and knowledge,
21 that I might make you know the verity of the words of truth; that you may answer
words of truth to those who send to you?
22 Do not rob the poor, because he is poor; nor oppress the afflicted in the gate;
23 for Jehovah will plead their case, and plunder the soul of those who plunder them.
24 Make no friendship with an angry man; and do not go with a man of fury,
25 lest you learn his ways and get a snare to your soul.
26 Be not one of those who strike hands, of those who are sureties for debts.
27 If you have nothing with which to pay, why should he take away your bed from under
28 Do not remove the ancient landmark which your fathers have set.
29 Do you see a man diligent in his business? He shall stand before kings; he shall not
stand before insignificant men.
1 When you sit down to eat with a ruler, consider carefully what is before you;
2 and put a knife to your throat if you are a man given to appetite.
3 Do not desire his delicacies, for they are deceptive food.
4 Do not overwork to be rich; cease from your own understanding.
5 Will you set your eyes on that which is not? For riches certainly make themselves
wings; they fly away like an eagle into the heavens.
6 Do not eat the bread of him who has an evil eye, nor desire his dainty foods;
7 for as he thinks in his heart, so is he. Eat and drink! he says to you, but his heart is not
8 The morsel you have eaten, you shall vomit up, and spoil your pleasant words.
9 Do not speak in the ears of a fool, for he will despise the wisdom of your words.
10 Do not remove the ancient landmarks, and do not enter into the fields of the
11 for their Redeemer is mighty; He shall plead their case against you.
12 Apply your heart to instruction and your ears to the words of knowledge.
13 Do not withhold correction from a lad, for if you beat him with the rod, he will not
14 You shall beat him with the rod, and shall deliver his soul from Sheol.
15 My son, if your heart is wise, my heart shall rejoice, even mine.
16 Yea, my heart shall rejoice when your lips speak right things.
17 Do not let your heart envy sinners; but be in the fear of Jehovah all the day long.
18 For surely there is a hereafter, and your hope shall not be cut off.
19 Hear, my son, and be wise, and guide your heart in the way.
20 Do not be among those who are heavy drinkers of wine, or among gluttons for flesh;
21 for the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty, and slumber shall clothe a
man with rags.
22 Listen to your father who begot you, and do not despise your mother when she is old.
23 Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.
24 The father of the righteous shall greatly rejoice; and he who begets a wise child shall
be glad because of him.
25 Your father and your mother shall be glad, and she who bore you shall rejoice.
26 My son, give Me your heart, and let your eyes take pleasure in observing My ways.
27 For a harlot is a deep pit, and a foreign woman is a narrow well.
28 She also lies in wait as for prey, and increases treachery among men.
29 Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has contentions? Who has complaints? Who
has wounds without cause? Who has redness of eyes?
30 Those who linger long at the wine, those who go in search of mixed wine.
31 Do not look upon the wine when it is red, when it gives off bubbles in the cup, when
it swirls around smoothly.
32 In the end it bites like a serpent and stings like a viper.
33 Your eyes will see strange things and your heart will speak perversities.
34 Yes, you shall be as one who lies down in the middle of the sea, or as one who lies
upon the top of a mast, saying:
35 They struck me, but I was not hurt; they beat me, but I did not feel it. When I awake,
I will ask for more; to do it again.
1 Do not be envious of evil men, nor desire to be with them.
2 For their heart devises violence, and their lips talk of mischief.
3 Through wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established;
4 and by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches.
5 A wise man is strong; yes, a man of knowledge increases strength.
6 For by wise counsel you shall wage war; and in a multitude of counselors is safety.
7 Wisdom is too lofty for a fool; he does not open his mouth in the gate.
8 He who plots to do evil shall be called a master of evil plots.
9 The wicked devices of foolishness is sin; and the scorner is an abomination to men.
10 If you faint in the day of distress, your strength is small.
11 If you refrain from delivering those being led away to death, those about to die;
12 if you say, Behold, we did not know it; does not He who ponders the heart consider
it? And the Keeper of your soul, does He not know it? And shall He not repay to a man
according to his deeds?
