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And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this [is] the first commandment.
Mark 12:30




Proverbs - Chapter 1

Proverbs 1:1

The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel;

Proverbs 1:2

To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding;

Proverbs 1:3

To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity;

Proverbs 1:4

To give subtlety to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion.

Proverbs 1:5

A wise [man] will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels:

Proverbs 1:6

To understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings.

Proverbs 1:7

The fear of the LORD [is] the beginning of knowledge: [but] fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Proverbs 1:8

My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother:

Proverbs 1:9

For they [shall be] an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck.

Proverbs 1:10

My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not.

Proverbs 1:11

If they say, Come with us, let us lay wait for blood, let us lurk privily for the innocent without cause:

Proverbs 1:12

Let us swallow them up alive as the grave; and whole, as those that go down into the pit:

Proverbs 1:13

We shall find all precious substance, we shall fill our houses with spoil:

Proverbs 1:14

Cast in thy lot among us; let us all have one purse:

Proverbs 1:15

My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their path:

Proverbs 1:16

For their feet run to evil, and make haste to shed blood.

Proverbs 1:17

Surely in vain the net is spread in the sight of any bird.

Proverbs 1:18

And they lay wait for their [own] blood; they lurk privily for their [own] lives.

Proverbs 1:19

So [are] the ways of every one that is greedy of gain; [which] taketh away the life of the owners thereof.

Proverbs 1:20

Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets:

Proverbs 1:21

She crieth in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of the gates: in the city she uttereth her words, [saying],

Proverbs 1:22

How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge?

Proverbs 1:23

Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you.

Proverbs 1:24

Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded;

Proverbs 1:25

But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof:

Proverbs 1:26

I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh;

Proverbs 1:27

When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you.

Proverbs 1:28

Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me:

Proverbs 1:29

For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD:

Proverbs 1:30

They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof.

Proverbs 1:31

Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices.

Proverbs 1:32

For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them.

Proverbs 1:33

But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil.


Proverbs - Chapter 2

Proverbs 2:1

My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee;

Proverbs 2:2

So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, [and] apply thine heart to understanding;

Proverbs 2:3

Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, [and] liftest up thy voice for understanding;

Proverbs 2:4

If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as [for] hid treasures;

Proverbs 2:5

Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.

Proverbs 2:6

For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth [cometh] knowledge and understanding.

Proverbs 2:7

He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous: [he is] a buckler to them that walk uprightly.

Proverbs 2:8

He keepeth the paths of judgment, and preserveth the way of his saints.

Proverbs 2:9

Then shalt thou understand righteousness, and judgment, and equity; [yea], every good path.

Proverbs 2:10

When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul;

Proverbs 2:11

Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee:

Proverbs 2:12

To deliver thee from the way of the evil [man], from the man that speaketh froward things;

Proverbs 2:13

Who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness;

Proverbs 2:14

Who rejoice to do evil, [and] delight in the frowardness of the wicked;

Proverbs 2:15

Whose ways [are] crooked, and [they] froward in their paths:

Proverbs 2:16

To deliver thee from the strange woman, [even] from the stranger [which] flattereth with her words;

Proverbs 2:17

Which forsaketh the guide of her youth, and forgetteth the covenant of her God.

Proverbs 2:18

For her house inclineth unto death, and her paths unto the dead.

Proverbs 2:19

None that go unto her return again, neither take they hold of the paths of life.

Proverbs 2:20

That thou mayest walk in the way of good [men], and keep the paths of the righteous.

Proverbs 2:21

For the upright shall dwell in the land, and the perfect shall remain in it.

Proverbs 2:22

But the wicked shall be cut off from the earth, and the transgressors shall be rooted out of it.


Proverbs - Chapter 3

Proverbs 3:1

My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments:

Proverbs 3:2

For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee.

Proverbs 3:3

Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart:

Proverbs 3:4

So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man.

Proverbs 3:5

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

Proverbs 3:6

In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Proverbs 3:7

Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.

Proverbs 3:8

It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.

Proverbs 3:9

Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase:

Proverbs 3:10

So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.

Proverbs 3:11

My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD; neither be weary of his correction:

Proverbs 3:12

For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son [in whom] he delighteth.

Proverbs 3:13

Happy [is] the man [that] findeth wisdom, and the man [that] getteth understanding.

Proverbs 3:14

For the merchandise of it [is] better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold.

Proverbs 3:15

She [is] more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her.

Proverbs 3:16

Length of days [is] in her right hand; [and] in her left hand riches and honour.

Proverbs 3:17

Her ways [are] ways of pleasantness, and all her paths [are] peace.

Proverbs 3:18

She [is] a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy [is every one] that retaineth her.

Proverbs 3:19

The LORD by wisdom hath founded the earth; by understanding hath he established the heavens.

Proverbs 3:20

By his knowledge the depths are broken up, and the clouds drop down the dew.

Proverbs 3:21

My son, let not them depart from thine eyes: keep sound wisdom and discretion:

Proverbs 3:22

So shall they be life unto thy soul, and grace to thy neck.

Proverbs 3:23

Then shalt thou walk in thy way safely, and thy foot shall not stumble.

Proverbs 3:24

When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet.

Proverbs 3:25

Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh.

Proverbs 3:26

For the LORD shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken.

Proverbs 3:27

Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do [it].

Proverbs 3:28

Say not unto thy neighbour, Go, and come again, and to morrow I will give; when thou hast it by thee.

Proverbs 3:29

Devise not evil against thy neighbour, seeing he dwelleth securely by thee.

Proverbs 3:30

Strive not with a man without cause, if he have done thee no harm.

Proverbs 3:31

Envy thou not the oppressor, and choose none of his ways.

Proverbs 3:32

For the froward [is] abomination to the LORD: but his secret [is] with the righteous.

Proverbs 3:33

The curse of the LORD [is] in the house of the wicked: but he blesseth the habitation of the just.

Proverbs 3:34

Surely he scorneth the scorners: but he giveth grace unto the lowly.

Proverbs 3:35

The wise shall inherit glory: but shame shall be the promotion of fools.


Proverbs - Chapter 4

Proverbs 4:1

Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding.

Proverbs 4:2

For I give you good doctrine, forsake ye not my law.

Proverbs 4:3

For I was my father's son, tender and only [beloved] in the sight of my mother.

Proverbs 4:4

He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live.

Proverbs 4:5

Get wisdom, get understanding: forget [it] not; neither decline from the words of my mouth.

Proverbs 4:6

Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee.

Proverbs 4:7

Wisdom [is] the principal thing; [therefore] get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.

Proverbs 4:8

Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her.

Proverbs 4:9

She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace: a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee.

Proverbs 4:10

Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; and the years of thy life shall be many.

Proverbs 4:11

I have taught thee in the way of wisdom; I have led thee in right paths.

Proverbs 4:12

When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened; and when thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble.

Proverbs 4:13

Take fast hold of instruction; let [her] not go: keep her; for she [is] thy life.

Proverbs 4:14

Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil [men].

Proverbs 4:15

Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away.

Proverbs 4:16

For they sleep not, except they have done mischief; and their sleep is taken away, unless they cause [some] to fall.

Proverbs 4:17

For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence.

Proverbs 4:18

But the path of the just [is] as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.

Proverbs 4:19

The way of the wicked [is] as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.

Proverbs 4:20

My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings.

Proverbs 4:21

Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart.

Proverbs 4:22

For they [are] life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.

Proverbs 4:23

Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it [are] the issues of life.

Proverbs 4:24

Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee.

Proverbs 4:25

Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee.

Proverbs 4:26

Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established.

Proverbs 4:27

Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil.


Proverbs - Chapter 5

Proverbs 5:1

My son, attend unto my wisdom, [and] bow thine ear to my understanding:

Proverbs 5:2

That thou mayest regard discretion, and [that] thy lips may keep knowledge.

Proverbs 5:3

For the lips of a strange woman drop [as] an honeycomb, and her mouth [is] smoother than oil:

Proverbs 5:4

But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a twoedged sword.

Proverbs 5:5

Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on hell.

Proverbs 5:6

Lest thou shouldest ponder the path of life, her ways are moveable, [that] thou canst not know [them].

Proverbs 5:7

Hear me now therefore, O ye children, and depart not from the words of my mouth.

Proverbs 5:8

Remove thy way far from her, and come not nigh the door of her house:

Proverbs 5:9

Lest thou give thine honour unto others, and thy years unto the cruel:

Proverbs 5:10

Lest strangers be filled with thy wealth; and thy labours [be] in the house of a stranger;

Proverbs 5:11

And thou mourn at the last, when thy flesh and thy body are consumed,

Proverbs 5:12

And say, How have I hated instruction, and my heart despised reproof;

Proverbs 5:13

And have not obeyed the voice of my teachers, nor inclined mine ear to them that instructed me!

Proverbs 5:14

I was almost in all evil in the midst of the congregation and assembly.

Proverbs 5:15

Drink waters out of thine own cistern, and running waters out of thine own well.

Proverbs 5:16

Let thy fountains be dispersed abroad, [and] rivers of waters in the streets.

Proverbs 5:17

Let them be only thine own, and not strangers' with thee.

Proverbs 5:18

Let thy fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of thy youth.

Proverbs 5:19

[Let her be as] the loving hind and pleasant roe; let her breasts satisfy thee at all times; and be thou ravished always with her love.

Proverbs 5:20

And why wilt thou, my son, be ravished with a strange woman, and embrace the bosom of a stranger?

Proverbs 5:21

For the ways of man [are] before the eyes of the LORD, and he pondereth all his goings.

Proverbs 5:22

His own iniquities shall take the wicked himself, and he shall be holden with the cords of his sins.

Proverbs 5:23

He shall die without instruction; and in the greatness of his folly he shall go astray.


Proverbs - Chapter 6

Proverbs 6:1

My son, if thou be surety for thy friend, [if] thou hast stricken thy hand with a stranger,

Proverbs 6:2

Thou art snared with the words of thy mouth, thou art taken with the words of thy mouth.

Proverbs 6:3

Do this now, my son, and deliver thyself, when thou art come into the hand of thy friend; go, humble thyself, and make sure thy friend.

