THE HOLY BIBLE Authorized King James

Proverbs (Author Solomon)

15:1A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.

15:2The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness.

15:3The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.

15:4A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit.

15:5A fool despiseth his father's instruction: but he that regardeth reproof is prudent.

15:6In the house of the righteous is much treasure: but in the revenues of the wicked is trouble.

15:7The lips of the wise disperse knowledge: but the heart of the foolish doeth not so.

15:8The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but the prayer of the upright is his delight.

15:9The way of the wicked is an abomination unto the LORD: but he loveth him that followeth after righteousness.

15:10Correction is grievous unto him that forsaketh the way: and he that hateth reproof shall die.

15:11Hell and destruction are before the LORD: how much more then the hearts of the children of men?

15:12A scorner loveth not one that reproveth him: neither will he go unto the wise.

15:13A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.

15:14The heart of him that hath understanding seeketh knowledge: but the mouth of fools feedeth on foolishness.

15:15All the days of the afflicted are evil: but he that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast.

15:16Better is little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and trouble therewith.

15:17Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and hatred therewith.

15:18A wrathful man stirreth up strife: but he that is slow to anger appeaseth strife.

15:19The way of the slothful man is as an hedge of thorns: but the way of the righteous is made plain.

15:20A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish man despiseth his mother.

15:21Folly is joy to him that is destitute of wisdom: but a man of understanding walketh uprightly.

15:22Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counsellors they are established.

15:23A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due season, how good is it!

15:24The way of life is above to the wise, that he may depart from hell beneath.

15:25The LORD will destroy the house of the proud: but he will establish the border of the widow.

15:26The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the LORD: but the words of the pure are pleasant words.

15:27He that is greedy of gain troubleth his own house; but he that hateth gifts shall live.

15:28The heart of the righteous studieth to answer: but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things.

15:29The LORD is far from the wicked: but he heareth the prayer of the righteous.

15:30The light of the eyes rejoiceth the heart: and a good report maketh the bones fat.

15:31The ear that heareth the reproof of life abideth among the wise.

15:32He that refuseth instruction despiseth his own soul: but he that heareth reproof getteth understanding.

15:33The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom; and before honour is humility.

16:1The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, is from the LORD.

16:2All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the LORD weigheth the spirits.

16:3Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.

16:4The LORD hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.

16:5Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished.

16:6By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil.

16:7When a man's ways please the LORD, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.

16:8Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues without right.

16:9A man's heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.

16:10A divine sentence is in the lips of the king: his mouth transgresseth not in judgment.

16:11A just weight and balance are the LORD'S: all the weights of the bag are his work.

16:12It is an abomination to kings to commit wickedness: for the throne is established by righteousness.

16:13Righteous lips are the delight of kings; and they love him that speaketh right.

16:14The wrath of a king is as messengers of death: but a wise man will pacify it.

16:15In the light of the king's countenance is life; and his favour is as a cloud of the latter rain.

16:16How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! and to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver!

16:17The highway of the upright is to depart from evil: he that keepeth his way preserveth his soul.

16:18Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.

16:19Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.

16:20He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good: and whoso trusteth in the LORD, happy is he.

16:21The wise in heart shall be called prudent: and the sweetness of the lips increaseth learning.

16:22Understanding is a wellspring of life unto him that hath it: but the instruction of fools is folly.

16:23The heart of the wise teacheth his mouth, and addeth learning to his lips.

16:24Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.

16:25There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

16:26He that laboureth laboureth for himself; for his mouth craveth it of him.

16:27An ungodly man diggeth up evil: and in his lips there is as a burning fire.

16:28A froward man soweth strife: and a whisperer separateth chief friends.

16:29A violent man enticeth his neighbour, and leadeth him into the way that is not good.

16:30He shutteth his eyes to devise froward things: moving his lips he bringeth evil to pass.

16:31The hoary head is a crown of glory, if it be found in the way of righteousness.

16:32He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.

16:33The lot is cast into the lap; but the whole disposing thereof is of the LORD.

17:1Better is a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, than an house full of sacrifices with strife.

17:2A wise servant shall have rule over a son that causeth shame, and shall have part of the inheritance among the brethren.

17:3The fining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold: but the LORD trieth the hearts.

17:4A wicked doer giveth heed to false lips; and a liar giveth ear to a naughty tongue.

17:5Whoso mocketh the poor reproacheth his Maker: and he that is glad at calamities shall not be unpunished.

17:6Children's children are the crown of old men; and the glory of children are their fathers.

17:7Excellent speech becometh not a fool: much less do lying lips a prince.

17:8A gift is as a precious stone in the eyes of him that hath it: whithersoever it turneth, it prospereth.

17:9He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; but he that repeateth a matter separateth very friends.

17:10A reproof entereth more into a wise man than an hundred stripes into a fool.

17:11An evil man seeketh only rebellion: therefore a cruel messenger shall be sent against him.

17:12Let a bear robbed of her whelps meet a man, rather than a fool in his folly.

17:13Whoso rewardeth evil for good, evil shall not depart from his house.

17:14The beginning of strife is as when one letteth out water: therefore leave off contention, before it be meddled with.

17:15He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the just, even they both are abomination to the LORD.

17:16Wherefore is there a price in the hand of a fool to get wisdom, seeing he hath no heart to it?

17:17A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.

17:18A man void of understanding striketh hands, and becometh surety in the presence of his friend.

17:19He loveth transgression that loveth strife: and he that exalteth his gate seeketh destruction.

17:20He that hath a froward heart findeth no good: and he that hath a perverse tongue falleth into mischief.

17:21He that begetteth a fool doeth it to his sorrow: and the father of a fool hath no joy.

17:22A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.

17:23A wicked man taketh a gift out of the bosom to pervert the ways of judgment.

17:24Wisdom is before him that hath understanding; but the eyes of a fool are in the ends of the earth.

17:25A foolish son is a grief to his father, and bitterness to her that bare him.

17:26Also to punish the just is not good, nor to strike princes for equity.

17:27He that hath knowledge spareth his words: and a man of understanding is of an excellent spirit.

17:28Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.

18:1Through desire a man, having separated himself, seeketh and intermeddleth with all wisdom.

18:2A fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself.

18:3When the wicked cometh, then cometh also contempt, and with ignominy reproach.

18:4The words of a man's mouth are as deep waters, and the wellspring of wisdom as a flowing brook.

18:5It is not good to accept the person of the wicked, to overthrow the righteous in judgment.

18:6A fool's lips enter into contention, and his mouth calleth for strokes.

18:7A fool's mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul.

18:8The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.

18:9He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster.

18:10The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.

18:11The rich man's wealth is his strong city, and as an high wall in his own conceit.

18:12Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honour is humility.

18:13He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him.

18:14The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear?

18:15The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge; and the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge.

18:16A man's gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men.

18:17He that is first in his own cause seemeth just; but his neighbour cometh and searcheth him.

18:18The lot causeth contentions to cease, and parteth between the mighty.

18:19A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city: and their contentions are like the bars of a castle.

18:20A man's belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled.

18:21Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

18:22Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the LORD.

18:23The poor useth intreaties; but the rich answereth roughly.

18:24A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.



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