Proverbs (Author Solomon)

15:1A soft answer turneth away fury; but a grievous word stirreth up anger.

15:2The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright; but the mouth of the foolish poureth out folly.

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

15:4Gentleness of tongue is a tree of life; but crookedness therein is a breaking of the spirit.

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

15:6In the house of a righteous man is much treasure; but in the revenue of a wicked man is disturbance.

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

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

15:9The way of a wicked man is an abomination to Jehovah; but him that pursueth righteousness he loveth.

15:10Grievous correction is for him that forsaketh the path; he that hateth reproof shall die.

15:11Sheol and destruction are before Jehovah; how much more then the hearts of the children of men!

15:12A scorner loveth not one that reproveth him; he will not go unto the wise.

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

15:14The heart of an intelligent man seeketh knowledge; but the mouth of the foolish feedeth on folly.

15:15All the days of the afflicted are evil; but a cheerful heart is a continual feast.

15:16Better is little with the fear of Jehovah than great store and disquietude therewith.

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

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

15:19The way of the sluggard is as a hedge of thorns; but the path of the upright 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 void of sense; but a man of understanding regulateth his walk.

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 in its season, how good is it!

15:24The path of life is upwards for the wise, that he may depart from Sheol beneath.

15:25Jehovah plucketh up the house of the proud; but he establisheth the boundary of the widow.

15:26The thoughts of the evil man are an abomination to Jehovah; but pure words are pleasant.

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

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

15:29Jehovah is far from the wicked; but he heareth the prayer of the righteous.

15:30That which enlighteneth the eyes rejoiceth the heart; good tidings make the bones fat.

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

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

15:33The fear of Jehovah is the discipline of wisdom, and before honour goeth humility.

16:1The purposes of the heart are of man, but the answer of the tongue is from Jehovah.

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

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

16:4Jehovah hath wrought everything on his own account, yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.

16:5Every proud heart is an abomination to Jehovah: hand for hand, he shall not be held innocent.

16:6By loving-kindness and truth iniquity is atoned for; and by the fear of Jehovah men depart from evil.

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

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

16:9The heart of man deviseth his way, but Jehovah directeth his steps.

16:10An oracle is on the lips of the king: his mouth will not err in judgment.

16:11The just balance and scales are Jehovah'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 aright.

16:14The fury 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 fine gold, and the getting of intelligence to be preferred to silver!

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

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

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

16:20He that giveth heed to the word shall find good; and whoso confideth in Jehovah, happy is he.

16:21The wise in heart is called intelligent, and the sweetness of the lips increaseth learning.

16:22Wisdom is a fountain of life for him that hath it; but the instruction of fools is folly.

16:23The heart of the wise maketh his mouth intelligent, and upon his lips increaseth learning.

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

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

16:26The appetite of the labourer laboureth for him, for his mouth urgeth him on.

16:27A man of Belial diggeth up evil, and on his lips there is as a scorching fire.

16:28A false man soweth contention; and a talebearer separateth very friends.

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

16:30He that shutteth his eyes, it is to devise froward things; biting his lips, he bringeth evil to pass.

16:31The hoary head is a crown of glory, if it is 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 decision is of Jehovah.

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

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

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

17:4The evil-doer giveth heed to iniquitous lips; the liar giveth ear to a mischievous tongue.

17:5Whoso mocketh a poor man reproacheth his Maker; he that is glad at calamity shall not be held innocent.

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

17:7Excellent speech becometh not a vile man; how much less do lying lips a noble!

17:8A gift is a precious stone in the eyes of the possessor: whithersoever it turneth it prospereth.

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

17:10A reproof entereth more deeply into him that hath understanding than a hundred stripes into a fool.

17:11An evil man seeketh only rebellion; but 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 contention is as when one letteth out water; therefore leave off strife before it become vehement.

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

17:16To what purpose is there a price in the hand of a fool to get wisdom, seeing he hath no sense?

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

17:18A senseless man striketh hands, becoming surety for his neighbour.

17:19He loveth transgression that loveth a quarrel; he that maketh high his gate seeketh destruction.

17:20He that hath a perverse heart findeth no good; and he that shifteth about with his tongue falleth into evil.

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

17:22A joyful heart promoteth healing; but a broken spirit drieth up the bones.

17:23A wicked man taketh a gift out of the bosom, to pervert the paths 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 bore him.

17:26To punish a righteous man is not good, nor to strike nobles because of their uprightness.

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

17:28Even a fool when he holdeth his peace is reckoned wise, and he that shutteth his lips, intelligent.

18:1He that separateth himself seeketh his pleasure, he is vehement against all sound wisdom.

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

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

18:4The words of a man's mouth are deep waters, and the fountain of wisdom is a gushing brook.

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

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

18:7A fool's mouth is destruction to him, and his lips are a snare to his soul.

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

18:9He also who is indolent in his work is brother of the destroyer.

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

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

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

18:13He that giveth answer before he heareth, it is folly and shame unto him.

18:14The spirit of a man sustaineth his infirmity; but a broken spirit who can bear?

18:15The heart of an intelligent man 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 contentions are as the bars of a palace.

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

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

18:22Whoso hath found a wife hath found a good thing, and hath obtained favour from Jehovah.

18:23He that is poor speaketh with supplications, but the rich answereth roughly.

18:24A man of many friends will come to ruin but there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.

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