Proverbs 6:4

Give not sleep to thine eyes, nor slumber to thine eyelids.

Proverbs 6:5

Deliver thyself as a roe from the hand [of the hunter], and as a bird from the hand of the fowler.

Proverbs 6:6

Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise:

Proverbs 6:7

Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler,

Proverbs 6:8

Provideth her meat in the summer, [and] gathereth her food in the harvest.

Proverbs 6:9

How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep?

Proverbs 6:10

[Yet] a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep:

Proverbs 6:11

So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man.

Proverbs 6:12

A naughty person, a wicked man, walketh with a froward mouth.

Proverbs 6:13

He winketh with his eyes, he speaketh with his feet, he teacheth with his fingers;

Proverbs 6:14

Frowardness [is] in his heart, he deviseth mischief continually; he soweth discord.

Proverbs 6:15

Therefore shall his calamity come suddenly; suddenly shall he be broken without remedy.

Proverbs 6:16

These six [things] doth the LORD hate: yea, seven [are] an abomination unto him:

Proverbs 6:17

A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,

Proverbs 6:18

An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,

Proverbs 6:19

A false witness [that] speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.

Proverbs 6:20

My son, keep thy father's commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother:

Proverbs 6:21

Bind them continually upon thine heart, [and] tie them about thy neck.

Proverbs 6:22

When thou goest, it shall lead thee; when thou sleepest, it shall keep thee; and [when] thou awakest, it shall talk with thee.

Proverbs 6:23

For the commandment [is] a lamp; and the law [is] light; and reproofs of instruction [are] the way of life:

Proverbs 6:24

To keep thee from the evil woman, from the flattery of the tongue of a strange woman.

Proverbs 6:25

Lust not after her beauty in thine heart; neither let her take thee with her eyelids.

Proverbs 6:26

For by means of a whorish woman [a man is brought] to a piece of bread: and the adulteress will hunt for the precious life.

Proverbs 6:27

Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned?

Proverbs 6:28

Can one go upon hot coals, and his feet not be burned?

Proverbs 6:29

So he that goeth in to his neighbour's wife; whosoever toucheth her shall not be innocent.

Proverbs 6:30

[Men] do not despise a thief, if he steal to satisfy his soul when he is hungry;

Proverbs 6:31

But [if] he be found, he shall restore sevenfold; he shall give all the substance of his house.

Proverbs 6:32

[But] whoso committeth adultery with a woman lacketh understanding: he [that] doeth it destroyeth his own soul.

Proverbs 6:33

A wound and dishonour shall he get; and his reproach shall not be wiped away.

Proverbs 6:34

For jealousy [is] the rage of a man: therefore he will not spare in the day of vengeance.

Proverbs 6:35

He will not regard any ransom; neither will he rest content, though thou givest many gifts.


Proverbs - Chapter 7

Proverbs 7:1

My son, keep my words, and lay up my commandments with thee.

Proverbs 7:2

Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of thine eye.

Proverbs 7:3

Bind them upon thy fingers, write them upon the table of thine heart.

Proverbs 7:4

Say unto wisdom, Thou [art] my sister; and call understanding [thy] kinswoman:

Proverbs 7:5

That they may keep thee from the strange woman, from the stranger [which] flattereth with her words.

Proverbs 7:6

For at the window of my house I looked through my casement,

Proverbs 7:7

And beheld among the simple ones, I discerned among the youths, a young man void of understanding,

Proverbs 7:8

Passing through the street near her corner; and he went the way to her house,

Proverbs 7:9

In the twilight, in the evening, in the black and dark night:

Proverbs 7:10

And, behold, there met him a woman [with] the attire of an harlot, and subtle of heart.

Proverbs 7:11

(She [is] loud and stubborn; her feet abide not in her house:

Proverbs 7:12

Now [is she] without, now in the streets, and lieth in wait at every corner.)

Proverbs 7:13

So she caught him, and kissed him, [and] with an impudent face said unto him,

Proverbs 7:14

[I have] peace offerings with me; this day have I payed my vows.

Proverbs 7:15

Therefore came I forth to meet thee, diligently to seek thy face, and I have found thee.

Proverbs 7:16

I have decked my bed with coverings of tapestry, with carved [works], with fine linen of Egypt.

Proverbs 7:17

I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon.

Proverbs 7:18

Come, let us take our fill of love until the morning: let us solace ourselves with loves.

Proverbs 7:19

For the goodman [is] not at home, he is gone a long journey:

Proverbs 7:20

He hath taken a bag of money with him, [and] will come home at the day appointed.

Proverbs 7:21

With her much fair speech she caused him to yield, with the flattering of her lips she forced him.

Proverbs 7:22

He goeth after her straightway, as an ox goeth to the slaughter, or as a fool to the correction of the stocks;

Proverbs 7:23

Till a dart strike through his liver; as a bird hasteth to the snare, and knoweth not that it [is] for his life.

Proverbs 7:24

Hearken unto me now therefore, O ye children, and attend to the words of my mouth.

Proverbs 7:25

Let not thine heart decline to her ways, go not astray in her paths.

Proverbs 7:26

For she hath cast down many wounded: yea, many strong [men] have been slain by her.

Proverbs 7:27

Her house [is] the way to hell, going down to the chambers of death.


Proverbs - Chapter 8

Proverbs 8:1

Doth not wisdom cry? and understanding put forth her voice?

Proverbs 8:2

She standeth in the top of high places, by the way in the places of the paths.

Proverbs 8:3

She crieth at the gates, at the entry of the city, at the coming in at the doors.

Proverbs 8:4

Unto you, O men, I call; and my voice [is] to the sons of man.

Proverbs 8:5

O ye simple, understand wisdom: and, ye fools, be ye of an understanding heart.

Proverbs 8:6

Hear; for I will speak of excellent things; and the opening of my lips [shall be] right things.

Proverbs 8:7

For my mouth shall speak truth; and wickedness [is] an abomination to my lips.

Proverbs 8:8

All the words of my mouth [are] in righteousness; [there is] nothing froward or perverse in them.

Proverbs 8:9

They [are] all plain to him that understandeth, and right to them that find knowledge.

Proverbs 8:10

Receive my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather than choice gold.

Proverbs 8:11

For wisdom [is] better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.

Proverbs 8:12

I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of witty inventions.

Proverbs 8:13

The fear of the LORD [is] to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.

Proverbs 8:14

Counsel [is] mine, and sound wisdom: I [am] understanding; I have strength.

Proverbs 8:15

By me kings reign, and princes decree justice.

Proverbs 8:16

By me princes rule, and nobles, [even] all the judges of the earth.

Proverbs 8:17

I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.

Proverbs 8:18

Riches and honour [are] with me; [yea], durable riches and righteousness.

Proverbs 8:19

My fruit [is] better than gold, yea, than fine gold; and my revenue than choice silver.

Proverbs 8:20

I lead in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of judgment:

Proverbs 8:21

That I may cause those that love me to inherit substance; and I will fill their treasures.

Proverbs 8:22

The LORD possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old.

Proverbs 8:23

I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was.

Proverbs 8:24

When [there were] no depths, I was brought forth; when [there were] no fountains abounding with water.

Proverbs 8:25

Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I brought forth:

Proverbs 8:26

While as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the highest part of the dust of the world.

Proverbs 8:27

When he prepared the heavens, I [was] there: when he set a compass upon the face of the depth:

Proverbs 8:28

When he established the clouds above: when he strengthened the fountains of the deep:

Proverbs 8:29

When he gave to the sea his decree, that the waters should not pass his commandment: when he appointed the foundations of the earth:

Proverbs 8:30

Then I was by him, [as] one brought up [with him]: and I was daily [his] delight, rejoicing always before him;

Proverbs 8:31

Rejoicing in the habitable part of his earth; and my delights [were] with the sons of men.

Proverbs 8:32

Now therefore hearken unto me, O ye children: for blessed [are they that] keep my ways.

Proverbs 8:33

Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not.

Proverbs 8:34

Blessed [is] the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors.

Proverbs 8:35

For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the LORD.

Proverbs 8:36

But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me love death.


Proverbs - Chapter 9

Proverbs 9:1

Wisdom hath builded her house, she hath hewn out her seven pillars:

Proverbs 9:2

She hath killed her beasts; she hath mingled her wine; she hath also furnished her table.

Proverbs 9:3

She hath sent forth her maidens: she crieth upon the highest places of the city,

Proverbs 9:4

Whoso [is] simple, let him turn in hither: [as for] him that wanteth understanding, she saith to him,

Proverbs 9:5

Come, eat of my bread, and drink of the wine [which] I have mingled.

Proverbs 9:6

Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding.

Proverbs 9:7

He that reproveth a scorner getteth to himself shame: and he that rebuketh a wicked [man getteth] himself a blot.

Proverbs 9:8

Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee.

Proverbs 9:9

Give [instruction] to a wise [man], and he will be yet wiser: teach a just [man], and he will increase in learning.

Proverbs 9:10

The fear of the LORD [is] the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy [is] understanding.

Proverbs 9:11

For by me thy days shall be multiplied, and the years of thy life shall be increased.

Proverbs 9:12

If thou be wise, thou shalt be wise for thyself: but [if] thou scornest, thou alone shalt bear [it].

Proverbs 9:13

A foolish woman [is] clamorous: [she is] simple, and knoweth nothing.

Proverbs 9:14

For she sitteth at the door of her house, on a seat in the high places of the city,

Proverbs 9:15

To call passengers who go right on their ways:

Proverbs 9:16

Whoso [is] simple, let him turn in hither: and [as for] him that wanteth understanding, she saith to him,

Proverbs 9:17

Stolen waters are sweet, and bread [eaten] in secret is pleasant.

Proverbs 9:18

But he knoweth not that the dead [are] there; [and that] her guests [are] in the depths of hell.


Proverbs - Chapter 10

Proverbs 10:1

The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish son [is] the heaviness of his mother.

Proverbs 10:2

Treasures of wickedness profit nothing: but righteousness delivereth from death.

Proverbs 10:3

The LORD will not suffer the soul of the righteous to famish: but he casteth away the substance of the wicked.

Proverbs 10:4

He becometh poor that dealeth [with] a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich.

