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Yea, thou shalt be as he that lieth down in the midst of the
sea, or as he that lieth upon the top of a mast.
They have stricken me, shalt thou say, and I was not sick;
they have beaten me, and I felt it not: when shall I awake? I
will seek it yet again.
Be not thou envious against evil men, neither desire to be
For their heart studieth destruction, and their lips talk of
Through wisdom is an house builded; and by understanding it is
And by knowledge shall the chambers be filled with all
precious and pleasant riches.
A wise man is strong; yea, a man of knowledge increaseth
For by wise counsel thou shalt make thy war: and in multitude
of counsellors there is safety.
Wisdom is too high for a fool: he openeth not his mouth in the
He that deviseth to do evil shall be called a mischievous
The thought of foolishness is sin: and the scorner is an
abomination to men.
If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small.
If thou forbear to deliver them that are drawn unto death, and
those that are ready to be slain;
If thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not he that
pondereth the heart consider it? and he that keepeth thy soul,
doth not he know it? and shall not he render to every man
according to his works?
My son, eat thou honey, because it is good; and the honeycomb,
which is sweet to thy taste:
So shall the knowledge of wisdom be unto thy soul: when thou
hast found it, then there shall be a reward, and thy
expectation shall not be cut off.
Lay not wait, O wicked man, against the dwelling of the
righteous; spoil not his resting place:
For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but
the wicked shall fall into mischief.
Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart
be glad when he stumbleth:
Lest the LORD see it, and it displease him, and he turn away
his wrath from him.
Fret not thyself because of evil men, neither be thou envious
at the wicked:
For there shall be no reward to the evil man; the candle of
the wicked shall be put out.
My son, fear thou the LORD and the king: and meddle not with
them that are given to change:
For their calamity shall rise suddenly; and who knoweth the
ruin of them both?
These things also belong to the wise. It is not good to have
respect of persons in judgment.
He that saith unto the wicked, Thou are righteous; him shall
the people curse, nations shall abhor him:
But to them that rebuke him shall be delight, and a good
blessing shall come upon them.
Every man shall kiss his lips that giveth a right answer.
Prepare thy work without, and make it fit for thyself in the
field; and afterwards build thine house.
Be not a witness against thy neighbour without cause; and
deceive not with thy lips.
Say not, I will do so to him as he hath done to me: I will
render to the man according to his work.
I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of
the man void of understanding;
And, lo, it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles had
covered the face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was
Then I saw, and considered it well: I looked upon it, and
Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the
hands to sleep:
So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth; and thy want
as an armed man.
These are also proverbs of Solomon, which the men of Hezekiah
king of Judah copied out.
It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of
kings is to search out a matter.
The heaven for height, and the earth for depth, and the heart
of kings is unsearchable.
Take away the dross from the silver, and there shall come
forth a vessel for the finer.
Take away the wicked from before the king, and his throne
shall be established in righteousness.
Put not forth thyself in the presence of the king, and stand
not in the place of great men:
For better it is that it be said unto thee, Come up hither;
than that thou shouldest be put lower in the presence of the
prince whom thine eyes have seen.
Go not forth hastily to strive, lest thou know not what to do
in the end thereof, when thy neighbour hath put thee to shame.
Debate thy cause with thy neighbour himself; and discover not
a secret to another:
Lest he that heareth it put thee to shame, and thine infamy
turn not away.
A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of
As an earring of gold, and an ornament of fine gold, so is a
wise reprover upon an obedient ear.
As the cold of snow in the time of harvest, so is a faithful
messenger to them that send him: for he refresheth the soul of
Whoso boasteth himself of a false gift is like clouds and wind
By long forbearing is a prince persuaded, and a soft tongue
breaketh the bone.
Hast thou found honey? eat so much as is sufficient for thee,
lest thou be filled therewith, and vomit it.
Withdraw thy foot from thy neighbour's house; lest he be weary
of thee, and so hate thee.
A man that beareth false witness against his neighbour is a
maul, and a sword, and a sharp arrow.
Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble is like a
broken tooth, and a foot out of joint.
As he that taketh away a garment in cold weather, and as
vinegar upon nitre, so is he that singeth songs to an heavy
If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be
thirsty, give him water to drink:
For thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head, and the LORD
shall reward thee.
The north wind driveth away rain: so doth an angry countenance
a backbiting tongue.
It is better to dwell in the corner of the housetop, than with
a brawling woman and in a wide house.
As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far
A righteous man falling down before the wicked is as a
troubled fountain, and a corrupt spring.
It is not good to eat much honey: so for men to search their
own glory is not glory.
He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that
is broken down, and without walls.
As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, so honour is not
seemly for a fool.
As the bird by wandering, as the swallow by flying, so the
curse causeless shall not come.
A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, and a rod for the
Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be
like unto him.
Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his
He that sendeth a message by the hand of a fool cutteth off
the feet, and drinketh damage.
The legs of the lame are not equal: so is a parable in the
mouth of fools.
As he that bindeth a stone in a sling, so is he that giveth
honour to a fool.
As a thorn goeth up into the hand of a drunkard, so is a
parable in the mouths of fools.
The great God that formed all things both rewardeth the fool,
and rewardeth transgressors.
As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his
Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope
of a fool than of him.
The slothful man saith, There is a lion in the way; a lion is
in the streets.
As the door turneth upon his hinges, so doth the slothful upon
The slothful hideth his hand in his bosom; it grieveth him to
bring it again to his mouth.
The sluggard is wiser in his own conceit than seven men that
can render a reason.
He that passeth by, and meddleth with strife belonging not to
him, is like one that taketh a dog by the ears.
As a mad man who casteth firebrands, arrows, and death,
So is the man that deceiveth his neighbour, and saith, Am not
I in sport?
Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out: so where there is
no talebearer, the strife ceaseth.
As coals are to burning coals, and wood to fire; so is a
contentious man to kindle strife.
The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into
the innermost parts of the belly.
Burning lips and a wicked heart are like a potsherd covered
with silver dross.
He that hateth dissembleth with his lips, and layeth up deceit
When he speaketh fair, believe him not: for there are seven
abominations in his heart.
Whose hatred is covered by deceit, his wickedness shall be
shewed before the whole congregation.
Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein: and he that rolleth a
stone, it will return upon him.
A lying tongue hateth those that are afflicted by it; and a
flattering mouth worketh ruin.
Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a
day may bring forth.
Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a
stranger, and not thine own lips.
A stone is heavy, and the sand weighty; but a fool's wrath is
heavier than them both.
Wrath is cruel, and anger is outrageous; but who is able to
stand before envy?
Open rebuke is better than secret love.
Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an
enemy are deceitful.
The full soul loatheth an honeycomb; but to the hungry soul
every bitter thing is sweet.
As a bird that wandereth from her nest, so is a man that
wandereth from his place.
Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart: so doth the sweetness
of a man's friend by hearty counsel.
Thine own friend, and thy father's friend, forsake not;
neither go into thy brother's house in the day of thy
calamity: for better is a neighbour that is near than a
brother far off.
My son, be wise, and make my heart glad, that I may answer him
that reproacheth me.
A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself; but the
simple pass on, and are punished.
Take his garment that is surety for a stranger, and take a
pledge of him for a strange woman.
He that blesseth his friend with a loud voice, rising early in
the morning, it shall be counted a curse to him.
A continual dropping in a very rainy day and a contentious
woman are alike.
Whosoever hideth her hideth the wind, and the ointment of his
right hand, which bewrayeth itself.
Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of
Whoso keepeth the fig tree shall eat the fruit thereof: so he
that waiteth on his master shall be honoured.
As in water face answereth to face, so the heart of man to
Hell and destruction are never full; so the eyes of man are
As the fining pot for silver, and the furnace for gold; so is
a man to his praise.
Though thou shouldest bray a fool in a mortar among wheat with
a pestle, yet will not his foolishness depart from him.
Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look
well to thy herds.
For riches are not for ever: and doth the crown endure to
The hay appeareth, and the tender grass sheweth itself, and
herbs of the mountains are gathered.
The lambs are for thy clothing, and the goats are the price of
And thou shalt have goats' milk enough for thy food, for the
food of thy household, and for the maintenance for thy
The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are
bold as a lion.
For the transgression of a land many are the princes thereof:
but by a man of understanding and knowledge the state thereof
shall be prolonged.
A poor man that oppresseth the poor is like a sweeping rain
which leaveth no food.
They that forsake the law praise the wicked: but such as keep
the law contend with them.
Evil men understand not judgment: but they that seek the LORD
understand all things.
Better is the poor that walketh in his uprightness, than he
that is perverse in his ways, though he be rich.
Whoso keepeth the law is a wise son: but he that is a
companion of riotous men shameth his father.
He that by usury and unjust gain increaseth his substance, he
shall gather it for him that will pity the poor.
He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his
prayer shall be abomination.
Whoso causeth the righteous to go astray in an evil way, he
shall fall himself into his own pit: but the upright shall
have good things in possession.
The rich man is wise in his own conceit; but the poor that
hath understanding searcheth him out.
When righteous men do rejoice, there is great glory: but when
the wicked rise, a man is hidden.
He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso
confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.
Happy is the man that feareth alway: but he that hardeneth his
heart shall fall into mischief.
As a roaring lion, and a ranging bear; so is a wicked ruler
over the poor people.
The prince that wanteth understanding is also a great
oppressor: but he that hateth covetousness shall prolong his
A man that doeth violence to the blood of any person shall
flee to the pit; let no man stay him.
Whoso walketh uprightly shall be saved: but he that is
perverse in his ways shall fall at once.
He that tilleth his land shall have plenty of bread: but he
that followeth after vain persons shall have poverty enough.
A faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he that maketh
haste to be rich shall not be innocent.
To have respect of persons is not good: for for a piece of
bread that man will transgress.
He that hasteth to be rich hath an evil eye, and considereth
not that poverty shall come upon him.
He that rebuketh a man afterwards shall find more favour than
he that flattereth with the tongue.
Whoso robbeth his father or his mother, and saith, It is no
transgression; the same is the companion of a destroyer.
He that is of a proud heart stirreth up strife: but he that
putteth his trust in the LORD shall be made fat.
He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh
wisely, he shall be delivered.
He that giveth unto the poor shall not lack: but he that
hideth his eyes shall have many a curse.
When the wicked rise, men hide themselves: but when they
perish, the righteous increase.
He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall
suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.
When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but
when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.
Whoso loveth wisdom rejoiceth his father: but he that keepeth
company with harlots spendeth his substance.
The king by judgment establisheth the land: but he that
receiveth gifts overthroweth it.
A man that flattereth his neighbour spreadeth a net for his
In the transgression of an evil man there is a snare: but the
righteous doth sing and rejoice.
The righteous considereth the cause of the poor: but the
wicked regardeth not to know it.
Scornful men bring a city into a snare: but wise men turn away
If a wise man contendeth with a foolish man, whether he rage
or laugh, there is no rest.
The bloodthirsty hate the upright: but the just seek his soul.
A fool uttereth all his mind: but a wise man keepeth it in
If a ruler hearken to lies, all his servants are wicked.
The poor and the deceitful man meet together: the LORD
lighteneth both their eyes.
The king that faithfully judgeth the poor, his throne shall be
established for ever.
The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself
bringeth his mother to shame.
When the wicked are multiplied, transgression increaseth: but
the righteous shall see their fall.
Correct thy son, and he shall give thee rest; yea, he shall
give delight unto thy soul.
Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that
keepeth the law, happy is he.
A servant will not be corrected by words: for though he
understand he will not answer.
Seest thou a man that is hasty in his words? there is more
hope of a fool than of him.
He that delicately bringeth up his servant from a child shall
have him become his son at the length.
