Book of Proverbs (Author Solomon)

12:1He that loveth correction, loveth knowledge: but he that hateth reproof, is foolish.

12:2He that is good, shall draw grace from the Lord: but he that trusteth in his own devices, doth wickedly.

12:3Man shall not be strengthened by wickedness: and the root of the just shall not be moved.

12:4A diligent woman is a crown to her husband: and she that doth things worthy of confusion, is as rottenness in his bones.

12:5The thoughts of the just are judgments: and the counsels of the wicked are deceitful.

12:6The words of the wicked lie in wait for blood: the mouth of the just shall deliver them.

12:7Turn the wicked, and they shall not be: but the house of the just shall stand firm.

12:8A man shall be known by his learning: but he that is vain and foolish, shall be exposed to contempt.

12:9Better is the poor man that provideth for himself, than he that is glorious and wanteth bread.

12:10The just regardeth the lives of his beasts: but the bowels of the wicked are cruel.

12:11He that tilleth his land shall be satisfied with bread: but he that pursueth idleness is very foolish. He that is delighted in passing his time over wine, leaveth a reproach in his strong holds.

12:12The desire of the wicked is the fortification of evil men: but the root of the just shall prosper.

12:13For the sins of the lips ruin draweth nigh to the evil man: but the just shall escape out of distress.

12:14By the fruit of his own mouth shall a man be filled with good things, and according to the works of his hands it shall be repaid him.

12:15The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that is wise hearkeneth unto counsels.

12:16A fool immediately sheweth his anger: but he that dissembleth injuries is wise.

12:17He that speaketh that which he knoweth, sheweth forth justice: but he that lieth, is a deceitful witness.

12:18There is that promiseth, and is pricked as it were with a sword of conscience: but the tongue of the wise is health.

12:19The lip of truth shall be steadfast for ever: but he that is a hasty witness, frameth a lying tongue.

12:20Deceit is in the heart of them that think evil things: but joy followeth them that take counsels of peace.

12:21Whatsoever shall befall the just man, shall not make him sad: but the wicked shall be filled with mischief.

12:22Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord: but they that deal faithfully, please him.

12:23A cautious man concealeth knowledge: and the heart of fools publisheth folly.

12:24The hand of the valiant shall bear rule: but that which is slothful shall be under tribute.

12:25Grief in the heart of a man shall bring him low, but with a good word he shall be made glad.

12:26He that neglecteth a loss for the sake of a friend, is just: but the way of the wicked shall deceive them.

12:27The deceitful man shall not find gain: but the substance of a just man shall be precious gold.

12:28In the path of justice is life: but the by-way leadeth to death.

13:1A wise son heareth the doctrine of his father: but he that is a scorner, heareth not when he is reproved.

13:2Of the fruit of his own mouth shall a man be filled with good things: but the soul of transgressors is wicked.

13:3He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his soul: but he that hath no guard on his speech shall meet with evils.

13:4The sluggard willeth, and willeth not: but the soul of them that work, shall be made fat.

13:5The just shall hate a lying word: but the wicked confoundeth, and shall be confounded.

13:6Justice keepeth the way of the innocent: but wickedness overthroweth the sinner.

13:7One is as it were rich, when he hath nothing and another is as it were poor, when he hath great riches.

13:8The ransom of a man's life are his riches: but he that is poor, beareth not reprehension.

13:9The light of the just giveth joy: but the lamp of the wicked shall be put out.

13:10Among the proud there are always contentions: but they that do all things with counsel, are ruled by wisdom.

13:11Substance got in haste shall be diminished: but that which by little and little is gathered with the hand, shall increase.

13:12Hope that is deferred afflicteth the soul: desire when it cometh, is a tree of life.

13:13Whosoever speaketh ill of any thing, bindeth himself for the time to come: but he that feareth the commandment, shall dwell in peace. Deceitful souls go astray in sins: the just are merciful, and shew mercy.

13:14The law of the wise is a fountain of life, that he may decline from the ruin of death.