13 My son, eat honey, because it is good; and the honeycomb which is sweet to your taste.
14 So shall the knowledge of wisdom be to your soul; when you have found it, then there shall be a reward, and your expectation shall not be cut off.
15 O wicked one, do not lie in wait at the dwelling of the righteous; do not assault his
16 for a just man may fall seven times, and rise up again; but the wicked shall stumble
17 Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, and do not let your heart be glad when he
18 lest Jehovah see it, and it displease Him, and He turns away His wrath from him.
19 Do not fret yourself because of evildoers, nor be envious of the wicked;
20 for there shall not be a posterity to the evil; the lamp of the wicked shall be
21 My son, fear Jehovah and the king; and do not fellowship with those who are given
22 for their disaster shall rise suddenly, and who knows the ruin of them both?
23 These things also are to the wise: To show partiality in judgment is not good.
24 He who says to the wicked, You are righteous; the people will curse him and nations
will abhor him.
25 But to those who rebuke him shall be delight, and a good blessing shall come upon
26 He shall kiss the lips that return right words.
27 Prepare your work outside, and make ready for yourself in the field; and afterwards
build your house.
28 Do not be a witness against your neighbor without cause, nor deceive with your lips.
29 Do not say, I will do to him as he has done to me; I will render to the man according
to his deeds.
30 I went by the field of the lazy man, and by the vineyard of the man lacking heart;
31 and, lo, it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles had covered the face of it, and
its stone wall was broken down.
32 Then I saw; I set my heart on it; I observed and received instruction.
33 A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest;
34 so shall your poverty come like a prowler, and your want like an armed man.
1 These are also proverbs of Solomon which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah
2 The glory of God is to conceal a thing; but the honor of kings is to search out a
3 The heavens for height, and the earth for depth, but the heart of kings is unsearchable.
4 Take away the dross from the silver, and there shall come forth a vessel for the
5 Take away the wicked from before the king, and his throne shall be established in
6 Do not claim honor for yourself in the presence of the king, and do not stand in the
place of the great;
7 for it is better that it should be said to you, Come up here, than that you should be put
lower in the presence of the prince whom your eyes have seen.
8 Do not be quick to start a quarrel, lest you know not what to do in the end of it, when
your neighbor has put you to shame.
9 Debate your case with your neighbor, and do not disclose the secret to another,
10 lest he who hears it put you to shame, and your bad reputation never go away.
11 A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.
12 As a ring of gold, and an ornament of fine gold, so is a wise reprover to an attentive
13 Like the cold of snow in the time of harvest, so is a faithful messenger to those who
send him; for he refreshes the soul of his masters.
14 A man boasting himself of a false gift is like clouds and wind without rain.
15 In being slow to anger a ruler is persuaded, and a soft tongue breaks the bone.
16 Have you found honey? Eat only as much as is enough for you, lest you be filled to
excess and vomit it.
17 Seldom set foot in your neighbor's house, lest he be weary of you and hate you.
18 A man who bears false witness against his neighbor is like a club, and a sword, and
a sharp arrow.
19 Trust in an unfaithful man in time of trouble is like a broken tooth, and a foot out of
20 Like one who takes away a garment in cold weather, and like vinegar on soda, so is
he who sings songs to a heavy heart.
21 If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he is thirsty, give him water to
22 for you shall heap coals of fire upon his head, and Jehovah will reward you.