Proverbs 10:5

He that gathereth in summer [is] a wise son: [but] he that sleepeth in harvest [is] a son that causeth shame.

Proverbs 10:6

Blessings [are] upon the head of the just: but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked.

Proverbs 10:7

The memory of the just [is] blessed: but the name of the wicked shall rot.

Proverbs 10:8

The wise in heart will receive commandments: but a prating fool shall fall.

Proverbs 10:9

He that walketh uprightly walketh surely: but he that perverteth his ways shall be known.

Proverbs 10:10

He that winketh with the eye causeth sorrow: but a prating fool shall fall.

Proverbs 10:11

The mouth of a righteous [man is] a well of life: but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked.

Proverbs 10:12

Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins.

Proverbs 10:13

In the lips of him that hath understanding wisdom is found: but a rod [is] for the back of him that is void of understanding.

Proverbs 10:14

Wise [men] lay up knowledge: but the mouth of the foolish [is] near destruction.

Proverbs 10:15

The rich man's wealth [is] his strong city: the destruction of the poor [is] their poverty.

Proverbs 10:16

The labour of the righteous [tendeth] to life: the fruit of the wicked to sin.

Proverbs 10:17

He [is in] the way of life that keepeth instruction: but he that refuseth reproof erreth.

Proverbs 10:18

He that hideth hatred [with] lying lips, and he that uttereth a slander, [is] a fool.

Proverbs 10:19

In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips [is] wise.

Proverbs 10:20

The tongue of the just [is as] choice silver: the heart of the wicked [is] little worth.

Proverbs 10:21

The lips of the righteous feed many: but fools die for want of wisdom.

Proverbs 10:22

The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.

Proverbs 10:23

[It is] as sport to a fool to do mischief: but a man of understanding hath wisdom.

Proverbs 10:24

The fear of the wicked, it shall come upon him: but the desire of the righteous shall be granted.

Proverbs 10:25

As the whirlwind passeth, so [is] the wicked no [more]: but the righteous [is] an everlasting foundation.

Proverbs 10:26

As vinegar to the teeth, and as smoke to the eyes, so [is] the sluggard to them that send him.

Proverbs 10:27

The fear of the LORD prolongeth days: but the years of the wicked shall be shortened.

Proverbs 10:28

The hope of the righteous [shall be] gladness: but the expectation of the wicked shall perish.

Proverbs 10:29

The way of the LORD [is] strength to the upright: but destruction [shall be] to the workers of iniquity.

Proverbs 10:30

The righteous shall never be removed: but the wicked shall not inhabit the earth.

Proverbs 10:31

The mouth of the just bringeth forth wisdom: but the froward tongue shall be cut out.

Proverbs 10:32

The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable: but the mouth of the wicked [speaketh] frowardness.


Proverbs - Chapter 11

Proverbs 11:1

A false balance [is] abomination to the LORD: but a just weight [is] his delight.

Proverbs 11:2

[When] pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly [is] wisdom.

Proverbs 11:3

The integrity of the upright shall guide them: but the perverseness of transgressors shall destroy them.

Proverbs 11:4

Riches profit not in the day of wrath: but righteousness delivereth from death.

Proverbs 11:5

The righteousness of the perfect shall direct his way: but the wicked shall fall by his own wickedness.

Proverbs 11:6

The righteousness of the upright shall deliver them: but transgressors shall be taken in [their own] naughtiness.

Proverbs 11:7

When a wicked man dieth, [his] expectation shall perish: and the hope of unjust [men] perisheth.

Proverbs 11:8

The righteous is delivered out of trouble, and the wicked cometh in his stead.

Proverbs 11:9

An hypocrite with [his] mouth destroyeth his neighbour: but through knowledge shall the just be delivered.

Proverbs 11:10

When it goeth well with the righteous, the city rejoiceth: and when the wicked perish, [there is] shouting.

Proverbs 11:11

By the blessing of the upright the city is exalted: but it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked.

Proverbs 11:12

He that is void of wisdom despiseth his neighbour: but a man of understanding holdeth his peace.

Proverbs 11:13

A talebearer revealeth secrets: but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter.

Proverbs 11:14

Where no counsel [is], the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors [there is] safety.

Proverbs 11:15

He that is surety for a stranger shall smart [for it]: and he that hateth suretiship is sure.

Proverbs 11:16

A gracious woman retaineth honour: and strong [men] retain riches.

Proverbs 11:17

The merciful man doeth good to his own soul: but [he that is] cruel troubleth his own flesh.

Proverbs 11:18

The wicked worketh a deceitful work: but to him that soweth righteousness [shall be] a sure reward.

Proverbs 11:19

As righteousness [tendeth] to life: so he that pursueth evil [pursueth it] to his own death.

Proverbs 11:20

They that are of a froward heart [are] abomination to the LORD: but [such as are] upright in [their] way [are] his delight.

Proverbs 11:21

[Though] hand [join] in hand, the wicked shall not be unpunished: but the seed of the righteous shall be delivered.

Proverbs 11:22

[As] a jewel of gold in a swine's snout, [so is] a fair woman which is without discretion.

Proverbs 11:23

The desire of the righteous [is] only good: [but] the expectation of the wicked [is] wrath.

Proverbs 11:24

There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; and [there is] that withholdeth more than is meet, but [it tendeth] to poverty.

Proverbs 11:25

The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall be watered also himself.

Proverbs 11:26

He that withholdeth corn, the people shall curse him: but blessing [shall be] upon the head of him that selleth [it].

Proverbs 11:27

He that diligently seeketh good procureth favour: but he that seeketh mischief, it shall come unto him.

Proverbs 11:28

He that trusteth in his riches shall fall: but the righteous shall flourish as a branch.

Proverbs 11:29

He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind: and the fool [shall be] servant to the wise of heart.

Proverbs 11:30

The fruit of the righteous [is] a tree of life; and he that winneth souls [is] wise.

Proverbs 11:31

Behold, the righteous shall be recompensed in the earth: much more the wicked and the sinner.


Proverbs - Chapter 12

Proverbs 12:1

Whoso loveth instruction loveth knowledge: but he that hateth reproof [is] brutish.

Proverbs 12:2

A good [man] obtaineth favour of the LORD: but a man of wicked devices will he condemn.

Proverbs 12:3

A man shall not be established by wickedness: but the root of the righteous shall not be moved.

Proverbs 12:4

A virtuous woman [is] a crown to her husband: but she that maketh ashamed [is] as rottenness in his bones.

Proverbs 12:5

The thoughts of the righteous [are] right: [but] the counsels of the wicked [are] deceit.

Proverbs 12:6

The words of the wicked [are] to lie in wait for blood: but the mouth of the upright shall deliver them.

Proverbs 12:7

The wicked are overthrown, and [are] not: but the house of the righteous shall stand.

Proverbs 12:8

A man shall be commended according to his wisdom: but he that is of a perverse heart shall be despised.

Proverbs 12:9

[He that is] despised, and hath a servant, [is] better than he that honoureth himself, and lacketh bread.

Proverbs 12:10

A righteous [man] regardeth the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked [are] cruel.

Proverbs 12:11

He that tilleth his land shall be satisfied with bread: but he that followeth vain [persons is] void of understanding.

Proverbs 12:12

The wicked desireth the net of evil [men]: but the root of the righteous yieldeth [fruit].

Proverbs 12:13

The wicked is snared by the transgression of [his] lips: but the just shall come out of trouble.

Proverbs 12:14

A man shall be satisfied with good by the fruit of [his] mouth: and the recompense of a man's hands shall be rendered unto him.

Proverbs 12:15

The way of a fool [is] right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel [is] wise.

Proverbs 12:16

A fool's wrath is presently known: but a prudent [man] covereth shame.

Proverbs 12:17

[He that] speaketh truth showeth forth righteousness: but a false witness deceit.

Proverbs 12:18

There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise [is] health.

Proverbs 12:19

The lip of truth shall be established for ever: but a lying tongue [is] but for a moment.

Proverbs 12:20

Deceit [is] in the heart of them that imagine evil: but to the counsellors of peace [is] joy.

Proverbs 12:21

There shall no evil happen to the just: but the wicked shall be filled with mischief.

Proverbs 12:22

Lying lips [are] abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly [are] his delight.

Proverbs 12:23

A prudent man concealeth knowledge: but the heart of fools proclaimeth foolishness.

Proverbs 12:24

The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute.

Proverbs 12:25

Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad.

Proverbs 12:26

The righteous [is] more excellent than his neighbour: but the way of the wicked seduceth them.

Proverbs 12:27

The slothful [man] roasteth not that which he took in hunting: but the substance of a diligent man [is] precious.

Proverbs 12:28

In the way of righteousness [is] life; and [in] the pathway [thereof there is] no death.


Proverbs - Chapter 13

Proverbs 13:1

A wise son [heareth] his father's instruction: but a scorner heareth not rebuke.

Proverbs 13:2

A man shall eat good by the fruit of [his] mouth: but the soul of the transgressors [shall eat] violence.

Proverbs 13:3

He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: [but] he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction.

Proverbs 13:4

The soul of the sluggard desireth, and [hath] nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.

Proverbs 13:5

A righteous [man] hateth lying: but a wicked [man] is loathsome, and cometh to shame.

Proverbs 13:6

Righteousness keepeth [him that is] upright in the way: but wickedness overthroweth the sinner.

Proverbs 13:7

There is that maketh himself rich, yet [hath] nothing: [there is] that maketh himself poor, yet [hath] great riches.

Proverbs 13:8

The ransom of a man's life [are] his riches: but the poor heareth not rebuke.

Proverbs 13:9

The light of the righteous rejoiceth: but the lamp of the wicked shall be put out.

Proverbs 13:10

Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised [is] wisdom.

Proverbs 13:11

Wealth [gotten] by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathereth by labour shall increase.

Proverbs 13:12

Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but [when] the desire cometh, [it is] a tree of life.

Proverbs 13:13

Whoso despiseth the word shall be destroyed: but he that feareth the commandment shall be rewarded.

Proverbs 13:14

The law of the wise [is] a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.

Proverbs 13:15

Good understanding giveth favour: but the way of transgressors [is] hard.

