THE HOLY BIBLE Authorized King James

Proverbs (Author Solomon)

19:1Better is the poor that walketh in his integrity, than he that is perverse in his lips, and is a fool.

19:2Also, that the soul be without knowledge, it is not good; and he that hasteth with his feet sinneth.

19:3The foolishness of man perverteth his way: and his heart fretteth against the LORD.

19:4Wealth maketh many friends; but the poor is separated from his neighbour.

19:5A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall not escape.

19:6Many will intreat the favour of the prince: and every man is a friend to him that giveth gifts.

19:7All the brethren of the poor do hate him: how much more do his friends go far from him? he pursueth them with words, yet they are wanting to him.

19:8He that getteth wisdom loveth his own soul: he that keepeth understanding shall find good.

19:9A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall perish.

19:10Delight is not seemly for a fool; much less for a servant to have rule over princes.

19:11The discretion of a man deferreth his anger; and it is his glory to pass over a transgression.

19:12The king's wrath is as the roaring of a lion; but his favour is as dew upon the grass.

19:13A foolish son is the calamity of his father: and the contentions of a wife are a continual dropping.

19:14House and riches are the inheritance of fathers: and a prudent wife is from the LORD.

19:15Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep; and an idle soul shall suffer hunger.

19:16He that keepeth the commandment keepeth his own soul; but he that despiseth his ways shall die.

19:17He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.

19:18Chasten thy son while there is hope, and let not thy soul spare for his crying.

19:19A man of great wrath shall suffer punishment: for if thou deliver him, yet thou must do it again.

19:20Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end.

19:21There are many devices in a man's heart; nevertheless the counsel of the LORD, that shall stand.

19:22The desire of a man is his kindness: and a poor man is better than a liar.

19:23The fear of the LORD tendeth to life: and he that hath it shall abide satisfied; he shall not be visited with evil.

19:24A slothful man hideth his hand in his bosom, and will not so much as bring it to his mouth again.

19:25Smite a scorner, and the simple will beware: and reprove one that hath understanding, and he will understand knowledge.

19:26He that wasteth his father, and chaseth away his mother, is a son that causeth shame, and bringeth reproach.

19:27Cease, my son, to hear the instruction that causeth to err from the words of knowledge.

19:28An ungodly witness scorneth judgment: and the mouth of the wicked devoureth iniquity.

19:29Judgments are prepared for scorners, and stripes for the back of fools.

20:1Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.

20:2The fear of a king is as the roaring of a lion: whoso provoketh him to anger sinneth against his own soul.

20:3It is an honour for a man to cease from strife: but every fool will be meddling.

20:4The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore shall he beg in harvest, and have nothing.

20:5Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water; but a man of understanding will draw it out.

20:6Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find?

20:7The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him.

20:8A king that sitteth in the throne of judgment scattereth away all evil with his eyes.

20:9Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin?

20:10Divers weights, and divers measures, both of them are alike abomination to the LORD.

20:11Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work be pure, and whether it be right.

20:12The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the LORD hath made even both of them.

20:13Love not sleep, lest thou come to poverty; open thine eyes, and thou shalt be satisfied with bread.

20:14It is naught, it is naught, saith the buyer: but when he is gone his way, then he boasteth.

20:15There is gold, and a multitude of rubies: but the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel.

20:16Take his garment that is surety for a stranger: and take a pledge of him for a strange woman.

20:17Bread of deceit is sweet to a man; but afterwards his mouth shall be filled with gravel.

20:18Every purpose is established by counsel: and with good advice make war.

20:19He that goeth about as a talebearer revealeth secrets: therefore meddle not with him that flattereth with his lips.

20:20Whoso curseth his father or his mother, his lamp shall be put out in obscure darkness.

20:21An inheritance may be gotten hastily at the beginning; but the end thereof shall not be blessed.

20:22Say not thou, I will recompense evil; but wait on the LORD, and he shall save thee.

20:23Divers weights are an abomination unto the LORD; and a false balance is not good.

20:24Man's goings are of the LORD; how can a man then understand his own way?

20:25It is a snare to the man who devoureth that which is holy, and after vows to make enquiry.

20:26A wise king scattereth the wicked, and bringeth the wheel over them.

20:27The spirit of man is the candle of the LORD, searching all the inward parts of the belly.

20:28Mercy and truth preserve the king: and his throne is upholden by mercy.

20:29The glory of young men is their strength: and the beauty of old men is the gray head.

20:30The blueness of a wound cleanseth away evil: so do stripes the inward parts of the belly.

21:1The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.

21:2Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the LORD pondereth the hearts.

21:3To do justice and judgment is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.

21:4An high look, and a proud heart, and the plowing of the wicked, is sin.

21:5The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness; but of every one that is hasty only to want.

21:6The getting of treasures by a lying tongue is a vanity tossed to and fro of them that seek death.

21:7The robbery of the wicked shall destroy them; because they refuse to do judgment.

21:8The way of man is froward and strange: but as for the pure, his work is right.

21:9It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman in a wide house.

21:10The soul of the wicked desireth evil: his neighbour findeth no favour in his eyes.

21:11When the scorner is punished, the simple is made wise: and when the wise is instructed, he receiveth knowledge.

21:12The righteous man wisely considereth the house of the wicked: but God overthroweth the wicked for their wickedness.

21:13Whoso stoppeth his ears at the cry of the poor, he also shall cry himself, but shall not be heard.

21:14A gift in secret pacifieth anger: and a reward in the bosom strong wrath.

21:15It is joy to the just to do judgment: but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity.

21:16The man that wandereth out of the way of understanding shall remain in the congregation of the dead.

21:17He that loveth pleasure shall be a poor man: he that loveth wine and oil shall not be rich.

21:18The wicked shall be a ransom for the righteous, and the transgressor for the upright.

21:19It is better to dwell in the wilderness, than with a contentious and an angry woman.

21:20There is treasure to be desired and oil in the dwelling of the wise; but a foolish man spendeth it up.

21:21He that followeth after righteousness and mercy findeth life, righteousness, and honour.

21:22A wise man scaleth the city of the mighty, and casteth down the strength of the confidence thereof.

21:23Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles.

21:24Proud and haughty scorner is his name, who dealeth in proud wrath.

21:25The desire of the slothful killeth him; for his hands refuse to labour.

21:26He coveteth greedily all the day long: but the righteous giveth and spareth not.

21:27The sacrifice of the wicked is abomination: how much more, when he bringeth it with a wicked mind?

21:28A false witness shall perish: but the man that heareth speaketh constantly.

21:29A wicked man hardeneth his face: but as for the upright, he directeth his way.

21:30There is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against the LORD.

21:31The horse is prepared against the day of battle: but safety is of the LORD.



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