23 The north wind wrings out rain; so does an angry face a slanderous tongue.
24 It is better to dwell in the corner of the housetop than to share a house with a
25 Like cold waters to a weary soul, so is good news from a distant land.
26 A righteous man who totters before the wicked is like a fouled spring and a polluted
27 It is not good to eat much honey; so, to search out one's own glory is not glory.
28 He who has no rule over his own spirit is like a broken down city without walls.
1 As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, so honor is not befitting a fool.
2 Like a flitting bird, like a flying swallow, so the curse without cause shall not alight.
3 A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, and a rod for the fool's back.
4 Do not answer a fool according to his folly, lest you also be like him.
5 Answer a fool according to his folly, that he not be wise in his own eyes.
6 He who sends a message by the hand of a fool cuts off his own feet and drinks
7 As the legs of the lame hang limp; so is a proverb in the mouth of fools.
8 As he who binds a stone in a sling, so is he who gives honor to a fool.
9 As a thorn goes up into the hand of a drunkard, so is a proverb in the mouth of fools.
10 The Great One who brings forth all things, gives the fool his hire, and the perishing
11 As a dog returns to its vomit, so a fool returns to his folly.
12 Do you see a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.
13 The sluggard says, There is a lion in the way! A lion is in the streets!
14 As the door turns on its hinges, so does the sluggard upon his bed.
15 The sluggard hides his hand in the dish; it wearies him to bring it back to his mouth.
16 The sluggard is wiser in his own eyes than seven men who can answer with taste.
17 He who passes by, and crosses over into a quarrel that is not his own, is like one
who takes a dog by the ears.
18 Like a madman who throws firebrands, arrows, and death;
19 so is the man who deceives his neighbor and says, Was I not joking?
20 Where there is no wood, the fire goes out; and where there is no talebearer, strife
21 As coals to burning coals, and wood to fire, so is a contentious man to kindle strife.
22 The words of a talebearer are gulped down, and they go down into the innermost
parts of the belly.
23 Burning lips and a wicked heart are like a broken piece of pottery overlaid with
24 He who hates, disguises it with his lips, and lays up deceit within himself.
25 When he speaks graciously, do not believe him; for there are seven abominations in
26 He whose hatred is covered by deceit, his wickedness shall be disclosed before the
27 Whoever digs a pit may fall into it; and he who rolls a stone, it may return upon him.
28 A lying tongue hates those crushed by it, and a flattering mouth brings about ruin.
1 Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth.
2 Let another man praise you, and not your own mouth; a stranger, and not your own
3 A stone is heavy, and sand is weighty; but a fool's wrath is heavier than them both.
4 Wrath is cruel, and anger is overflowing; but who is able to stand before jealousy?
5 Open rebuke is better than love carefully concealed.
6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.
7 The full soul tramples a honeycomb; but to the hungry soul every bitter thing is
8 As a bird that wanders from its nest, so is a man who wanders from his place.
9 Ointment and perfume make the heart glad; so does the sweetness of advice from the
soul of one's friend.
10 Do not forsake your own friend or your father's friend, nor go to your brother's house
in the day of your calamity; better is a neighbor that is near than a brother afar off.
11 My son, be wise, and make my heart glad, so that I may have a word to answer him
who reproaches me.
12 A prudent person foresees the evil and hides himself, but the simple pass on and are
13 Take the garment of him who is surety for a stranger, and hold him in pledge for a
14 He who blesses his friend with a loud voice, rising early in the morning, it shall be
counted a curse to him.
15 A continual dripping on a very rainy day and a contentious woman are alike.
16 Whoever hides her hides the wind, and the ointment of his right hand calls out.
17 As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.
18 Whoever keeps the fig tree shall eat its fruit; so he who waits on his master shall be
19 As in water face reflects face, so the heart of man reflects man.
20 Sheol and Abaddon are never full; so the eyes of man are never satisfied.
21 As the refining pot for silver and the furnace for gold, so is the mouth for a man's
22 Though you pound a fool in a mortar with a pestle along with the grain, his
foolishness will not depart from him.
23 Know and recognize the face of your flocks; set your heart on your herds.
24 For riches are not forever; nor the crown from generation to generation.
25 When the hay is removed, and the tender grass is visible, and mountain herbs are
26 the lambs are for your clothing, and the goats are the price of the field.
27 And you shall have enough goats' milk for your food, for the food of your household,
and the sustenance of your maidens.
1 The wicked flee when no one pursues, but the righteous are bold as a lion.
2 Because of the transgression of a land, many are its rulers; but a reign is prolonged by
a man of discernment and knowledge.
3 A poor man who oppresses the lowly is like a sweeping rain which leaves no food.
4 Those who forsake the Law praise the wicked, but those who keep the Law strive
5 Evil men do not understand justice; but those who seek Jehovah understand all
6 Better is the poor who walks in his integrity than he who is perverse in his ways,
though he be rich.