Proverbs 13:16

Every prudent [man] dealeth with knowledge: but a fool layeth open [his] folly.

Proverbs 13:17

A wicked messenger falleth into mischief: but a faithful ambassador [is] health.

Proverbs 13:18

Poverty and shame [shall be to] him that refuseth instruction: but he that regardeth reproof shall be honoured.

Proverbs 13:19

The desire accomplished is sweet to the soul: but [it is] abomination to fools to depart from evil.

Proverbs 13:20

He that walketh with wise [men] shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.

Proverbs 13:21

Evil pursueth sinners: but to the righteous good shall be repayed.

Proverbs 13:22

A good [man] leaveth an inheritance to his children's children: and the wealth of the sinner [is] laid up for the just.

Proverbs 13:23

Much food [is in] the tillage of the poor: but there is [that is] destroyed for want of judgment.

Proverbs 13:24

He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.

Proverbs 13:25

The righteous eateth to the satisfying of his soul: but the belly of the wicked shall want.


Proverbs - Chapter 14

Proverbs 14:1

Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands.

Proverbs 14:2

He that walketh in his uprightness feareth the LORD: but [he that is] perverse in his ways despiseth him.

Proverbs 14:3

In the mouth of the foolish [is] a rod of pride: but the lips of the wise shall preserve them.

Proverbs 14:4

Where no oxen [are], the crib [is] clean: but much increase [is] by the strength of the ox.

Proverbs 14:5

A faithful witness will not lie: but a false witness will utter lies.

Proverbs 14:6

A scorner seeketh wisdom, and [findeth it] not: but knowledge [is] easy unto him that understandeth.

Proverbs 14:7

Go from the presence of a foolish man, when thou perceivest not [in him] the lips of knowledge.

Proverbs 14:8

The wisdom of the prudent [is] to understand his way: but the folly of fools [is] deceit.

Proverbs 14:9

Fools make a mock at sin: but among the righteous [there is] favour.

Proverbs 14:10

The heart knoweth his own bitterness; and a stranger doth not intermeddle with his joy.

Proverbs 14:11

The house of the wicked shall be overthrown: but the tabernacle of the upright shall flourish.

Proverbs 14:12

There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof [are] the ways of death.

Proverbs 14:13

Even in laughter the heart is sorrowful; and the end of that mirth [is] heaviness.

Proverbs 14:14

The backslider in heart shall be filled with his own ways: and a good man [shall be satisfied] from himself.

Proverbs 14:15

The simple believeth every word: but the prudent [man] looketh well to his going.

Proverbs 14:16

A wise [man] feareth, and departeth from evil: but the fool rageth, and is confident.

Proverbs 14:17

[He that is] soon angry dealeth foolishly: and a man of wicked devices is hated.

Proverbs 14:18

The simple inherit folly: but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.

Proverbs 14:19

The evil bow before the good; and the wicked at the gates of the righteous.

Proverbs 14:20

The poor is hated even of his own neighbour: but the rich [hath] many friends.

Proverbs 14:21

He that despiseth his neighbour sinneth: but he that hath mercy on the poor, happy [is] he.

Proverbs 14:22

Do they not err that devise evil? but mercy and truth [shall be] to them that devise good.

Proverbs 14:23

In all labour there is profit: but the talk of the lips [tendeth] only to penury.

Proverbs 14:24

The crown of the wise [is] their riches: [but] the foolishness of fools [is] folly.

Proverbs 14:25

A true witness delivereth souls: but a deceitful [witness] speaketh lies.

Proverbs 14:26

In the fear of the LORD [is] strong confidence: and his children shall have a place of refuge.

Proverbs 14:27

The fear of the LORD [is] a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.

Proverbs 14:28

In the multitude of people [is] the king's honour: but in the want of people [is] the destruction of the prince.

Proverbs 14:29

[He that is] slow to wrath [is] of great understanding: but [he that is] hasty of spirit exalteth folly.

Proverbs 14:30

A sound heart [is] the life of the flesh: but envy the rottenness of the bones.

Proverbs 14:31

He that oppresseth the poor reproacheth his Maker: but he that honoureth him hath mercy on the poor.

Proverbs 14:32

The wicked is driven away in his wickedness: but the righteous hath hope in his death.

Proverbs 14:33

Wisdom resteth in the heart of him that hath understanding: but [that which is] in the midst of fools is made known.

Proverbs 14:34

Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin [is] a reproach to any people.

Proverbs 14:35

The king's favour [is] toward a wise servant: but his wrath is [against] him that causeth shame.


Proverbs - Chapter 15

Proverbs 15:1

A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.

Proverbs 15:2

The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness.

Proverbs 15:3

The eyes of the LORD [are] in every place, beholding the evil and the good.

Proverbs 15:4

A wholesome tongue [is] a tree of life: but perverseness therein [is] a breach in the spirit.

Proverbs 15:5

A fool despiseth his father's instruction: but he that regardeth reproof is prudent.

Proverbs 15:6

In the house of the righteous [is] much treasure: but in the revenues of the wicked is trouble.

Proverbs 15:7

The lips of the wise disperse knowledge: but the heart of the foolish [doeth] not so.

Proverbs 15:8

The sacrifice of the wicked [is] an abomination to the LORD: but the prayer of the upright [is] his delight.

Proverbs 15:9

The way of the wicked [is] an abomination unto the LORD: but he loveth him that followeth after righteousness.

Proverbs 15:10

Correction [is] grievous unto him that forsaketh the way: [and] he that hateth reproof shall die.

Proverbs 15:11

Hell and destruction [are] before the LORD: how much more then the hearts of the children of men?

Proverbs 15:12

A scorner loveth not one that reproveth him: neither will he go unto the wise.

Proverbs 15:13

A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.

Proverbs 15:14

The heart of him that hath understanding seeketh knowledge: but the mouth of fools feedeth on foolishness.

Proverbs 15:15

All the days of the afflicted [are] evil: but he that is of a merry heart [hath] a continual feast.

Proverbs 15:16

Better [is] little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and trouble therewith.

Proverbs 15:17

Better [is] a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and hatred therewith.

Proverbs 15:18

A wrathful man stirreth up strife: but [he that is] slow to anger appeaseth strife.

Proverbs 15:19

The way of the slothful [man is] as an hedge of thorns: but the way of the righteous [is] made plain.

Proverbs 15:20

A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish man despiseth his mother.

Proverbs 15:21

Folly [is] joy to [him that is] destitute of wisdom: but a man of understanding walketh uprightly.

Proverbs 15:22

Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counsellors they are established.

Proverbs 15:23

A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word [spoken] in due season, how good [is it]!

Proverbs 15:24

The way of life [is] above to the wise, that he may depart from hell beneath.

Proverbs 15:25

The LORD will destroy the house of the proud: but he will establish the border of the widow.

Proverbs 15:26

The thoughts of the wicked [are] an abomination to the LORD: but [the words] of the pure [are] pleasant words.

Proverbs 15:27

He that is greedy of gain troubleth his own house; but he that hateth gifts shall live.

Proverbs 15:28

The heart of the righteous studieth to answer: but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things.

Proverbs 15:29

The LORD [is] far from the wicked: but he heareth the prayer of the righteous.

Proverbs 15:30

The light of the eyes rejoiceth the heart: [and] a good report maketh the bones fat.

Proverbs 15:31

The ear that heareth the reproof of life abideth among the wise.

Proverbs 15:32

He that refuseth instruction despiseth his own soul: but he that heareth reproof getteth understanding.

Proverbs 15:33

The fear of the LORD [is] the instruction of wisdom; and before honour [is] humility.


Proverbs - Chapter 16

Proverbs 16:1

The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, [is] from the LORD.

Proverbs 16:2

All the ways of a man [are] clean in his own eyes; but the LORD weigheth the spirits.

Proverbs 16:3

Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.

Proverbs 16:4

The LORD hath made all [things] for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.

Proverbs 16:5

Every one [that is] proud in heart [is] an abomination to the LORD: [though] hand [join] in hand, he shall not be unpunished.

Proverbs 16:6

By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD [men] depart from evil.

Proverbs 16:7

When a man's ways please the LORD, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.

Proverbs 16:8

Better [is] a little with righteousness than great revenues without right.

Proverbs 16:9

A man's heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.

Proverbs 16:10

A divine sentence [is] in the lips of the king: his mouth transgresseth not in judgment.

Proverbs 16:11

A just weight and balance [are] the LORD's: all the weights of the bag [are] his work.

Proverbs 16:12

[It is] an abomination to kings to commit wickedness: for the throne is established by righteousness.

Proverbs 16:13

Righteous lips [are] the delight of kings; and they love him that speaketh right.

Proverbs 16:14

The wrath of a king [is as] messengers of death: but a wise man will pacify it.

Proverbs 16:15

In the light of the king's countenance [is] life; and his favour [is] as a cloud of the latter rain.

Proverbs 16:16

How much better [is it] to get wisdom than gold! and to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver!

Proverbs 16:17

The highway of the upright [is] to depart from evil: he that keepeth his way preserveth his soul.

Proverbs 16:18

Pride [goeth] before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.

Proverbs 16:19

Better [it is to be] of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.

Proverbs 16:20

He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good: and whoso trusteth in the LORD, happy [is] he.

Proverbs 16:21

The wise in heart shall be called prudent: and the sweetness of the lips increaseth learning.

Proverbs 16:22

Understanding [is] a wellspring of life unto him that hath it: but the instruction of fools [is] folly.

Proverbs 16:23

The heart of the wise teacheth his mouth, and addeth learning to his lips.

Proverbs 16:24

Pleasant words [are as] an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.

Proverbs 16:25

There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof [are] the ways of death.

Proverbs 16:26

He that laboureth laboureth for himself; for his mouth craveth it of him.

Proverbs 16:27

An ungodly man diggeth up evil: and in his lips [there is] as a burning fire.

Proverbs 16:28

A froward man soweth strife: and a whisperer separateth chief friends.

Proverbs 16:29

A violent man enticeth his neighbour, and leadeth him into the way [that is] not good.

Proverbs 16:30

He shutteth his eyes to devise froward things: moving his lips he bringeth evil to pass.

Proverbs 16:31

The hoary head [is] a crown of glory, [if] it be found in the way of righteousness.

