Book of Proverbs (Author Solomon)

22:1A good name is better than great riches: and good favour is above silver and gold.

22:2The rich and poor have met one another: the Lord is the maker of them both.

22:3The prudent man saw the evil, and hid himself: the simple passed on, and suffered loss.

22:4The fruit of humility is the fear of the Lord, riches and glory and life.

22:5Arms and swords are in the way of the perverse: but he that keepeth his own soul, departeth far from them.

22:6It is a proverb: A young man according to his way, even when he is old, he will not depart from it.

22:7The rich ruleth over the poor: and the borrower is servant to him that lendeth.

22:8He that soweth iniquity, shall reap evils, and with the rod of his anger he shall be consumed.

22:9He that is inclined to mercy, shall be blessed: for of his bread he hath given to the poor. He that maketh presents, shall purchase victory and honour: but he carrieth away the souls of the receivers.

22:10Cast out the scoffer, and contention shall go out with him, and quarrels and reproaches shall cease.

22:11He that loveth cleanness of heart, for the grace of his lips shall have the king for his friend.

22:12The eyes of the Lord preserve knowledge: and the words of the unjust are overthrown.

22:13The slothful man saith: There is a lion without, I shall be slain in the midst of the streets.

22:14The mouth of a strange woman is a deep pit: he whom the Lord is angry with, shall fall into it.

22:15Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, and the rod of correction shall drive it away.

22:16He that oppresseth the poor, to increase his own riches, shall himself give to one that is richer, and shall be in need.

22:17Incline thy ear, and hear the words of the wise: and apply thy heart to my doctrine:

22:18Which shall be beautiful for thee, if thou keep it in thy bowels, and it shall flow in thy lips:

22:19That thy trust may be in the Lord, wherefore I have also shewn it to thee this day.

22:20Behold I have described it to thee three manner of ways, in thoughts and knowledge:

22:21That I might shew thee the certainty, and the words of truth, to answer out of these to them that sent thee.

22:22Do no violence to the poor, because he is poor: and do not oppress the needy in the gate:

22:23Because the Lord will judge his cause: and will afflict them that have afflicted his soul.

22:24Be not a friend to an angry man, and do not walk with a furious man:

22:25Lest perhaps thou learn his ways, and take scandal to thy soul.

22:26Be not with them that fasten down their hands, and that offer themselves sureties for debts:

22:27For if thou have not wherewith to restore, what cause is there that he should take the covering from thy bed?

22:28Pass not beyond the ancient bounds which thy fathers have set.

22:29Hast thou seen a man swift in his work? he shall stand before kings, and shall not be before those that are obscure.

23:1When thou shalt sit to eat with a prince, consider diligently what is set before thy face:

23:2And put a knife to thy throat, if it be so that thou have thy soul in thy own power.

23:3Be not desirous of his meats, in which is the bread of deceit.

23:4Labour not to be rich: but set bounds to thy prudence.

23:5Lift not up thy eyes to riches which thou canst not have: because they shall make themselves wings like those of an eagle, and shall fly towards heaven.

23:6Eat not with an envious man, and desire not his meats:

23:7Because, like a soothsayer, and diviner, he thinketh that which he knoweth not. Eat and drink, will he say to thee: and his mind is not with thee.

23:8The meats which thou hadst eaten, thou shalt vomit up: and shalt loose thy beautiful words.

23:9Speak not in the ears of fools: because they will despise the instruction of thy speech.

23:10Touch not the bounds of little ones: and enter not into the field of the fatherless:

23:11For their near kinsman is strong: and he will judge their cause against thee.

23:12Let thy heart apply itself to instruction and thy ears to words of knowledge.

23:13Withhold not correction from a child: for if thou strike him with the rod, he shall not die.

23:14Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and deliver his soul from hell.

23:15My son, if thy mind be wise, my heart shall rejoice with thee:

23:16And my reins shall rejoice, when thy lips shall speak what is right.

23:17Let not thy heart envy sinners: but be thou in the fear of the Lord all the day long:

23:18Because thou shalt have hope in the latter end, and thy expectation shall not be taken away.

23:19Hear thou, my son, and be wise: and guide thy mind in the way.