7 Whoever keeps the Law is an understanding son, but a companion of gluttons shames
8 He who increases his wealth by interest and usury, gathers it for him who will pity the
9 He who turns away his ear from hearing the Law, even his prayer is an abomination.
10 Whoever causes the upright to go astray in an evil way, he himself shall fall into his
own pit; but the one who is perfect shall possess the good.
11 The rich man is wise in his own eyes; but the poor who has understanding searches
12 When the righteous rejoice, there is great glory; but when the wicked arise, men
13 He who covers his sins shall not prosper; but he who confesses and forsakes them
shall have mercy.
14 Blessed is the man who is continually in awe, but he who hardens his heart shall fall
15 Like a roaring lion and a ranging bear, so is a wicked ruler over the lowly people.
16 A ruler lacking understanding is abundant in extortions; he who hates unjust gain
shall prolong his days.
17 A man who is oppressed with the blood of a soul shall flee to the pit; let no one
18 Whoever walks in integrity shall be delivered; but he who is perverse in his ways
shall fall at once.
19 He who tills his land shall have plenty of bread, but he who pursues vanities shall
have poverty enough.
20 A faithful man shall abound with blessings, but he who makes haste to be rich shall
not be found innocent.
21 To show partiality is not good; because, for a piece of bread a man will transgress.
22 He who hastens to be rich has an evil eye, and does not recognize that poverty will
come upon him.
23 He who rebukes a man shall afterwards find more favor than he who flatters with
24 He who robs his father or his mother and says, It is no transgression, is a companion
to a man who destroys.
25 He who is of a proud soul stirs up strife; but he who puts his trust in Jehovah shall
be made fat.
26 He who trusts in his own heart is a fool, but whoever walks wisely shall be
27 He who gives to the poor shall not lack, but he who hides his eyes shall have many a
28 When the wicked arise, men hide themselves; but when they perish, the righteous
1 A man who hardens his neck when reproved shall be suddenly broken, and there will
be no healing.
2 When the righteous multiply, the people rejoice; but when the wicked rule, the people
3 Whoever loves wisdom causes his father to rejoice; but a companion of harlots
4 The king establishes the land by justice; but he who receives bribes tears it down.
5 A man who flatters his neighbor spreads a net for his feet.
6 In the transgression of an evil man there is a snare; but the righteous shouts and
7 The righteous considers the plea of the poor, but the wicked has no discernment to
8 Scornful men blast and inflame a city, but the wise turn away anger.
9 If a wise man contends with a foolish man, whether he rages or laughs, there is no
10 Men of blood hate the perfect; but the upright seek the security of his soul.
11 A fool vents all his emotions; but a wise one keeps still until afterwards.
12 If a ruler pays attention to lies, all his servants are wicked.
13 The poor and the oppressor have this in common; Jehovah gives light to the eyes of
14 A king who judges the lowly in truth, his throne shall be established continually.
15 The rod and rebuke give wisdom, but a lad set loose brings shame to his mother.
16 When the wicked become numerous, transgression increases; but the righteous shall
see their fall.
17 Correct your son, and he will give you rest; yea, he shall give delight to your soul.
18 Where there is no vision, the people are unrestrained; but he who keeps the Law is
19 A servant will not be corrected by words, for though he understands, he will not
20 Do you see a man hasty in his words? There is more hope for a fool than for him.
21 He who pampers his servant from youth, that one in the end shall be as his progeny.
22 An angry man stirs up strife, and a furious man abounds in transgression.
23 A man's pride shall bring him low; but honor shall uphold the humble in spirit.
24 He who shares with a thief hates his own soul; he hears the oath, but does not
25 The fear of man brings a snare, but whoever puts his trust in Jehovah shall be
26 Many seek the ruler's favor, but man's justice comes from Jehovah.
27 An unjust man is an abomination to the just; and he who is upright in the way is an
abomination to the wicked.
1 The words of Agur the son of Jakeh, the burden. The man spoke to Ithiel, to Ithiel
2 Surely I am more stupid than any man, and do not have the understanding of a man.
3 I have not learned wisdom, nor the knowledge of the Holy One.
4 Who has gone up into Heaven, or descended? Who has gathered the wind in His fists?
Who has bound the waters in a garment? Who has established all the ends of the earth?
What is His name, and what is His Son's name? Surely you know.
