Proverbs (Author Solomon)

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

19:2Also that a person be without knowledge is not good; and he that hasteth with his feet maketh false steps.

19:3The folly of man distorteth his way, and his heart is irritated against Jehovah.

19:4Wealth addeth many friends; but the poor is separated from his friend.

19:5A false witness shall not be held innocent, and he that uttereth lies shall not escape.

19:6Many court the favour of a noble; and every one is friend to a man that giveth.

19:7All the brethren of a poor man hate him; how much more do his friends go far from him: he pursueth them with words, -- they are not to be found.

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

19:9A false witness shall not be held innocent, and he that uttereth lies shall perish.

19:10Good living beseemeth not a fool; how much less for a servant to have rule over princes.

19:11The discretion of a man maketh him slow to anger, and it is his glory to pass over a transgression.

19:12The king's displeasure 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 wealth are an inheritance from fathers; but a prudent wife is from Jehovah.

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

19:16He that keepeth the commandment keepeth his soul; he that is careless of his ways shall die.

19:17He that is gracious to the poor lendeth unto Jehovah; and what he hath bestowed will he repay unto him.

19:18Chasten thy son, seeing there is hope; but set not thy soul upon killing him.

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.

19:21Many are the thoughts in a man's heart, but the counsel of Jehovah, that doth stand.

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

19:23The fear of Jehovah tendeth to life, and he that hath it shall rest satisfied without being visited with evil.

19:24A sluggard burieth his hand in the dish, and will not even bring it to his mouth again.

19:25Smite a scorner, and the simple will beware; reprove the intelligent, and he will understand knowledge.

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

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

19:28A witness of Belial scorneth judgment, and the mouth of the wicked swalloweth down iniquity.

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

20:1Wine is a scorner, strong drink is raging; and whoso erreth thereby is not wise.

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

20:3It is an honour for a man to cease from strife; but every fool rusheth into it.

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

20:5Counsel in the heart of man is deep water, and a man of understanding draweth it out.

20:6Most men will proclaim every one his own kindness; but a faithful man who shall find?

20:7The righteous walketh in his integrity: blessed are his children after him!

20:8A king sitting on 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, divers measures, even both of them are abomination to Jehovah.

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, Jehovah 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.

20:14Bad! bad! 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 become surety for another, and hold him in pledge for strangers.

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

20:18Plans are established by counsel; and with good advice make war.

20:19He that goeth about talebearing revealeth secrets; therefore meddle not with him that openeth his lips.

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

20:21An inheritance obtained hastily at the beginning will not be blessed in the end.

20:22Say not, I will recompense evil: wait on Jehovah, and he shall save thee.

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

20:24The steps of a man are from Jehovah; and how can a man understand his own way?

20:25It is a snare to a man rashly to say, It is hallowed, and after vows to make inquiry.

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

20:27Man's spirit is the lamp of Jehovah, searching all the inner parts of the belly.

20:28Mercy and truth preserve the king; and he upholdeth his throne by mercy.

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

20:30Wounding stripes purge away evil, and strokes purge the inner parts of the belly.

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

21:2Every way of a man is right in his own eyes; but Jehovah weigheth the hearts.

21:3To exercise justice and judgment is more acceptable to Jehovah than sacrifice.

21:4Lofty eyes, and a proud heart, the lamp 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 fleeting breath of them that seek death.

21:7The devastation of the wicked sweepeth them away, because they refuse to do what is right.

21:8Very crooked is the way of a guilty man; but as for the pure, his work is upright.

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

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

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

21:12One that is righteous wisely considereth the house of the wicked: he overthroweth the wicked to their ruin.

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

21:14A gift in secret pacifieth anger; and a present in the bosom, vehement fury.

21:15It is joy to a righteous man to do what is right; but it is ruin for the workers of iniquity.

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

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

21:18The wicked is a ransom for the righteous, and a treacherous man in the stead of the upright.

21:19It is better to dwell in a desert land. than with a contentious and irritable woman.

21:20There is costly store and oil in the dwelling of a wise man; but a foolish man swalloweth 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, arrogant, scorner is his name who dealeth in proud wrath.

21:25The desire of the sluggard killeth him; for his hands refuse to work:

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 they bring it with a wicked purpose!

21:28A lying witness shall perish; and a man that heareth shall speak constantly.

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

21:30There is no wisdom, nor understanding, nor counsel against Jehovah.

21:31The horse is prepared for the day of battle; but safety is of Jehovah.

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