Proverbs 16:32

[He that is] slow to anger [is] better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.

Proverbs 16:33

The lot is cast into the lap; but the whole disposing thereof [is] of the LORD.


Proverbs - Chapter 17

Proverbs 17:1

Better [is] a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, than an house full of sacrifices [with] strife.

Proverbs 17:2

A wise servant shall have rule over a son that causeth shame, and shall have part of the inheritance among the brethren.

Proverbs 17:3

The fining pot [is] for silver, and the furnace for gold: but the LORD trieth the hearts.

Proverbs 17:4

A wicked doer giveth heed to false lips; [and] a liar giveth ear to a naughty tongue.

Proverbs 17:5

Whoso mocketh the poor reproacheth his Maker: [and] he that is glad at calamities shall not be unpunished.

Proverbs 17:6

Children's children [are] the crown of old men; and the glory of children [are] their fathers.

Proverbs 17:7

Excellent speech becometh not a fool: much less do lying lips a prince.

Proverbs 17:8

A gift [is as] a precious stone in the eyes of him that hath it: whithersoever it turneth, it prospereth.

Proverbs 17:9

He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; but he that repeateth a matter separateth [very] friends.

Proverbs 17:10

A reproof entereth more into a wise man than an hundred stripes into a fool.

Proverbs 17:11

An evil [man] seeketh only rebellion: therefore a cruel messenger shall be sent against him.

Proverbs 17:12

Let a bear robbed of her whelps meet a man, rather than a fool in his folly.

Proverbs 17:13

Whoso rewardeth evil for good, evil shall not depart from his house.

Proverbs 17:14

The beginning of strife [is as] when one letteth out water: therefore leave off contention, before it be meddled with.

Proverbs 17:15

He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the just, even they both [are] abomination to the LORD.

Proverbs 17:16

Wherefore [is there] a price in the hand of a fool to get wisdom, seeing [he hath] no heart [to it]?

Proverbs 17:17

A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.

Proverbs 17:18

A man void of understanding striketh hands, [and] becometh surety in the presence of his friend.

Proverbs 17:19

He loveth transgression that loveth strife: [and] he that exalteth his gate seeketh destruction.

Proverbs 17:20

He that hath a froward heart findeth no good: and he that hath a perverse tongue falleth into mischief.

Proverbs 17:21

He that begetteth a fool [doeth it] to his sorrow: and the father of a fool hath no joy.

Proverbs 17:22

A merry heart doeth good [like] a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.

Proverbs 17:23

A wicked [man] taketh a gift out of the bosom to pervert the ways of judgment.

Proverbs 17:24

Wisdom [is] before him that hath understanding; but the eyes of a fool [are] in the ends of the earth.

Proverbs 17:25

A foolish son [is] a grief to his father, and bitterness to her that bare him.

Proverbs 17:26

Also to punish the just [is] not good, [nor] to strike princes for equity.

Proverbs 17:27

He that hath knowledge spareth his words: [and] a man of understanding is of an excellent spirit.

Proverbs 17:28

Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: [and] he that shutteth his lips [is esteemed] a man of understanding.


Proverbs - Chapter 18

Proverbs 18:1

Through desire a man, having separated himself, seeketh [and] intermeddleth with all wisdom.

Proverbs 18:2

A fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself.

Proverbs 18:3

When the wicked cometh, [then] cometh also contempt, and with ignominy reproach.

Proverbs 18:4

The words of a man's mouth [are as] deep waters, [and] the wellspring of wisdom [as] a flowing brook.

Proverbs 18:5

[It is] not good to accept the person of the wicked, to overthrow the righteous in judgment.

Proverbs 18:6

A fool's lips enter into contention, and his mouth calleth for strokes.

Proverbs 18:7

A fool's mouth [is] his destruction, and his lips [are] the snare of his soul.

Proverbs 18:8

The words of a talebearer [are] as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.

Proverbs 18:9

He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster.

Proverbs 18:10

The name of the LORD [is] a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.

Proverbs 18:11

The rich man's wealth [is] his strong city, and as an high wall in his own conceit.

Proverbs 18:12

Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honour [is] humility.

Proverbs 18:13

He that answereth a matter before he heareth [it], it [is] folly and shame unto him.

Proverbs 18:14

The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear?

Proverbs 18:15

The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge; and the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge.

Proverbs 18:16

A man's gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men.

Proverbs 18:17

[He that is] first in his own cause [seemeth] just; but his neighbour cometh and searcheth him.

Proverbs 18:18

The lot causeth contentions to cease, and parteth between the mighty.

Proverbs 18:19

A brother offended [is harder to be won] than a strong city: and [their] contentions [are] like the bars of a castle.

Proverbs 18:20

A man's belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; [and] with the increase of his lips shall he be filled.

Proverbs 18:21

Death and life [are] in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

Proverbs 18:22

[Whoso] findeth a wife findeth a good [thing], and obtaineth favour of the LORD.

Proverbs 18:23

The poor useth entreaties; but the rich answereth roughly.

Proverbs 18:24

A man [that hath] friends must show himself friendly: and there is a friend [that] sticketh closer than a brother.


Proverbs - Chapter 19

Proverbs 19:1

Better [is] the poor that walketh in his integrity, than [he that is] perverse in his lips, and is a fool.

Proverbs 19:2

Also, [that] the soul [be] without knowledge, [it is] not good; and he that hasteth with [his] feet sinneth.

Proverbs 19:3

The foolishness of man perverteth his way: and his heart fretteth against the LORD.

Proverbs 19:4

Wealth maketh many friends; but the poor is separated from his neighbour.

Proverbs 19:5

A false witness shall not be unpunished, and [he that] speaketh lies shall not escape.

Proverbs 19:6

Many will entreat the favour of the prince: and every man [is] a friend to him that giveth gifts.

Proverbs 19:7

All the brethren of the poor do hate him: how much more do his friends go far from him? he pursueth [them with] words, [yet] they [are] wanting [to him].

Proverbs 19:8

He that getteth wisdom loveth his own soul: he that keepeth understanding shall find good.

Proverbs 19:9

A false witness shall not be unpunished, and [he that] speaketh lies shall perish.

Proverbs 19:10

Delight is not seemly for a fool; much less for a servant to have rule over princes.

Proverbs 19:11

The discretion of a man deferreth his anger; and [it is] his glory to pass over a transgression.

Proverbs 19:12

The king's wrath [is] as the roaring of a lion; but his favour [is] as dew upon the grass.

Proverbs 19:13

A foolish son [is] the calamity of his father: and the contentions of a wife [are] a continual dropping.

Proverbs 19:14

House and riches [are] the inheritance of fathers: and a prudent wife [is] from the LORD.

Proverbs 19:15

Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep; and an idle soul shall suffer hunger.

Proverbs 19:16

He that keepeth the commandment keepeth his own soul; [but] he that despiseth his ways shall die.

Proverbs 19:17

He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.

Proverbs 19:18

Chasten thy son while there is hope, and let not thy soul spare for his crying.

Proverbs 19:19

A man of great wrath shall suffer punishment: for if thou deliver [him], yet thou must do it again.

Proverbs 19:20

Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end.

Proverbs 19:21

[There are] many devices in a man's heart; nevertheless the counsel of the LORD, that shall stand.

Proverbs 19:22

The desire of a man [is] his kindness: and a poor man [is] better than a liar.

Proverbs 19:23

The fear of the LORD [tendeth] to life: and [he that hath it] shall abide satisfied; he shall not be visited with evil.

Proverbs 19:24

A slothful [man] hideth his hand in [his] bosom, and will not so much as bring it to his mouth again.

Proverbs 19:25

Smite a scorner, and the simple will beware: and reprove one that hath understanding, [and] he will understand knowledge.

Proverbs 19:26

He that wasteth [his] father, [and] chaseth away [his] mother, [is] a son that causeth shame, and bringeth reproach.

Proverbs 19:27

Cease, my son, to hear the instruction [that causeth] to err from the words of knowledge.

Proverbs 19:28

An ungodly witness scorneth judgment: and the mouth of the wicked devoureth iniquity.

Proverbs 19:29

Judgments are prepared for scorners, and stripes for the back of fools.


Proverbs - Chapter 20

Proverbs 20:1

Wine [is] a mocker, strong drink [is] raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.

Proverbs 20:2

The fear of a king [is] as the roaring of a lion: [whoso] provoketh him to anger sinneth [against] his own soul.

Proverbs 20:3

[It is] an honour for a man to cease from strife: but every fool will be meddling.

Proverbs 20:4

The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; [therefore] shall he beg in harvest, and [have] nothing.

Proverbs 20:5

Counsel in the heart of man [is like] deep water; but a man of understanding will draw it out.

Proverbs 20:6

Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find?

Proverbs 20:7

The just [man] walketh in his integrity: his children [are] blessed after him.

Proverbs 20:8

A king that sitteth in the throne of judgment scattereth away all evil with his eyes.

Proverbs 20:9

Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin?

Proverbs 20:10

Divers weights, [and] divers measures, both of them [are] alike abomination to the LORD.

Proverbs 20:11

Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work [be] pure, and whether [it be] right.

Proverbs 20:12

The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the LORD hath made even both of them.

Proverbs 20:13

Love not sleep, lest thou come to poverty; open thine eyes, [and] thou shalt be satisfied with bread.

Proverbs 20:14

[It is] naught, [it is] naught, saith the buyer: but when he is gone his way, then he boasteth.

Proverbs 20:15

There is gold, and a multitude of rubies: but the lips of knowledge [are] a precious jewel.

Proverbs 20:16

Take his garment that is surety [for] a stranger: and take a pledge of him for a strange woman.

Proverbs 20:17

Bread of deceit [is] sweet to a man; but afterwards his mouth shall be filled with gravel.

Proverbs 20:18

[Every] purpose is established by counsel: and with good advice make war.

Proverbs 20:19

He that goeth about [as] a talebearer revealeth secrets: therefore meddle not with him that flattereth with his lips.

Proverbs 20:20

Whoso curseth his father or his mother, his lamp shall be put out in obscure darkness.

Proverbs 20:21

An inheritance [may be] gotten hastily at the beginning; but the end thereof shall not be blessed.