5 Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him.
6 Do not add to His Words, that He not judge you and you be found a liar.
7 Two things I have asked of You (Do not withhold them before I die):
8 Remove far from me vanity and lying words; give me neither poverty or riches,
provide for me my prescribed portion of food;
9 lest I be full and deny You and say, Who is Jehovah? Or lest I be poor and steal, and
take the name of my God in vain.
10 Do not accuse a servant to his master, lest he curse you, and you be found guilty.
11 There is a generation that curses their father, and does not bless their mother.
12 There is a generation that is pure in its own eyes, and yet is not washed from its
13 There is a generation, O how lofty are their eyes! And their eyelids are lifted up.
14 There is a generation whose teeth are like swords, and their jaw teeth like knives, to
devour the poor from off the earth, and the needy from among men.
15 The leech has two daughters, crying, Give, give! Three things are never satisfied,
yea, four things never say, Enough!
16 Sheol, and the barren womb, the earth that is not satisfied with water, and the fire;
these have not said, Enough!
17 The eye that mocks his father and despises to obey his mother, the ravens of the
valley shall pick it out, and the young eagles shall eat it.
18 Three things are too wonderful for me, yea, four which I do not know:
19 The way of an eagle in the air, 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 virgin.
20 This is the way of an adulterous woman: She eats, and wipes her mouth, and says, I
have done no wickedness.
21 Under three things the earth quakes, and under four it is not able to bear up:
22 For a servant when he reigns, a fool when he is filled with food,
23 a hateful woman when she is married, and a maidservant that is heir to her mistress.
24 Four things are little on the earth, but they are exceedingly wise:
25 The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their food in the summer;
26 the hyrax are not a mighty people, yet they make their dwellings in the crags;
27 the locusts have no king, yet all of them go forth in swarms;
28 you can catch a lizard with the hands, yet it is in king's palaces.
29 There are three things that are beautiful in their stride, yea, four that go right along:
30 The lion is mighty among beasts and does not turn back from the face of anything;
31 one girded in the loins; and a he goat; and a king with his army.
32 If you have done foolishly in exalting yourself, or if you have devised evil, lay your
hand over your mouth.
33 Surely the churning of milk yields butter, and the squeezing of the nose brings forth
blood; so the wringing of wrath brings forth strife.
1 The words of King Lemuel, the burden which his mother taught him:
2 What, my son? And what, the son of my womb? And what, the son of my vows?
3 Do not give your strength to women, nor your ways to that which destroys kings.
4 It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine, nor for princes strong
5 lest they drink, and forget the Law, and pervert the judgment of any of the afflicted.
6 Give strong drink to him who is about to die, and wine to one who is of a heavy soul.
7 Let him drink, and forget his poverty, and remember his misery no more.
8 Open your mouth for the mute, for the judgment of all those sentenced to destruction.
9 Open your mouth, judge righteously, and plead the case of the poor and needy.
10 Who can find a woman of strength? For her value is far above rubies.
11 The heart of her husband trusts safely in her, so that he shall have no lack of gain.
12 She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.
13 She seeks wool and flax, and works willingly with her hands.
14 She is like the merchant ships; she brings her food from afar.
15 She also rises while it is still night, and prepares food for her household, and portions
for her maidservants.
16 She considers a field and buys it; from the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard.
17 She girds her loins with strength, and makes her arms strong.
18 She tastes that her merchandise is good; her lamp does not go out by night.
19 She reaches her hands to the distaff, and her hand holds the spindle.
20 She extends her hand to the poor; yea, she reaches out her hands to the needy.
21 She is not afraid of the snow for her household, for all her household are clothed with
22 She makes tapestry for herself; her clothing is fine linen and purple.
23 Her husband is known in the gates, when he sits among the elders of the land.
24 She makes fine linen and sells it, and delivers clothing to the merchants.
25 Strength and honor are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.
26 She opens her mouth with wisdom, and on her tongue is the law of kindness.
27 She watches over the ways of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her:
29 Many daughters have dealt with strength, but you have excelled them all.
30 Charm is deceitful and beauty is fleeting, but a woman who fears Jehovah, she shall
31 Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.