Book of Proverbs (Author Solomon)

15:1A mild answer breaketh wrath: but a harsh word stirreth up fury.

15:2The tongue of the wise adorneth knowledge: but the mouth of fools bubbleth out folly.

15:3The eyes of the Lord in every place behold the good and the evil.

15:4A peaceable tongue is a tree of life: but that which is immoderate, shall crush the spirit.

15:5A fool laugheth at the instruction of his father: but he that regardeth reproofs shall become prudent. In abundant justice there is the greatest strength: but the devices of the wicked shall be rooted out.

15:6The house of the just is very much strength: and in the fruits of the wicked is trouble.

15:7The lips of the wise shall disperse knowledge: the heart of fools shall be unlike.

15:8The victims of the wicked are abominable to the Lord: the vows of the just are acceptable.

15:9The way of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord: he that followeth justice is beloved by him.

15:10Instruction is grievous to him that forsaketh the way of life: he that hateth reproof shall die.

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

15:12A corrupt man loveth not one that reproveth him: nor will he go to the wise.

15:13A glad heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by grief of mind the spirit is cast down.

15:14The heart of the wise seeketh instruction: and the mouth of fools feedeth on foolishness.

15:15All the days of the poor are evil: a secure mind is like a continual feast.

15:16Better is a little with the fear of the Lord, than great treasures without content.

15:17It is better to be invited to herbs with love, than to a fatted calf with hatred.

15:18A passionate man stirreth up strifes: he that is patient appeaseth those that are stirred up.

15:19The way of the slothful is as a hedge of thorns: the way of the just is without offence.

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

15:21Folly is joy to the fool: and the wise man maketh straight his steps.

15:22Designs are brought to nothing where there is no counsel: but where there are many counsellors, they are established.

15:23A man rejoiceth in the sentence of his mouth: and a word in due time is best.

15:24The path of life is above for the wise, that he may decline from the lowest hell.

15:25The Lord will destroy the house of the proud: and will strengthen the borders of the widow.

15:26Evil thoughts are an abomination to the Lord: and pure words most beautiful shall be confirmed by him.

15:27He that is greedy of gain troubleth his own house: but he that hateth bribes shall live. By mercy and faith sins are purged away: and by the fear of the Lord every one declineth from evil.

15:28The mind of the just studieth obedience: the mouth of the wicked overfloweth with evils.

15:29The Lord is far from the wicked: and he will hear the prayers of the just.

15:30The light of the eyes rejoiceth the soul: a good name maketh the bones fat.

15:31The ear that heareth the reproofs of life, shall abide in the midst of the wise.

15:32He that rejecteth instruction, despiseth his own soul: but he that yieldeth to reproof, possesseth understanding.

15:33The fear of the Lord is the lesson of wisdom: and humility goeth before glory.

16:1It is the part of man to prepare the soul: and of the Lord to govern the tongue.

16:2All the ways of a man are open to his eyes: the Lord is the weigher of spirits.

16:3Lay open thy works to the Lord: and thy thoughts shall be directed.

16:4The Lord hath made all things for himself: the wicked also for the evil day.

16:5Every proud man is an abomination to the Lord: though hand should be joined to hand, he is not innocent. The beginning of a good way is to do justice: and this is more acceptable with God, than to offer sacrifices.

16:6By mercy and truth iniquity is redeemed; and by the fear of the Lord men depart from evil.

16:7When the ways of man shall please the Lord, he will convert even his enemies to peace.

16:8Better is a little with justice, than great revenues with iniquity.

16:9The heart of man disposeth his way: but the Lord must direct his steps.

16:10Divination is in the lips of the king, his mouth shall not err in judgment.

16:11Weight and balance are judgments of the Lord: and his work all the weights of the bag.

16:12They that act wickedly are abominable to the king: for the throne is established by justice.

16:13Just lips are the delight of kings: he that speaketh right things shall be loved.

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

16:15In the cheerfulness of the king's countenance is life: and his clemency is like the latter rain.

16:16Get wisdom, because it is better than gold: and purchase prudence, for it is more precious than silver.

16:17The path of the just departeth from evils: he that keepeth his soul keepeth his way.

16:18Pride goeth before destruction: and the spirit is lifted up before a fall.

16:19It is better to be humbled with the meek, than to divide spoils with the proud.

16:20The learned in word shall find good things: and he that trusteth in the Lord is blessed.

16:21The wise in heart shall be called prudent: and he that is sweet in words, shall attain to greater things.

16:22Knowledge is a fountain of life to him that possesseth it: the instruction of fools is foolishness.

16:23The heart of the wise shall instruct his mouth: and shall add grace to his lips.

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

16:25There is a way that seemeth to a man right: and the ends thereof lead to death.

16:26The soul of him that laboureth, laboureth for himself, because his mouth hath obliged him to it.

16:27The wicked man diggeth evil, and in his lips is a burning fire.

16:28A perverse man stirreth up quarrels: and one full of words separateth princes.