Proverbs 20:22

Say not thou, I will recompense evil; [but] wait on the LORD, and he shall save thee.

Proverbs 20:23

Divers weights [are] an abomination unto the LORD; and a false balance [is] not good.

Proverbs 20:24

Man's goings [are] of the LORD; how can a man then understand his own way?

Proverbs 20:25

[It is] a snare to the man [who] devoureth [that which is] holy, and after vows to make inquiry.

Proverbs 20:26

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

Proverbs 20:27

The spirit of man [is] the candle of the LORD, searching all the inward parts of the belly.

Proverbs 20:28

Mercy and truth preserve the king: and his throne is upholden by mercy.

Proverbs 20:29

The glory of young men [is] their strength: and the beauty of old men [is] the grey head.

Proverbs 20:30

The blueness of a wound cleanseth away evil: so [do] stripes the inward parts of the belly.


Proverbs - Chapter 21

Proverbs 21:1

The king's heart [is] in the hand of the LORD, [as] the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.

Proverbs 21:2

Every way of a man [is] right in his own eyes: but the LORD pondereth the hearts.

Proverbs 21:3

To do justice and judgment [is] more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.

Proverbs 21:4

An high look, and a proud heart, [and] the plowing of the wicked, [is] sin.

Proverbs 21:5

The thoughts of the diligent [tend] only to plenteousness; but of every one [that is] hasty only to want.

Proverbs 21:6

The getting of treasures by a lying tongue [is] a vanity tossed to and fro of them that seek death.

Proverbs 21:7

The robbery of the wicked shall destroy them; because they refuse to do judgment.

Proverbs 21:8

The way of man [is] froward and strange: but [as for] the pure, his work [is] right.

Proverbs 21:9

[It is] better to dwell in a corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman in a wide house.

Proverbs 21:10

The soul of the wicked desireth evil: his neighbour findeth no favour in his eyes.

Proverbs 21:11

When the scorner is punished, the simple is made wise: and when the wise is instructed, he receiveth knowledge.

Proverbs 21:12

The righteous [man] wisely considereth the house of the wicked: [but God] overthroweth the wicked for [their] wickedness.

Proverbs 21:13

Whoso stoppeth his ears at the cry of the poor, he also shall cry himself, but shall not be heard.

Proverbs 21:14

A gift in secret pacifieth anger: and a reward in the bosom strong wrath.

Proverbs 21:15

[It is] joy to the just to do judgment: but destruction [shall be] to the workers of iniquity.

Proverbs 21:16

The man that wandereth out of the way of understanding shall remain in the congregation of the dead.

Proverbs 21:17

He that loveth pleasure [shall be] a poor man: he that loveth wine and oil shall not be rich.

Proverbs 21:18

The wicked [shall be] a ransom for the righteous, and the transgressor for the upright.

Proverbs 21:19

[It is] better to dwell in the wilderness, than with a contentious and an angry woman.

Proverbs 21:20

[There is] treasure to be desired and oil in the dwelling of the wise; but a foolish man spendeth it up.

Proverbs 21:21

He that followeth after righteousness and mercy findeth life, righteousness, and honour.

Proverbs 21:22

A wise [man] scaleth the city of the mighty, and casteth down the strength of the confidence thereof.

Proverbs 21:23

Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles.

Proverbs 21:24

Proud [and] haughty scorner [is] his name, who dealeth in proud wrath.

Proverbs 21:25

The desire of the slothful killeth him; for his hands refuse to labour.

Proverbs 21:26

He coveteth greedily all the day long: but the righteous giveth and spareth not.

Proverbs 21:27

The sacrifice of the wicked [is] abomination: how much more, [when] he bringeth it with a wicked mind?

Proverbs 21:28

A false witness shall perish: but the man that heareth speaketh constantly.

Proverbs 21:29

A wicked man hardeneth his face: but [as for] the upright, he directeth his way.

Proverbs 21:30

[There is] no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against the LORD.

Proverbs 21:31

The horse [is] prepared against the day of battle: but safety [is] of the LORD.


Proverbs - Chapter 22

Proverbs 22:1

A [good] name [is] rather to be chosen than great riches, [and] loving favour rather than silver and gold.

Proverbs 22:2

The rich and poor meet together: the LORD [is] the maker of them all.

Proverbs 22:3

A prudent [man] foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.

Proverbs 22:4

By humility [and] the fear of the LORD [are] riches, and honour, and life.

Proverbs 22:5

Thorns [and] snares [are] in the way of the froward: he that doth keep his soul shall be far from them.

Proverbs 22:6

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

Proverbs 22:7

The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower [is] servant to the lender.

Proverbs 22:8

He that soweth iniquity shall reap vanity: and the rod of his anger shall fail.

Proverbs 22:9

He that hath a bountiful eye shall be blessed; for he giveth of his bread to the poor.

Proverbs 22:10

Cast out the scorner, and contention shall go out; yea, strife and reproach shall cease.

Proverbs 22:11

He that loveth pureness of heart, [for] the grace of his lips the king [shall be] his friend.

Proverbs 22:12

The eyes of the LORD preserve knowledge, and he overthroweth the words of the transgressor.

Proverbs 22:13

The slothful [man] saith, [There is] a lion without, I shall be slain in the streets.

Proverbs 22:14

The mouth of strange women [is] a deep pit: he that is abhorred of the LORD shall fall therein.

Proverbs 22:15

Foolishness [is] bound in the heart of a child; [but] the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.

Proverbs 22:16

He that oppresseth the poor to increase his [riches, and] he that giveth to the rich, [shall] surely [come] to want.

Proverbs 22:17

Bow down thine ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply thine heart unto my knowledge.

Proverbs 22:18

For [it is] a pleasant thing if thou keep them within thee; they shall withal be fitted in thy lips.

Proverbs 22:19

That thy trust may be in the LORD, I have made known to thee this day, even to thee.

Proverbs 22:20

Have not I written to thee excellent things in counsels and knowledge,

Proverbs 22:21

That I might make thee know the certainty of the words of truth; that thou mightest answer the words of truth to them that send unto thee?

Proverbs 22:22

Rob not the poor, because he [is] poor: neither oppress the afflicted in the gate:

Proverbs 22:23

For the LORD will plead their cause, and spoil the soul of those that spoiled them.

Proverbs 22:24

Make no friendship with an angry man; and with a furious man thou shalt not go:

Proverbs 22:25

Lest thou learn his ways, and get a snare to thy soul.

Proverbs 22:26

Be not thou [one] of them that strike hands, [or] of them that are sureties for debts.

Proverbs 22:27

If thou hast nothing to pay, why should he take away thy bed from under thee?

Proverbs 22:28

Remove not the ancient landmark, which thy fathers have set.

Proverbs 22:29

Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean [men].


Proverbs - Chapter 23

Proverbs 23:1

When thou sittest to eat with a ruler, consider diligently what [is] before thee:

Proverbs 23:2

And put a knife to thy throat, if thou [be] a man given to appetite.

Proverbs 23:3

Be not desirous of his dainties: for they [are] deceitful meat.

Proverbs 23:4

Labour not to be rich: cease from thine own wisdom.

Proverbs 23:5

Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? for [riches] certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven.

Proverbs 23:6

Eat thou not the bread of [him that hath] an evil eye, neither desire thou his dainty meats:

Proverbs 23:7

For as he thinketh in his heart, so [is] he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart [is] not with thee.

Proverbs 23:8

The morsel [which] thou hast eaten shalt thou vomit up, and lose thy sweet words.

Proverbs 23:9

Speak not in the ears of a fool: for he will despise the wisdom of thy words.

Proverbs 23:10

Remove not the old landmark; and enter not into the fields of the fatherless:

Proverbs 23:11

For their redeemer [is] mighty; he shall plead their cause with thee.

Proverbs 23:12

Apply thine heart unto instruction, and thine ears to the words of knowledge.

Proverbs 23:13

Withhold not correction from the child: for [if] thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die.

Proverbs 23:14

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

Proverbs 23:15

My son, if thine heart be wise, my heart shall rejoice, even mine.

Proverbs 23:16

Yea, my reins shall rejoice, when thy lips speak right things.

Proverbs 23:17

Let not thine heart envy sinners: but [be thou] in the fear of the LORD all the day long.

Proverbs 23:18

For surely there is an end; and thine expectation shall not be cut off.

Proverbs 23:19

Hear thou, my son, and be wise, and guide thine heart in the way.

Proverbs 23:20

Be not among winebibbers; among riotous eaters of flesh:

Proverbs 23:21

For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness shall clothe [a man] with rags.

Proverbs 23:22

Hearken unto thy father that begat thee, and despise not thy mother when she is old.

Proverbs 23:23

Buy the truth, and sell [it] not; [also] wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.

Proverbs 23:24

The father of the righteous shall greatly rejoice: and he that begetteth a wise [child] shall have joy of him.

Proverbs 23:25

Thy father and thy mother shall be glad, and she that bare thee shall rejoice.

Proverbs 23:26

My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways.

Proverbs 23:27

For a whore [is] a deep ditch; and a strange woman [is] a narrow pit.

Proverbs 23:28

She also lieth in wait as [for] a prey, and increaseth the transgressors among men.

Proverbs 23:29

Who hath woe? who hath sorrow? who hath contentions? who hath babbling? who hath wounds without cause? who hath redness of eyes?

Proverbs 23:30

They that tarry long at the wine; they that go to seek mixed wine.

Proverbs 23:31

Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour in the cup, [when] it moveth itself aright.

Proverbs 23:32

At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder.

Proverbs 23:33

Thine eyes shall behold strange women, and thine heart shall utter perverse things.

Proverbs 23:34

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.

Proverbs 23:35

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.


Proverbs - Chapter 24

Proverbs 24:1

Be not thou envious against evil men, neither desire to be with them.

Proverbs 24:2

For their heart studieth destruction, and their lips talk of mischief.

Proverbs 24:3

Through wisdom is an house builded; and by understanding it is established:

Proverbs 24:4

And by knowledge shall the chambers be filled with all precious and pleasant riches.

Proverbs 24:5

A wise man [is] strong; yea, a man of knowledge increaseth strength.