An angry man stirreth up strife, and a furious man aboundeth
A man's pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the
humble in spirit.
Whoso is partner with a thief hateth his own soul: he heareth
cursing, and bewrayeth it not.
The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust
in the LORD shall be safe.
Many seek the ruler's favour; but every man's judgment cometh
from the LORD.
An unjust man is an abomination to the just: and he that is
upright in the way is abomination to the wicked.
The words of Agur the son of Jakeh, even the prophecy: the man
spake unto Ithiel, even unto Ithiel and Ucal,
Surely I am more brutish than any man, and have not the
understanding of a man.
I neither learned wisdom, nor have the knowledge of the holy.
Who hath ascended up into heaven, or descended? who hath
gathered the wind in his fists? who hath bound the waters in a
garment? who hath established all the ends of the earth? what
is his name, and what is his son's name, if thou canst tell?
Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put
their trust in him.
Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be
found a liar.
Two things have I required of thee; deny me them not before I
Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty
nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me:
Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the LORD? or
lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in
Accuse not a servant unto his master, lest he curse thee, and
thou be found guilty.
There is a generation that curseth their father, and doth not
bless their mother.
There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes, and yet
is not washed from their filthiness.
There is a generation, O how lofty are their eyes! and their
eyelids are lifted up.
There is a generation, whose teeth are as swords, and their
jaw teeth as knives, to devour the poor from off the earth,
and the needy from among men.
The horseleach hath two daughters, crying, Give, give. There
are three things that are never satisfied, yea, four things
say not, It is enough:
The grave; and the barren womb; the earth that is not filled
with water; and the fire that saith not, It is enough.
The eye that mocketh at his father, and despiseth to obey his
mother, the ravens of the valley shall pick it out, and the
young eagles shall eat it.
There be three things which are too wonderful for me, yea,
four which I know not:
The way of an eagle in the air; the way of a serpent upon a
rock; the way of a ship in the midst of the sea; and the way
of a man with a maid.
Such is the way of an adulterous woman; she eateth, and wipeth
her mouth, and saith, I have done no wickedness.
For three things the earth is disquieted, and for four which
it cannot bear:
For a servant when he reigneth; and a fool when he is filled
For an odious woman when she is married; and an handmaid that
is heir to her mistress.
There be four things which are little upon the earth, but they
are exceeding wise:
The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat
in the summer;
The conies are but a feeble folk, yet make they their houses
in the rocks;
The locusts have no king, yet go they forth all of them by
The spider taketh hold with her hands, and is in kings'
There be three things which go well, yea, four are comely in
A lion which is strongest among beasts, and turneth not away
A greyhound; an he goat also; and a king, against whom there
is no rising up.
If thou hast done foolishly in lifting up thyself, or if thou
hast thought evil, lay thine hand upon thy mouth.
Surely the churning of milk bringeth forth butter, and the
wringing of the nose bringeth forth blood: so the forcing of
wrath bringeth forth strife.
The words of king Lemuel, the prophecy that his mother taught
What, my son? and what, the son of my womb? and what, the son
of my vows?
Give not thy strength unto women, nor thy ways to that which
It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink
wine; nor for princes strong drink:
Lest they drink, and forget the law, and pervert the judgment
of any of the afflicted.
Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, and wine
unto those that be of heavy hearts.
Let him drink, and forget his poverty, and remember his misery
Open thy mouth for the dumb in the cause of all such as are
appointed to destruction.
Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the
poor and needy.
Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above
The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he
shall have no need of spoil.
She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.
She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her
She is like the merchants' ships; she bringeth her food from
She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her
household, and a portion to her maidens.
She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her
hands she planteth a vineyard.
She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her
She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth
not out by night.
She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the
She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth
forth her hands to the needy.
She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her
household are clothed with scarlet.
She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk
Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the
elders of the land.
She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles
unto the merchant.
Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in
time to come.
She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the
law of kindness.
She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not
the bread of idleness.
Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also,
and he praiseth her.
Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them
Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that
feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.
Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works
praise her in the gates.