Book of Proverbs (Author Solomon)

19:1Better is the poor man, that walketh in his simplicity, than a rich man that is perverse in his lips and unwise.

19:2Where there is no knowledge of the soul, there is no good: and he that is hasty with his feet shall stumble.

19:3The folly of a man supplanteth his steps: and he fretteth in his mind against God.

19:4Riches make many friends: but from the poor man, even they whom he had, depart.

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

19:6Many honour the person of him that is mighty, and are friends of him that giveth gifts.

19:7The brethren of the poor man hate him: moreover also his friends have departed far from him. He that followeth after words only, shall have nothing.

19:8But he that possesseth a mind, loveth his own soul, and he that keepeth prudence, shall find good things.

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

19:10Delicacies are not seemly for a fool: nor for a servant to have rule over princes.

19:11The learning of a man is known by patience: and his glory is to pass over wrongs.

19:12As the roaring of a lion, so also is the anger of a king: and his cheerfulness as the dew upon the grass.

19:13A foolish son is the grief of his father: and a wrangling wife is like a roof continually dropping through.

19:14House and riches are given by parents: but a prudent wife is properly 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 neglecteth his own way, shall die.

19:17He that hath mercy on the poor, lendeth to the Lord: and he will repay him.

19:18Chastise thy son, despair not: but to the killing of him set not thy soul.

19:19He that is impatient, shall suffer damage: and when he shall take away, he shall add another thing.

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

19:21There are many thoughts in the heart of a man: but the will of the Lord shall stand firm.

19:22A needy man is merciful: and better is the poor than the lying man.

19:23The fear of the Lord is unto life: and he shall abide in fulness without being visited with evil.

19:24The slothful hideth his hand under his armpit, and will not so much as bring it to his mouth.

19:25The wicked man being scourged, the fool shall be wiser: but if thou rebuke a wise man, he will understand discipline.

19:26He that afflicteth his father, and chaseth away his mother, is infamous and unhappy.

19:27Cease not, O my son, to hear instruction, and be not ignorant of the words of knowledge.

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

19:29Judgments are prepared for scorners: and striking hammers for the bodies of fools.

20:1Wine is a luxurious thing, and drunkenness riotous: whosoever is delighted therewith, shall not be wise.

20:2As the roaring of a lion, so also is the dread of a king: he that provoketh him, sinneth against his own soul.

20:3It is an honour for a man to separate himself from quarrels: but all fools are meddling with reproaches.

20:4Because of the cold the sluggard would not plough: he shall beg therefore in the summer, and it shall not be given him.

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

20:6Many men are called merciful: but who shall find a faithful man?

20:7The just that walketh in his simplicity, shall leave behind him blessed children.

20:8The king, that sitteth on the throne of judgment, scattereth away all evil with his look.

20:9Who can say: My heart is clean, I am pure from sin?

20:10Diverse weights and diverse measures, both are abominable before God.

20:11By his inclinations a child is known, if his works be clean and right.

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

20:13Love not sleep, lest poverty oppress thee: open thy eyes, and be filled with bread.

20:14It is naught, it is naught, saith every buyer: and when he is gone away, then he will boast.

20:15There is gold and a multitude of jewels: but the lips of knowledge are a precious vessel.

20:16Take away the garment of him that is surety for a stranger, and take a pledge from him for strangers.

20:17The bread of lying is sweet to a man: but afterwards his mouth shall be filled with gravel.

20:18Designs are strengthened by counsels: and wars are to be managed by governments.

20:19Meddle not with him that revealeth secrets, and walketh deceitfully, and openeth wide his lips.

20:20He that curseth his father, and mother, his lamp shall be put out in the midst of darkness.

20:21The inheritance gotten hastily in the beginning, in the end shall be without a blessing.

20:22Say not: I will return evil: wait for the Lord, and he will deliver thee.

20:23Diverse weights are an abomination before the Lord: a deceitful balance is not good.

20:24The steps of man are guided by the Lord: but who is the man that can understand his own way?

20:25It is ruin to a man to devour holy ones, and after vows to retract.

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

20:27The spirit of a man is the lamp of the Lord, which searcheth all the hidden things of the bowels.

20:28Mercy and truth preserve the king, and his throne is strengthened by clemency.

20:29The joy of young men is their strength: and the dignity of old men, their grey hairs.

20:30The blueness of a wound shall wipe away evils: and stripes in the more inward parts of the belly.

21:1As the divisions of waters, so the heart of the king is in the hand of the Lord: whithersoever he will, he shall turn it.

21:2Every way of a man seemeth right to himself: but the Lord weigheth the hearts.

21:3To do mercy and judgment, pleaseth the Lord more than victims.

21:4Haughtiness of the eyes is the enlarging of the heart: the lamp of the wicked is sin.

21:5The thoughts of the industrious always bring forth abundance: but every sluggard is always in want.

21:6He that gathereth treasures by a lying tongue, is vain and foolish, and shall stumble upon the snares of death.

21:7The robberies of the wicked shall be their downfall, because they would not do judgment.

21:8The perverse way of a man is strange: but as for him that is pure, his work is right.

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

21:10The soul of the wicked desireth evil, he will not have pity on his neighbour.

21:11When a pestilent man is punished, the little one will be wiser: and if he follow the wise, he will receive knowledge.

21:12The just considereth seriously the house of the wicked, that he may withdraw the wicked from evil.

21:13He that stoppeth his ear against the cry of the poor, shall also cry himself, and shall not be heard.

21:14A secret present quencheth anger: and a gift in the bosom, the greatest wrath.

21:15It is joy to the just to do judgment: and dread to them that work iniquity.

21:16A man that shall wander out of the way of doctrine, shall abide in the company of the giants.

21:17He that loveth good cheer, shall be in want: he that loveth wine, and fat things, shall not be rich.

21:18The wicked is delivered up for the just: and the unjust for the righteous.

21:19It is better to dwell in a wilderness, than with a quarrelsome and passionate woman.

21:20There is a treasure to be desired, and oil in the dwelling of the just: and the foolish man shall spend it.

21:21He that followeth justice and mercy, shall find life, justice, and glory.

21:22The wise man hath scaled the city of the strong, and hath cast down the strength of the confidence thereof.

21:23He that keepeth his mouth and his tongue, keepeth his soul from distress.

21:24The proud and the arrogant is called ignorant, who in anger worketh pride.

21:25Desires kill the slothful: for his hands have refused to work at all.

21:26He longeth and desireth all the day: but he that is just, will give, and will not cease.

21:27The sacrifices of the wicked are abominable, because they are offered of wickedness.

21:28A lying witness shall perish: an obedient man shall speak of victory.

21:29The wicked man impudently hardeneth his face: but he that is righteous, correcteth his way.

21:30There is no wisdom, there is no prudence, there is no counsel against the Lord.

21:31The horse is prepared for the day of battle: but the Lord giveth safety.

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