Proverbs 24:6

For by wise counsel thou shalt make thy war: and in multitude of counsellors [there is] safety.

Proverbs 24:7

Wisdom [is] too high for a fool: he openeth not his mouth in the gate.

Proverbs 24:8

He that deviseth to do evil shall be called a mischievous person.

Proverbs 24:9

The thought of foolishness [is] sin: and the scorner [is] an abomination to men.

Proverbs 24:10

[If] thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength [is] small.

Proverbs 24:11

If thou forbear to deliver [them that are] drawn unto death, and [those that are] ready to be slain;

Proverbs 24:12

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?

Proverbs 24:13

My son, eat thou honey, because [it is] good; and the honeycomb, [which is] sweet to thy taste:

Proverbs 24:14

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.

Proverbs 24:15

Lay not wait, O wicked [man], against the dwelling of the righteous; spoil not his resting place:

Proverbs 24:16

For a just [man] falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief.

Proverbs 24:17

Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth:

Proverbs 24:18

Lest the LORD see [it], and it displease him, and he turn away his wrath from him.

Proverbs 24:19

Fret not thyself because of evil [men], neither be thou envious at the wicked;

Proverbs 24:20

For there shall be no reward to the evil [man]; the candle of the wicked shall be put out.

Proverbs 24:21

My son, fear thou the LORD and the king: [and] meddle not with them that are given to change:

Proverbs 24:22

For their calamity shall rise suddenly; and who knoweth the ruin of them both?

Proverbs 24:23

These [things] also [belong] to the wise. [It is] not good to have respect of persons in judgment.

Proverbs 24:24

He that saith unto the wicked, Thou [art] righteous; him shall the people curse, nations shall abhor him:

Proverbs 24:25

But to them that rebuke [him] shall be delight, and a good blessing shall come upon them.

Proverbs 24:26

[Every man] shall kiss [his] lips that giveth a right answer.

Proverbs 24:27

Prepare thy work without, and make it fit for thyself in the field; and afterwards build thine house.

Proverbs 24:28

Be not a witness against thy neighbour without cause; and deceive [not] with thy lips.

Proverbs 24:29

Say not, I will do so to him as he hath done to me: I will render to the man according to his work.

Proverbs 24:30

I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding;

Proverbs 24:31

And, lo, it was all grown over with thorns, [and] nettles had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was broken down.

Proverbs 24:32

Then I saw, [and] considered [it] well: I looked upon [it, and] received instruction.

Proverbs 24:33

[Yet] a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep:

Proverbs 24:34

So shall thy poverty come [as] one that travelleth; and thy want as an armed man.


Proverbs - Chapter 25

Proverbs 25:1

These [are] also proverbs of Solomon, which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied out.

Proverbs 25:2

[It is] the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings [is] to search out a matter.

Proverbs 25:3

The heaven for height, and the earth for depth, and the heart of kings [is] unsearchable.

Proverbs 25:4

Take away the dross from the silver, and there shall come forth a vessel for the finer.

Proverbs 25:5

Take away the wicked [from] before the king, and his throne shall be established in righteousness.

Proverbs 25:6

Put not forth thyself in the presence of the king, and stand not in the place of great [men]:

Proverbs 25:7

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.

Proverbs 25:8

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.

Proverbs 25:9

Debate thy cause with thy neighbour [himself]; and discover not a secret to another:

Proverbs 25:10

Lest he that heareth [it] put thee to shame, and thine infamy turn not away.

Proverbs 25:11

A word fitly spoken [is like] apples of gold in pictures of silver.

Proverbs 25:12

[As] an earring of gold, and an ornament of fine gold, [so is] a wise reprover upon an obedient ear.

Proverbs 25:13

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 his masters.

Proverbs 25:14

Whoso boasteth himself of a false gift [is like] clouds and wind without rain.

Proverbs 25:15

By long forbearing is a prince persuaded, and a soft tongue breaketh the bone.

Proverbs 25:16

Hast thou found honey? eat so much as is sufficient for thee, lest thou be filled therewith, and vomit it.

Proverbs 25:17

Withdraw thy foot from thy neighbour's house; lest he be weary of thee, and [so] hate thee.

Proverbs 25:18

A man that beareth false witness against his neighbour [is] a maul, and a sword, and a sharp arrow.

Proverbs 25:19

Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble [is like] a broken tooth, and a foot out of joint.

Proverbs 25:20

[As] he that taketh away a garment in cold weather, [and as] vinegar upon nitre, so [is] he that singeth songs to an heavy heart.

Proverbs 25:21

If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink:

Proverbs 25:22

For thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head, and the LORD shall reward thee.

Proverbs 25:23

The north wind driveth away rain: so [doth] an angry countenance a backbiting tongue.

Proverbs 25:24

[It is] better to dwell in the corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman and in a wide house.

Proverbs 25:25

[As] cold waters to a thirsty soul, so [is] good news from a far country.

Proverbs 25:26

A righteous man falling down before the wicked [is as] a troubled fountain, and a corrupt spring.

Proverbs 25:27

[It is] not good to eat much honey: so [for men] to search their own glory [is not] glory.

Proverbs 25:28

He that [hath] no rule over his own spirit [is like] a city [that is] broken down, [and] without walls.


Proverbs - Chapter 26

Proverbs 26:1

As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, so honour is not seemly for a fool.

Proverbs 26:2

As the bird by wandering, as the swallow by flying, so the curse causeless shall not come.

Proverbs 26:3

A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, and a rod for the fool's back.

Proverbs 26:4

Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him.

Proverbs 26:5

Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit.

Proverbs 26:6

He that sendeth a message by the hand of a fool cutteth off the feet, [and] drinketh damage.

Proverbs 26:7

The legs of the lame are not equal: so [is] a parable in the mouth of fools.

Proverbs 26:8

As he that bindeth a stone in a sling, so [is] he that giveth honour to a fool.

Proverbs 26:9

[As] a thorn goeth up into the hand of a drunkard, so [is] a parable in the mouth of fools.

Proverbs 26:10

The great [God] that formed all [things] both rewardeth the fool, and rewardeth transgressors.

Proverbs 26:11

As a dog returneth to his vomit, [so] a fool returneth to his folly.

Proverbs 26:12

Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? [there is] more hope of a fool than of him.

Proverbs 26:13

The slothful [man] saith, [There is] a lion in the way; a lion [is] in the streets.

Proverbs 26:14

[As] the door turneth upon his hinges, so [doth] the slothful upon his bed.

Proverbs 26:15

The slothful hideth his hand in [his] bosom; it grieveth him to bring it again to his mouth.

Proverbs 26:16

The sluggard [is] wiser in his own conceit than seven men that can render a reason.

Proverbs 26:17

He that passeth by, [and] meddleth with strife [belonging] not to him, [is like] one that taketh a dog by the ears.

Proverbs 26:18

As a mad [man] who casteth firebrands, arrows, and death,

Proverbs 26:19

So [is] the man [that] deceiveth his neighbour, and saith, Am not I in sport?

Proverbs 26:20

Where no wood is, [there] the fire goeth out: so where [there is] no talebearer, the strife ceaseth.

Proverbs 26:21

[As] coals [are] to burning coals, and wood to fire; so [is] a contentious man to kindle strife.

Proverbs 26:22

The words of a talebearer [are] as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.

Proverbs 26:23

Burning lips and a wicked heart [are like] a potsherd covered with silver dross.

Proverbs 26:24

He that hateth dissembleth with his lips, and layeth up deceit within him;

Proverbs 26:25

When he speaketh fair, believe him not: for [there are] seven abominations in his heart.

Proverbs 26:26

[Whose] hatred is covered by deceit, his wickedness shall be showed before the [whole] congregation.

Proverbs 26:27

Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein: and he that rolleth a stone, it will return upon him.

Proverbs 26:28

A lying tongue hateth [those that are] afflicted by it; and a flattering mouth worketh ruin.


Proverbs - Chapter 27

Proverbs 27:1

Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.

Proverbs 27:2

Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips.

Proverbs 27:3

A stone [is] heavy, and the sand weighty; but a fool's wrath [is] heavier than them both.

Proverbs 27:4

Wrath [is] cruel, and anger [is] outrageous; but who [is] able to stand before envy?

Proverbs 27:5

Open rebuke [is] better than secret love.

Proverbs 27:6

Faithful [are] the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy [are] deceitful.

Proverbs 27:7

The full soul loatheth an honeycomb; but to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.

Proverbs 27:8

As a bird that wandereth from her nest, so [is] a man that wandereth from his place.

Proverbs 27:9

Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart: so [doth] the sweetness of a man's friend by hearty counsel.

Proverbs 27:10

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.

Proverbs 27:11

My son, be wise, and make my heart glad, that I may answer him that reproacheth me.

Proverbs 27:12

A prudent [man] foreseeth the evil, [and] hideth himself; [but] the simple pass on, [and] are punished.

Proverbs 27:13

Take his garment that is surety for a stranger, and take a pledge of him for a strange woman.

Proverbs 27:14

He that blesseth his friend with a loud voice, rising early in the morning, it shall be counted a curse to him.

Proverbs 27:15

A continual dropping in a very rainy day and a contentious woman are alike.

Proverbs 27:16

Whosoever hideth her hideth the wind, and the ointment of his right hand, [which] bewrayeth [itself].

Proverbs 27:17

Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.

Proverbs 27:18

Whoso keepeth the fig tree shall eat the fruit thereof: so he that waiteth on his master shall be honoured.

Proverbs 27:19

As in water face [answereth] to face, so the heart of man to man.

Proverbs 27:20

Hell and destruction are never full; so the eyes of man are never satisfied.

Proverbs 27:21

[As] the fining pot for silver, and the furnace for gold; so [is] a man to his praise.

Proverbs 27:22

Though thou shouldest bray a fool in a mortar among wheat with a pestle, [yet] will not his foolishness depart from him.

Proverbs 27:23

Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, [and] look well to thy herds.

Proverbs 27:24

For riches [are] not for ever: and doth the crown [endure] to every generation?

Proverbs 27:25

The hay appeareth, and the tender grass showeth itself, and herbs of the mountains are gathered.

Proverbs 27:26

The lambs [are] for thy clothing, and the goats [are] the price of the field.