23:20Be not in the feasts of great drinkers, nor in their revellings, who contribute flesh to eat:

23:21Because they that give themselves to drinking, and that club together, shall be consumed: and drowsiness shall be clothed with rags.

23:22Hearken to thy father, that begot thee: and despise not thy mother when she is old.

23:23Buy truth, and do not sell wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.

23:24The father of the just rejoiceth greatly: he that hath begotten a wise son, shall have joy in him.

23:25Let thy father and thy mother be joyful, and let her rejoice that bore thee.

23:26My son, give me thy heart: and let thy eyes keep my ways.

23:27For a harlot is a deep ditch: and a strange woman is a narrow pit.

23:28She lieth in wait in the way as a robber, and him whom she shall see unwary, she will kill.

23:29Who hath woe? whose father hath woe? who hath contentions? who falls into pits? who hath wounds without cause? who hath redness of eyes?

23:30Surely they that pass their time in wine, and study to drink of their cups.

23:31Look not upon the wine when it is yellow, when the colour thereof shineth in the glass: it goeth in pleasantly,

23:32But in the end, it will bite like a snake, and will spread abroad poison like a basilisk.

23:33Thy eyes shall behold strange women, and thy heart shall utter perverse things.

23:34And thou shalt be as one sleeping in the midst of the sea, and as a pilot fast asleep when the stern is lost.

23:35And thou shalt say: They have beaten me, but I was not sensible of pain: they drew me, and I felt not: when shall I awake and find wine again?

24:1Seek not to be like evil men, neither desire to be with them:

24:2Because their mind studieth robberies, and their lips speak deceits.

24:3By wisdom the house shall be built, and by prudence it shall be strengthened.

24:4By instruction the storerooms shall be filled with all precious and most beautiful wealth.

24:5A wise man is strong: and a knowing man, stout and valiant.

24:6Because war is managed by due ordering: and there shall be safety where there are many counsels.

24:7Wisdom is too high for a fool; in the gate he shall not open his mouth.

24:8He that deviseth to do evils, shall be called a fool.

24:9The thought of a fool is sin: and the detractor is the abomination of men.

24:10If thou lose hope, being weary in the day of distress, thy strength shall be diminished.

24:11Deliver them that are led to death: and those that are drawn to death, forbear not to deliver.

24:12If thou say: I have not strength enough: he that seeth into the heart, he understandeth, and nothing deceiveth the keeper of thy soul, and he shall render to a man according to his works.

24:13Eat honey, my son, because it is good, and the honeycomb most sweet to thy throat.

24:14So also is the doctrine of wisdom to thy soul: which when thou hast found, thou shalt have hope in the end, and thy hope shall not perish.

24:15Lie not in wait, nor seek after wickedness in the house of the just, nor spoil his rest.

24:16For a just man shall fall seven times, and shall rise again: but the wicked shall fall down into evil.

24:17When thy enemy shall fall, be not glad, and in his ruin let not thy heart rejoice:

24:18Lest the Lord see, and it displease him, and he turn away his wrath from him.

24:19Contend not with the wicked, nor seek to be like the ungodly.

24:20For evil men have no hope of things to come, and the lamp of the wicked shall be put out.

24:21My son, fear the Lord, and the king: and have nothing to do with detractors.

24:22For their destruction shall rise suddenly: and who knoweth the ruin of both?

24:23These things also to the wise: It is not good to have respect to persons in judgment.

24:24They that say to the wicked man: Thou art just: shall be cursed by the people, and the tribes shall abhor them.

24:25They that rebuke him shall be praised: and a blessing shall come upon them.

24:26He shall kiss the lips, who answereth right words.

24:27Prepare thy work without, and diligently till thy ground: that afterward thou mayst build thy house.

24:28Be not witness without cause against thy neighbour: and deceive not any man with thy lips.

24:29Say not: I will do to him as he hath done to me: I will render to every one according to his work.

24:30I passed by the field of the slothful man, and by the vineyard of the foolish man:

24:31And behold it was all filled with nettles, and thorns had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall was broken down.

24:32Which when I had seen, I laid it up in my heart, and by the example I received instruction.

24:33Thou wilt sleep a little, said I, thou wilt slumber a little, thou wilt fold thy hands a little to rest.

24:34And poverty shall come to thee as a runner, and beggary as an armed man.

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