16:29An unjust man allureth his friend: and leadeth him into a way that is not good.

16:30He that with fixed eyes deviseth wicked things, biting his lips, bringeth evil to pass.

16:31Old age is a crown of dignity, when it is found in the ways of justice.

16:32The patient man is better than the valiant: and he that ruleth his spirit, than he that taketh cities.

16:33Lots are cast into the lap, but they are disposed of by the Lord.

17:1Better is a dry morsel with joy, than a house full of victims with strife.

17:2A wise servant shall rule over foolish sons, and shall divide the inheritance among the brethren.

17:3As silver is tried by fire, and gold in the furnace: so the Lord trieth the hearts.

17:4The evil man obeyeth an unjust tongue: and the deceitful hearkeneth to lying lips.

17:5He that despiseth the poor, reproacheth his maker: and he that rejoiceth at another man's ruin, shall not be unpunished.

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

17:7Eloquent words do not become a fool, nor lying lips a prince.

17:8The expectation of him that expecteth is a most acceptable jewel: whithersoever he turneth himself, he understandeth wisely.

17:9He that concealeth a transgression, seeketh friendships: he that repeateth it again, separateth friends.

17:10A reproof availeth more with a wise man, than a hundred stripes with a fool.

17:11An evil man always seeketh quarrels: but a cruel angel shall be sent against him.

17:12It is better to meet a bear robbed of her whelps, than a fool trusting in his own folly.

17:13He that rendereth evil for good, evil shall not depart from his house.

17:14The beginning of quarrels is as when one letteth out water: and before he suffereth reproach, he forsaketh judgment.

17:15He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the just, both are abominable before God.

17:16What doth it avail a fool to have riches, seeing he cannot buy wisdom? He that maketh his house high, seeketh a downfall: and he that refuseth to learn, shall fall into evils.

17:17He that is a friend loveth at all times: and a brother is proved in distress.

17:18A foolish man will clap hands, when he is surety for his friend.

17:19He that studieth discords, loveth quarrels: and he that exalteth his door, seeketh ruin.

17:20He that is of a perverse heart, shall not find good: and he that perverteth his tongue, shall fall into evil.

17:21A fool is born to his own disgrace: and even his father shall not rejoice in a fool.

17:22A joyful mind maketh age flourishing: a sorrowful spirit drieth up the bones.

17:23The wicked man taketh gifts out of the bosom, that he may pervert the paths of judgment.

17:24Wisdom shineth in the face of the wise: the eyes of fools are in the ends of the earth.

17:25A foolish son is the anger of the father: and the sorrow of the mother that bore him.

17:26It is no good thing to do hurt to the just: nor to strike the prince, who judgeth right.

17:27He that setteth bounds to his words, is knowing and wise: and the man of understanding is of a precious spirit.

17:28Even a fool, if he will hold his peace, shall be counted wise: and if he close his lips, a man of understanding.

18:1He that hath a mind to depart from a friend, seeketh occasions: he shall ever be subject to reproach.

18:2A fool receiveth not the words of prudence: unless thou say those things which are in his heart.

18:3The wicked man, when he is come into the depths of sins, contemneth: but ignominy and reproach follow him.

18:4Words from the mouth of a man are as deep water: and the fountain of wisdom is an overflowing stream.

18:5It is not good to accept the person of the wicked, to decline from the truth of judgment.

18:6The lips of a fool intermeddle with strife: and his mouth provoketh quarrels.

18:7The mouth of a fool is his destruction: and his lips are the ruin of his soul.

18:8The words of the double tongued are as if they were harmless: and they reach even to the inner parts of the bowels. Fear casteth down the slothful: and the souls of the effeminate shall be hungry.

18:9He that is loose and slack in his work, is the brother of him that wasteth his own works.

18:10The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the just runneth to it, and shall be exalted.

18:11The substance of the rich man is the city of his strength, and as a strong wall compassing him about.

18:12Before destruction, the heart of a man is exalted: and before he be glorified, it is humbled.

18:13He that answereth before he heareth, sheweth himself to be a fool, and worthy of confusion.

18:14The spirit of a man upholdeth his infirmity: but a spirit that is easily angered, who can bear?

18:15A wise heart shall acquire knowledge: and the ear of the wise seeketh instruction.

18:16A man's gift enlargeth his way, and maketh him room before princes.

18:17The just is first accuser of himself: his friend cometh, and shall search him.

18:18The lot suppresseth contentions, and determineth even between the mighty.

18:19A brother that is helped by his brother, is like a strong city: and judgments are like the bars of cities.

18:20Of the fruit of a man's mouth shall his belly be satisfied: and the offspring of his lips shall fill him.

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

18:22He that hath found a good wife, hath found a good thing, and shall receive a pleasure from the Lord. He that driveth away a good wife, driveth away a good thing: but he that keepeth an adulteress, is foolish and wicked.

18:23The poor will speak with supplications, and the rich will speak roughly.

18:24A man amiable in society, shall be more friendly than a brother.

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