Proverbs 27:27

And [thou shalt have] goats' milk enough for thy food, for the food of thy household, and [for] the maintenance for thy maidens.


Proverbs - Chapter 28

Proverbs 28:1

The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.

Proverbs 28:2

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.

Proverbs 28:3

A poor man that oppresseth the poor [is like] a sweeping rain which leaveth no food.

Proverbs 28:4

They that forsake the law praise the wicked: but such as keep the law contend with them.

Proverbs 28:5

Evil men understand not judgment: but they that seek the LORD understand all [things].

Proverbs 28:6

Better [is] the poor that walketh in his uprightness, than [he that is] perverse [in his] ways, though he [be] rich.

Proverbs 28:7

Whoso keepeth the law [is] a wise son: but he that is a companion of riotous [men] shameth his father.

Proverbs 28:8

He that by usury and unjust gain increaseth his substance, he shall gather it for him that will pity the poor.

Proverbs 28:9

He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer [shall be] abomination.

Proverbs 28:10

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.

Proverbs 28:11

The rich man [is] wise in his own conceit; but the poor that hath understanding searcheth him out.

Proverbs 28:12

When righteous [men] do rejoice, [there is] great glory: but when the wicked rise, a man is hidden.

Proverbs 28:13

He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh [them] shall have mercy.

Proverbs 28:14

Happy [is] the man that feareth alway: but he that hardeneth his heart shall fall into mischief.

Proverbs 28:15

[As] a roaring lion, and a ranging bear; [so is] a wicked ruler over the poor people.

Proverbs 28:16

The prince that wanteth understanding [is] also a great oppressor: [but] he that hateth covetousness shall prolong [his] days.

Proverbs 28:17

A man that doeth violence to the blood of [any] person shall flee to the pit; let no man stay him.

Proverbs 28:18

Whoso walketh uprightly shall be saved: but [he that is] perverse [in his] ways shall fall at once.

Proverbs 28:19

He that tilleth his land shall have plenty of bread: but he that followeth after vain [persons] shall have poverty enough.

Proverbs 28:20

A faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent.

Proverbs 28:21

To have respect of persons [is] not good: for for a piece of bread [that] man will transgress.

Proverbs 28:22

He that hasteth to be rich [hath] an evil eye, and considereth not that poverty shall come upon him.

Proverbs 28:23

He that rebuketh a man afterwards shall find more favour than he that flattereth with the tongue.

Proverbs 28:24

Whoso robbeth his father or his mother, and saith, [It is] no transgression; the same [is] the companion of a destroyer.

Proverbs 28:25

He that is of a proud heart stirreth up strife: but he that putteth his trust in the LORD shall be made fat.

Proverbs 28:26

He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered.

Proverbs 28:27

He that giveth unto the poor shall not lack: but he that hideth his eyes shall have many a curse.

Proverbs 28:28

When the wicked rise, men hide themselves: but when they perish, the righteous increase.


Proverbs - Chapter 29

Proverbs 29:1

He, that being often reproved hardeneth [his] neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.

Proverbs 29:2

When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.

Proverbs 29:3

Whoso loveth wisdom rejoiceth his father: but he that keepeth company with harlots spendeth [his] substance.

Proverbs 29:4

The king by judgment establisheth the land: but he that receiveth gifts overthroweth it.

Proverbs 29:5

A man that flattereth his neighbour spreadeth a net for his feet.

Proverbs 29:6

In the transgression of an evil man [there is] a snare: but the righteous doth sing and rejoice.

Proverbs 29:7

The righteous considereth the cause of the poor: [but] the wicked regardeth not to know [it].

Proverbs 29:8

Scornful men bring a city into a snare: but wise [men] turn away wrath.

Proverbs 29:9

[If] a wise man contendeth with a foolish man, whether he rage or laugh, [there is] no rest.

Proverbs 29:10

The bloodthirsty hate the upright: but the just seek his soul.

Proverbs 29:11

A fool uttereth all his mind: but a wise [man] keepeth it in till afterwards.

Proverbs 29:12

If a ruler hearken to lies, all his servants [are] wicked.

Proverbs 29:13

The poor and the deceitful man meet together: the LORD lighteneth both their eyes.

Proverbs 29:14

The king that faithfully judgeth the poor, his throne shall be established for ever.

Proverbs 29:15

The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left [to himself] bringeth his mother to shame.

Proverbs 29:16

When the wicked are multiplied, transgression increaseth: but the righteous shall see their fall.

Proverbs 29:17

Correct thy son, and he shall give thee rest; yea, he shall give delight unto thy soul.

Proverbs 29:18

Where [there is] no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy [is] he.

Proverbs 29:19

A servant will not be corrected by words: for though he understand he will not answer.

Proverbs 29:20

Seest thou a man [that is] hasty in his words? [there is] more hope of a fool than of him.

Proverbs 29:21

He that delicately bringeth up his servant from a child shall have him become [his] son at the length.

Proverbs 29:22

An angry man stirreth up strife, and a furious man aboundeth in transgression.

Proverbs 29:23

A man's pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit.

Proverbs 29:24

Whoso is partner with a thief hateth his own soul: he heareth cursing, and bewrayeth [it] not.

Proverbs 29:25

The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe.

Proverbs 29:26

Many seek the ruler's favour; but [every] man's judgment [cometh] from the LORD.

Proverbs 29:27

An unjust man [is] an abomination to the just: and [he that is] upright in the way [is] abomination to the wicked.


Proverbs - Chapter 30

Proverbs 30:1

The words of Agur the son of Jakeh, [even] the prophecy: the man spake unto Ithiel, even unto Ithiel and Ucal,

Proverbs 30:2

Surely I [am] more brutish than [any] man, and have not the understanding of a man.

Proverbs 30:3

I neither learned wisdom, nor have the knowledge of the holy.

Proverbs 30:4

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?

Proverbs 30:5

Every word of God [is] pure: he [is] a shield unto them that put their trust in him.

Proverbs 30:6

Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.

Proverbs 30:7

Two [things] have I required of thee; deny me [them] not before I die:

Proverbs 30:8

Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me:

Proverbs 30:9

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 vain].

Proverbs 30:10

Accuse not a servant unto his master, lest he curse thee, and thou be found guilty.

Proverbs 30:11

[There is] a generation [that] curseth their father, and doth not bless their mother.

Proverbs 30:12

[There is] a generation [that are] pure in their own eyes, and [yet] is not washed from their filthiness.

Proverbs 30:13

[There is] a generation, O how lofty are their eyes! and their eyelids are lifted up.

Proverbs 30:14

[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.

Proverbs 30:15

The horseleach hath two daughters, [crying], Give, give. There are three [things that] are never satisfied, [yea], four [things] say not, [It is] enough:

Proverbs 30:16

The grave; and the barren womb; the earth [that] is not filled with water; and the fire [that] saith not, [It is] enough.

Proverbs 30:17

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.

Proverbs 30:18

There be three [things which] are too wonderful for me, yea, four which I know not:

Proverbs 30:19

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.

Proverbs 30:20

Such [is] the way of an adulterous woman; she eateth, and wipeth her mouth, and saith, I have done no wickedness.

Proverbs 30:21

For three [things] the earth is disquieted, and for four [which] it cannot bear:

Proverbs 30:22

For a servant when he reigneth; and a fool when he is filled with meat;

Proverbs 30:23

For an odious [woman] when she is married; and an handmaid that is heir to her mistress.

Proverbs 30:24

There be four [things which are] little upon the earth, but they [are] exceeding wise:

Proverbs 30:25

The ants [are] a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer;

Proverbs 30:26

The conies [are but] a feeble folk, yet make they their houses in the rocks;

Proverbs 30:27

The locusts have no king, yet go they forth all of them by bands;

Proverbs 30:28

The spider taketh hold with her hands, and is in kings' palaces.

Proverbs 30:29

There be three [things] which go well, yea, four are comely in going:

Proverbs 30:30

A lion [which is] strongest among beasts, and turneth not away for any;

Proverbs 30:31

A greyhound; an he goat also; and a king, against whom [there is] no rising up.

Proverbs 30:32

If thou hast done foolishly in lifting up thyself, or if thou hast thought evil, [lay] thine hand upon thy mouth.

Proverbs 30:33

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.


Proverbs - Chapter 31

Proverbs 31:1

The words of king Lemuel, the prophecy that his mother taught him.

Proverbs 31:2

What, my son? and what, the son of my womb? and what, the son of my vows?

Proverbs 31:3

Give not thy strength unto women, nor thy ways to that which destroyeth kings.

Proverbs 31:4

[It is] not for kings, O Lemuel, [it is] not for kings to drink wine; nor for princes strong drink:

Proverbs 31:5

Lest they drink, and forget the law, and pervert the judgment of any of the afflicted.

Proverbs 31:6

Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, and wine unto those that be of heavy hearts.

Proverbs 31:7

Let him drink, and forget his poverty, and remember his misery no more.

Proverbs 31:8

Open thy mouth for the dumb in the cause of all such as are appointed to destruction.

Proverbs 31:9

Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.

Proverbs 31:10

Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price [is] far above rubies.

Proverbs 31:11

The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.

Proverbs 31:12

She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.

Proverbs 31:13

She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.

Proverbs 31:14

She is like the merchants' ships; she bringeth her food from afar.

Proverbs 31:15

She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.

Proverbs 31:16

She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.

Proverbs 31:17

She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.

Proverbs 31:18

She perceiveth that her merchandise [is] good: her candle goeth not out by night.

Proverbs 31:19

She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.

Proverbs 31:20

She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.

Proverbs 31:21

She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household [are] clothed with scarlet.

Proverbs 31:22

She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing [is] silk and purple.

Proverbs 31:23

Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.

Proverbs 31:24

She maketh fine linen, and selleth [it]; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.

Proverbs 31:25

Strength and honour [are] her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.

Proverbs 31:26

She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue [is] the law of kindness.

Proverbs 31:27

She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.

Proverbs 31:28

Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband [also], and he praiseth her.

Proverbs 31:29

Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.

Proverbs 31:30

Favour [is] deceitful, and beauty [is] vain: [but] a woman [that] feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.

Proverbs 31:31

Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.