13:15Good instruction shall give grace: in the way of scorners is a deep pit.

13:16The prudent man doth all things with counsel: but he that is a fool, layeth open his folly.

13:17The messenger of the wicked shall fall into mischief: but a faithful ambassador is health.

13:18Poverty and shame to him that refuseth instruction: but he that yieldeth to reproof shall be glorified.

13:19The desire that is accomplished, delighteth the soul: fools hate them that flee from evil things.

13:20He that walketh with the wise, shall be wise: a friend of fools shall become like to them.

13:21Evil pursueth sinners: and to the just good shall be repaid.

13:22The good man leaveth heirs, sons, and grandsons: and the substance of the sinner is kept for the just.

13:23Much food is in the tillage of fathers: but for others it is gathered without judgment.

13:24He that spareth the rod, hateth his son: but he that loveth him, correcteth him betimes.

13:25The just eateth and filleth his soul: but the belly of the wicked is never to be filled.

14:1A wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish will pull down with her hands that also which is built.

14:2He that walketh in the right way, and feareth God, is despised by him that goeth by an infamous way.

14:3In the mouth of a fool is the rod of pride: but the lips of the wise preserve them.

14:4Where there are no oxen, the crib is empty: but where there is much corn, there the strength of the ox is manifest.

14:5A faithful witness will not lie: but a deceitful witness uttereth a lie.

14:6A scorner seeketh wisdom, and findeth it not: the learning of the wise is easy.

14:7Go against a foolish man, and he knoweth not the lips of prudence.

14:8The wisdom of a discreet man is to understand his way: and the imprudence of fools erreth.

14:9A fool will laugh at sin, but among the just grace shall abide.

14:10The heart that knoweth the bitterness of his own soul, in his joy the stranger shall not intermeddle.

14:11The house of the wicked shall be destroyed: but the tabernacles of the just shall flourish.

14:12There is a way which seemeth just to a man: but the ends thereof lead to death.

14:13Laughter shall be mingled with sorrow, and mourning taketh hold of the end of joy.

14:14A fool shall be filled with his own ways, and the good man shall be above him.

14:15The innocent believeth every word: the discreet man considereth his steps. No good shall come to the deceitful son: but the wise servant shall prosper in his dealings, and his way shall be made straight.

14:16A wise man feareth, and declineth from evil: the fool leapeth over, and is confident.

14:17The impatient man shall work folly: and the crafty man is hateful.

14:18The childish shall possess folly, and the prudent shall look for knowledge.

14:19The evil shall fall down before the good: and the wicked before the gates of the just.

14:20The poor man shall be hateful even to his own neighbour: but the friends of the rich are many.

14:21He that despiseth his neighbour, sinneth: but he that sheweth mercy to the poor, shall be blessed. He that believeth in the Lord, loveth mercy.

14:22They err that work evil: but mercy and truth prepare good things.

14:23In much work there shall be abundance: but where there are many words, there is oftentimes want.

14:24The crown of the wise, is their riches: the folly of fools, imprudence.

14:25A faithful witness delivereth souls: and the double dealer uttereth lies.

14:26In the fear of the Lord is confidence of strength, and there shall be hope for his children.

14:27The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, to decline from the ruin of death.

14:28In the multitude of people is the dignity of the king: and in the small number of people the dishonour of the prince.

14:29He that is patient, is governed with much wisdom: but he that is impatient, exalteth his folly.

14:30Soundness of heart is the life of the flesh: but envy is the rottenness of the bones.

14:31He that oppresseth the poor, upbraideth his maker: but he that hath pity on the poor, honoureth him.

14:32The wicked man shall be driven out in his wickedness: but the just hath hope in his death.

14:33In the heart of the prudent resteth wisdom, and it shall instruct all the ignorant.

14:34Justice exalteth a nation: but sin maketh nations miserable.

14:35A wise servant is acceptable to the king: he that is good for nothing shall feel his anger.

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